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  • 14 Movies Recreated With Stock Footage [Video]

    Stock footage company Dissolve put together this clever video to illustrate just how varied their library of footage is. Using only stock footage, they were able to recreate 14 popular movies, including “Titanic,” “Top Gun,” “Babe,” and “The Shining” in just two minutes. It’s a novel approach to advertise a useful but not particularly exciting service.

  • You Won’t Believe This Man Is CGI [Video]

    In the fields of robotics and 3D animation there exists a belief in an uncanny valley where human movement is replicated almost perfectly, but the slight difference causes revulsion in the viewer. It’s the reason why so many people found the 3D animated films “Beowulf” and “The Polar Express” so creepy and something that animators keep in mind when creating their characters. But by the looks of this video, Australian animator Chris Jones has absolutely nothing to worry about. The man in this video looks and moves so realistically, you’re brain will never even entertain the thought that he’s completely computer generated. We’ve certainly come a long way from the blocky Max Headroom characters of the 80s! Check out more videos of the process involved in making such a detailed short and see other projects at Chris Jones’s website.

  • Pogo Has Created A Hypnotic Song Using Harry Potter Dialogue [Video]

    Australian electronic music wunderkind first came to prominence in 2007 with a hypnotic track composed of sound clips from Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Since then he has created dozens of impressive songs using sounds clips from popular children’s movies. His most recent track revisits the Harry Potter films, which he famously used in his drum and bass track “Alohamora” in 2009. This new mix mostly utilizes dialogue from the character of Hermione, portrayed by Emma Watson in the films, and features an equally impressive video created by Jeesh.

  • Cirque Du Soleil Choreographed A Dance For Drones [Video]

    Cirque du Soleil, which for years has been surprising men who are dragged to performances by their girlfriends only to admit “that was pretty cool,” has teamed up ETH Zurich and Verity Studios to produce this amazing short film. In the short, 10 lampshades, powered by quadcopters, come alive and perform an incredible dance routine. Now, anyone who has actually tried to pilot a quadcopter knows how difficult it can be and to coordinate something like this would be impossible. That’s where the technological know-how of ETH Zurich comes in, who developed precise computer controls for the quadcopters, opening the door to entirely new applications for the drones.

  • This 5-Year-Old Is Stronger Than All Of Us [Video]

    You may have heard of Giuliano Stroe, a 10-year-old Romanian gymnast and bodybuilder who has broken all sorts of records since beginning his training at the age of 2. Well after seeing how great he was, his parents decided to start training his younger brother, Claudio, even earlier. Claudio started hitting the gym at just 18 months, doing the same workout as his brother but with less reps and weight. Here’s Claudio, now a 5-year-old badass, doing the 90 degree pushups that made his big brother a star and showing off his impressive triceps in the process. That’s cool and all, but can he drive a car or buy booze? Yeah, didn’t think so.

  • An Entire Episode Of Wheel Of Fortune Can Be Edited Down To 3 Minutes [Video]

    Wheel of Fortune is a great show to watch, as long as you’re a child or are braindead. But for everyone else, there’s nothing worse than when Jeopardy ends and you can’t find your remote and you have to see more than a few seconds of Wheel of Fortune. Unless you live in one of the markets where Wheel is first, in which case it’s equally bad when you tune in too early and have to watch Pat and Vanna banter about some inanity as the credits roll. Listening to people tell stupid stories about their families or failing to grasp the rules of the game after 30 years (you have to buy vowels, dummies!!) is pure torture, but the game itself is just fine. That’s why we enjoy this video that edits a complete episode down to a very watchable 3 minutes. It even includes all the “Bankrupt” spins so you can still enjoy the contestants’ misery.

  • Travis Pastrana Has Lost His Mind [Video]

    Motocross superstar Travis Pastrana recently constructed some of the biggest, most insane ramps ever built then invited his Nitro Circus crew over to, presumably, break their necks. Chad Kagy, James Foster, Steve Mccann and Jolene Van Vugt are all here, illustrating how contagious Travis’s craziness is. It’s good to see that family life hasn’t slowed Travis down and let’s hope this is just a small sample of the madness we’ll see in his new film, “Action Figures,” to be released this winter.

