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.

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.

Through The Lens

May07

This episode features Jay Nelson, a San Francisco-based artist who specializes in a unique type of automobile customization. This past winter, Jay drove down to Rob’s house in Cardiff, CA, where the two worked together to build out the inside of Rob’s van and create the ultimate surf mobile.

Iconic surfer Rob Machado has traveled the world for more than half his life. And during that time, he’s crossed paths with countless individuals who share a love for surfing and a passion for the arts. In his new series called Through The Lens, we meet these individuals and follow Rob as he re-connects with the people who’ve inspired him along the way.

What really stands out to us in this video is the celebration of imperfection.    Rob Machado recounts surfing on boards with twisted stabilizers and wrong angles.  And to most, that would be enough to scrap the board but for Rob, that’s what made the board magic.  In an era of cookie cutter houses, assembly line cars and the drive to fit in with the Jones’ – there is certainly something to take away from this video.  Enjoy.

Wade Simmons Samples the Rocky Mountain Instinct

May04

We’ve seen a lot of product release videos and in the world of mountain biking it’s a pretty simple formula. Show off some close up bike porn, get a good rider to shred the bike down the trail and then film it well. Wrap and done. So it was refreshing to see this video come out. We’ve seen this style of video before, some real audio mixing mastery but never in the mountain biking world. So sit back, turn up the volume and check out the bicycle making its own tunes for the edit. Cheers!

SCREENGRAB

Apr30

This trippy video produced by Willie Witte is in experiment in transitions. He mentions that all of this was done in front of the camera without help from computer graphics. Can you figure out how he did it? My brain is all twisted up trying to visualize how he did it. The only thing I can imagine is a live video out that could then grab a screen capture, print it off and then quickly put it in front of the camera before too much changes, then with some clever editing, BAM!  Goes to show that all you need is a little creative thinking to pull off some very interesting visual results.

Google Street View Hyperlapse

Apr16

So this is a pretty amazing collision of technology and ingenuity. As we all know, Google has been scouring the world collecting photos for their street view project. This mass of photographic information they have collected is just a gold mine waiting for creative minded people to dig into. The creative folks at Teehan+Lax have created this amazing open source platform that can take any location in street view and transform it into a hyperlapse. Hyperlapses are similar to timelapses with the exception of large, sweeping camera movements. While they haven’t released the code they used to create the below video, they have released a basic version that is way less visually appealing but fun to play with none-the-less. We can’t wait to see what comes out of this open source project – and it’s surely just the tip of the street view potential iceberg.

The Walking Dead Season 3 Visual Effects Reel

Apr13

Warning: This video is pretty graphic if you’re not used to seeing zombies beheaded left and right. That being said, if you watch ‘The Walking Dead’ you’ll find this compilation edit pretty fascinating. There are so many shots that last less than two seconds, yet require hours and hours of visual effects work to make it realistic. We’ve said this before but the shots that require the most work, usually are the ones that the audience notices the least. It’s no different from beheading zombies to putting the final color correction touches on a series of shots for a client. Not to say that this lack of noticing is bad, quite the contrary. It’s best when the audience just accepts the visual information presented to them and stays immersed in the story. It’s bad when the audience gets pulled out of that emotional state, when the critical thinking part of the brain surfaces from the viewing experience and goes, “hey that shot looked fake.”

The Walking Dead Season 3 Visual Effects Reel from Stargate Studios on Vimeo.

CineStar Gimbal System

Apr11

We’ve all heard about the ‘drone revolution’ in full swing right now. We got the opportunity to work alongside Warren Miller Entertainment this past season and I have to say this: working with a full scale heli is a huge logistical pain. Added to the fact that each minute of flight time is literally burning hundreds of dollars in fuel. Now, for the first time, technology has become cheap and more importantly small enough that lifting a DSLR camera for 10+ minutes with precise control is now easily attainable. However, it’s still not cheap. For the cost of a small car you could own this amazing individual or multi axis stabilization system… and in a split second you could crash 15+k worth of gear. Either way, drones are here to stay and we’re excited to see more and more aerial production services popping up all over the country.

New Zealand Landscapes Timelapse

Apr08

In our opinion, time lapses never get old, especially landscapes. So when this collection of New Zealand landscape time lapses come out we had to share it. What we love so much about these is that it truly exposes you to something you would never experience in real life. It exposes you to the motion of the heavens, makes clouds look more like turbulent waters and forces you to rethink motion and interactions on a much larger, slower scale. It has been said you always need a good hook in a video, something that grabs the audiences attention… well the next six minutes are all hooks in our opinion. Enjoy.

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