Category Archives: Short Film (documentary)

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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 »

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Eruption at Bardabunga Volcano

Don't miss the face-melting action in this video of eruptions in Iceland's Bardabunga volcanic system — a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter flew close enough to the lava that it literally melted the face of its GoPro camera payload. (Watch the … more »

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Gone South

Filmmaking collective Vita Brevis Films takes a motorcycle tour of southern Utah armed with Red cameras, a MoVi stabilizer, and an octocopter. 

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Storm Chasing on Saturn

What do weather junkies watch when they've got their fill of Twister, Into the Storm and Discovery's Storm Chasers? Maybe this short video from The New York Times considering a huge, hexagonal hurricane four times the size of the earth at Saturn's … more »

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Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection

Oklahoma City filmmakers Jason Gwynn and Jay Sheldon profile two theatrical movie projectionists as they get ready to turn the lights out on 35mm film.