  • David Mitchell’s Practical Take On Climate Change Is Funny And True [Video]

    David Mitchell, star of “That Mitchell and Webb Look” and “Peep Show,” is not just a funny dude, he’s also pretty damn intelligent. With his series of SoapBox videos, he has tackled issues like the outrageous cost of higher education in an intelligent yet entertaining manner. His latest video discusses climate change and the biggest problem with facing it: it’s no fun. We shouldn’t deny that the industrial innovations that cause so much pollution aren’t incredible feats of engineering or that they haven’t benefited mankind greatly just as we should not deny that they are destroying the planet. By admonishing those on both sides, maybe it will be easier to work on a solution.

  • Installing WiFi In A Jet Is Way More Work Than You Thought [Video]

    Louis CK has a famous bit where he is on a flight with WiFi and when it goes down, passengers complain that it’s bullshit. We have become so spoiled that the tiniest inconvenience infuriates us, yet we fail to realize how incredible of an accomplishment it is to be able to sit in a giant piece of metal high above the earth, cruising at 600 mph…while checking Facebook. This video from United shows just how much work goes into equipping a jet for WiFi. If you thought they just needed to plug in a $50 Cisco router, you were sorely mistaken. But seriously, what’s the deal with airline food? Am I right?

  • Millennium Falcon Teaser Featuring…The Batmobile? [Video]

    As much as we’d like to hate on Star Wars for the prequel trilogy and endless reworkings of the originally trilogy, we are still excited for the new movies from JJ Abrams. They could be the worst movies ever made, and we’ll still see them all in the theater just like everyone else in the world. And seeing this teaser video of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon makes us wish it was December 2015. But it isn’t and we still have more than a year to wait for the finished product. At least we can expect more of these teasers along the way. Hey, is that the Batmobile?

  • A 30-Year-Old Londoner Is Faster than a Speeding Train [Video]

    James Heptonstall has a strange hobby he is calling “Race The Tube.” The idea is really simple. James gets off at one stop on the on London’s “Tube” (their version of the subway) and races to the next stop to beat the train. Telegraph.co.uk has all the details: A commuter has proved that travelling on foot can be just as fast as taking the Tube – and staged a race against a London Underground train to prove his point. James Heptonstall filmed his 380m sprint from London’s Mansion House to Cannon Street station while his friend Noel Carroll took the Circle Line Tube for the same journey. He made it back on to the train with seconds to spare and was applauded by his fellow passengers. The pair created a video of the stunt, which included climbing 75 steps and passing through two ticket barriers, using GoPro cameras and uploaded it to YouTube last month. Mr Heptonstall, 30, an environmental consultant who lives in Hampstead, said they had been inspired by similar challenges in other European cities. He said: “It was just a test project. We had seen some people had done endurance challenges on European transport networks and put more »

  • Kobayashi Vs A Hamster In The Ultimae Hot Dog Eating Contest [Video]

    Every July, when the Nathan’s Coney Island hot dog-eating contest rolls around and Joey Chestnut wins yet again, murmurs can be heard reminiscing about that little Japanese fella who always used to win. Whatever happened to Takeru Kobayashi? Some insist that his contract with Major League Eating (it’s a thing!) barred him from competing in non-sanctioned events. Others believe he exploded after eating 337 wings (he really ate that many; he did not explode). But what really happened is that he grew tired of out-eating his fellow man. Now he takes on the most hungry of beasts…the hamster! Who will win? Take 2 minutes and find out below.

  • Watch The Ninja Turtles Scar These Kids For Life [Video]

    So of you younger folks may not remember, but in the early days of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show career, long before she interviewed a hysterical Tom Cruise or gave away cars to everyone in the audience, she was just as inane and trashy as any other talk show host. To compete with the Neo-Nazi hookers on Sally Jesse Raphael, Oprah needed guests just as gimmicky, so when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the road on their “Coming Out Of Their Shells” tour, they were the perfect guests. And naturally, the questions would lead to the possibility of sexual relations between April and her turtle buds. Oh yeah, and there were kids in the audience who were suddenly forced to grow up way too soon. For shame, Oprah.

