Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Last Jedi

Not wanting to overload you on Star Wars after the last post, but how I could miss the opportunity to tell you that the first official teaser has been released for the December release. Enjoy...

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Musical Clues

This is a fascinating video that deconstructs the musical score of the Star Wars saga and shows how that although Rogue One was different, it was chock full of little musical Easter eggs left by Michael Giacchino.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Daylight Vision

Although, at first, it looks like this video was shot in broad daylight, it was actually filmed at night in almost total darkness. The X27 is a high end night vision light sensor imaging system that unlike most systems is cable of producing full colour images. You can see more at

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Loopy Runner

Damien Walters, a free running stuntman who challenges himself physically every day by back flipping over buildings, jumping over cars and achieving gymnastic triumphs, but never before like this. Damien has accepted the Pepsi Max challenge of running loop the loop on foot.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

History On The Side

Quite often real historic events are recreated in movies, but how accurate are these depictions? Here are some side-by-side comparisons.

RECREATING HISTORY from Vugar Efendi on Vimeo.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

We Belong To It

This film explores the visual beauty of the Boreal forest landscape, but also delves into Ray Mears’ personal reflection on nature and his mastered skills in bushcraft.

Follow Ray Mears as he journey's by canoe into the heart of Wabakimi Provincial Park in Northern Ontario, Canada. The film was produced by North West Ontario & the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

“We must remember…that in the end…nature does not belong to us, we belong to it.”

We Belong To It from Goh Iromoto on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mars Flyover

This is one of those videos that is best explained by the creator...
The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet. And there are really great places on Mars! I would love to see images taken by a landscape photographer on Mars, especially from the polar regions. But I'm afraid I won't see that kind of images during my lifetime.

It has really been time-consuming making these panning clips. In my 3D-process I have manually hand-picked reference points on the anaglyph image pairs. For this film I have chosen more than 33.000 reference points! It took me 3 months of calendar time working with the project every now and then.

The colours in this film are false because the anaglyph images are based on grayscale images. I have therefore colour graded the clips. But I have tried to be moderate doing this. The light regions in the clips are yellowish and the dark regions bluish. The clips from the polar regions (the last clips in the film) have a white-blue tone.There are a lot of opinions and studies of what the natural colours on Mars might be. But the dark regions of dust often seems to have a bluish tone. Please study this issue on e.g sites by NASA.

This film is not scientific. As a space enthusiast I have just tried to visualise the planet my way.
The video begins with a nearby approach to Mars moon Phobos.
Some of the anaglyphs used can be seen on my blog, please visit:

A FICTIVE FLIGHT ABOVE REAL MARS from Jan Fröjdman on Vimeo.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Baby Climbers

National Geographic selected this short film for their showcase. Destined for greatness, two infant mountaineers face off on their most challenging climb yet. Looking for adventure, neither one expected what they would find instead—each other!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Love Hate

Megan Phelps-Roper was once a leading proponent of hate as a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. She has since been shown how damaging her life-long held beliefs and actions were and has left the church, choosing now to dedicate her time to more positive words and actions. Here she explains how strangers on Twitter helped her change her mind. A lesson we could all learn from.

Monday, 27 February 2017


The art of subtle VFX is highlighted in this video, showing the difference between over the top CGI and that which is hardly noticed. As the creator explains...
A short project that I have created that explains what is VFX and especially Digital Compositing. This project was made to showcase my skills alongside my creativity, I was responsible for all of the 2D aspect of it and supervising the team that was working on their own special skills such as 3D, Matchmove, Grading, Sound design and much more…..!

VFX Games - The Art of Compositing from Roy Peker on Vimeo.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Walk off the Earth

This quirky and catchy mashup has gone viral. Walk of the Earth perform a mix of Shape of You, No Scrubs and No Diggity with some improvised instruments.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Moon Zoom

A photographer demonstrates the zoom capabilities of his camera by using a full moon. Sadly I have no information on what equipment he was using.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Can You See Me?

