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31 January 2014

sports & video

Felix Baumgartner’s fall from space was pretty darn epic

22 November 2013

music & video

If you haven’t seen Mac Premo and Oliver Jeffers’ new video for U2’s Ordinary Love yet, stop what you are doing and watch it now.

And it you liked that, then check out this profile Mac did of Oliver earlier this year:

28 May 2013

technology & video

Pixar’s Chris Horne Sheds New Light on their move towards ray tracing for the lighting in Monster University

So our Director of Photography went to a studio that is so clearly raytracing averse and essentially said “We’re raytracing everything. True reflection and refraction in the eyes reflecting actual SCENE GEOMETRY and not a brickmap. Yep – we’re refracting through the cornea onto the sclera and iris. Oh and all your shadows are raytraced now – no more shadowmaps. Nope. None. Yes I know you like them but no. And global illumination! We’re doing that now. By default. Everywhere. Oh and I almost forgot – all reflective surfaces will do real true reflection….and deciding what’s reflective will be a shading decision instead of a lighting one. Yes you heard me right. Now get to work” It was extremely controversial, but it made a huge impact and really was one of the true success stories of the film. And now I’m working on that.

5 April 2013

photography & video

This New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever

18 April 2012

video

Dumt & Farligt recorded stupid things happening at 2500 frames a second

24 January 2012

technology & video

YouTube celebrates that it sees one hour of video uploaded per second

music & video

TED Talk: Adam Sadowsky explains how his team built OK GO’s video for This Too Shall Pass

13 December 2011

video & technology

Capturing video at the speed of light at one trillion frames per second

10 October 2011

video & photography

Landscapes: Volume Two

26 August 2011

video & technology

CineSkates Camera Sliders are brilliant

16 August 2011

sports & video

Danny MacAskill, the incomparable trials cyclist, is back with Industrial Revolutions

14 August 2011

video & art

8 Hours in Brooklyn

9 August 2011

nature & video

An Eagle Owl flying in ultra slow motion

3 August 2011

travel & video

These three videos by Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Lees offer a beautiful testimonial to the soul-enriching nature of travel.

29 June 2011

art & video

Splitscreen: A Love Story by JW Griffiths is stunning.

26 May 2011

art & video

Swimming Through Jellyfish Lake In Palau

11 January 2011

technology & video

Daring Fireball: Simple Questions for Google Regarding Chrome’s Dropping of H.264

5. Who is happy about this?

8 December 2010

video & web

Fake it!

11 October 2010

art & video

The Self-Portraits of Van Gogh

29 September 2010

nature & video

Wildlife filmmaker Chris Palmer shows that animals are often set up to succeed

“Shooting in the Wild,” published this year by Sierra Club Books, exposes the unpleasant secrets of environmental filmmaking: manufactured sounds, staged fights, wild animals that aren’t quite wild filmed in nature that isn’t entirely natural.

Nature documentaries “carry the promise of authenticity,” Palmer said, speaking on a morning stroll through the manufactured wilderness of the National Zoo. Nature filmmakers profess to present animal life as it is lived, untouched by mankind. Yet human fingerprints are everywhere.

Palmer’s book underscores the fundamental challenge of wildlife filmmaking: Nature is frequently boring. Wild animals prefer not to be seen.

“If you sit in the wild and watch wildlife, nothing happens for a very long time,” said Maggie Burnette Stogner, an environmental filmmaker who works with Palmer on the American University faculty. “That’s mostly what happens in wildlife.”