July 21st, 2017

Friiiiii [inhale] Dayyyyy!

Yes.

And videos! Together at last!

Un albero un anno – One tree one year

“A “special” beech tree kept under observation for a whole year by a concealed eye, which never closes.

“Four seasons unfolding around a crossroad of smells, signals and messages left behind by the extraordinary wildlife of the Apennines.

“What you see here is just a small part of this incredible experience.”

Making the rounds, and beautiful.

Détour — A film by Michel Gondry

“Discover Détour, a film by Michel Gondry shot on iPhone. Follow the adventures of a small tricycle as it sets off along the French roads in search of its young owner.”

I still love Gondry’s visual style. Shot on an iPhone! (Though I suppose that isn’t such a big deal, the iPhone has a great camera in it.)

“Raiders of the lost Darth”. Movie Mashup.

A great mix of Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters, etc. Nicely done. Hurry before the lawyers cease and desist this one.

Rovos Rail, the most luxurious train in the world (Official)

This route runs through several destinations in South Africa. It looks really decadent and wonderful. (And, yes, slow, but still!)

Bonus Video!

Keaton Music Typewriter Demo

This was a device from 1936 (this video shows one from 1953,) which would allow the user to print out sheet music, one note, rest, clef at a time.

More info here.

You made it! We made it! Friday!

Enjoy your weekend everybody.

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July 14th, 2017

Who’s ready for some Friday Videos???

Yes you are! Yes you are!

Here we go

hi, i’m steve

An odd little animated short created by Bill Wurtz

UW researchers create realistic video from audio files alone

“In this example, the team created realistic videos of Obama speaking in the White House, using the audio file from a television talk show and during an interview decades ago.”

This is mind-blowing.

More info here. White paper on this research here.

MNSTWNSS (Two.H & Hiss) | Untitled

“Enjoy the Vice Grand Beatbox Battle Champ with his fresh new beats after his two year military break where he could bring his entire style to a whole new level.”

Beatbox battles. Now a thing. 🙂

Pretty great though!

Animal watching – Video installation on trees by Maizz Visual

“Video Installation presented at Marvin Festival 2017 which transformed the trees of Parque España, Mexico City, into huge 3D animal motion faces.”

Haunting and beautiful.

Bonus Video!

Lego Zoetrope Mechanical Animation Device

Brilliant! How has nobody thought to do this before?

And there you go!

Have a great, hot, enjoyable July weekend.

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July 7th, 2017

Happy belated Canada Day and Independence Day!

And welcome to the Friday Videos!

Here we go…

The Master Microfixer Teaching the World to Fix iPhones

“Using her background in molecular genetics, Jessa has pioneered a new form of board-level iPhone repair.

“She’s teaching the world to fix devices that no one, not even Apple, thought it was possible to fix.”

I find this fascinating. Now that iPhones and smartphones are the de-facto most common computing device in the world today, it makes sense that this is the new frontier in DIY electronics investigation. I have done this a couple times and I find the small scale daunting. But this is great stuff.

Dust & Grooves visits Third Man Records

“The shop that this year alone has brought us the world’s only operational recording booth, a direct-to-acetate live LP series, the Paramount Records Cabinet of Wonder and a titillating heat-sensitive 7?, Third Man Records and Novelties (to give it its full name) is without doubt the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of record stores.

“Taking our Golden Ticket to the dream workshop for a look behind the scenes, we learn of Third Man’s 6 most precious new releases and discover a whole Lounge of mechanical amusements not seen anywhere since way before you were born.”

Dust and Grooves is a long-running blog (and published book) all about vinyl collecting.

Third Man Records is Jack White’s (of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, etc.) incredible record store and shrine to all things vinyl-disc-recorded.

Just great.

Questlove’s Food Salon Featuring Greg Baxtrom, Enrique Olvera, Michael Anthony, Mikiko Yui

“The Food Salon is held at Questlove’s home in the NY by Gehry building with panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Long Island Sound. The salon is a gathering of thought leaders in art, music, film, TV, and food. Questlove’s chef friends Greg Baxtrom , Enrique Olvera, Michael Anthony and Mikiko Yui discuss their ideas and philosophies about food and prepare one dish that represents a first course, second course, a third course, and a dessert.”

Questlove: expert drummer, musicologist, foodie.

There is, in fact, an entire channel on Vimeo for this stuff.

Just great.

When Americans Were Thrilled to Fly

“Back in the early 1980s I was doing a series of TV spots for United Technologies and I talked them into a documentary “real people” style. At the time, American airports were the greatest in the world and people saw Dulles Airport in Washington DC as the future. Everyone was thrilled to fly and felt that it was amazing to travel the world with such class and ease.”

Does anyone remember this? How vastly things have changed.

Bonus Video!

NY Times: How To Build An Igloo

NY Times: How To Build An Igloo

Shot in 360!

