A trailer, but for what?

Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

What does this… trailer, that was cut together with excerpts from three hundred films, tell us about contemporary film production? Are movies, especially action titles, becoming increasingly homogeneous, or are trailers?

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Climbing the Dawn Wall, almost like climbing a mirror

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

You’ve probably heard about the recent attempt by Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell to free climb – that is without using climbing and safety equipment to aid their actual ascent – the Dawn Wall of the El Capitan rock formation, in Yosemite National Park.

The Dawn Wall is a sheer, vertical, nine hundred metre high rock face, that is essentially featureless. By featureless, I mean it is devoid of decent footholds and ledges, things that you might expect to be present on something you intended to climb.

Instead Jorgeson and Caldwell are looking for the merest, width of half a finger and the like, ledges, or indentations, on the rock face, to grip onto. In some cases these… ledges are some distance apart, requiring the climbers to take swinging jumps across the rock face to reach them.

Now check out some excerpts of the ascent… if you’re somehow able to strap yourself into a bucket seat that’s securely bolted to a floor at sea level, before watching this, then you should, it’ll definitely enhance the feeling of false security.

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Traffic is delayed on the freeway on account of a TIE fighter crash

Tuesday, 13 January, 2015

I guess if you were resident of the “Star Wars” Galactic Empire, or, as it may be now, the New Republic, the sight of TIE Fighters that have come to grief might just be a common sight.

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Iceland, as another planet

Friday, 19 December, 2014

Now here’s a way to look at a holiday to Iceland… view it as if it were another planet, in another solar system, as San Francisco based designer and filmmaker Alex Cornell, did recently.

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And beyond this world, the worlds of the solar system

Tuesday, 9 December, 2014

Wanderers, a short film by Erik Wernquist, depicting humanity’s future possible exploration of the solar system, featuring narration by Carl Sagan. Some of the sequences, especially on the moons of Jupiter, and what looks to be Neptune, are incredible.

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Flight Facilities’s “Heart Attack”… music to fly to?

Monday, 17 November, 2014

And on the subject of air travel, some grooves to set the mood, Heart Attack by Sydney based electronic act Flight Facilities.

No heart attacks involved though, hopefully. Safe travel if you’re on the move yourself.

Via NinaI have no strategy, just energyLas Vagas.

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Surfing most surreal seen at one thousand frames per second

Monday, 10 November, 2014

Footage of surfers doing their thing, as filmed by Chris Bryan at one thousand frames per second… the result is spectacular to say the least.

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Timelapse footage from this year’s Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Friday, 7 November, 2014

I don’t think they actually move through the sky quite as quickly as they appear to… timelapse footage of several hundred hot air balloons launching at dawn, at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held in the US state of New Mexico.

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The perfect way to watch a storm, on video

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014

The best way to watch a storm, or in this case, a collection of them… on video, rather than outdoors, or in their vicinity, thanks to Nicolaus Wegner. You’ll also spot Wyoming’s Devils Tower, as seen in Close Encounters of the Third Kind… it’s quite spectacular here.

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Paris, New York, New York, Paris

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014

An ad for an airline I know, but don’t let that stand in the way of what makes for a fine, side by side, comparison of Paris and New York City. I’ve been to one, I’m yet to visit the other.

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