Renee Lusano Uses a Drone To Take The Ultimate Selfies

No matter how cool your selfies are, these are cooler. Los Angeles based illustrator/designer Renee Lusano takes her drone (which she’s named Furby) just about everywhere she travels (which is a lot of places), and uses it to shoot aerial selfies of herself and her mob of friends doing very entertaining things. Most of the time her drone zips high into the air revealing the incredible place where she’s hanging out. Yes, this IS infinitely better than a selfie stick.

40-Story Projections of Endangered Species Light Up The Empire State Building

People who found themselves south of the Empire State Building last night were in for an incredible visual treat. With necks craned upwards, 40-story tall projections of lions, manta rays, tree frogs and a host of other endangered species could be seen moving up and down the side of the New York City icon.

4 Reasons Vertical Video is Suddenly OK

Despite our title for this post, most people would agree: vertical video is the bane of the smart phone era. Our eyes aren’t stacked on top of each other, making a portrait shaped image less than natural viewing. They don’t fit on standard TV or laptop screens, leaving huge black bars at the border. Heck, Google’s Android camera app even scolds you for trying to go vertical. And we can’t forget about the scourge of “vertical video syndrome”

This Interactive Music Video Gives You the Golden Touch

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that we love the most. Masashi Kawamura of creative lab PARTY (featured previously) teamed up with Logan director Kenji Yamashita to create a music video with a touch screen experience that’s charmingly retro… and by that, we mean touching the screen doesn’t do anything at all

5 Minimalist Animations that Convey Big Ideas

When we peel away the layers of complexity in a project, we are left with only with the message at its core. That’s one of the BIG reasons why minimalist projects can have a huge impact. Do them right, and they’re brilliant, but do them wrong, and they’re just boring. Here we highlight 5 animation projects that nailed the delicate balancing act of detail vs. simplicity and convey so very much with very little.

5 Amazing Video Ads About Amazingly Boring Things

Just because you sell something super boring doesn’t mean your ads need to be. We rounded up 5 brilliant video spots for some of the most boring and unappealing things. Here’s proof that they can still get TONS of attention with the right talent behind them. Let’s go!

A Growing Collection of Director Wes Anderson’s Bold Color Palettes

When it comes to making films, there are few who include more design elements than Wes Anderson. One of the most striking tools he uses is color. His craftily arranged scenes (which are mostly symmetrical) are infused with imaginative palettes we don’t see in most of today’s films. Like the Beyoncé palette inspiration we covered not long ago, this is a fantastic source of inspiration for any project.

If Famous Directors Designed Houses, Would They Look Like This?

Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina has an obsession with imagining new buildings designed around unusual constraints. He’s dreamed up houses based on artists, movie sets, and the names of architects. Now he’s turned his design skills to dreaming up buildings as if they were designed by famous directors. His series, “Archidirector” features 27 directors – famous and obscure – each with a unique structure modeled after their signature aesthetic and personality.

Movie Déjà Vu: 3 Film Characters We’ve Seen Since the Beginning of Cinema

When I recently caught Jurassic World at the theater, there was something that really impressed me – and it happened before the main feature even rolled. Watching the trailers for upcoming films it was obvious: every single one was for a remake of a previously existing film, or a sequel to a another. Heck, even the movie I was seeing was a sequel (I guess I asked for it). What is going on in movies these days? Nothing new… but that’s not new either.

A Timeline of Underground Queer Cinema

The history of cinema is filled with life stories, but few that depict the LGBT community. In its century long existence, main stream cinema has typically shied away from the subject, deeming it too controversial or unpopular – but there were films being made. Fandor pulled together 50 films, both underground and mainstream, which paved the way for greater expression in queer cinema.