September 23rd, 2016

Ahhhh Friday.

Are you feelin’ it? I’m feelin’ it…

Videos! Coming right up…

illusion

“New York City. A switch noise and day appears instantly.

This New-York is different: it’s a huge movie set with only facades without depth. Here, all people have a strange characteristic: a confusing and mesmerizing one…”

Some pretty great cgi going on here. Nicely done.

Rammstein-Du Hast(Bossa Nova Version)

Funny! Also well executed (musicianship!)

Ugh!

Hillary Clinton on Between Two Ferns

“As secretary, how many words per minute could you type…” – Yow!

Yes, it’s definitely making the rounds.

His entrance is great. Many are referring to this as part of her debate prep. Based on the sheer lunacy of this election, that’s probably not a bad idea.

Lookin’ At Slopes: The Calculus of Bad Driving

Funny / smart.

Bonus Video!

Kitten cuddles and licks small little chick

[self explanatory]

D’awwwww?

Yay!

Happy Friday everybody.

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September 16th, 2016

At last: Friday. Friday afternoon (where I am.) And almost autumn.

This looks like a job for videos!

Fury Road: Crash and Smash

This is pre-production footage presented without any CGI.

(So: pretty much the same way he shot all of Road Warrior back in 1981.)

Just incredible. 🙂 George Miller: he takes risks!

Tame Impala: Eventually

This video consists of footage of Kubrick’s 2001, set to this quite excellent song from Tame Impala.

So great…

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 1916 – 2016

A great CGI historical view of this airport.

Fat

“Life is good down on the farm until things start getting fat.”

Funny! Really well done. Great characterizations.

Bonus Video!

Stranger Things Theme Song – Live on Hardware Synths – Arp Odyssey, Korg Volcas, Electribe, KingKorg

A live performance by the band Wandertalk.

Such simple music but so well executed. By the way the soundtrack for Stranger Things has also recently been covered by Tangerine Dream (!) Pretty fantastic.

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

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September 9th, 2016

Hey welcome back to Friday, in participating stores now!

I mean: it’s here! For free. Never mind.

And look! Videos! Heeeeere we go…

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Stop Motion Animation

[Sort of self-explanatory]

This covers a lot of ground, but culminates with the hotly-recommended “Kubo and the Two Strings”. (I still haven’t seen it yet.)

Very creative work. Mind-blowing.

Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Hey: speaking of animation and the like…

We are nearing Oscar nomination season, so the VFX reels are sure to follow.

ILM remains legendary. Some great, great work here.

Young Frankenstein (Modern Trailer)

Re-cut to be more dramatic and poignant.

Also R.I.P. Gene Wilder (naturally.)

The creator of this also made a video describing the editing process, which is worth a look as well.

2016 Burning Man Hyperlapse

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I am awed by the amount of effort that goes into some of the works every year at this festival. I don’t think I’ll get the chance to see it live so these videos make a good (if tiny) substitute.

Beautiful. Inspiring.

Bonus Video!

The Longest Way 1.0 – walk through China and grow a beard! – a photo every day timelapse

Hey, speaking of inspiring… 😉 This is a crazy journey, and the video maybe requires more than one viewing to catch the subtitles of where he went, etc.

This concludes today’s batch of Friday Videos!

As you were…

Have a great Friday.

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September 2nd, 2016

Welcome to your Friday Videos, the first Friday in September.

But it’s still Summer people! (in the northern hemisphere…)

Videos! Right!

KENZO WORLD – Director’s cut

This is an absolutely looneytunes dance number. I won’t spoil the ending but it’s surprising what this was made for. Some amazing choreography. Manic!

Suggested by Amanda C. Well done.

“Remember Those Great Volkswagen Ads?”

“The story of the charming, honest ad campaign DDB created for VW… universally acknowledged to be the greatest and most influential of all time.”

