Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Wooden Death Star

Watch as Frank Howarth not only turns a Death Star out of bamboo plywood, but also entertains us with a Star Wars reference laden film which is nearly as clever as the build itself.

The build consists of making two segmented halves that seam together at the trench. Each half is made of 9 rings. Each ring has 13 segments. (13 seemed like an evil number). There is one extra ring to help the two halves overlap at the seam. The 'superlaser' dish was turned separately.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Attack Of The Drones

R2-D2 takes the helm in this masterful reinterpretation of a dog-fight from the beloved Star Wars saga, using drones and some clever CGI and sound effects. You can watch a "How we did it" video here.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Arrival

This short film illustrates perfectly why it is not just the actors who make a film, the cinematography, sound and lighting are all essential elements too. In this case the whole story is told in one continuous shot and it works fantastically.

The Arrival from Zen Design Studios on Vimeo.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Liquid Paper

The art of Cardistry was a new concept to me but I have to say it looks fabulous. In this video a number of slick effects are demonstrated that make the cards look like they are flowing together like water. The audio samples from one of the most iconic interviews of all time, Bruce Lee’s “Be like Water” speech, are a genius touch.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Coming Home

This is a short film directed by Michael Coleman a Martinez, California native inspired by the writings of naturalist, author and early advocate of wilderness preservation John Muir.

Many of the locations featured in the film are authentic to Muir's life including his home in Martinez, California, north-east of Oakland and Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco, California. Muir's original writings and books were shot at his home including the windmill that accompanies the 2,600 acre fruit orchard that surrounded his families property and John Muir's desk in the "Scribble Den".

Muir is perhaps the most famous and influential naturalist. If it weren't for John Muir and his writings, we probably would not have Yosemite National Park as we know it today. He was also involved in the creation of the Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Mt. Rainier National Parks. Additionally, his writings about Alaska led to further preservation of the landscape over time. Because of his influential writings and role in the creation of multiple parks, he is often called "The Father of Our National Park System."

John Muir was born on April 21, 1838 and Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22nd.

John Muir - Coming Home from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Bach In Time

At one time all printed music was produced on metal plate, a painstaking but relaxing looking traditional craft, demonstrated here by G. Henle Publishers. This movie was filmed in the year 2007 and produced in 2011 for NAMM and G. Henle Publishers, directed by Martin Marris. English and German with subtitles.

Monday, 16 May 2016

1950's Iraq

Watch this fascinating insight in to Iraq in the 1950s. The country is steeped in a rich history and culture. The very beginnings of civilisation started here and where man began cultivating the land and where writing was conceived. It even used to be a tourist hot spot. Today...Not so much.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016


I'm sorry for the low post rate at the moment. Not only an I finishing off my undergrad but I have lost all Internet connectivity at home (long story involving a fallen tree). Hopefully normal service will resume shortly.

This is a nice ambient short film showing giants inhabiting our world. Artist Dan Chen created this video art piece using a mix of forced perspective and clever compositing.

Massive from Dan Chen on Vimeo.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Cats Explained

They’re cute, they’re lovable, and judging by the 26 billion views on over 2 million YouTube videos of them, one thing is certain: cats are very entertaining. But their strange feline behaviours, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking: Why do cats do that? Tony Buffington explains the science behind some of your cat’s strangest behaviours.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels Second Wind 1976 made in India and ...
Hot Wheels Second Wind 1976 made in India and this never had a window (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I was a kid back in the 1970's one of the coolest toys a boy could have was Hot Wheels.

It's nice to see that they're still going strong. Here a cool beach track is built and even includes a GoPro strapped to the roof for some POV action.

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