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

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.

Mixed Martial Artist Rory MacDonald Shares the Self-Expression Behind the Fight

 
Creating a masterpiece takes hard work, dedication, and focus, and Rory MacDonald is doing that with his passion for martial arts. The humble and unassuming Canadian UFC welterweight exudes a quiet confidence that verges on the meditative, focusing his energy into a passion for learning the techniques of his trade, rather than the aggression which makes it notorious. In this episode of Moving Portraits: Title Shots, we explore Montreal with Rory MacDonald and he tells us how he can only express himself through martial arts.

What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities.

Video Sculptures That Jump Into Real Life

For many years, MARCK was a “handyman” in Switzerland. Those are skills which have served him well in his later career as an artist, creating looping 3D video sculptures that blend multiple layers of reality and fiction. It’s almost impossible to look away.

Things “Gone Girl” Director David Fincher Doesn’t Do

The new movie “Gone Girl” from director David Fincher is an absolute must see – and for far more reasons than its masterful story. (You won’t find any spoilers here… we’d hate to ruin it) What makes the film a resounding success is broken down here by Every Frame a Painting’s Tony Zhou – who points out that Fincher’s directing style often finds its strength in the limitations he sets. In this kind of film-making, smart restraint trumps unhindered excess.

This TED-Ed Video Asks Why We Feel Sad… And Should We Really Worry About It?

Everyone feels sad from time to time. It’s a natural part of our human experience. And while today we mostly look for ways to overcome sadness or even get rid of it all together, it hasn’t always been viewed as something to banish.

This video from TED-Ed asks what melancholy actually is, and what (if anything) we should do about it. Courtney Stephens guides us through a short-history of our still evolving understanding of sadness, and hints at reasons it may even be useful.

Video Shows How the Desk Changed in 30 Years (and What Apps Replaced Each Tool)

We’ve gone from fax machines and a rolodex, to PDFs and Facebook in a few short years. It wasn’t long ago when desks were completely covered with the tools needed to get work done. A stapler, paper clips, a phone book, and a whole lot more needed to fit in that space. In contrast, today’s desk is one that largely features a few choice items: a laptop, a smart phone and a big cup of coffee. This clever video from the Harvard Innovation Lab explores that desktop evolution from the early ‘80s through today, visualizing each tool as it is recontextualized into the app-based equivalent we use now.

Beautiful Paragliding Aerobatics and the Sounds of Flying Free

Few activities get you closer to being a bird than paragliding. Just climb a mountain carrying a backpack that holds your winds, and off you go into the sky. Théo de Blic has been piloting on his own since he was just 12, and in this stunning video filmed by Shams, his aerobatic skill in the air is put on display. Their video, Sound of Paragliding, is a feast of beauty for the eyes… and the ears.

A Wearable Drone that Flies Off Your Wrist, Snaps a Photo and Flies Back

It sounds so bizarre. Why in the world would you want a drone with a camera strapped to your wrist? Then you watch the video below and… Aha!… it’s completely brilliant. Nixie is a concept for a wearable camera that pops off your wrist, turns into a quadcopter drone, and takes video or snaps pictures of you from the air. Put it in “boomerang” mode and it flies right back. Very cool.

This Incredible Artist Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Stand In His Way

Although holding a pencil steady was not an option for Paul Smith, he found a way to create beautiful dimensional drawings using a typewriter. The incredible typewriter artist, who lived with cerebral palsy for 85 years, didn’t let his lack of coordination, speech problems, and difficulties with mobility keep him from expressing himself. Holding his right hand steady with his left, he used the symbols on the numbers with a clamped shift key to create his beautiful pictures. Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in Roseburg, Oregon 7 years ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people all over the world.