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François Beaurain Puts a New, Animated Face on Liberia

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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French photographer François Beaurain is putting a new face on the capital city of Liberia. Here the citizens become the teeth on a turning gear, “a piece of the conveyor belt that animates the city.” All too familiar with the countries storied past, François’ gives the people a lively presence often missed by the westernized world and buried under news stories that highlight the grim and shocking. [Read more...]

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Motorized Flip Books Bring Audubon Illustrations to Life

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Famed naturalist, ornithologist, and painter John James Audubon is renowned for his beautifully detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats – but did you know that almost every bird he drew was dead and stuffed? Long before color photography, perhaps the only way for Audubon to get an accurate look at his beloved birds was in the form of taxidermy. Sad but true.

Now, artist Juan Fontanive is bringing the birds and butterflies in the guide books inspired by Audubon back to life. He’s built extraordinary motorized flip books that see the avian life flitting about the sky… all to a soothing rustle of turning pages and whirring gears. [Read more...]

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Each Frame of This Stop-Motion Animation Was Made with a 3D Printer

Sunday 04.13.2014 , Posted by
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With highly accurate 3D animation the standard in today’s world, it’s refreshing to see someone taking animation back to its origins when every frame was hand made… even if they did use highly modern technology. The creative folks at DBLG recently finished up an in-house project that sees an animated bear walking up a never ending flight of stairs, and each frame in this animation is individually 3D printed! [Read more...]

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Mesmerizing Light Pattern GIFs Go Round and Round

Wednesday 04.09.2014 , Posted by
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Turkish multimedia artist and filmmaker Erdal Inci is back with more stunningly hypnotic GIFs. When we last featured his work, he was creating multiples of a single figure in endlessly repeating chains of motion. Now he’s created a series humbly called Light Pattern GIFs, and it’s equally hard to look away. [Read more...]

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This Jaw Dropping Music Video Captures Our Tiny Planet From a Quadrotor

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this week I shared Jonas Ginter’s fantastic work with tiny planets in motion. I might have even said something like “you haven’t seen one in motion before.” Well, like so many things, when one person solves a problem, other people solve it at the same time too (I’m talking about you Alexander Graham Bell!). Case in point, this freaking amazing music video for Booka Shade’s track Crossing Borders. The film was shot from a quadrotor floating over different locations around California. The result is a major treat for the eyes. Watch this one in HD. [Read more...]

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Tiny Planet in Motion: A 360 Degree Video Made With 6 GoPro Cameras

Sunday 04.06.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve seen tiny planets all over the internet (you might have even made one with Google Photosphere), but you haven’t seen one in motion before. That’s because of one problem in creating these little worlds: you need to see in all directions at once. Happily, German photo journalist Jonas Ginter recently employed the smart but obvious solution: use multiple cameras and stitch the resulting videos together. His resulting test video is simply awesome, featuring a small planet below the wheels of his bicycle, car and feet, slowly rolling away as the distorted landscape passes by. [Read more...]

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Beautful Sea Sponges & Coral in Motion: Captured Over 9 Months in 150,000 Shots

Friday 04.04.2014 , Posted by
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To find alien life you don’t have to go to space. Just a short trip under the sea will reveal a world completely foreign to most eyes; one filled with animals that could have jumped off the screen of James Cameron’s Avatar – bizarre anatomy, eating habits, wild colors and all. And, just like the plants in Avatar, these creatures are vitally important to our environment. [Read more...]

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Little Worlds: Tiny Toys Clean Up London One Piece of Litter At a Time

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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In a great big city with skyscrapers, architecture, and millions of people to look at, we don’t always take the time to look down. But only when looking down might you see the “Little Worlds” that co-exist in the city. The CG team from London-based creative agency Rushes proposed an adorable hypothesis of what happens to the litter on the streets while we’re busy looking up. A hot wheels sized submarine blasts away a cigarette butt in a puddle, a bulldozer adorably attempts to scoop up some chewing gum, and a pick up truck and crane pick up used matches one by one. [Read more...]

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Centered: This Supercut Gets to the Heart of Wes Anderson’s Symmetrical Film Styling

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson film, there’s no doubt you’ve noticed his highly stylized version of film making. From quirky characters and theatrical set design, to a heavy use of graphic design and… everything being centered. That’s what a filmmaker who goes by Kogonada noticed, and then made this fantastic supercut of Wes Anderson moments with a dotted line showing their incredible, addictive, immaculate: symmetry. [Read more...]

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How Rad Were Old Game Graphics? The Real World Contrasted With Their Gaming Counterparts

Wednesday 03.12.2014 , Posted by
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If you were a gamer in the early ‘90s, you probably remember raving about the awesome graphics. It seemed like the future was right around the corner, about to pop into full color photo realism… I mean, just look at Jean-Luc Picard’s head!

To see how ‘real’ each of those games really was, Brother Brain (aka NYC artist John McGregor) has done movie/game mashups, showing us an animated look at how the old games measured up to reality… or at least a promotional picture. [Read more...]

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