  • 23 YouTubers Unknowingly Come Together For An Epic Song [Video]

    Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, first gained worldwide attention in 2009 when he sampled multiple YouTube videos for his project “ThruYOU,” amassing 10 million views in just 2 weeks. Kutiman has been releasing more videos of his YouTube mixes recently that will be compiled into an album next month, “Thru You Too.” The following video features one of these impressive compositions, “Give It Up,” comprised of an incredible 23 samples of amateur YouTube musicians.

  • Ducktales Theme Sung By Your Favorite Movie Characters [Video]

    This week, everyone has been making a big stink about Disney’s video of a bunch of ducks reenacting the opening sequence to DuckTales. But was the video really that good? The ducks just clumsily walked into chintzy props, there were no Beagle Boys, and, most egregious of all, the ducks didn’t even sing the theme song. This video, featuring classic movie characters like Howard the Duck, Ace Ventura, and Little Nicky, is much more impressive. Although it still suffers a lack of Beagle Boys.

  • Eric Andre Has Directed A Music Video And It’s Amazing

    Comedian Eric Andre is best known for his bizarre, Tim and Eric-produced talk show The Eric Andre Show, which looks like something produced by asylum inmates. Now Andre has turned his twisted eye toward music videos with this video for Thundercat’s “Tron Song.” The VHS-quality and low-budget effects definitely show Tim and Eric’s influence as does the inane content, featuring cats, autoerotic asphyxiation, and even a Mortal Kombat-style “fatality.” Oh, and the song isn’t half bad, either.

  • Groundbreaking Tom Waits Cartoon From 1979 To Be Restored [Video]

    Tom Waits, the gravelly-voiced musician who dresses like a 1930s skid row inhabitant and sings like Rowlf from The Muppets, was the star of a 1979 animated short titled Tom Waits For No One. The cartoon was actually rotoscoped, meaning Tom Waits and a dancer were filmed interacting while he performed “The One That Got Away” from his 1976 album Small Change and then animators drew over the live action footage, resulting in realistic, fluid movement from the characters. This same technique would be employed by Ralph Bakshi in his 1981 hit film American Pop. What makes Tom Waits For No One especially noteworthy is the crew who would go on to become huge stars in the animation world. Director John Lamb went on to win an Academy Award for his innovative Lyon Lamb Video Animation System, which allowed for pre-testing animation art before it’s committed to film, in 1980. Animator David Silverman was the first animator on The Simpsons back when it was still a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Character designer Keith Newton went to work for Disney, doing character design and backgrounds for Pocahontas. Inker Michael Cressey became a children’s book author and was twice awarded more »

  • Ralph Lauren Brings Holograms To Fashion Week

    To promote his new brand of Polo for Women, Ralph Lauren hosted a typical Fashion Week party with celebrities (Kendall Jenner) and fancy food (lobster rolls), but he also had something special planned—a 4D hologram spectacular on a 60 foot screen in Central Park. Proving that holograms can be used for more than creepy performances from dead pop stars, Lauren’s models appeared to walk on water during the innovative 10-minute show. Some argue that the clothes, at times appearing blurry, were overshadowed by the technology and extravagance of the show, but ultimately such a display is what will garnish the most media attention for the Polo for Women brand. And by the end of the show, featuring a dancing Ralph Lauren, everyone was enjoying themselves. If you’re a New Yorker who wasn’t invited the party, you and the rest of the hoi polloi can check out a public showing of the holographic performance tonight at 9 in Central Park. And if you’d like to see the clothes in person, head over to the new 38,000 square foot Ralph Lauren Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

  • Stunning Time-Lapse Proves California Is The Most Beautiful State In America [Video]

    California, the third largest state in the US, is also the most beautiful. Not only is it home to major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, there are also plenty of natural wonders to behold. Containing both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States and the second longest coastline, California’s ecology is as diverse as its people. We’ve highlighted our favorite spots in the state with 42 Astounding Natural Wonders of California and now many of those locales can be seen in video form in this time-lapse compilation from photographer Hal Bergman. Bergman sifted through 423 clips created over 4 years to select these 67. On average, they each took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. It was an epic undertaking and the result is incredible. You can check out more of Bergman’s photography at Flickr.