An interesting scientific look at the infrared wavelength and how it would be really easy to hide from the Predator. :-)

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Everybody Wants A Studio Version

So Ted Yoder, a very talented Dulcimer player, went live on Facebook covering Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears, and it was a big viral hit. Somehow he then gets Curt Smith and his drummer Jamie Wollam to join him at his home for a reprise. The video and audio are both a little poor (hence the title) but it is still wonderful.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Hammer It Home

Relax and watch a craftsman at work. A beautiful example of hammer and chisel engraving of steel. As the artist describes it...
This video shows the basic steps taken in hammer and chisel engraving. I've been learning over the past years and this is a way to show my progress and just what hammer and chisel engraving is. I start with taking a pull from an engraved firearm and transfer the design to a practice plate. The cuts are made by striking a small homemade handle with a carbide chisel. Once the main cuts are made I add shade lines and the background is punched. I have posted several videos on the topic so far and will be posting more in the future.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

A Floating Stick

Recently there were several videos doing the rounds that featured floating stick-men. Many thought they were fake but here is the science behind how it works.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Phone Yours

Who needs a Launchpad or an acoustic guitar. Impress your audience with a little bit of that "*89*789*" action. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz played on old Nokia phones.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Mini Gangsta

A dad makes a great video of his three-year-old daughter singing Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tools, Off the Cuff

Leatherman make the tools of choice for many DIY and outdoor enthusiasts and they produce a great wearable tool they call Tread. Unfortunately, Laura Kampf couldn't use Tread and so she decided to make her own version. Using an old bike chain and some scraps of metal she creates a precision masterpiece that I would pay money for.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Pumping Out the Blues

BottleneckJohn treats us to some classic guitar blues by a lake in Sweden. Singing Preaching The Blues by Son House whilst being perfectly accompanied by an old water pump. Music geeks might like to know that his guitar is a 1933 National Duolian.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Reach for the Stars

Frank Kovac built a working planetarium in his backyard. With ingenuity, perseverance and $180,000 in savings, he built the huge spherical structure himself. From designing the entire rotating dome mechanism to painting all 5000 stars (with glow in the dark paint) Frank did it all over a period of 10 years. You can find more info on his website:

Saturday, 21 January 2017

ISS Tour

If you are a space geek and you're feeling stressed, I have the perfect solution. Why not take a relaxing fly-through tour of the International Space Station. Produced by Harmonic exclusively for NASA TV UHD, the footage was shot in Ultra High Definition (4K) using a fish-eye lens for extreme focus and depth of field.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Photo Catchup

I usually post the photographs that I add to my Flickr but because I have been off the air for a while, we are a little behind. So here are the last three to catch up.

Walk Toward The Light

St Martin's Gate II

Follow The Path

Thursday, 19 January 2017

SFX Kitchen

An advertisement for French TV channel Canal+ showcases their show's use of special effects in an imaginative way. The kitchen of a busy restaurant uses all manner of characters, both live-action and animated, to great metaphoric effect.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Hello loyal reader. As I'm sure you haven't failed to notice, e-clecticism has been quite for a while now. Nearly three months to be precise. This started simply because I had been busy with work, my Masters degree, my volunteering and all the other stuff that makes up my life. But after a while, I did start to doubt whether or not I wished to continue with the blog. It's not hard coming up with the content, my interests are still so eclectic that I am never short of ideas, but it can be hard work to keep trying to boost readership and acting all positive when you're not entirely convinced anyone is paying attention. Especially when many of the tools I use to assist me, have started to be discontinued. So the end result was my lack of motivation which lead to a lack of posts.

But here I am. I started in 2008 and it is hard to give something up that you have worked hard on for nearly ten years. I'm still not entirely convinced that after all this time I don't want to just let the blog die, but for now, I will continue. So perhaps, if you read this, you could offer some encouragement, or at least let me know you're out there.

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