4 Lessons From the Life of Orson Welles

Orson Welles has a varied reputation depending on who you ask. He lived many lives. Some cite his egotism and success as a Broadway theater director during the Depression. Others mention his War of the Worlds broadcast which, according to legend, scared the living daylights out of the American people and convinced many that they were truly being attacked by aliens. Some cite his genius directorship of the ‘greatest movie ever made,’ Citizen Kane. Finally, others mention his uneven and difficult later years; his battles with studios, his ads for California wine and weight gain, and his lack of finished projects.

How Have We Changed? The Same Locations Filmed 100-Years-Later

A lot of the world has changed in the past 100 years, but a lot has stayed the same too. Dutch photographer Frits de Beer has re-shot the locations of a vintage film featuring his home city, Alkmaar as it appeared a century ago in 1914. This simultaneous glimpse at the past and present reveals just how much things have remained the same for certain places in the world – especially when it comes to architecture.

California: A Time-Lapse Captures the Many Colors of the Golden State

It’s no secret that we are major fans of our home state, California, and this new time-lapse from Hal Bergman shows many of the reasons why. Bergman, a fellow native of the Golden State, spent 4 years shooting the Vimeo Staff Picked video, often spending 1-3 hours at each location (and sometimes up to 24) to create the final 67 clips that made this final cut. He visits both out of the way places like Joshua Tree and Death Valley, and familiar spots like San Francisco and Yosemite. Watch and enjoy.

More Famous Movie Stills in Real-Life

Film buff Christopher Moloney has a knack for tracking down famous film locations. When we featured his work before, he was taking screenshots he printed out and matching them up with their real-life location. We’re happy he hasn’t stopped – and now he’s trimming off the white border on his prints to create a seamless fit into the actual location (which surely takes a steady hand).

The Ghost in the Machine: Famous Celebrities Made from Old Film and Tape

Erika Simmons is revealing the Ghost in the Machine – that’s the apt title for her unusually creative artwork which uses the relics of the 20th century – namely film reels, music and VHS cassettes – to create portraits of the person the tape may have featured. She unwinds the magnetic tape inside and, carefully cutting and twirling it, arranges it into incredibly perfect portraits.

Original Concept Artwork for the Characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

If you’re one of the fans who contributed to the $73M opening weekend box office success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, then you will love to see how it all started. The Aaron Sims Company which was responsible for the character design has released some of the concept artwork that they generated for the movie. Working closely with Weta digital on this sequel as well as the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they created all of the characters from scratch.

A Mesmerizing Stop-Motion Video Made by Sanding Through Objects a Half Millimeter at a Time

There are hidden spaces inside the objects that surround us, and it only takes a industrial sanding machine to reveal them. That’s the work that artist Laurin Döpfner has done with the video Verschleif, removing just a half millimeter of each object with a pass from the sander, and photographing each layer to create a seriously mesmerizing stop-motion video.

This Guys House Was Robbed: Fight or Flight… or Whatever

It’s not often that a home break-in story is exceedingly charming… but here you go. Rob Norman’s house was broken into, giving him the choice to fight or run away. He chose to do neither.

Are UK Comedies Smarter Than Hollywood? Edgar Wright’s Masterful Use of Visual Comedy

If you’ve seen movies like “Shaun of the Dead” or “The World’s End”, you already know the work of Edgar Wright… and you also know he’s a master of visual comedy. His films use elements forgotten by much of the comedy genre, not to mention mainstream filmmakers as a whole. Good thing for us Tony Zhou has created a hilarious, and thought provoking critique of Wright’s sight-gags and British visual comedy as a whole, while pointing out the general laziness found in many Hollywood comedies.

Austin Artists: Mini Documentaries Reveal the Artistic Talent in Austin

If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas then it’s pretty obvious that there is a large pool of artistic talent in the city. Music and arts often go hand in hand and there is a surplus of both in this ultra fun city. A videographer named JC Tovar shows off his filming/editing skills in a new series of short web documentaries featuring the fascinating local artists. He interviews the artists, showing their work as well as their work space and works in progress. Tovar’s Austin Artist series is a perfect glimpse into the background stories of the artist who call Austin, TX home.