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As Above

As Above

At first glance, you might think you’re looking at imagery of some distant part of the cosmos. In fact, everything you see in this short film was captured in a single shot on a 0.3 square inch area of a chemical reaction. These microscopic visuals were captured to spectacular effect by filmmaker Roman Hill.

The Life and Death of 3D

The Life and Death of 3D

(PG-13: Language) After a period of popularity in the 1950s, 3D movies all but vanished. Then, the gimmick made a huge comeback in the 2000s, even invading TV sets. Then, as quickly as it peaked, the boom was over. The Royal Ocean Film Society explores the history of 3D cinema, and what causes it to fail every time.

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Film Crew in Quarantine

Film Crew in Quarantine

We’re fortunate to be able to work from home, but not all trades can get their jobs done remotely. Illustrator Robertas Nevecka uses animation to offer up some clever ideas of what members of a film crew might do with their talents while isolating at home. Music and sound by Simonas Jončys.

Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

This off-the-wall animation from Devin Flynn and Jon Vermilyea follows the travels of three ice cubes and their passengers, as they descend into the stomach of a bar patron and compete for a frozen gem that grants them special powers. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is. Thanks for the trip, Adult Swim.

Why Dark Video Sucks

Why Dark Video Sucks

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the most expensive display you can buy, gradients of color in dark scenes often look like a blocky mess. Tom Scott offers a great explanation of the technological limitations that cause these issues, and the visual mechanisms that make them less noticeable in brighter scenes.

Conan at Home

Conan at Home

Like most of us, Conan O’Brien and his team are doing their part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and staying at home. With that in mind, his talk show has switched to an even lower-budget approach than usual, using webcams to conduct his interviews. Here’s a clip from his first ever work from home episode.

Making Timex Watches

Making Timex Watches

While there’s something to be said for pricey limited-edition watches, Timex has a reputation for producing high quality time pieces that are still affordable. Go inside the Timex factory in Cebu, Philippines for a look at how they crank out so many watches, while still producing them with quality.

Pinch Me at Home

Pinch Me at Home

“We are isolating, but we are not isolated.” Musicians and performers around the globe continue to provide us with great bare-bones performances during the COVID-19 lockdown. Listen and enjoy as the members of Barenaked Ladies perform their 2000 hit “Pinch Me” from the comfort of their individual living rooms.

Lighting with Flares

Lighting with Flares

Filmmakers Hugo Manhes and Madcow collaborated on the short film Trajectoires, which uses a simple concept to produce a dramatic effect. By dangling bright flares from a couple of drones, they created a unique source of illumination for their natural surroundings. Set to an ethereal soundtrack by Linky Larson.

Gorillaz Fingerstyle

Gorillaz Fingerstyle

Like much of the world, Italian guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is staying put during the COVID-19 outbreak. But that hasn’t stopped him from playing like a boss while wearing his respirator mask. Luca’s performance of Gorillaz’ track Clint Eastwood is a uplifting dose of what we need during these trying times. The future is coming on…

Marty

Marty

Filmmaker Mike McKinlay’s documentary short film follows the story of Marty, an 11-year-old kid who’s obsessed with skateboarding and ’70s and ’80s punk rock. The film does a great job capturing the spirit of something we all craved as kids, our own unique identities. Though a real ’80s skate punk wouldn’t wear a helmet.

The Black Crowes: Tiny Desk Concert

The Black Crowes: Tiny Desk Concert

Shortly before the lockdowns began, Chris Robinson and his brother Rich dropped by the NPR offices to perform three of their soul-stirring 1990s tunes stripped down to their essence, including their hits “She Talks to Angels” and “Jealous Again,” along with a lesser-known track, “Wiser Time.”

MIDI-Controlled Pipe Organ

MIDI-Controlled Pipe Organ

With help from the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, musician Rob Scallon got to check out how a pipe organ works, and noticed that the one they have is capable of outputting MIDI signals. After a bit of experimenting, he figured out its keyboard and pedals can also be controlled via the digital music protocol.

