I really enjoyed this TED talk. I did a search for the most viewed talks this weekend and this was number two with 9.3 million views. The presenter Amy Cuddy shares a touching story toward the end of her presentation about mentorship which I particularly enjoyed.
Wow. I wish I had an 8K to watch this video below. The More Than Just Parks project is posting some fantastically stunning short films on U.S. National Parks. The eventual plan by this group is to produce a film of all fifty-nine national parks. Here's their production on Zion National Park:
Wow. I've been playing Lumino City on Steam. It's a beautiful, well thought-out game that was all designed using a set made out of cardboard. It looks like the developer team is in the process of making a documentary showing others how it is made.
Here's a sneak peek.
Here's an interested video-short highlighting an MIT Media Lab project that was done in collaboration with M ss ng P eces. It highlights some innovative things individuals who work at phone manufacturing plants are doing with their own phones.
I like to fully direct and produce one video for free each year. This year, I chose to highlight Bridgerland Literacy – a local non-profit whose mission is to teach adults how to read. It's estimated that approximately five percent of the adult population does not know how to read. Bridgerland Literacy is trying to address this population and teach these folks this important skill.
Bridgerland Literacy will use this video in grant proposals, on their website, and in other locations to share their story. Good luck, Bridgerland Literacy!
The $499 personal drone
Producers of the new Lily Camera recently released a video that highlights what this cool little camera does. This personal drone follows the subject around with a GPS system she or he wears. It's like a little waterproof, loyal friend who captures your every move in 1080p60. It'll be interesting to watch this company and see what startup does in the future. I'd love to see this technology be combined with support for more professional-grade cameras.
You can pre-order the camera for $499 between now and June 15, here.
The important places
I found this touching short film on Vimeo produced by Gnarly Bay Productions. My important place is the lake. My dad taught me to sail; sailing is a way to connect with each other. This video is an important reminder to me that I need to take time for myself, for my dad, and for my hobby.
Where are your important places?
106 Miles in Chile
Patagonia recently released this fantastic short film on three trail runners running 106 miles through Patagonia, Chile, over the course of two days. I like running, so I naturally enjoyed this video. James Q. Martin produced the video and did a fantastic job highlighting the beautiful landscape. If you are into trail running, you might find this video especially meaningful.
One of my favorites
One of my favorite documentaries I've recently watched is Alive Inside. Social Worker Dan Cohen founded Music and Memory and works to reconnect elderly people with their memories by playing their favorite music to them from their past. Have a look at the trailer to get a better idea of what the film is about.
The film work is touching; music seems to be such an impactful, important part of our lives that anyone who loves music, is interested in learning sciences, or enjoys documentaries will enjoy this movie.
Maybe the best mountain bike film you'll see all year
I'm not sure how I found this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kevin Winzeler has a magical way of mixing natural sound, aerial, slow motion, accelerated speed, and a dozen other types of shots into video art that ends before you want it to. It's really a joy to watch.
I've been doing a lot of training on mountain bike trails for an upcoming 50K I'm running in August and have seen a lot of mountain bikers enjoying the mountains with me. It makes me want to buy a bike and join them. On a side note, this is a great example of content marketing by ENVE Composites.
Music videos are the source for some of the most creative, innovative productions. Ólafur Arnalds' Old Skin ft. Arnór Dan video is no exception. First, I love Arnalds' music. A lot of his work is instrumental only. This video combines vocals with an interesting story and beautiful scenery of a man who lives in a lighthouse somewhere in Scandinavia.
Camera shutter in slow motion
If you've ever wondered how a rolling shutter works on a DSLR, here's your chance. The Slow Mo Guys filmed the shutter of the Canon 7D at 10,000fps. Here's the video:
Practice every day for one year
I found a fantastic video filmed over the course of an entire year by Ben Larcombe who started playing table tennis in January and became ranked among the top 250 players in England by December. Here's the video.
Expert in a year
This concept of starting a skill, hobby, or activity and then devoting time to it every day for an entire year is very intriguing. Ben's site, www.ExpertInAYear.com, is a great place to go for inspiration. This has me thinking of future projects I'd like to do similar to my "Guy Trains for Ironman in 6 Months" project.
The F.P. Journe
In the world of watches, F.P. Journe has a reputation of making some of the most complicated, innovative, (and expensive) watches on the market. Founder and inventor François-Paul Journe makes nearly every part of the watch in his Swiss shop and demands perfection from his timepieces. The dials of his watches, for example, have only a 30 percent success rate of making it entirely through the production process without being scraped.
See how they're made
I ran across this well-produced video on Vimeo produced by Hodinkee. Enjoy!
Running 84km (52.1 miles) through a canyon
I ran across this fantastically-shot video documenting a South African distance runner running the 52-mile Fish River Canyon Hiking trail in 6 hours and 57 minutes. The film crew that put this together captured the event with many camera angles including stunning aerial shots.
A community approach to producing a viral video
This treadmill video, released on January 5, has done fantastically well in less than two weeks seeing more than 2.5 million views and averaging a high of 8,500 views per hour.
The video's description links viewers to NordicTrack's website where visitors can get 15% or more off treadmills.
One in the Chamber did a fantastic job putting this production together. The whole production, as you can see, does a great job highlighting high-quality treadmills, shows all types of people having fun, is catchy, high-quality, and fast-moving. This video was very well thought out out and pulled in a a whole community to produce including:
- Creative Director
- Behind the Scenes spot producer
- Production Designer
- A top-notch camera crew including Taylor Ballam
One in the Chamber smartly contacted a ton of YouTubers and Viners who have built their own unique audiences to participate in the film, all of whom promoted the film when it was released.
Providing credit and the story behind the story
One of my favorite elements of this spot is the fact that NordicTrack did such a detailed job sharing information about the video for those who are interested in learning more about the treadmills and the process of producing the spot. Categories include "Burn Calories 5x Faster with Incline," "Touchscreen and iFit® Technology," "About the video," and "Credits." providing a lot of information for the video consumer opens up the video to a broader audience who will find different elements of the video interesting.
I'm not a sports fan who watches sports documentaries per se. Rather, I'm a documentary fan who watches any and every documentary I can get my hands on, schedule permitting. Linsanity is one documentary that stands out in my memory of the many said genre films as being one infused with a high level of production quality, interesting subject, and a thought provoking story. If you haven't seen it, you can rent it here from Amazon, watch it on Netflix, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes.
Did You Know About Sports Podcast visits my place
I spent my final afternoon of of 2014 as a guest on Did You Know About Sports. I couldn't think of a better group of people to spend my afternoon with. Thanks for dropping by, Connor and McCade.