There are lots of movie scenes that incorporate mirrors or other reflective surfaces, yet we can’t see the camera or the crew in them. Just how does this movie magic work? Film essayist Paul E.T. digs into some of the tricks that filmmakers use to keep equipment and people hidden from shots.
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Saarland University researcher Marc Teyssier created the creepiest webcam we’ve ever seen. The Eyecam uses six servo motors to realistically replicate the movements of a human eyeball, eyelids, and eyebrow, staring down its subject and making sure they are paying attention during Zoom calls.
Blowing up a real submarine would be costly and impractical, so Gav from The Slow Mo Guys did the next best thing. He took a scale model of a sub, placed it inside a fish tank, and set off mini depth charges. The exterior shots were done with Phantom cameras, but the underwater shots were done with a GoPro Hero9 Black.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, a group of 70 musicians and singers joined together remotely to perform this wonderful medley of music from the James Bond series. Many of the performers are based in Wales, with many folks being alumni of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
The 1963 classic Jason and the Argonauts is known for its masterful use of stop-motion by the great Ray Harryhausen. CaptRobau was curious to know what the animation would look like at a higher frame rate, so he used motion interpolation software to smooth out the action. He did something similar to the original King Kong.
You might recall that there was an entire episode of Community dedicated to the study group’s pursuit of chicken fingers. Binging with Babish couldn’t resist making a gourmet interpretation of the typically-frozen cafeteria staple. His pickle-brined, deep-fried version sounds amazing. Be sure to try the recipes.
Nexus Studios and director Hideyuki Tanaka created this wild and wonderful promo spot for a Japanese tourism campaign back in 2004. The clip features a flock of ostriches as they take to the ski slopes, fully embracing their gangly and awkward bodies as they head down the snowy mountainside, and into the city.
We’ve seen some incredible but brief close-up footage of the Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption. Now watch 18 days of volcanic activity condensed down to five minutes in this time-lapse video that stebbigu created from the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service’s live streams of the eruption.
Break of Reality performs an emotive orchestration of Soundgarden’s 1994 hit track with three cellos providing the rich melody and harmonies, and a djembe on the rhythm track. While no string instrument can replace Chris Cornell’s vocals, we still got the feels.
In many parts of the world, using salt and pepper to season foods is as ubiquitous as the duo of ketchup and mustard. But how did this pairing of two very different seasonings rise to such popularity? BBC Ideas series Edible Histories provides a brief backgrounder on the flavorful combo.
Jackie Chan has been wowing movie audiences with his martial arts mastery for more than 50 years. Among his many talents is the ability to hurdle over objects like walls and fences like they were nothing. The Solomon Society rounded up a few of these classic jumps in this fun compilation reel.
Like many of us, engineer Mark Rober has a backyard bird feeder. He also faces the common problem of squirrels pilfering bird seed. So what did he do? He and his buddy created an overly-complicated solution to the problem, frustrating fluffy-tailed rodents with an American Squirrel Warrior obstacle course.
We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.
If you put a bunch of metronomes on a wobbly platform, they will eventually sync up. But given the nature of the universe to tend toward disorder, why do some things seem to defy this basic law of physics? Veritasium explores the science at work when things work their way into synchronized patterns.
The coiled sword in Dark Souls III is one of the coolest fantasy swords we’ve seen. Aleksey from Bellerophon Studios demonstrates a number of classic blacksmithing techniques to bring this awe-inspiring twisted blade to life. Matt from That Works provides the informative narration.
Among its technologies, Festo are experts in robotic biomimicry. In this video, they show off the latest generation of their BionicSwift, a robot that mimics the flight mechanics of a real bird. These artificial swallows can autonomously fly in coordinated flocks, and can pull off tight turns and loops.
Hacksmith Industries continues to build out its collection of replica props and costumes inspired by The Mandalorian. Their latest project is an impressive recreation of Mando’s jet pack. It has mechanical nozzles that fire real flames, but sadly it doesn’t fly.
Did you know that the sunlight you’re looking at now is 8-minutes old? Or that the most common maps completely distort the relative size of countries? Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy digs into these and plethora of other facts about our planet in this extensive trivia video.
2-liter bottles are pretty good at holding air, so they work well as floatation devices. Maker Chris Notap took this idea to the next level by gluing together 280 of plastic soda bottles with silicone sealer, transforming them into a totally legitimate raft. We wonder if there’s a limit to how large a raft you could make this way.
With enough skill and patience, you can build some impressive structures with Jenga blocks. But if you’re actually playing the game by the rules, you need to remove blocks as you build. You could use your finger, or you could make a wooden mini Uzi that flicks individual bricks out using a rubber band-powered firing mechanism.
Using parts from a 3D printer, custom laser-cut components, and LED lighting RCLifeOn created this mechanical table that uses a magnet and a ball bearing to draw complex patterns in sand, only to erase everything it doodles. On the plus side, as soon as it wipes out an image, it gets to work on another.
3D printed objects are typically made out of plastic. But as Robinson Foundry shows us, these computer-generated pieces can be used to produce detailed castings for more substantial materials. In this case, he output a 3D print of a menacing alien emperor and used it to create a ceramic mold for an awesome brass sculpture.
There are thousands of islands around the globe in a plethora of shapes, terrains, and climates. MetaBallStudios takes a look at the relative sizes of these varied locations, all of which all have one thing in common – they’re surrounded on all sides by water. Raise your hand if you knew that Long Island was bigger than Manhattan.
Mechanical engineer Kuroki Yuto and his collaborators came up with a novel use for a 3D printer mechanism – using the 3-axis machine to manipulate and assemble parts. In this video, they show how the system can be used to put together a sandwich. They used the same technique to assemble a toy car and to fold a shirt.