For those who love the motion of ink through liquid

Monday, 8 May, 2017

Injecting dyes of different colours into a tank of water, to create wondrous swirling patterns, as the people at Macro Room do. Is that a full time occupation? If so, count me in.

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A clanker, an essential, underappreciated, film production role

Monday, 8 May, 2017

Terry Lothian works as a clanker. Yes, that’s right, a clanker. This is someone who adds all sorts of small props, and generates miscellaneous background sounds, for productions such as films and TV shows. All to render scenes a little more realistic.

It’s not as easy as it looks, now is it? Produced by British film production company FumeFilms.

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Princess Leia’s lonely hearts alliance band, the Beatles meet Star Wars

Thursday, 4 May, 2017

Especially for May the fourth.

Scenes from Star Wars film A New Hope have been synced with music from the Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, by US musicians Palette-Swap Ninja.

Titled Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face while looking at this. Fellow co-workers must have wondered what I found to be so amusing.

Maybe next time I’ll tell them.

Check it out quickly though, I don’t know long the powers that be will allow this to stand.

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Two weeks travelling Turkey by train, by Stanislas Giroux

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017

French filmmaker Stanislas Giroux spent two weeks travelling around Turkey by train. This short film is the result.

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There are 150 million reasons not to date through social media

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017

When lonely hearts meet via social media, where – we are told – 150 million fake profiles now reside. The concluding twist to this short film, by Mexican film production company WabiProductions, is unsettling to say the least.

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When you get caught between the Milky Way and Sao Paulo

Tuesday, 2 May, 2017

Sales Wick is a pilot with Swiss International Air Lines, and recently filmed this spectacular footage of the Milky Way galaxy during part of a night flight between Zurich and São Paulo.

Look out also for the part, at about one minute and fifteen seconds in, I think, where they turn the craft’s landing lights on to greet pilots in a nearby aircraft.

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The toll the people of the Earth take on their planet daily

Tuesday, 2 May, 2017

The environmental cost of one day on Earth, by Yukai Du, a London based illustrator, and motion designer. Work for Econundrum, a series hosted by US cable and satellite TV channel CNN.

Some people throw half the food they buy, uneaten. Others go through close to six hundred litres of clean water daily. The list goes on. We certainly take a toll on the planet.

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Anna-Maija Nyman, bank worker by day, pole dancer thereafter

Friday, 28 April, 2017

Bank worker by day, pole dancer the rest of the time, that’s the life of Stockholm resident Anna-Maija Nyman. Her dancing is the subject of a short film, Spin Dreams, by Francesco Calabrese. Leave any preconceptions about pole dancers at the door.

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Tenerife, as many people may not see it, by FilmSpektakel

Friday, 28 April, 2017

The crew of Vienna based timelapse production and filmmaking studio FilmSpektakel, recently spent a couple of weeks in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.

If you’ve been to Tenerife though, it’s possible you’ve not really seen Tenerife – on account of the other things to do there – so FilmSpektakel’s short film will help fill in the gaps.

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A cover of the Vapor’s 1980 hit Turning Japanese, featuring Kirsten Dunst

Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Turning Japanese was originally recorded by British band, the Vapors, in 1980. While it is a tune everyone seems to know, Australia was one of the few countries where it reached number one on the singles charts.

Thirty-five, or so, years later, US actor Kirsten Dunst featured in a cover of the venerable one hit wonder. I think I’m drawn to her version of the song by the blue wig she wears.

Interestingly, the Vapors, who disbanded in 1982, reformed in 2016, not long after the rendition of their hit featuring Dunst was made.

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