Movies and TV shows use a mix of practical, optical, and digital visual effects to simulate natural disasters. Insider compiled behind-the-scenes footage from eight movies where VFX pros brought storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other acts of Mother Nature’s fury to life.
If you know how to make a silicone mold, you could easily make yourself a record out of chocolate or candy. But would you want to put one on your turntable and gunk up the stylus? Techmoan bought a chocolate record from Etsy seller FoodIsArt to see what it sounds like when played. Freezing the disc helps quite a bit.
Béla Films’ montage starts out with a seemingly random array of classic movie and TV moments, but transitions around the 1-minute mark into a thrilling action sequence, painstakingly edited together in time with the music. We love how seamlessly the edit moves from car chase to foot chase to fist fight.
Tired of flossing your teeth one at a time? Well, Unnecessary Inventions has the solution, a gadget which can floss all of your teeth at once. While it was designed as a joke, we could totally see someone selling such a device. Though we imagine reloading the floss would take way more time than just flossing normally.
Artist and builder Charlie Baker creates incredible sculptures from materials found in nature. Rather than use finished lumber, he works meticulously to preserve the organic shapes and textures of the twigs and branches he uses as his primary medium. WIRED’s Obsessed takes us inside the artist’s mind and process.
Maker and Mythbuster Adam Savage loves to show up at conventions in costumes that completely disguise his identity. For SiliCon 2021, he walked the aisles in an awe-inspiring suit based on Tony Stark’s original Iron Man Mark 1 armor. Savage recently finished the outfit after it sat gathering dust for nearly a decade.
Maker Ivan Miranda lives in a beautiful place in Spain. But he hates when it rains there, and he doesn’t like carrying an umbrella. So he set about the task of engineering a motorized helmet that uses a powerful motor and a turbine to blow the rain away from his body. And yes, it works in real rain.
You might think of the passage of time as something that moves in a particular direction – from left to right, front to back, or clockwise around a dial. As MinuteEarth explains, there’s no uniform way of looking at the direction of time, and how humans even represent it differently based on the way their language is written.
Joseph Fifelski’s science fiction short film tells the story of a mechanic and a humanoid robot who arrives at his barn in search of a fix before she is shut down permanently. While Roy certainly owes a debt to Blade Runner, it also stands on its own as a story about compassion in the face of despair.
A young engineer named Burke McGabe got it in his head to build something totally unnecessary but nonetheless entertaining. What looks like an ordinary wall clock is designed to automatically fall off the wall any time he looks at it to check the time. It’s seen better days after all of its crashes.
Nintendo Labo kits encourage players to build game accessories using cardboard. DanCreator took that idea to the next level by building a complete sit-down Mario Kart arcade machine to go with his Labo cardboard steering wheel. The total cost for the build was $150, not including the Nintendo Switch.
Because truly nothing is sacred to the warped minds behind There I Ruined It, here’s a version of Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, mashed up with The Champs’ 1958 hit track Tequila, also known as Pee-Wee Herman’s favorite dance song. Clearly, much tequila was consumed when they came up with this idea.
We’ve heard Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up at least 1000 times. But this version posted by Christya mixes things up by transforming Rick’s sound into something straight out of a Japanese anime, minus the actual animation. Vocals by MOM0KI, annapantsu, LilyPichu, and LizzRobinett
Luca Stricagnoli performs an emotive cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence using a custom guitar add-on called a Reverse Slide Neck. The upgrade allows Luca to play an acoustic guitar and a slide guitar with a single instrument. His reverse slide cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is also amazing.
Longboarding down steep and twisty roads looks like quite the thrill. But it can also be quite dangerous. Boarder Josh Neuman compiled this video of 10 of his most butt-clenching downhill moments. Between the blind corners, steep drop-offs, roadside hazards, and unexpected vehicles, this is one pastime best left to the experts.
After winning more eBay auctions than he expected to, modder Peter Knetter had some extra Nintendo Switch handhelds lying around. So he took one of them and gave it a complete makeover – covering its plastic case and buttons with wood ones. It’s definitely thicker and heavier than the original, but it’s certainly unique.
Make Anything’s Tippi Tree is a party game that challenges players to stack and interlock blocks but in a more organic way than Jenga. Maker Devin Montes has now built a giant version of the game out of wood. If you want to play some Tippi Tree for yourself, you can purchase the design for 3D printing from MyMiniFactory.
One of the challenges with swimming pools is what to do when you’re done with them for the day. You could put a pool cover over the top, or you could do what Sons of Metallerie did, and build an entire outdoor lounge that slides over the pool when it’s not in use. Here’s the view from the seats.
Rolls-Royce shared this brief, but fascinating look at the process of building one of its Pearl 15 jet engines at their factory in Germany. Each engine is assembled by hand by a team of skilled mechanics out of thousands of individual components. This particular engine was later attached to a Bombardier Global 6500 business jet.
Mathematician and creator Yosuke Ikeda invented this glorious little plaything which uses a series of ramps to move marbles around as you push on it. Multiple AlgoLoops can be combined for more complex patterns. The project’s Kickstarter already has closed, but hopefully we’ll be able to buy these soon.
Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon is known for his hand puppets like MANU and Spiky. Barnaby was asked to oversee the puppetry for a staging of The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage. In this behind-the-scenes video, he shows of the larger mechanisms he’s developing for birds and quadrupeds. We can’t wait to see the finished animals.
Touted by toymakers as instantly-hatching beings running a tiny civilization, Sea Monkeys are just brine shrimp. Hank Green and Journey to the Microcosmos offer their close-up take on the weird history of these novelty sea creatures. Interested in learning more? We recommend the Stuff You Should Know episode on the topic.
Sculptor Steven Richter set himself the challenge of creating a mechanical claw machine based on Doc Ock’s tentacles from Spider-Man 2 and No Way Home. The build features cast resin parts and a cable-driven mechanism that lets an operator move the claw and grip objects with it. Plush Spidey doesn’t stand a chance.
If you haven’t seen Macro Room’s amazing Playing with Time video, go watch it first. Then come back to this post and watch Captain Disillusion’s deconstruction of the clip, which explains in great detail how its creator likely achieved the complicated visual effects sequences.