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Movie Aspect Ratios

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The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio from on Vimeo.

John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras.

This lesson is part of the FilmmakerIQ course: "Everything You Need To Know about Aspect Ratio"

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The Most Dangerous Discussion in the World?

Lee Camp:

The National Bureau of Economic Research says there have been eleven major downturns in the past 75 years. You add on top of that that capitalism requires infinite growth on a globe with finite resources and you have what Houston would call…a problem. You know who comes to the rescue? Socialism. That’s right. Social programs like Welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid have made it so that unregulated capitalism doesn’t eat itself alive. Yet. Then when the banks collapse, and the housing market collapses, and the big auto companies collapse, who saves the day? MASSIVE SOCIALIST BAILOUTS. I’m just saying, there’s something wrong with an economic system that has to tag-team a different system into the match because it keeps getting knocked the fuck out.

Camp also offers up the idea of creating a sustainable, resource-based economy, as opposed to Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck’s goal of privatizing everything, including water.

New App Reveals The Sustainability Of Every Clothing Material You Can Think Of

Last year, Nike made its dataset of sustainable materials–developed over an eight-year period–available online for the public to use. The big reveal was part of the company’s Open Challenge for Sustainable Materials, which asked visitors to "select materials beautifully, simply, and accurately, based on sustainability."

This month, Nike made that challenge just a little bit easier with the Nike Making app, now available through iTunes. The app is essentially a portable version of the database that has been available for a little over a year. Designers can look at 22 product materials–including silk, down, cotton, and polypropylene fabric–and find out their environmental impacts in four categories: waste, water use, energy, and chemistry. Performance and aesthetics are also taken into account.

via 1 | Nike's New App Reveals The Sustainability Of Every Clothing Material You Can Think Of | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

iDiot: toy robots hooked on smartphone

IDIOTS from BLR_VFX on Vimeo.

It’s not a secret we love robots here at BLR, so we wanted them to be the heroes in our latest promo clip. Luxury cars with powerful engines to drive through roads under severe speed restrictions, cable TV that allows us to pay to watch all kind of sports, all from our comfortable sofa, and of course, hyper expensive cell phones that do almost everything but making a decent phone call.

Yes, our happiness is based on things we don’t need and governed by entities we don’t control, so what? Sit down and turn on the tv!

The robots were taken from real Japanese robot model kits, and they now hold a privileged position in our freak museum. The bad guy spits real smoke out of its mouth! The environment is made of cardboard houses that were integrated with the help of camera tweaks. It all serves to the purpose of creating a dumb homogeneous atmosphere in which we’re defined by what we’ve got, that is, the same lame things.

Don’t take the message too seriously. This is a promo video we’ve done to laugh at ourselves. We all have an i-diot inside, and it’s so fun!

A tale by Big Lazy Robot VFX
Music and sound design by Full Basstards

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

Matrix Conspiracy

“There is no conspiracy. Nobody is in charge.”

Here is a fascinating new project that looks into the world we live in and our human instinct to attribute a human hand and a human will to a societal structure that has gone beyond human.

This is Not A Conspiracy Theory is also an interesting approach to creating and funding a media project. Check it out.

“What we are now realizing is that we are guided, constrained, and even controlled by the systems we have made, by the rules, institutions, and technologies we ourselves created. And these systems have no ideology. They have no ambitions. They are not greedy. They are not good, and they are not evil. They are simply not like us.”

He came from outer space to save the human race


Opera Singer, Performance Artist, Rock Star: Klaus Nomi would have been 70 years old today.

When you’ve got an hour and half, check out The Nomi Song. The complete documentary is available online and you’ll see a New York you almost forgot had once existed or a New York you wish you had been around to see.

Those of us who came to New York, came here because we did not fit in to where we grew up. We were misfits, and the only place misfits could go was New York City and find other misfits and then just go wild.

~ Ann Magnuson

At the time when everybody was arriving and starting up, everybody was in the same boat. Nobody had any money. Everybody was eating pizza and doughnuts. It just wasn’t, it wasn’t about success. Everybody had the dream, but it just felt like we’re here for awhile together, and it was actually a really great kind of camaraderie that you have when there’s no threat that someone’s going to do better you you. Everyone was just exploding with creativity. Everyone was supporting each other and it was really art for art’s sake.

~ Kenny Scharf

And then there’s today. Nomi, we still need saving.


Nomi Dietrich

Nomi - Who From Below