Category Archives: Short Film (documentary)

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Coffee: Six Degrees of Caffeination

"Deli coffee makes me so existentially sad," says one of the contributors to this short film on New Yorkers getting their java fix, from the aficionados enjoying delicate cupping rituals with their favored beans to that loudmouthed guy who runs the breakfast cart on … more »

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Goodbye PDI

Say goodbye to PDI Dreamworks, originally founded in 1980 as Pacific Data Images, with this staffers' farewell shot outside the company's Redwood City studio.

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Ultimate Aerial Video of NYC!

The DJI Phantom 2 goes off the beaten path with this video from Sky Tech One Aerial Photography showcasing aerial views of all five New York City boroughs—not just Manhattan.

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Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl

Filmmaker Danny Cooke visited Chernobyl and nearby Pripyat with CBS News for a 60 Minutes segment aired last month. He explored the empty cities, evacuated after a 1986 nuclear disaster, with a Canon 7D and a GoPro Hero3+ mounted on a DJI … more »

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Math and Movies: Animation at Pixar

If you do any 3D modeling, you know how subdivision surfaces work. But do you understand the mathematics behind the magic? Allow Pixar's Tony DeRose to explain.

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The Hidden History of the Zoom Lens

Nick Hall, a researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London, turned his doctoral thesis on the history of the zoom lens in American film and television into a short video for the Society for the History of Technology's three-minute dissertation contest. 

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Vemödalen: The Fear That Everything Has Already Been Done

Ever wonder if the images and sounds you're creating are new? Or question whether there's anything truly original left to be made? John Koenig, creator of the new webseries based on his blog The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, knows exactly how you … more »

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Happy: A Walkumentary

For walking-show maker Hi-Tec, Amsterdam agency this that + the other made this short "walkumentary" about hero Steadicam operator Jon Beattie, who was the operator on the 24-hour-long music video for "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. Beattie walked backward through Los Angeles for an average … more »

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Surfing @ 1000fps

Even if you think you've seen enough surfer footage to last a lifetime, check this out — it's not your average GoPro adventure. Filmmaker Chris Bryan shot the waves with Vision Research Phantom cameras (including the 4K Flex and the … more »

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Through the Ground Glass

Producer Nick Bolton and cinematographer Taylor Hawkins co-directed this short about photographer Joseph Allen Freeman and the continuing romance and creative challenge of large-format photography. (NSFW if a little profanity isn't safe where you work.) It was shot with the Canon EOS C100 and … more »