  • This Mountain Bike POV Video Will Kill Your Appetite

    Trying to shed a few pounds you put on over summer vacation? Just watch this insanely fast-paced POV video from Hafjell World Championship 2014 in Norway. 21-year-old Welsh downhill mountain bicyclist Manon Carpenter strapped on a GoPro so we could tag along on the nauseatingly bumpy ride. Carpenter’s win at the championship came just weeks after being named World Cup winner after winning 3 of the 7 races at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Good for her, but I feel sore all over just watching this video.

  • Awesome Street Art Mural Time-Lapse [Video]

    Last weekend, the city of Borås in western Sweden hosted No Limit Street Art Borås, a street art event featuring works from many different artists all around the city. One of the most impressive pieces was Natalia Rak’s gigantic “Ophelia” mural. Watch the Polish street artist create her work in this great time-lapse video below then check out more work from Natalia Rak. And for more info on the festival, check out No Limit Borås.

  • John Oliver Has Us Terrified About Student Debt

    John Oliver discusses student debt, which is awful, as well as for-profit colleges, who are awfully good at inflicting debt upon us. People in this country want to get a higher education but for profit schools are ruining people’s financial future. “Student debt is like HPV.  If you go to college, you are almost certainly going to get it.” His 16 minute tirade against student debt will enlighten you.

  • Skydiving With A Spaceship [Video]

    Earlier this week, a photo popped up on Reddit of a skydiver taking an epic selfie while riding on a toy spaceship. It was a badass photo, but what we really wanted to see was the video. And now we can. And thanks to GoPro, we have crystal clear, POV video of the whole adventure.

  • Metallica Enters The Record Books Thanks To This Iconic Concert [Video]

    The Guinness Book of World Records will release their 2015 edition next week including a new entry featuring heavy metal icons Metallica. How did they get into the pages of Guinness? Is it for the hundreds of millions of records they sold? For all the awards they’ve won? For being featured on the t-shirt of the greatest cartoon character of the 90s? Nope. When they played a concert in Antarctica on December 8 for a small crowd of fans and research scientists (and penguins), they became the first band to play all 7 continents. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that’s a hell of a feat. Watch the entire 10-song set below and download it at Live Metallica.

  • Sacrebleu! The French Have Built A Fire-Breathing Robotic Dragon

    The French have long been the butt of jokes about their cowardice in times of war. Historically speaking, the jokes are without any evidence, but they still continue. Until now. For France has created the ultimate weapon. Some sort of nuclear earthquake bomb? Not even close. A device that delivers hordes of those giant Japanese hornets? Think again, friend. The French have created something far more menacing—a robot dragon. And it breathes fire. Who’s laughing now? Long Ma Jing Shen, or “Spirit of the Dragon Horse,” is the name of the mechanized dragon from animatronic house La Machine.  The dragon is actually a sign of peace, built in recognition of the 50 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China. In fact, the dragon will be in Beijing October 17-19. The Chinese will be wise to keep the French jokes to a minimum during the visit…just in case. For more info on the impressive dragon and other cool projects, check out La Machine on Facebook.

  • Game of Thrones Title Sequence As A 60s TV Show [Video]

    Back in April, YouTube darlings (and all-around incredible performers) Postmodern Jukebox teamed up with sax player Dave Koz to record the “game of Thrones” theme as a smooth, west coast cool jazz song. The result was a hep chart that would make Paul Desmond proud, but it was missing an appropriate title sequence. That time has now arrived. Fix yourself a Manhattan and check out this GOT intro that will have you yearning for the days when you could refer to a woman as a tomato and people would know what the hell you meant by it.

