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One Couch at a Time: A Documentary Film About the Couchsurfing Phenomenon

Sunday 05.04.2014 , Posted by
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When people think of Couchsurfing, there can be quite a few misconceptions. For instance, people often think that it’s a bunch of free-seeking hippies who are just looking for a place to rest their raggedy selves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Couchsurfing is a radical community comprised of generous, open minded and culturally conscious individuals. Staying at a person’s place, whether it is a posh guest bedroom or a simple couch, serves only one of the many purposes the vibrant community brings. The chief mission of Couchsurfing is to “Change the World, One Couch at a Time.” [Read more...]

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Awakening: New Zealand’s Changing Light Captured in Timelapse

Sunday 05.04.2014 , Posted by
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Martin Heck spent 4 months traveling through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand and capturing it in timelapses that pay tribute to the unique light of the far south. He spent the nights under the stars, capturing the sky as sweeping points of light. By day he hiked through the mountains, explored remote roads and captured the ever changing weather as it played off the rugged landscape. If you were already craving a visit New Zealand, this will tickle that itch like never before. [Read more...]

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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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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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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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If All Movies Were Made in the Mid-Century, These Would Be the Posters

Tuesday 03.11.2014 , Posted by
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I would SO go to more movies if the posters looked like these! Imagine every film existed in some time-suspended mid-century wonderland; the posters might look a lot like these exquisite remakes from Laurent Durieux. His perfect images capture movies from yesterday and today, all rendered with a delicious illustrative style that harkens back to the streamlined sensibilities of Raymond Loewy with the sci-fi imagination of H.G. Wells. Laurent creates posters caught in a perfect, Pleasantville-esque world, where days are sunny, and the good guys are really good. [Read more...]

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Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all. [Read more...]

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