Star Wars films Rogue One, and A New Hope, as one film, by Barre Fong

Friday, 24 March, 2017

Spoilers follow, don’t say you weren’t warned.

This had to happen sooner or later. The ending frames of the Star Wars “spin-off” movie Rogue One, have been cut together with the opening scenes of the Original Trilogy title, A New Hope.

Now we can actually see how both films connect to each other, even though we already knew.

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The source of some of Daft Punk’s samples

Wednesday, 22 March, 2017

I don’t know how much trouble I’ll get into for saying this, but French electronic music act Daft Punk are masters of the sample. If you’re a fan, chances are you will enjoy this clip, a selection of sources, songs and music, from where they have drawn samples for their compositions.

And here’s the video clip to Lose Yourself To Dance. What do you think? It likes like they may have sampled some video as well, for the production of this track.

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A scale model of an Airbus A310, by Martin Müller, in flight

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Now here’s a hobby, building large scale models of commercial airliners, which perfectly mimic the actual aircraft. That’s what Martin Müller does, and here’s one of his models, an Airbus A310, being put through its paces, indoors no less.

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Chuck Berry, he could play the guitar just like a ringing a bell

Monday, 20 March, 2017

US musician and guitar legend, Chuck Berry died over the weekend, aged 90. Here is a live rendition of Johnny B. Goode, recorded in 1958. His signature tune?

And he is, in 1987, live again, singing Nadine. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is performing with him. You may have to look twice, but you’ll eventually recognise Richards.

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Recently released video footage of once classified US nuclear tests

Monday, 20 March, 2017

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a US federal research facility based in California, has spent the last five years digitising thousands of film clips of nuclear bomb tests conducted by the US, between 1945 and 1962.

The footage had been classified by the US government, but now several hundred recordings of nuclear detonations have been made public. This is footage that you want to see, that you don’t want to see. Isn’t what we’re witnessing here – such as this explosion, that was part of Operation Teapot – terrifying?

Another sixty-plus videos of nuclear blasts can be found here.

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A fictive flight over the surface of Mars

Friday, 17 March, 2017

About eighteen months ago, I posted some footage of a reasonably realistic animated flyover over a region of Mars called Atlantis Chaos, produced by the European Space Agency.

More recently, Finnish photographer and video producer Jan Fröjdman, using high resolution photos taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, combined with a 3D process, has crafted a video clip of a fictive flight above the surface of the red planet.

As good as being there, if you ask me. Go full screen, for best results.

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Personal Shopper, a film by Olivier Assayas, with Kristen Stewart

Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

Personal Shopper, starring Kristen Stewart, is a mystery thriller with a supernatural twist. Could it really be her deceased twin brother who is sending her strange text messages?

Directed by Olivier Assayas, who was behind Clouds of Sils Maria, also featuring Stewart, and playing a similar sort of role, as a personal assistant, this story has piqued my curiosity.

Here’s the trailer. Can’t see a theatrical release date for Australia yet, but will let you know if I do.

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Voyage, an astronaut’s odyssey through a black hole

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

Can an astronaut travel through a black hole, and what happens if this is possible? There’s only way to find out, isn’t there? Take the journey, and see.

A sci-fi animation by Hello, Savants!, an Amsterdam based fellowship of creative people with unique disabilities and unexpected talents.

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A Cure for Wellness, a trailer for Gore Verbinski’s new movie

Monday, 13 March, 2017

An idyllically located Swiss wellness centre, that claims to cure all manner of ailments, isn’t – surprise, surprise – quite what it appears to be.

Such is the premise of A Cure for Wellness, the latest feature of US director Gore Verbinski. The clinic sounds a little like a certain hotel in California, to me.

Check out the trailer here.

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No moving rotors? How does this helicopter fly then?

Monday, 13 March, 2017

German photographer Chris Fay was in the right place, Hong Kong, at the right time, with the shutter speed, and frame rate, of his smartphone camera, a Samsung S7, likewise at the right settings, to capture this footage of a helicopter in flight.

A helicopter in flight without its rotor blades moving, or so it seems. Of course they are, unless there’s another helicopter, or hot air balloon, out of shot, somehow elevating the craft. Fay explains here how he filmed the optical illusion:

I shot the Video using my Samsung S7 Smartphone set on “Pro” Function, where you can adjust the ISO and the shutter speed manually, so you have full control. To get rid of the motion blur you have to set the shutter speed to a very high value. The Original Video is captured in QHD, which is 2560 x 1440 Pixels on the S7. The frame rate was 30 FPS. I am guessing that the helicopter had a rotation speed of about 6 rounds per seconds and as the 30 FPS in the camera is a multiple of that, the blades do look like they are not moving.

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