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Videos

Transient 2

Transient 2

Photographer Dustin Farrell follows up his epic stormchasing video, Transient. Like the original, it features dramatic, slow-motion images of lightning, wind, and cloud formations, capturing the fury of Mother Nature in all of her glory. Dustin says he traveled over 35,000 miles over two years to capture and compile this footage.

Boombox Tricycle

Boombox Tricycle

Maker Laura Kampf teamed up with her friend Patrick, whose audio expertise helped her build an earthshaking sound system for the back of her 3-wheeler. The battery-powered audio system has six full-range speakers and a giant subwoofer. She should have named it “Boomtrike” though.

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Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Musician Marcos Kaiser is a master of fingerstyle guitar technique. Check out his awesome renditions of themes from Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario World, and Mortal Kombat, then browse his YouTube channel for more great covers from TV and movies.

Wet Run

Wet Run

Filmmaker Robert McIntosh presents a wild video comprised of a 3-dimensional version of a painting by Alex Grey. As he zooms through the color-soaked fractal environment, the landscape reveals a surprise destination. The Black Sabbath tune perfectly suits the psychedelic visuals.

Seven Nation Sweet Dreams

Seven Nation Sweet Dreams

Pomplamoose presents another fantastic arrangement as lead singer Nataly Dawn is joined by Sarah Dugas for this mashup that combines The Eurythmics Sweet Dreams and The White Stripes Seven Nation Army. Between the funky rhythms and soulful vocals, it’ll have you dancing at your desk for sure.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Royal Ocean Film Society tips its hat to how animated films depict food in this wonderful supercut. There’s Garden of Words mouth-watering kitchen scenes, Wallace and Gromit’s simple toast, Spirited Away‘s disgusting feast and more.

Porcapizza: Foxy Lady

Porcapizza: Foxy Lady

Porcapizza takes a wildly inventive approach to making music, playing only unconventional, homebrew instruments, like a tennis racket guitar, a typwriter and Pringles can rhythm section, and a piano made from knives. Here, he makes a Jimi Hendrix classic his own.

Sculpting Joker

Sculpting Joker

Are you as excited for the Joker movie as much as we are? Artist Steven Richter celebrates Joaquin Phoenix’s critically-praised performance with yet another amazing sculpt. The finished mini-bust perfectly captures the actor’s demonic smile as he transforms from Arthur Fleck into The Clown Prince of Gotham.

A Jazz Guitarist at a Party

A Jazz Guitarist at a Party

“I meant like Wonderwall from Oasis you know.” Professional musician Lucas Brar pokes fun at how people ask him what his real job is, along with one of the more popular requests he hears from party guests. His interpretation of the track really brought a smile to our faces.

(SHn(y)o͞of)

(SHn(y)o͞of)

Most couples have a few silly words that are uniquely theirs. But Bill and Tonya Martin decided to create a complete language of their own that nobody else knows how to speak, called Martinese. Sam Davis and Rayka Zehtabchi’s documentary is at its heart a bittersweet story about parents finding their way after the kids fly the coop.

Glowing Neoballs

Glowing Neoballs

Vat19 shows off some of the fun things you can do with these glow-in-the-dark magnetic construction spheres. Each pack comes with 216, 0.5 cm diameter neodymium balls, but if you pick up 24 packages or so, you can build yourself a magnetic lightsaber, just like they did.

Transforming Skateboard Tricks

Transforming Skateboard Tricks

While the only moving parts on most skateboards are the trucks and wheels, Matt Tomasello wanted something more complex. So he set about building some wacky skateboards which can change form as he jumps off and back onto them. Matt shows off his wares and his trick skills in this compilation video from JENKEM.

Gym Roller Coaster

Gym Roller Coaster

We’ve seen some pretty great backyard roller coasters over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen one built in a school gymnasium. We can’t believe that the school would have signed off on this rickety looking construction made from plywood, 2x4s, desks, and chairs though.

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Shia LaBeouf vs. Hot Wings

Shia LaBeouf vs. Hot Wings

(PG-13: Language) Actor and performance artist Shia LaBeouf certainly has had his share of struggles and crazy moments. But in his spicy interview with Sean Evans, he comes across as surprisingly charming, down-to-earth, and relatable. We’re really looking forward to seeing him in Honey Boy.

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Digital artist and designer Tobias Gremmler captured the movements of a kung fu practitioner, then transformed them into abstract shapes using CG animation techniques, resulting in a series of truly mesmerizing animations.