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Girlfriend Recaps Star Wars

Girlfriend Recaps Star Wars

We’ve seen the original Star Wars movies so many times, we could tell you every minor plot point from memory. But what if you only saw it one time? Liam’s Newly Rebranded Entertainment Franchise asked his girlfriend to recount the story of Episode IV, which she didn’t see until 2017.

Poppin’ John: Lockdown Getdown

Poppin’ John: Lockdown Getdown

If there’s one thing you can definitely do while stuck at home, it’s dance. We all have our own favorite moves, but most of them couldn’t hold a candle to the smooth-flowing choreography of dancer Poppin John, who wowed us with his colorful living room performance.

Empty San Francisco

Empty San Francisco

In the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown, filmmaker Dan Denegre of Space Race Studio headed to the streets of San Francisco with his drone. There, he captured this surreal and disquieting footage of the normally bustling city all but shuttered. Similarly haunting footage is popping up all around the world.

Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned in recent times, it’s that we must wash our hands. We’ve already seen how dirty they can get, and this amusing animated PSA from Toronto creative studio Chop Haus shows us some even filthier mitts that need to clean up their acts before touching anything.

Rebooted

Rebooted

Phil is a skeleton. He quickly rose to fame on the big screen as a stop-motion superstar. Then, modern effects put him out of business. Michael Shanks’ (aka “timtimfed“) charming short film is a fun blend of live-action, animation, and VFX, and a loving tribute to the great Ray Harryhausen. Behind the scenes here.

Chris Hadfield Reviews Space Movies

Chris Hadfield Reviews Space Movies

We all know that science fiction takes its share of liberties with its depiction of what life is like in space. In this clip from Vanity Fair, astronaut Chris Hadfield shares his thoughts on what movies like Gravity, Armageddon, The Martian, and Interstellar got right and wrong.

Work from Home Orchestra

Work from Home Orchestra

The Colorado Symphony had to postpone its performances, but that didn’t stop their members from performing together. They just had to do it from home. To help keep the music alive, they played the uplifting Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Keep an eye on their #PlayOn playlist for more shelter-in-place performances.

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Shadow Foam Tool Wall

Shadow Foam Tool Wall

There are lots of ways to keep tools organized, but there’s something very satisfying about custom-cut foam dividers that hold tools perfectly in place. The guys at Shadow Foam make that kind of dense foam, and recently used a huge sheet of it to create an epic wall for mounting and organizing all their Makita power tools.

Drawing 100 Versions of Wolverine

Drawing 100 Versions of Wolverine

As we’ve seen before, James Raiz aka TheBoxOfficeArtist loves to draw comic book heroes. In this time-lapse, he illustrates 100 different variants of the anger and adamantium-filled X-Man, from his comic book tiger stripe, to his look in the X-Men movies, to the rarely seen Hulkverine, and even Old Man Logan.

What’s Googie Architecture?

What’s Googie Architecture?

Driving around Los Angeles, it’s nearly impossible to miss the many diners, car washes, and other buildings with their kitschy and angular retro-futurist looks. Cheddar explains the origins of so-called “Googie” architecture, and why it became so popular.

Desk with Hidden Laptop Storage

Desk with Hidden Laptop Storage

Make It shows off a very impressive DIY build project – a substantial desk made from reclaimed pallet wood. It features a hidden compartment in its top for storing his laptop, keeping it out of sight when not in use. There’s also a space for hiding a power strip.

How Crystal Head Skulls are Made

How Crystal Head Skulls are Made

While enjoying happy hour at home, raise a glass to Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka team. They make some fine hooch, but it’s the iridescent, skull-shaped bottle that’s so head-turning. Designed by artist John Alexander and manufactured in Milan by Bruni Glass, here’s an inside look at the heads being made.

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