  • This Two-Handed Breaking Bad Drawing Is The Most Impressive Video You’ll Watch Today

    Want to feel bad about your lack of artistic ability? Then just watch this video! Artist Mark Gibson spent 3 hours and 30 minutes creating this drawing of Breaking Bad’s Jesse and Walter using both his left and right hands. At the same time. And if that doesn’t impress you enough, the music track backing the time-lapse video is from a piano concerto written and performed by…Mark Gibson. Apparently, he can do everything while the rest of us struggle with drawing stick figures and playing “Chopsticks” on the piano. If you want to feel even worse about yourself, check out more incredible artwork from Mark Gibson.

  • You’ll Want To Book A Vacation After Watching This Time-lapse Journey Through Greenland [Video]

    Ah yes, Greenland…that large, icy island where…uh…I know nothing about Greenland. Nearby Iceland  is always getting attention for all of its natural beauty while big ol’ Greenland shies away, like the awkward fat kid on the side of the pool, afraid to remove his t-shirt. But just as that fat kid eventually grows a pair, this video removes Greenland’s hypothetical t-shirt, revealing the grandiose pale belly that is its untouched landscape. Travel from Nuuk to Qaqortoq to Kangaatsiaq and other places with names that look like they resulted from a cat running across a keyboard and witness the beauty that is Greenland.

  • We May Not Have Hoverboards, But Hoverbikes Are On The Way

    2015 is almost here and the hoverboards Mattel promised us in Back to the Future II are still nowhere to be found. But while we just sit around feeling sorry for ourselves, a group of innovative Englishmen are working on something even better—a hoverbike. Malloy Aeronautics is currently raising money for their work on the Hoverbike helicopter, the world’s first flying motorcycle. Using four rotors placed in a unique overlapping manner, the Hoverbike offers a smooth ride in a compact package. It will also be able to be controlled remotely, like a traditional drone. And as much as it looks like a fun toy for millionaires, it actually has real applications. MA is hoping that their Hoverbike will replace the Robinson R22 helicopter for everyday one-man operational areas like rounding up cattle and land survey. So far they have a 1/3 scale version completed and you can check out the flight test below. The test flights of the full scale model are coming, but until then you can keep up with the progress and donate a few bucks at Malloy Aeronautics.

  • In 1987, Apple Made A Video Of Their Predictions For 1997. They Were Way Off.

    Apple was king of the computing market in 1987. 3 years earlier, they released the Macintosh to great acclaim and soon enough was dominating the desktop publishing world. CEO John Sculley had recently deposed Steve Jobs and it looked like the company could do no wrong. High on hubris, they produced this video depicting their vision of 1997. But the reality was quite different. In Apple’s vision of 1997, they owned most of the computing market. But what were they really like at the time? Pretty much at the bottom! PCs were dominating and Apple was doing so bad that they actually purchased NeXT, the company Steve Jobs started after he got the boot, and brought back Jobs as an adviser. The next year, Jobs would release the iMac and the company would start the turnaround that led to their current success. Obviously this video is supposed to be comedic, but it’s even funnier looking back at how things actually turned out. But hey, that VistaMac II would have been pretty rad, right? 

  • These Digital Collages Are Funny And Surreal

    Spanish artist Joseba Elorza studied to become a sound technician and while working mornings at a radio station, he began creating collages at night. It was then that he came upon the idea of MiraRuido, a synesthesic portmanteau of the Spanish words for “look” and “noise.” The visual aspect eventually won out and Elorza now makes a living as an artist and illustrator, with his work having appeared in the pages of such publications as Esquire, New Scientist, and Hollywood Reporter. Joseba Elorza’s digital collages combine pastoral vistas with historical photographs and sci-fi twists. The resulting images are bouth thought-provoking and often times humorous. He has recently expanded into the  world of music video’s with his video for Air Review’s “Young,” featuring animated versions of many of his collages. Check out more work at MiraRuido, where you can also purchase prints of your favorites. 

 
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