Friday afternoon, almost, and the ripple effect

Friday, 31 July, 2015

Just right – take a look, and you’ll see what I mean – for a what’s almost Friday afternoon, Ripple, an animation stitched together with images found on Google Earth and Wikimedia Commons, among other sources, by Conner Griffith, a Rhode Island based film student.

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The Milky Way as seen from the Greek village of Petrilo

Thursday, 30 July, 2015

It seems to me that the best views of the Milky Way from Earth are to be seen in Petrilo, a Greek village, some two hundred or more kilometres north west of Athens, and this recently filmed footage of the night sky, by Konstantinos Vasilakakos, makes for a rock solid case to believe that.

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Here are (at least) ten of the most beautiful films ever made

Thursday, 30 July, 2015

It wouldn’t be an easy task trying to choose what might be the ten most beautiful films ever made, and that’s something the CineFix people, in putting together this list of ten movies that might belong in such a category, make clear.

No surprise though to see the work of filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Stanley Kubrick, and David Lean, included.

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There are eight million stories in the naked city, here are four…

Friday, 24 July, 2015

The things that go on in the house, or apartment, next door… Loop Ring Chop Drink, directed by Nicolas Ménard.

The mundane story of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac, and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building.

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Putting the bobsled track to good use during summer

Thursday, 23 July, 2015

What to do during the summer months, when there’s no snow on the local bobsled track? Ride your mountain bikes along it, of course.

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Fingerboarding, that’s skateboarding for your fingers

Wednesday, 22 July, 2015

When you take a replica skateboard, that might be as long as a credit card is wide, and substitute your fingers for your feet, what do you have? Fingerboarding, of course. And to all intents and purposes, it may as well be another form of skateboarding, so seriously is it taken as a sport:

Over the last ten or so years, fingerboarding has developed from a do-it-yourself hobby to a full-on industry. The best fingerboarders – mostly guys in their late teens and early twenties – even have full brand sponsorships. They receive free gear and are flown around the world to events and meet-ups as fingerboarding ambassadors.

Still think it’s a gimmick? Watch some of the tricks carefully though, there’s definitely some skill to good fingerboarding.

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The opening scenes of thirty-five films, how many do you know?

Friday, 17 July, 2015

The opening scenes from thirty-five movies. How many can you identify? There were quite a few I didn’t know. Can’t say that of the first one though.

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The One-Minute Time Machine, useful for correcting faux pas?

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

And still on the topic of time travel, while it may not be possible to construct a machine that allows travel through larger periods of time, such as weeks, years, or decades, shorter spans such as a single minute might be.

The ability to jump back into the past by that sort of interval, may still be enough to change the outcome of future events, as it were. That scenario is certainly possible in the aptly titled short film, One-Minute Time Machine, directed by Devon Avery.

There is, needless to say, a price to be paid for such convenience though…

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The rocket wars of Chios, Greece… a war to keep the peace

Friday, 10 July, 2015

Sadly Greece is, again, in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, so anything that distracts from the economic and financial crisis gripping the Mediterranean nation is probably welcome.

The rocket war is an annual event, dating back several centuries, that takes place the day before Easter Sunday, in the town of Vrontados, located on the Greek island of Chios. Members of two rival congregations fire thousands of hand made skyrockets at each other’s churches, in the hope of hitting the opposing bell tower.

It’s certainly a colourful spectacle, even if the exact origins of the custom are uncertain:

One theory holds that churches on the island faked a civil war during the Turkish occupation so they could celebrate Easter without being plagued by war. Accordingly the ruse worked, as the Turks kept a safe distance, allowing the villagers to attend Easter Mass.

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For a creative recharge, “Birthlight” by Christian Stangl

Friday, 3 July, 2015

Is your creativity waning? Searching for inspiration, but not finding anything? Or maybe you just need a little time out? Presenting Birthlight by Christian Stangl, it might just be the desired tonic:

This short film by motion designer Christian Stangl is based on thousands of microscopic stills from which these stunning timelapse scenarios emerge. Stangl’s self-made chemical processes perform an endless dance of growing and dissolving, flooding and evaporating, melting and recrystalizing, creating an all together perfectly synced synthesis of sound and picture.

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