Finger Machines

Finger Machines

Morgan of Seed Animation Studio gives us all the finger… actually lots of them, in this strange and hypnotic short film which turns human digits into some really unusual mechanical contraptions. At a certain point, they all started looking like hot dogs to us.

Space Story: A Bad Day

Space Story: A Bad Day

Editor Zapatou combined scenes from 25 science fiction classics including Gravity, The Martian, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon, Apollo 13, Aliens, The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars and more into a single movie where everything that can possibly go wrong does.

Wakeboarding on Snow Skis

Wakeboarding on Snow Skis

The guys from Real Skifi do some pretty wacky stuff on skis. In this clip, athletes Ilkka Hannula and Juho Kilkki decided to see if it was possible to use their powder skis to remain upright in water and across the obstacles in a wakeboarding park. Turn on subtitles.

The Pyramid of Death

The Pyramid of Death

In his video series Antique Apparatus, magician John Stessel digs up old and unusual magic trick gimmicks. This one he dubbed “The Pyramid of Death” is four hinged triangles which can form a pyramid that conjures flames and random objects. He goes on to give away the painfully simple secret at the end.

Ordinary Things: The Moon

Ordinary Things: The Moon

The Ordinary Guy provides an amusing and informative lesson on where the Moon came from, its roles in society, pop culture, politics, and more. From philosophers, to scientists, to religions, to governments, to conspiracy theorists, the Moon has fascinated humans for as long as they could look up into the sky.

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Plaisir Sucré

Plaisir Sucré

It’s a story that plays out like the opposite of Sausage Party. A donut is oddly desperate to be eaten by his human friend in this strange and silly animation by MegaComputeur. The title of the short translates to “Sweet Pleasure” in English.

You Can’t Take My Door

You Can’t Take My Door

What happens when you load up an artificial intelligence neural network with lyrics to country music’s greatest hits, and then ask it to write its own tune? You end up with this gem, courtesy of Botnik Studios. We have to wonder if this is how Bad Lip Reading creates its song lyrics.

Flocking Patterns

Flocking Patterns

The term “sheep” is often used to refer to those who blindly follow others. As this aerial footage of sheep and cows moving in unison in New Zealand shows, flock mentality is truly the order of business in the farm animal kingdom.

The Weird Wisdom of Beetlejuice

The Weird Wisdom of Beetlejuice

If you can believe it, it’s been 30 years since Beetlejuice first came out. ScreenPrism looks back at one of Tim Burton’s most memorable films, and how it defied genres like horror, comedy, and teen films to go its own way, leaving a long-lasting impact.

Battle at Big Rock

Battle at Big Rock

This short film from Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow takes place between the end of Fallen Kingdom and its upcoming sequel, due out in 2021. As dinosaurs now roam the earth, a family finds themselves face-to-face with a pack of genetically-engineered prehistoric monsters who invade their campsite.

AI Learns Hide and Seek

AI Learns Hide and Seek

Machine learning tech keeps getting more impressive. OpenAI created two teams of competing agents – one that seeks, and the other that hides. What’s truly amazing is how the self-supervised agents started creating obstacles to improve their chances, despite being given no explicit incentive to use those objects.

Ric Ocasek Tribute

Ric Ocasek Tribute

Upon hearing the news of the death of The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek, Grammy-nominated musician Joseph Arthur recorded a contemplative one-take performance of himself covering The Cars classic You’re All I’ve Got Tonight. Arthur’s Come Back World tour starts 10/10/19 in Kansas City.

Best Supporting Weirdo

Best Supporting Weirdo

(PG-13: Language) From Vizzini in The Princess Bride to Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein, some of the most memorable and quotable characters in the history of movies are also the weirdest. Jon Lefkovitz compiled this excellent edit of some of their greatest moments.

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

DIY Rubber Band Gatling Gun

Matthew Davis’ Arcus is a 3D-printable rubber band gatling gun. Its unorthodox appearance is more than just for show. Unlike most rubber band guns, the Arcus uses the energy from the rubber bands being shot out to rotate the barrels and continue the barrage. Grab the 3D models and directions on Instructables.

Costume Design 101

Costume Design 101

Film Radar made this great video about wardrobe design in film and TV. Good costume designers inhabit the minds of both the characters and the director. In terms of production, costumes are often custom made, even for extras, and may have multiple replicas.

Kapla Tower Build & Destroy

Kapla Tower Build & Destroy

We weren’t familiar with Kapla blocks before seeing this video, but basically, they’re like longer, flatter Jenga planks for building complex constructions. This large tower and coliseum build took 3 people more than 2 days to build, using over 22000 planks – and it all comes down in seconds.

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