Forbidden Fruit: First Ascents in Colombia

Jul09

There’s something to be said for combining travel and sport. An almost routine activity like climbing can become a huge adventure when you step out of your familiar geographical zone and immerse yourself in a whole new environment and culture. These are the journeys that have the power to change you.

A van overloaded with too many people sputters and coughs as it rolls to a stop in front of an old, ill-kept hotel. Bald, hand-patched tires let out a sigh of relief as a band of American climbers tumble out of the rickety jalopy that has been their home for the last 10 hours. Overhead, two thousand feet of striped, limestone cliffs loom above dense jungle as Ben Spannuth unpacks his gear from the back of the make-shift bus. The travel day is at an end. Tomorrow, he will explore the caves eroded into the face of the rock.

Nikon Symphony

Jul03

Being DLSR aficionados, we couldn’t help but post this ‘Nikon Symphony.’ We’ve seen these before using bikes, trash, basically whatever but this one has got to be the most expensive one to produce we’ve seen yet. Roughly $24,000 in camera bodies alone!

Evolution of Aspect Ratio

Jun27

History lesson time! This fascinating look at the history of video aspect ratio. Oddly, no one really knows why the 4:3 ratio was chosen but it became a standard just out of being commonly used. It would be an entire generation of movie going audiences before things began to change – and the wide screen wars began.

Probably the best wrinkle in aspect ratio history is how 16:9 came about: old 4:3 movie theaters birthed 4:3 television sets which stopped people from going to 4:3 movie theaters which made 4:3 movie theaters go widescreen to offer something different at home (which also eventually gave way to widescreen TVs).

Framed 2

Jun05

The goal was to differentiate FRAMED II from normal action videos. It was particularly
important for me that the video not only stoked out the core-scene, but that it also
motivated people that donʼt sit on a bike every day,” explained Andi Wittmann.

We’d say they succeeded in making a different style of MTB action video, slow hypnotic shots beautifully captured, esoteric music and some flying camera shots to finish it off. Don’t watch this video unless you have a bike to go ride after watching – it’s that good.

PERU & BOLIVIA | A Stop-motion Journey

Jun03

We’ve all seen some amazing time lapses. And we’ve also seen some creative stop motion work. But combining them as you travel across South America adds a whole new take on documenting your travels. A refreshing visual journey through some amazing scenic locations sure worth a couple minutes out of the day.

PERU & BOLIVIA | a stop-motion journey from Timelapse Media on Vimeo.

Walking on Water

May30

For each thing we lose, we gain another…

When a skiing accident left Greg Mallory paralyzed from the waist down, he turned to kayaking to help him escape his wheelchair. Now he’s an accomplished Class V whitewater paddler who finds strength, challenge and meaning on the river. This is his story.


Truly an inspirational video from NRS Films who have been focusing on water, rivers and our often over looked relation to them. Top notch video production
and a solid narrative suck you right into this one. Enjoy.

Dubai Timelapse

May21

We all love a good time-lapse edit because it pulls you out of the normal everyday experiences and exposes you to something totally different. The next 4 minutes in Dubai are down right mesmerizing – don’t miss this one.

Austin, Nashville, Fort Collins?

May16

When I think of the heart and soul of pure American music, a few places and songs immediately come to mind. The first thing that pops into my head is usually a verse and the chorus of the great Paul Simon song Graceland. Even though it was recorded in South Africa and the rhythm section was composed entirely of South Africans, the traveling Johnny Cash drums, the minor chords and the sparse and haunting guitar lick all scream mid-50’s Sun Records and an era that brought the sound of the blues, the original Americana, to the white masses via Nashville, via Graceland, via Elvis.

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Microscopic to Cosmic: Organic VFX of ‘The Fountain’

May11

In an era of ubiquitous CGI effects in movies there are still some notable diversions taking a more classic approach. Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (2006) is a perfect example of this. Macrophotographer/marine biologist Peter Parks, who masterminded and filmed the chemical and biological elements seen in The Fountain explains:

“The studio gave Darren a really hard time,” Parks recalls. “Nobody believed he could make this film without CGI. The studio thought he was crazy.” With a stack of Hubble photographs for inspiration, [Parks and his son] worked from before dawn till late at night for 10 weeks. The cost of a single f/x sequence from ILM can reach several million dollars, but Parks shot all the footage Aronofsky needed for just $140,000.

Parks and his son run a home f/x shop based on a device they call the microzoom optical bench. Bristling with digital and film cameras, lenses, and Victorian prisms, their contraption can magnify a microliter of water up to 500,000 times or fill an Imax screen with the period at the end of this sentence. Into water they sprinkle yeast, dyes, solvents, and baby oil, along with other ingredients they decline to divulge… The upshot is that Parks can make a dash of curry powder cascading toward the lens look like an onslaught of flaming meteorites. “When these images are projected on a big screen, you feel like you’re looking at infinity,” he says. “That’s because the same forces at work in the water – gravitational effects, settlement, refractive indices – are happening in outer space.”

Truly amazing and inspiring when you watch this video knowing CGI wasn’t implemented for these complex background elements.

Check out the original article here.

Chose to Think

May08

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.
We made this video, built around an abridged version of the original audio recording, with the hopes that the core message of the speech could reach a wider audience who might not have otherwise been interested. However, we encourage everyone to seek out the full speech (because, in this case, the book is definitely better than the movie).
-The Glossary

Take a few minutes to watch this and think about how you view the everyday monotony of life. This made our last grocery store experience much more pleasant!

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