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10 Must-See Movie Trailers for Films Showing at Sundance

Thursday 01.22.2015 , Posted by
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The Sundance Film Festival just kicked off its annual frenzy of film watching in Park City, Utah. This will come as no surprise to the seasoned festival follower, but there are a load of ridiculously exciting films to catch. Looking for drama, documentaries, horror or sci-fi? There’s that and everything else too.

We’ve rounded up 10 must-see films from the fest. And if you aren’t joining the movie buffs shuffling through the frigid Utah weather, we’ve included trailers so you can have a sneak peak. [Read more…]

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Flying Over Southern New Zealand Feels Like a Beautiful Thrill Ride

Thursday 01.22.2015 , Posted by
Toia helicopter tour of NZ

Southern New Zealand is known for its exceedingly beautiful and rugged landscape, and this video from Australia-based director Mark Toia shows it from its best angle – above. The video captures a landscape pushed upward by the slow but powerful force of shifting tectonic plates. From those snowy mountain heights, water flows into perfectly translucent lakes, making its way downhill in a series of precipitous drops. It’s these stomach clenching heights that are captured over and over in this video, highlighting a collection of ‘aerial rushes’ produced as part of a TV commercial project. [Read more…]

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Movie Theaters Had Very Different Rules in 1912

Wednesday 01.21.2015 , Posted by
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You’ve seen it many times. You’re sitting there waiting for your movie to start, but first this message plays across the screen: “For the comfort of those around you, please silence your cell phone.” While you may think that this is simply an aspect of our modern era, it’s actually been a practice since the very start of film.

These fantastic movie theater etiquette slides from 1912 show many of the same rules as today (like keeping quiet and not standing up) and plenty that we wouldn’t even consider being a problem – like wearing really huge hats. [Read more…]

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The DreamBox Encourages Everyone to Follow Their Dreams and Be Inspired By The Aspirations Of Others

Saturday 01.10.2015 , Posted by
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What is your greatest aspiration in life? This is the exact question that has been answered by thousands of people inside of the DreamBox. It’s a solar-powered video booth that records individuals speaking about their dreams with a green screen behind them. The participants leave their contact information so that when the dreams were released to the public as a webseries on the DreamMakers Network, the speakers were placed front of an inspiring background with contact info at the bottom of the screen, so that anyone interested in helping to turn the dream into a reality could get a hold of them.

A collaborative project between filmmaker Teddy Saunders, co-founder Paola Baldion, designer Brett Heyning of Toyshoppe Systems’, welder Kim Williams, special effects artist Thomas Bacho, and electronics designer, Jason Willis, the DreamBox made its debut on the playa at Burning Man 2012. Since then it has traveled to several other locations and now Teddy Saunders’, whose Oh! The Places You’ll Go At Burning Man video helped raise the attendance to 40% newbies the following year, has turned the collected dreams and what came of the project into a documentary. [Read more…]

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The Boxtrolls’ End Credits Shows How Much Work Goes Into Stop-Motion

Tuesday 12.30.2014 , Posted by
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A stop-motion movie might not be the typical platform for a philosophical discussion of determinism versus free will, but the end credits for The Boxtrolls handles it in very funny fashion. The short clip also highlights the massive amount of work that goes into creating a stop-motion film, showing a time-lapse animator repositioning each character a countless number of times to produce just this short sequence.

For an idea of how long this took, note the changes in the animators outfit as the days pass.

“It’s just too much…” [Read more…]

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A Robot Searches for His Creator in This Beautiful and Desolate Film

Saturday 12.27.2014 , Posted by
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In the sand dune covered lands outside his city, a robot searches for his creator. “We Were Not Made For This World,” is a beautiful and haunting film directed by Colin West McDonald and based on a story of the same name by award-winning cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier. This film is striking in its reliance upon a strong narrative, allowing the deep, soothing voice of Mark “Big Poppa” Stampley to carry the film to its conclusion. Beautifully done. [Read more…]

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A 6-Minute Supercut of 2014’s Best Videos

Tuesday 12.16.2014 , Posted by
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2014 was a banner year for viral videos, and Luc Bergeron (aka Zapatou) has put a gigantic sampling together for his annual supercut “Best of Web”. This year he’s stitched together a whopping 233 viral video clips to create 6 minutes of non-stop action. Here’s a video that will overwhelm you with the experiences of life, give you a gigantic smile and make you want to go out and adventure. [Read more…]

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Love Can Feel Like Floating (and In This Video That Means Air Surfing Through NYC)

Tuesday 11.11.2014 , Posted by
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“After a perfect kiss, you get a feeling of weightlessness. You can compare the sensation to floating or flying.” That’s the spirit captured in this charming stop-motion short, which features a couple floating in the bliss of newfound love and an unlikely sight on the streets of New York City: surfboards. [Read more…]

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With Just a Light Gesture: Italian Quarry Boss Drops Huge Blocks of Marble

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Filmmaker Yuri Ancarani spent nearly a year filming the marble quarry on Monte Bettolgi in Northwest Italy. The otherworldly landscape of stone is captured in his documentary “Il Capo” (The Chief), which focuses on the quarry boss and his silent gestures which direct the action. Under his guidance massive blocks of marble are cut from the mountain and fall with a ground shaking crash. Captivating and surprisingly satisfying. [Read more…]

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These 10 Minimalist Horror Movie Posters Have No Titles. Can You Guess Them All?

Sunday 10.26.2014 , Posted by
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If your recent movie choices are leaning towards ghastly and ghoulish, these minimalist movie posters will be a real treat. Each image condenses a horror film’s story into just two iconic items, leaving the task of identifying the movie up to you.

What movie featured lots of typing and a woodsman’s axe? What film included TV watching and conversations on old-school landline phones? You can call yourself a true horror fan… but only if you get all of these right. [Read more…]

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