Category Archives: Video

Animator Michael McCurdy gives his own take on the small town police reports of Port Townsend in Jefferson County, Washington, narrated by local residents.

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In the first of a three-part series, German educational design studio Kurzgesagt (and here’s why you should trust what they say) explores the origins of consciousness and takes a closer look at how unaware things became aware.

Previously: Lonely?

The tale of Nancy the orb-weaver as told by zefrank. To wit:

She can make rope with her butt, and what she chooses to do wit that butt rope is nobody’s business.

Previously: True Facts About The Lemur

The 1982 hit ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ by dubiously coiffed Luverpudlian new wavers A Flock Of Seagulls, enhanced with an original heavy metal guitar riff performed by Andy Rehfeldt.

They haven’t run away, you know.

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Lessons From The Screenplay explores how the most effective movie scenes often follow the three-act structure of entire movies, books and plays.

A case in point: one chilling exchange between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling in Johnathan Demme’s ‘The Silence of The Lambs’.

More (in the form of a more in-depth podcast) here.

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Last month, Japanese Space Agency JAXA’s robotic Hyabusa2 spacecraft shot and deliberately bounced off asteroid 162173 Ryugu just to see what would happen. Hardcore. To wit:

Before impact, Hayabusa2 fired a small bullet into 162173 Ryugu to scattered surface material and increase the chance that Hayabusa2 would be able to capture some. Next month, Hayabusa2 will fire a much larger bullet into Ryugu in an effort to capture sub-surface material. Near the end of this year, Hayabusa2 is scheduled to depart Ryugu and begin a looping trip back to Earth, hopefully returning small pieces of this near-Earth asteroid in late 2020. Studying Ryugu could tell humanity not only about the minor planet‘s surface and interior, but about what materials were available in the early Solar System for the development of life.

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A diverting inisight into the way colour in movie posters is used to communicate with the desired audiences.

James Verdesoto of Indika Entertainment Advertising explains how white backgrounds are used for comedy, blue for action thrillers, shadows indicate secondary characters, yellow is the colour of independent film and so on.

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One of a series of online tutorials by artist Tom McPherson of Circle Line Art School, this mesmerising video shows how to create anamorphic cityscapes using strategically shaded squares and lines.

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