A great little documentary about a pretty groundbreaking series of ads. You may have seen this referenced in Mad Men, and for good reason. Fun fact: one of the leads on these campaigns, the late Julian Koenig, is the father of the “Serial” podcast’s Sarah Koenig.

Journey “Separate Ways” Music Video Remake

So first we had Bad Lip Reading, then shreds, then musicless music videos, and now we have video remakes. Awesome! (Although it’s unclear if this is a thing or not.)

This must have taken some effort – especially finding the shirts.

ハムマリオ( HAMUMARIO)Super Mario Bros.

a.k.a.: A hamster tackles a real-world replication of the first level of Super Mario Bros. (Spoiler alert: no problem!)

Delightful!

Bonus Video!

Jet Ponies

[self… explanatory…?]

Yikes! This is a thing!

So there we are. Videos! On a Friday! Together at last! 🙂

See you in seven days, everybody.

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August 26th, 2016

Welcome back, video friends.

It’s the last Friday in August. That feels really fast.

And we have videos!

laughing and not being normal

A 37-minute documentary on Grimes.

I really like Grimes. This is a great little summary of how she got to now.

Lego: The Shape of Imagination

Created by ad agency Ogilvie Asia. How does one even begin to design something like this?! Mind-blowing.

Nick and Griffin Play BeamNG.drive — CAR BOYS, Episode 1

This is part of a series of videos put up by what I assume are beta testers of this game. Their banter is what makes this video (and all the others) so great.

Funny! The game looks like a pretty great stress-reliever also.

8K COLORS OF NEWYORK 2016

This is a wildly animated hyperlapse of NYC. I have no idea how they achieved some of the shots included here. Fantastic.

I found the music annoying but ymmv.

Bonus Video!

Reflections of HAL and Samantha

A cleverly-edited dialogue between “2001”‘s Hal and “Her”‘s Samantha.

Making the rounds. Well done.

And there we go! Videos. Sorted.

Enjoy your last weekend of August 2016 everybody!

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August 19th, 2016

Ahhhh Summer.

It’s slowly fading away but I still love it.

And it’s video time!

Intruders

“In the aftermath of a deadly haunting in a small suburban home, a sinister omnipresent entity proceeds to cause havoc in the private lives of a young boy, an unsuspecting teen, and an absent minded inspector.”

So yes: this is a bit scary / suspenseful.

From Vimeo creator Santiago Menghini. Nicely done.

Cocktails & Dreams – OFFICIAL

Created by YouTube-er Mike Upchurch, who takes existing movies or TV shows and inserts all-new characters into them.

I lol’d

See also: San Francisco 1906, with Ron Lynches.

A Look Inside Canon’s CPS Depot at the Brazil Olympics

“The largest Canon equipment collection you may ever see.”

(Note: CPS = Canon Professional Services)

No kidding! Yikes.

Disney’s Practical Guide to Path Tracing

This is awesome, if a little technical. Modern 3d animation techniques presented in the old-timey 1940’s style of the original Disney shorts.

Sent along by Aaron S.

Bonus Video!

Why the Wingdings font exists

[self explanatory]

Interesting! (To me.)

And there we go. Friday! Videos! Together again!

See you in a week everybody.

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August 12th, 2016

Welcome to a very hot August Friday.

And now it is video time…

Rick and Morty Mini-Episode

Improvised during a New York Magazine interview.

I love this show. 🙂 The new season debuts sometime before the end of the year. Can’t wait.

Spacedock

“This is a short film showing the process of the detail paint work on the conservation of the original U.S.S. Enterprise miniature, used in all 79 episodes of the original Star Trek television series.”

This took some considerable effort. Well done.

Baby, This Song Is For You

“You do know these songs are literally about babies, right?”

Making the rounds. Funny! (And a little creepy.)

Matt Mulholland: Teenage Dream

This video is quite old, but I’d never seen it before, and it’s entertaining. Plus I mean… that shirt… yes.

Bonus Video!

Cat Olympics 2016

I know what you’re thinking: At last!

I think my little dude would probably be a good competitor.

