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5 second video captures yielding dreamlike montages

Nothing better than technology breakthroughs that make you stop and not only watch the content but wonder how it was pulled off.

Ok, so what’s better is how all these capabilities are finding their way into the hands of the mainstream.

Here’s another. The footage for the music video below was filmed at the unheard-of rate of1000 frames/second. When played back at normal rate the 5 second shoot turns into a captivating 3.5-minute dream.

unconditional rebel – siska from Guillaume Panariello on Vimeo.

How an idea should use Instagram

Love this simple execution by NASA on Instagram.

Tell me a story, do it well… you’ve got 10 seconds.

Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains at the end of this century could be drier and longer compared to drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study. The study, published Feb 12 in the journal Science Advances, is based on projections from several climate models, including one sponsored by NASA. The research found the risk of severe droughts in those regions would increase if human-produced greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. “Natural droughts like the 1930s Dust Bowl and the current drought in the Southwest have historically lasted maybe a decade or a little less,” said Ben Cook, climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City, and lead author of the study. “What these results are saying is we’re going to get a drought similar to those events, but it is probably going to last at least 30 to 35 years.” Read more: Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center #nasagoddard

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Mobile is eating the world

Excellent, comprehensive deck for everyone in business everywhere in the world.

Best viewed in fullscreen mode.

What skateboarding wrought

Maybe it’s my own biased point of view but when I see videos like the Nike one below my mind snaps back to the birth of street skating in the late 80s. Skateboarding prior to this was mostly oriented around vertical surfaces (pools, parks and pipes). The eventual lack of access to these things forced us all onto the street.

If we couldn’t smith grind a half pipe maybe we could grind that handrail. At this same time the small, hand-held video cam was being birthed. These two forces came together and the follow cam POV was born.

It’s for this reason that the soccer video below, created by Wieden+Kennedy, feels like an extension of early Spike Jones skate films. First take a sip of a more modern-day Spike film.

And on to the soccer. I love this film. Great visual editing, soundtrack and energy. Makes me want to put my knees in harms way and jump into a game of weekend warrior soccer.


Wes Anderson right down the center

I wrote a post a few months back about Stanley Kubrick’s obsession with geometry, it’s pretty wild if you haven’t seen it.

It looks as if he’s not the only one directing with a driving force to divide the screen. Check out this quick vignette of Wes Anderson’s evenness.

Minimalist design of popular TV shows


I’m fascinated with minimalism.

What drives this fascination is the plethora of junk in our daily lives. As we all know, the DIY movement has enabled everyone to become an author, a photographer, a designer… etc. While this is good it has also created quite a bit of mediocrity.

We’ve gone from a handfull of TV channels in the 70’s to dozens in the 90’s to thousands today… there is a whole lot of content out there and the truth is that most of it is bad.

It’s hard to pare away all the superfluous elements of design and tell a story with the simplest graphical representation possible.

This brings me to Albert Exergian.

He’s an Austrian designer who is also into TV… so he’s created a bunch of simple minimalist posters. The MacGyver poster leads the pack for me but check out Kojak, Charlie’s Angels and The Sopranos.

Albert’s blog is here.

Real is the new slick

As more and more of life becomes pixel-perfect there is a space… and a market for things which are imperfect.


Don’t get me wrong, I love insanely well designed user experiences like Feedly. What I’m saying is in the midst of the auto-tuned, perfect pitch singers and 24x7x365 killer apps, and homogeneous prepared foods… we sense their inherent shallowness.

Would you rather drink a microbrew or a Bud?

Formica veneer or solid teak?

This isn’t my theory or even novel. From Stumptown coffee to Brooklyn bespoke mini-industries… real is the new slick.

This brings me to films like The Harder They Come.

This 1972 movie was shot in Jamaica for what looks like not a lot of money and traces a simple arc of a criminal who yearns to be a music star. Like many Hollywood films it’s not exceptional because of the story but because of the overall… feel. The Harder They Come reminds us of why we loved Bladerunner’s grit and found Star Wars a tad too antiseptic.

This film goes past many period pieces which deliver visually but fall apart sonically. If the visuals of this film don’t reign you in the soundtrack surely will. The reggae-staple album is worthy from the opening track the the final melodies.

I love films like this. I sometimes find myself yearning for a sense of realness found in films like this one when I watch this seasons blockbuster.

When everything is perfect, give me imperfection… and give it a great soundtrack. Watch this entire film here.

Tiny moving pictures

I love the idea of people pushing the boundaries within tightly constrained mediums.

If you think about it entrepreneurs and artists, people who push new ideas out, they tend to operate within some tightly defined parameters.

How many singers push out songs more than three and a half minutes? How many film makers create films longer than three hours? How many startups take on two or three ideas at once?

This brings me to GIFs.

A tiny file size, mini animation, mostly for not apparent reason or value other than to entertain. Tiny moving pictures, cinemagraphs, made by… anyone.

Stanley Kubrick’s obsession with geometry

Stanley Kubrick, arguably one of the most important film makers of our era, had something approaching a fixation with using a single vanishing point in his films.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw 2001: Space Odyssey. I distinctly remember two things. One is the fact my friend that couldn’t deal with it… he hated it, he wouldn’t stop talking and then he left. He was lost at the chimps… and it went downhill from there. The second thing I remember is feeling like I was lost in a dream… like I was in some alternative reality.

The truth is that all Kubrick’s films make me feel like I’m dreaming… it’s almost as if they take over my brain for an hour or two. That, at least to me, is the sign of a master director… commandeering someone’s mind for the duration of a film.

This… stunning… clip suggests one reason why. Stanley Kubrick had a distinct, signature perspective and he forced the viewer into it.

The vignette reminds me, yet again, of the depth of his legacy. Give it a watch.

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo.

Everything is a remix

Intellectual property is the new Lego blocks.

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 4 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.