The video below is the unofficial history of the National Parks of the United States. It’s a lo-fi lesson in history with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure. Made by — Ryan Maxey: MaxeyFishAndSea.com there is a ton of historical footage, bad titles, 8 bit music, and one very important point. How much the arts had to do with the development, and survival of our National Park System.
If you haven’t seen the movie “Dunkirk” yet I highly recommend it. If you haven’t engaged with some of the marketing materials for it, I highly recommend that too. Especially the WebVR experience that was created to promote the film. the website is an immersive VR experience that requires two people to play. You can engage with someone you know, or join anyone from around the world. When you join, you become one of the allied soldiers at Dunkirk surrounded by the enemy. In order to survive, you have to work with the other player, just like you would have if you had been there in 1940. The site and VR components were created by Warner Brothers in conjunction with Google Zoo and the Chrome VR Teams to make this work. It’s a really great example of how Google VR and Immersive experiences can be used as a marketing and promotional vehicle. And not just for movies. I could see this being applied to so much more.
I don’t care who you voted for in the presidential election, or who you support now. I don’t want this post to turn into a political flame fest. The video below from Cyprien Clément-Delmas while political in nature is also a reflection of really solid editing, cinematography, and pacing. Shot in black and white on 16mm film, Day One is a reflection of the scene in Washington DC on January 20th, 2017. One of the things I really love about this is how the short film descends from calm to anarchy over the course of four and half minutes. It doesn’t choose sides or make a statement about who’s right and who’s wrong, it simply documents what is happening and edits it together in a way that builds tension and discord. This is a great visual lesson in how to edit and pace a film in order to create atmosphere, mood, and tension.
Shige San is one of the truest examples of a public servant and personal savior. The video below tell the story of a retired police detective that now dedicates his life to preventing deaths at Japan’s suicide cliffs, providing emergency assistance and counseling even as tourists flock to the site, attracted by its notoriety as a popular suicide destination. This is a wonderful short film, that tells an extraordinary story and worth taking 40 minutes to watch it.
I suggest if you have an AppleTV or a smart TV with Vimeo available you watch it on the big screen. The experience is so much better than on your computer monitor or tablet.
After watching the second presidential debate last night, and reading all the fall out this morning, I decided I needed a break from politics 2016. Below is a trippy, mind-bending video from BlinkmyBrain” featuring Led Zeppelin and some crazy CG work.
It helped me not think about how screwed up this election is for a few minutes, and that made me think others might not want to think about the election for a bit either. So I am sharing. Turn off your mind, tune into the Zeppelin, and forget about this year’s elections for a bit.
With the Olympics in full swing down in Brazil, I thought it would be nice to post a little video, that shows Rio in all its 8K glory. No, the video doesn’t show the slums, trash, polluted beach fronts, or other not so nice visuals of Rio. What it does show is an 8K timelapse of the city that does justice to its overall beauty and history. Created by Scientfantastic 3 years ago the video was shot in Ultra HD 4K and 8K within the city of Rio De Janeiro and at the famous Iguazú Falls on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentinian province of Misiones. Yes Brazil is a country with a ton of problems, and Rio isn’t perfect, but this video shows how beautiful it can be and why Rio is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere.
If you happened to catch any of the Euro Cup 2016 games last week on ESPN you probably saw the handy work of Imaginary Forces who crafted the intro sequences for the games. In all it was a diverse package of more than 200 animated elements inspired by the history and artistic heritage of the host country France. Below is the finished output, as well as the making of that shows how it was done. For the final piece, leave your volume on, for the making of, I say turn it off because the background music get pretty annoying pretty fast. The making of visually however is really fascinating, showing how they captured acrylic paint smears, and hand drawn elements blending them with live action footage, stills and 3D elements. It’s a nice way to spend a few minutes on a Friday afternoon.