I know: It’s July. But still. I think it’s very cool.

And there they are. Alllll of your Friday Videos for July 7th, 2017.

Have a lovely (not-long :'( ) weekend.

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June 30th, 2017

Welcome back everybody!

Are you ready for a (hopefully long) weekend?

And… videos?

Here goes…

The Weeknd, Phil & Michael – They don’t care about the Starboy in the air

Created by YouTuber Zveki with absolutely no other information. Nicely done, sir.

Vox: Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge

Presented by Joss Fong while assembling a pretty badass scale model of the site.

time for sushi

A new and decidedly very weird video directed by David Lewandowski.

What is this I don’t even…

Who’s Who In The Movie Credits

“Have you ever sat through the end credits waiting for the post-credit teaser and wondered what exactly do all those people do? We’ll break down the positions in that sea of credits and explain who’s who on a major film production.”

This is informative, and entertaining.

Sent along by Kate S.Bonus Video!

Japan’s Yakuza: Inside the syndicate

“In 2011 a Belgian photographer was allowed entry into one of Japan’s Yakuza families. Over two years, he captured the lives of those living in the underworld.”

At a mere six minutes in length, this video is entirely too short.

Really interesting.

These have been your Friday Videos!

Have a happy July!

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June 23rd, 2017

Wellllcome! [thunder]

To the Friday Videos… AH HA HA HA HAAAA!

In June. Not Hallowe’en (got it!)

Here we go!

Mixed Reality – THEORIZ – RnD test 002

“Second test of our currently in research and development technology for audiovisual production, using in house tracking system (Augmenta) and Vive VR tracking technologies with real time video and projection mapping in space.”

“There is no post-production on this video.”

Created by a group called “THÉORIZ” who describe themselves as “a creative studio designing beautiful and unconventional experiences with cutting-edge technologies.”

Holy cow! This is some impressive tech. It would be amazing to see in person. Really well done.

WoodSwimmer

A new song by a band called “bedtimes“.

Although this looks like some kind of MRI scan of a log of wood, it’s actually a painstakingly animated film created via stop-motion.

Lots more information on it here.

Beautiful. Very creative. It’s also making the rounds.

h/t: Kottke

Oats Studios – Volume 1 – Rakka

“Rakka is the first short film from Oats Studios.”

They are being pretty cryptic about who they are but the rumor is that this studio is run by Neill Blomkamp (District 9.)

Making the rounds. Very well made.

Incredible team skipping challenge – Guinness World Records

“Fourteen young pupils from Fuji Municipal Harada Elementary School in Fuji, Shizuoka, Japan have turned a fun playground game into an official Guinness World Records title after achieving the Most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team.”

This is a crazy, mesmerizing thing to watch. 🙂 Crazy fast!

Bonus Video!

Life without Stuff

“In a world where seemingly mundane objects mysteriously vanish without warning, Life Without Stuff highlights (with astonishing scientific accuracy) what life would be like without stuff.”

Animated by Garth Lee. Funny! Simple.

Thanks for joining me on this week’s Friday Videos.

See you again in seven days!

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June 16th, 2017

It’s Friday everybody!

But hurry! Next week is officially Summer!!

And now: some videos.

La La Land Reimagined – The Fools Who Dream: Mixfilm

A pretty amazing remix / reimagining of La La Land featuring a very eclectic mix of “guest” characters. Well done.

Finger Kaleidoscope

Hands choreographed to the sounds of The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down”

Really beautifully conceived.

Twelve Grades of “First Day” Interviews

“I interviewed my daughter on her first day of school since the 1st grade. Today [June 10, 2017 – ed.] she graduated from high school.”

It’s making the rounds but it’s sweet, so here it is in case you missed it.

Sent along by Alecia S.

Eclectic Method: The Fifth Element Remix

I’ve featured Eclectic Method here a few times. This one does not disappoint. At all.

Bonus Video!

Coming Soon: Tanja Hollander’s “Are you really my friend?”

“Tanja Hollander has spent the past three years traveling to and photographing each of her Facebook friends in their homes across the world.”

Note: she has 626 friends on Facebook. 🙂

This is quite the project! More info here. I find this interesting!

These are your Friday Videos.

Our transaction is complete.

Good bye! 😉

(until next week)

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June 9th, 2017

Holy cow do we ever need some Friday this week…

And here it is!

And here are your Friday Videos.

40 YEARS OF HIP HOP

“Over 150 songs from more than 100 artists representing 40 years of hip hop all crammed into 4 minutes. It’s not a chronological history of hip hop. It’s rappers from different eras finishing each other’s rhymes over intersecting beats, all woven together to make one song.”

Which, actually, is pretty much precisely how hip-hop works! 🙂

I love this.

Mom Commercial

By Cole Escola.