This concludes your Friday Videos for August 12th.

Good Day Sir!

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August 5th, 2016

Happy August Friday! And happy first day of the Rio Olympics.

It is video time. Who’s with me? [scans the room…]

Here we go.

The Influences and References of Wes Anderson

[self explanatory]

Well edited. Interesting…

Once In A Blue Moon

“On the 31st of July I captured the rise of the Full Blue Moon in Aquarius. It was a beautiful sight to witness & lucky for me to capture in a time lapse.”

Beautiful!

Kite Fight

“In the crowded favelas of Rio de Janeiro, flying kites is more than a leisurely escape: It’s also a playful form of battle.”

Note: NOT an Olympic sport. 😉

Sent along by Gina L.

My Daily Life In NORTH KOREA (MYSTERIOUS 7 DAY TRIP)

There have actually been a couple new videos of carefully guided tours of Pyongyang, lately, which makes me wonder if this is suddenly a thing or if they’ve been happening for a while.

This ~15 minute video is definitely interesting. It’s like taking a time machine to the late 1950’s, but not necessarily in a good way.

Bonus Video!

Kanye West’s Favorite Noises

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“Uh” remains my favorite (and keeps returning to his arsenal…)

And there you have it: Friday Videos, sorted.

See you in a week Video fans.

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July 29th, 2016

Welcome back to Friday, and the end of July.

Is it video time? Ooooh you betcha.

Without planning to, the theme of this week’s videos appears to be “NYC”. Here we go.

Day In The Life: NYC Ice Cream Truck Operator

Produced by Gothamist.

Pretty great. 🙂

NYC FLOW

“NYC FLOW is an exploration of video processing technics introduced by neural-style code.”

The sequence of trends we’ve seen in videos / image processing goes: Tilt/shift, Drones, and now neural networks. (You see this kind of thing in the new and very popular Prisma app as well.)

This video is breathtaking. Imagine how long this would have taken to achieve by hand. Amazing.

Jerry’s Map

There is no description for this video, but it depicts a really involved map of the world that one man is painting bit by bit, and then occasionally upgrading. He’s been working on it since 1963 (!)

It’s complicated, but really beautiful and interesting.

Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now

From the New Yorker. The careful attention to pacing and camera angle here is impressive. That and: look at how different it all is. 🙂

Bonus Video!

The Birth Of A Weapon. Part I. English longbow making.

Created by “bowyer” Maris Zvers (And “bowyer” is a word I had not heard before.)

Any maker video which includes the term “three years later” has my attention. 🙂

And so like… there it is. That’s all of the videos. We’re all out. Done.

Enjoy your final July weekend. (Where I am, it’s a long weekend. Huzzah!

See you in seven days.

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July 22nd, 2016

Another hot, steamy, awesome Friday!

And, lookit, we got some videos over here!!!

Here we go…

New Agrobot Harvester

This is the first fully automated strawberry harvester. I for one welcome our robot overlords.

Bells – How Do They Do It?

“…  find out how bronze bells are made at the Eijsbouts bell foundry.”

That this is still a thing in 2016 kind of blows my mind.

Vorticity

“I had three goals this spring: Get a tornado on time-lapse, capture the best footage I possibly could, and chase as much as my schedule would allow. That ended up totalling 18 chase days. 20,000 miles driven. Almost 60,000 time-lapse frames shot. Nine total states. Hours and hours and hours of editing. All between April 15th and June 15th.”

No kidding. Some impressive work here.

Creating A Cathedral Of Light Inside A Gas Tank

“The large-scale projection installation features 21 powerful projectors streaming mind-bending graphic patterns on over 20,000 square meters of space in Oberhausen, Germany’s massive gasometer.”

Beautiful. Massive effort. Amazing.

Bonus Video!

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Believe it or not this is from a forthcoming game from Stockholm-based Landfall Games.

I kind of want to try it. It looks ridiculous!

And so like… there we go, right?

See you next week.

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