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2020 Oscars Honest Trailers

2020 Oscars Honest Trailers

From 1917 to Joker to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the 2020 Academy Awards has some pretty solid contenders. But regardless of how good a movie might be, Screen Junkies is always ready to roast it. So without further ado, enjoy their very special Oscars edition of Honest Trailers.

Infrascapes

Infrascapes

We’ve seen more than our share of time-lapse landscape videos, but this is the first one we’ve seen that was shot using an infrared camera. The Phlog used a modified Canon EOS 750D to capture these otherworldly images in stunning 8k resolution.

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Weird Old Predictions

Weird Old Predictions

While many considered Nikolai Tesla to be a genius, he also had some pretty outlandish ideas, like the notion that we would stop drinking coffee by the 21st century. Mental Floss editor Erin McCarthy explores this and a number of other wacky predictions that have yet to come true, among them, undersea buses propelled by whales.

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Kris Temmerman wanted to learn how to TIG weld. He ended up doing way more than that. Watch him create a small motorized six-wheeled vehicle that resembles the Mars rover (with a seat). It has an aluminum body, six-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering.

TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

Do you like sitcoms? Then check out this wonderful medley of theme songs from shows like Friends, Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and The Office, performed on acoustic guitar by Nathan Mills of Beyond the Guitar.

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.

Macro Food Footage

Macro Food Footage

Photographer Eugene Belsky shows off the kind of incredible close-up images that can be captured with the Venus Laowa 24mm probe lens and a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k. The razor-sharp 4K footage gets intimate with a variety of edibles, and looks even more spectacular if you’ve got a display that supports HDR.

Pressure Washing with Stencils

Pressure Washing with Stencils

Do you have a dirty sidewalk or driveway at your house? Pressure washing is a great way to get the grime off. Craig “Turnah81” Turner shows us how to use brick stencils to make a little bit of temporary art while hosing off his parking pad. Also, we love the Aussie pronunciation of “algae.”

Wooden Magic 8-Ball

Wooden Magic 8-Ball

A few years back, we watched an artist craft a beautiful replica of an 8-ball from wood. Now, watch as Oregon woodworker Carl Jacobsen creates a shell for a Magic 8-ball toy, with a cool basketweave pattern on its exterior. Also, we always thought the whole toy was filled with liquid, not just a cylinder in its middle.

Future Thoughts

Future Thoughts

From living rooms on wheels, to 3D printed humans, to transporter beams, to robotic construction workers, Animator Loek Vugs’ short film muses on some of the likely and unlikely technologies which lie ahead for future of humanity.

A Tribute to Velcro

A Tribute to Velcro

Velcro is an incredibly useful product. But it’s not exactly the easiest product to make visually interesting. The guys at London’s XK Studio made this happen by creating digital macro images of a burr plant which served as the inspiration for the brilliant simplicity of Velcro’s hook-and-loop design.

The Rise and Fall of Emo

The Rise and Fall of Emo

(PG-13: Language) “The irritating screech of a dial-up connection was replaced by the equally grating sound of teenagers expressing themselves.” Ordinary Things turns into Ordinary People, as our host walks us through a history of the Emo movement, as it evolved out of punk into something more suburban, then imploded.

Duct Out

Duct Out

Motocross freeriders Robbie Maddison and Tyler Bereman avoid Los Angeles traffic by hopping onto their dirt bikes, and heading off of the freeway, popping wheelies through the city, and pulling impressive stunts through its iconic viaducts. The apex being an epic 46-foot jump into the L.A. River from the 1st Street Bridge.

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Drawing 100 Versions of Batman

Drawing 100 Versions of Batman

James Raiz aka TheBoxOfficeArtist loves to draw complicated scenes featuring lots and lots of characters. In this clip, he meticulously illustrated 100 versions of The Dark Knight as seen in his many different guises over the years. Join James’ Discord community for a chance to win a print of the finished image.

Foggy Forest MTB

Foggy Forest MTB

Mountain bike rider Mark Matthews takes us on a wild first-person ride through a foggy stretch of forest on Vancouver Island. As the greenery and trees whip by, we couldn’t help but think of the speeder bike chase on Endor, just with smaller trees.

Chateau de Sable (Sand Castle)

Chateau de Sable (Sand Castle)

We only recently came across this ESMA animated film from 2016, but it’s too good not to share. The award-winning CGI short follows the story of the guardians of a sand castle, as they make their last stand against a terrifying enemy.

Mini Planets

Mini Planets

Artist Thomas Blanchard follows up his stunning short film The Other Side with a more singular effort, filling our screens with colorful planetary bodies and galaxies. Like his other works, there’s no CGI here – the images you see are made entirely from paint, oil, inks, and soap.

Dream Cream

Dream Cream

(PG-13: Cartoon Nudity) Need a dose of silliness to break up your otherwise mundane day? Look no further than Noam Sussman’s hilariously weird and wild animated short film about an elderly couple who becomes hopelessly addicted to a face cream because of its psychedelic properties.

Upconverting Vintage Footage

Upconverting Vintage Footage

Using neural network tech, Denis Shiryaev was able to take some very early film footage, and upconvert it to display at 60 frames per second. The original Lumière Brothers film, Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat dates back to 1896. There are definitely some strange artifacts, but it’s unusual to see such old footage moving so smoothly.

Engineering Living Robots

Engineering Living Robots

Researchers from The University of Vermont and Tufts University have created tiny “xenobots,” which use living cells manipulated to perform tasks. AI algorithms guided the microsurgery used to create these organic machines which could someday clean microplastics from oceans, or repair organs in our bodies.

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The Cat Concerto Live

The Cat Concerto Live

Way back when, there was a Tom and Jerry cartoon that featured Tom cat attempting to to play a concert while Jerry mouse tried to nap inside of his piano. CANACANA pays tribute to Hanna Barbera’s melding of music and animation by performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 synced up perfectly with the cartoon.

Legbreaker

Legbreaker

This quirky platform puzzle game has two interesting constructs: 1) you can only jump twice in each level; and 2) you break one leg each time you jump. Azaan Lambkin’s submission to itch.io’s Finally Finish Something 2020 contest ironically has a bug that keeps some players from seeing the game’s ending.

Zelda: The Blood Moon

Zelda: The Blood Moon

Writer/Director Zane O’Gwin and Cinematographer Devin Supertramp created a truly impressive fan film from the Zelda universe. As the story unfolds, a battle lures our heroes into a tragic scenario, and Link must carry on into old age alone. Behind the scenes footage here.

Garfield on Acid

Garfield on Acid

What do you get when you take a bunch of old Garfield comic strips and feed them into a machine learning algorithm designed to morph them into a cohesive animation sequence? Nightmares, that’s what. Go figure it was the guy behind Garfield Gameboy’d that tipped us off to Daniel Hanley’s bizarre AI experiment.

Making Senko Hanabi Fireworks

Making Senko Hanabi Fireworks

Senko Hanabi fireworks are a traditional Japanese form of pyrotechnics that uses only a tiny bit of combustible powder to get started, then transforms through various stages to produce a sparkler effect. NightHawkInLight scored a rare lesson on how to make them at the Tsutsui Tokimasa fireworks company. Money shot at 14:18.

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