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

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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

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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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July 15th, 2016

Welcome to Mid-July! Soak up the super hot sun while you can…

And now: it’s Friday Video time!

Game of Thrones Beginner’s Guide: Uncensored (HBO)

Let Samuel L. Jackson catch you up on the whole story. He makes it sound far less complicated, that’s for sure.

Sent in by numerous subscribers.

The Big Lebowski Was Inspired By This Real Dude Jeff Dowd

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Huh! I had no idea. He’s an interesting guy, that much is for sure.

The Was

The Was

Soda Jerk vs. The Avalanches.

You may not be aware but The Avalanches recently released a new album entitled Wildflower which is quite good.

Michael Cera’s DVD Picks – The Criterion Collection

Delightful. There are several of these celebrity DVD picks on the Criterion Collection channel, as well as several trailers of their comprehensive restoration releases.

Bonus Video!

Some Kind Of Quest

“…a film that invites you into the singular world of Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train installation just 75 minutes outside of Manhattan, and into the ornery mind of the man—and steadfast wife—who brought it all to life.”

Holy… crap. The attention to detail is insane. There is also a website.

This has been your Friday Videos with your host, Me!

See you again next week, Friday Folks!

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July 8th, 2016

Friday!!!

Videoooos!!! 🙂

Here we go…

Cassius: The Missing

Cassius: The Missing

This is actually an interactive video by Paris-based dance group Cassius where you can change any actor by clicking on them during the video. Huge effort appears to have gone into making this. Great song as well. (Cassius have always been great!)

PHASED | LA

The description is heavy on the technical aspects (and ultra-hi-rez-ness) of this video, but the content and composition is why I included it here. Richly beautiful.

But yes: camera tech definitely is crazy-advanced right now.

Cyriak: 7 Billion

I’ve posted Cyriak videos previously, and even years later, he still makes fascinating, creepy, bizarre animations. I love it.

Tornado in a Jar – Oliver’s Science Lab

His dialogue is pure gold.

Sent in by Melissa L.

Bonus Video!

Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion

No: it is not a band name (yet.)

That is so wild. I’ve watched this video numerous times and it feels so… odd. I like it.

It’s also making the rounds, but I like it.

These have been your Friday Videos! Brought to you by me.

Happy Friday everybody!

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July 1st, 2016

It’s the first Friday in July and we need videos STAT!

Go go go go go!

The Floating Piers by Christo & Jeanne-Claude

This art installation in Lake Iseo, Italy has been making the rounds. It’s pretty breathtaking.

Smithsonian Magazine has a great piece on this work. Awesome.

Something Good (Will Come From That)

“100 years of moving pictures about Holmes and Watson.”

Cleverly edited.

Cooking Steaks & Baking Cookies in the Arizona Summer

Steaks: via the pavement.

Cookies: via the dashboard of a car in the sun.

Yikes. No thanks.

The World’s biggest bonfire! Slinningsbålet 2016

“Residents of the Norwegian town of Alesund built a world record-breaking 155.5 feet tall bonfire for their traditional midsummer festival on June 25.”

Yikes! That would be amazing to see in person, though.

Bonus Video!

Three Piano Dudes Boogie Woogie The Airport

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I personally think this video is too short. 🙂

Sent in by Courtney L.

There we go! Your Friday Videos, done.

Now get out there and Friday it up!

See you next week.

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June 24th, 2016

Another Friday, another set of videos to tell you about…

Let’s begin!

D. Masleev: Kapustin – Concert Etude No3 “Toccatina”

This is Dmitri Masleev performing an intricate étude composed by 20th century Russian / Ukranian composer Nikolai Kapustin.

If you close your eyes it sounds like it might have been programmed, but it’s not. Just a great, great performance.

The Life Of Pitti Peacocks

“Pitti Uomo is a four day long menswear trade- show, in Florence Italy”

Vimeo user Aaron Christian decided to add voice-over audio from Richard Attenborough to video of this event.

Enjoy!

MB14 – Gangsta’s Paradise

YouTuber MB14 performs a segment of Gangsta’s Paradise using nothing but his voice and a loop recorder. This was performed at the Grand Beat Box Battle in Basel, Switzerland in 2015. You can see more of the actual “battle” here. Great stuff!

Auto

“Cars dance on highways, crowds of people wash across sidewalk shores.”

A decidedly arty film, but I found it interesting.

Bonus Video!

Doom 2 – Seinfeld: Jerry’s Apartment

Somebody made their own level of Doom that replicates the apartment in Seinfeld.

…But why?

Sent along by Ashy T.

This has been your Friday Videos! Now go out and enjoy your Summer.

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