Submitted with zero context, and amazing.

Unique Encounter Between 2 Polyglots In 21 Languages

Polyglot = someone who knows and speaks multiple languages.

This is both fascinating and a huge amount of show-offery.

An 11 Year Old Wrote This About His Bully

“I wrote a rap for him but Im shy. You are my favourite rapper and it would be an honour if you would sing this song to him in a video.”

For an eleven year old these are some killer lyrics, and obviously straight from the heart.

What a great gesture, Max Lethal!

Bonus Video!

BBC Science Club – Brain

Presented as an animated pop-up book.

A great overview here.

These have been your Friday Videos!

See you next week everybody!

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June 2nd, 2017

Welcome back Friday!

Oh and I see you brought June with you. Hi June!

MAKIN’ MOVES

Directed, strangely, by Kouhei Nakama.

This reminds me quite a bit of Cyriak, only more playful, less creepy.

FRACTAL – 4k StormLapse

“This collection of timelapses was gathered over the last six years. The project started out as wanting to be able to see the life-cycles of these storms, just for my own enjoyment and to increase my understanding of them. Over time, it morphed into an obsession with wanting to document as many photogenic supercells as I could, in as high a resolution as possible, as to be able to share with those who couldn’t see first hand the majestic beauty that comes alive in the skies above America’s Great Plains every Spring.”

From photographer Chad Cowan.

These are just teriffic.

Biologist Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty – CRISPR

“CRISPR is a new area of biomedical science that enables gene editing and could be the key to eventually curing diseases like autism or cancer. WIRED has challenged biologist Neville Sanjana to explain this concept to 5 different people; a 7 year-old, a 14 year-old, a college student, a grad student and a CRISPR expert.”

This is actually not only a fascinating exercise in explaining complex topics to a range of audiences, but also highly informative of the ethical and biomedical impacts this burgeoning technology has introduced to the landscape. Really interesting conversations.

Max Cooper – Chromos

The title (and lack of description) doesn’t really describe what this is.

This article describes it as a visualization (and audio compilation) “inspired by the sound of your genetic material as it moves through cells.” Some of it is based on actual genetic / DNA data, though that’s as much as I can make out about it.

It’s also quite beautiful.

From the album of the same name, available now.

Suggested by Kim S.

Bonus Video!

100 Movies 100 Numbers 100 Seconds

[self explanatory]

Yay! Videos!

On a Friday!

And it’s June!

I’ll see myself out. Have a great weekend!

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May 26th, 2017

Friday again. Videos again!

Here goes…

Kung Fu Remix

The latest from Eclectic Method, who have appeared here before.

This has an old-school hip-hop vibe. I like it!

THE MAGIC MOMENT – Peter Dahmen The Amazing Paper Artist!

Peter Dahmen, ladies and gentlemen.

Some great work here. It all looks impossible but he shows you exactly how he creates these unique paper sculptures.

Fidget Spinners: The Toy That Changed America

A faux-documentary done in the style of Ken Burns.

Well done. 🙂

A Continuous Shape

“We spent 3 weeks working alongside Anna Rubincam a contemporary stone carver working in London as she carved a portrait from start to finish.”

So great!

Bonus Video!

Casting Remix with Ross Marquand

Some pretty great choices here. Worth it for the John Malkovich alone.

Fun fact: This is the guy who played Aaron on The Walking Dead. He’s great.

And there ya go! NOW you can have your weekend. Right?

Have a great evening everybody.

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May 19th, 2017

It is Friday.

Let us begin.

A Taste of New York

“In September 2016 we visited this awesome city to try out some new time lapse stuff.

“It took us 10 days, a lot of burgers and one helicopter ride to produce this video. 10 days is very little time to discover this city of endless opportunities, so we hardly slept anything and shot day and night for this time lapse film. The city that never sleeps indeed!”

Created by FilmSpektakel.

Star Trek: Legacy

“A 22 minute Recut of ‘Star Trek-The Motion Picture’ set to Daft Punk’s modern original score for ‘Tron: Legacy’.”

This is a case where scoring can make allll the difference. 🙂

Girls on Film

“Officially known as color-timing control strips, these anonymous female film studio workers were affectionately dubbed “china girls” by the industry. The images in this show were meant only for use by the processing lab to match color tones in the associated film.”

Much more information here.

LUNAR

“In the year 1957 the cold war expands to space. The Soviet-Union sends Sputnik as the first manmade object into earth-orbit.

“2 years later Yuri Gagarin enters space as the first man in space. The so called ‘Space Race’ seems to be decided.

“But in 1961 President Kennedy promised to send American Astronauts to the moon.”

This is beautifully conceived (and making the rounds).

Bonus Video!

Potato House

“I have altered my house to dispense potatoes and potato products from various holes”

Yes. Yes he has.

And there we go.

Happy Friday everybody!

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