Some Awesome Things on the Internet [19/02/2011]

Wow, I have not posted for a LONG time; and that’s a shame because lately I have seen a lot of stuff I wish I had shared with you. BUT ANYWAY I’m back now, I will try to post at least once a week but hopefully more, and get my top 5 videos of the week going again (starting tomorrow) and I can only hope you forgive me. As for now let’s crack on.

 

So as I have been gone for a while, I’m gonna start by just posting a few links of stuff I have come across on the internet on the few weeks I was out; there’s a couple of games, some photo and of course some video, I hope you like them guys :)

 

1) 30 Motion Tests in 30 Seconds

 

This is a video from quite a while back that was promoted by Nick Campbell on his blog GreyScaleGorrilla. I can only reiterate the idea that Nick was trying to present; that ambitious designers should aim to make a lot of smaller projects instead of a few, or only one, large project. The creator of this video basically just made 1 second of animation everyday for a month, it has some excellent work and it  barely takes any time out of the your day; so it’s worth your attention.

 

2) The Ransom Note Generator [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

This is a really nifty little bit of coding which basically will convert your desired message into a random note, bu replacing each letter with a random images of the same letter from somewhere on the internet. I might be making it sound more confusing than it is, but try it, it’s pretty cool!

 

3) Some Paradoxes – An Anthology [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

Now you might have to bear with me a little on this one, this isn’t a design or photo or video focussed webpage at all, as it says on the tin, it’s about paradoxes. Paradoxes for those of you who don’t know are (usually) hypothetical questions that shouldn’t have a possible answer; this page explains in detail how a paradox works and details some of the best examples of paradoxes from history. I really recommend reading this as I found it incredibly interesting.

 

4) School Home Support [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

Ok so back to some videos; this webpage has three videos that culminate into one multi-faceted story about a mother and daughter near to living in poverty in Britain. It’s a powerful viewing experience and they’re really short too, so please check it out.

 

5) The Egg [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

This is an absolutely brilliant poem that I came across a few weeks back; I don’t want to give too much away but the theme is creation. Honestly if you only check out one of these links today, this is one of my favorites.

 

6) Flying Arrow Cam [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

So with a title like this, I shouldn’t have to write much really. Basically guy has strapped a Go Pro HD camera to an arrow and fired it. The result? Awesome.

 

7) Scrbtle [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

Let me ask you a question, do you have hours and hours to waste on the internet? No you say? Well you may think that, but when you start drawing with Scrbtle you’ll find that actually you just lost your weekend without even noticing. It’s a simple concept that mirrors your drawings in quarters and smooths out your drawing lines which means in short, you can create absolutely stunning pieces of art in seconds. Actually, I’d love to be able to see your work, if you leave a comment linking to an image of what you drew that’d be amazing!

 

8 ) Sinuous [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

Wow, I just found this one in my bookmarks and I’ve got to tell ya, this one is special. It’s an absolutely gorgeous online game that blurs the boundries between art, music and gaming. All you have to do it dodge the red dots, but it’ll be beautiful whilst you do it.

 

9) Silk [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

Not hugely dissimilar for the link above, it too blurs boundaries, though this is more of an art tool than anything. Silk  creates an evolving image of your cursor drawings, with the appearance of silk and many colours it really is stunning. Now they just need to put this technology into a screen saver!

 

10) The Final Chapter [CLICK HERE FOR WEBPAGE]

We finish off rather neatly then at number 10. And with one of the best entries on the list; The Final Chapter is the result of a community project hosted by vimeo called ‘The Story Behind the Still’. The contest required filmmakers to film a scene, end with a still shot, then another director would make a scene that starts with that image. The final result is an incredible patchwork of film from several directors who all came together in the end to create the ‘final chapter’. It really is amazing, watch it now. :)

Top 5 Videos of the Week [09/01/2011]

So another week has passed and it’s been a great 7 days in video. This is a special week in Top 5 Videos’ (T5V) because of one very special video on the list. Make sure you have time to watch number 5 all in one sitting as it’s a truly special experience. We also have other great entries on this weeks list with some hyper-advanced animation, a gorgeous time-lapse and a more technically focused breakdown video. Don’t forget to leave a comment with your favorite!

 

1. The Art of Drowning

This is a short animation based upon Billy Collins’ poem The Art of Drowning; if I had to guess it looks like this film was made by rotoscoping film footage as the anatomy and movement of the actor are just so incredibly vivid. The poem itself is also vivid is presenting it’s idea of what might really happen moments before your demise. Delivered in a low, monotone growl the narration fits well with the raw, sketchbook feel of the short.

Video: Diego Maclean

Poem: Billy Collins

 

2. Shapeshifter

This is an incredible piece of 3D design work following the transformation of some high-concept technology. Apparently it was not made as a commercial for a car advert but it can seem that way from the story arc of the car going through cycles of change before coming together as a vehicle again. That aside this is truly on of the most accomplished animations on the internet right now, with cinematography that’ll blow your socks off.

Video: Charlex

 

3. Iceland, Eyjafjallajokull

So recently I have become interested in time-lapses, most probably due to the fact that I’m expecting my first ever digital camera (how have I survived so long without one!?) on thursday. With new kit comes new opportunities and with that in mind I have been researching time-lapses from across the web. Once again vimeo came to my aid featuring some of the most beautiful short films you are likely to see. Though this is my favorite I still urge you to search for time-lapses on vimeo.com. This video is filmed as the title states in Iceland during the time when all that volcanic ash was ruining everyone’s good time. It’s an absolute spectacle and one of my favorites on this weeks list.

Video: Sean Stiegmeister

Music: Jónsi – Kolniður

 

4. Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 1

This is one for all the techies out there; this is an absolutely fascinating breakdown of the VFX used in season 1 of the tv drama Boardwalk Empire directed by Martin Scorsese. It’s an absorbing look into how to make a time period now so dated, look incredibly convincing.

Video: Brainstorm Digital

 

5. Undercity

Now I’m putting the description above this video just to make sure you guys read it. This is a very VERY special video; it’s an absolutely captivating piece of documentary work following ‘Steve’ and a cameraman who’s also the director called Andrew. These two go on an incredible adventure from the sewers of Ney York to the top of the an incredibly high bridge. How the guide knew how to access all these spots is beyond me, but trust me, this is an adventure that must be seen to be believed. Enjoy.

Video: Andrew Wonder

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment with you favorite video.

Also, if you want to see last weeks top 5 click here.