Archive for the ‘Film/Video/New Media’ Category

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Peephole: an online film magazine devoted to creative screen criticism.

October 1, 2013

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The peephole was a central feature of Edison’s Kinetoscope, an early cinematic exhibition device through which many audiences saw their first moving images. The line of movement of a man’s hat as he passes it from one hand to the other, the mesmerising flow of a woman’s dress as she dances, the expression on a person’s face as he sneezes, these single shots were the peephole’s micro-cinematic moments. Although the Kinetoscope is no longer with us, Peephole believes that digital technologies offer the possibility for screen criticism to return to the novelty of this time of early cinema and draw attention, once again, to the micro-elements of the screen.

Peephole features short essays on single shots of film, television and other screen media. Gesturing back to the cinematic moments viewed through the peephole, each piece is presented alongside a brief animation of the shot under discussion. In restricting writers to a single shot, Peephole aims to push the boundaries of screen criticism and, in returning to this moment of early cinema, experiment with ways of thinking and writing about film.

Peephole is edited by Whitney Monaghan.

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Franz Reichelt jumps off the Eiffel Tower 1912

September 27, 2013

Franz Reichelt wearing the parachute that he designed and invented before ascending the Eiffel Tower.

Reichelt standing on platform high up on the tower preparing to jump he hovers on the brink for some time and then eventually jumps falling straight down to his death.

Police and small crowd around the body of Reichelt as it is carried away, they then measure the depth of the hole made by his fall.

The film has French intertitles.

Cataloguer’s Note: Old record suggests this event happened 4th February 1912.

Via British Pathe

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80,000 Honey Bees: The world’s first nature 3D printer.

September 11, 2013

Since 3-D printing technology has become more accessible, the magic of manifesting an object before your eyes has yet to lose its luster. When Dewar’s decided to create a sculpture to mark the launch of its Highlander Honey whiskey, however, it took the concept of 3-D printing to a whole new level, employing the services of nature’s original three- dimensional crafters: bees.

Via Fast CoCreate. Continue THERE

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20 Directors to Watch

September 10, 2013

Co-chief movie critics for The New York Times Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott discuss their list of 20 great filmmakers 40 years and younger.

This is a list of 20 filmmakers to watch. Other than their relative youth — one turned 40 a few months ago, and several more will join him soon — they share little besides passion and promise. But bringing them together, and shining a light on their accomplishments and their potential, seems especially urgent as another new season of serious moviegoing gets under way. Here’s why: We are living in a time of cinematic bounty. In multiplexes and beyond, movie lovers have a greater, more dizzying variety of choices — and of screens, large and small — than at any time in history.

Read the story, and watch examples of these directors’ work HERE

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IR SCANS HUMANS and their Multi-Sky 3D Scan Demo

September 10, 2013

Infinite Realities® is the 3D scanning service provided by Lee Perry-Smith, the leading 3D modelling and Scanning specialist based in Suffolk, UK. In simple terms, according to them: “We can scan any human being and replicate them in three dimensions as data held in a computer. Our scanning process picks up every detail of their eyes, face, hair, skin colour, body shape and distinguishing features – everything that makes them who they are.”

A downloadable demo by Infinite-Realities put together in Unity features high resolution 3D scans of people in a virtual environment. Incredibly realistic, and can be viewed through an Occulus Rift headset. You really need a next-gen PC to run this demo.

Below are two videos which demonstrate the demo:

Combining 3D scans of real life models in ultra high detail with the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra for movement controls to make one of the most realistic and uncanny experiences in Virtual Reality.

Thanks to Yoni Goldstein.

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3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo

September 10, 2013

Impressive demonstration of turning 2D objects in photographs into manipulable 3D objects, using a simple 3 point method at key areas. Via kesen.realtimerendering.com

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Pacific Light

September 7, 2013

Music by Boris Blank
Video by Ruslan Khasanov

Via Rus Khasanov