Video: Directors make so many filmmaking decisions that go unnoticed by casual viewers because we're not paying close attention — but the use of colour isn't one of them. Colour immediately stands out. Films can be hyper colourful and smack you with the entire colour wheel, or they can be totally muted and monochromatic. You're able to recognise the aesthetic and intention and can see what the director wants to show you (provided you aren't blind or colourblind), because it's literally right in front of you.
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Video: Seeing this drone fly through Venice Beach in Robert McIntosh's Fresh Squeeze in what looks like a perfectly planned flight is just lovely. The drone zips through a bicycle, seamlessly slips inside handrails, pops into holes and cuts through structures so seamlessly that it feels like the world is unfolding before you. It's especially nice because it's going in reverse, so you don't see what you're going to see next until you already see it. Uh, if that makes any sense.
Video: Sorry, I still have a Game of Thrones hangover, so when I watch this beautiful drone footage that gives sweeping views of castles across Europe, I see the map of Westeros in the opening credits come alive. Some of these castles are in ruins, some are near rivers, some are on islets, some are embedded on the mountain side but all are impressive strongholds that hold so much history.
Video: There's nothing I want more in the world than to be surrounded by so many sardines in the ocean that it looks like you're stepping into a magical vortex that will transport you to another dimension. Which means, I need to book a ticket to the Philippines, drive to the airport, figure out how to get to Moalboal, Cebu, rent a scuba mask, take a deep breath, and then dive into the ocean.
Video: The same soap bubbles that fascinated you as a toddler can be just as engaging when you're all grown up. They just need to be super-sized, filmed in glorious 4K and then manipulated in post-production with a mirror effect that turns them into undulating alien-like blobs. Cue up some Led Zeppelin and let your mind go to mush during your lunch break.
BBC's Attenborough's Life That Glows is an absolutely gorgeous look at the mysterious creatures around the world that have bioluminescent powers. It details the life of fireflies, glow worms, fungi, fish, squid, plankton, etc. and shows how they use their glow in the dark abilities. Sometimes it's to attract mates, sometimes its to prevent predators from eating them, and other times, well, other times scientists still haven't figured it out. It's awesome.
Video: I don't even drink coffee but after seeing an espresso shot get pulled through a naked portafilter on an espresso machine, it's the only thing I want in my life. Watching the water swish through the finely ground coffee beans and seep through each hole, and seeing the various flows group together to form that golden brown liquid of the gods. Man oh man, it's like being around to see a superweapon charging up.
Video: This short film, Hiraeth by Trent Jaklitsch, is absolutely wonderful. Without seeing any actors and without seeing any relationships on screen, you're still able to develop an emotional attachment to the family through a tour of their empty home. Each room represents a memory in their life, and hearing those memories and feeling their progression through the stages of life gives you a glimpse into their world. It's such a beautiful and intimate way to remember what once was.
Video: It's the circle of life! Well, not quite but sort of. This great short animation from production company Chromosphere highlights the world we live in and the worlds beyond our world through the clever use of circles. Right smack dab in the middle of the frame, watch as the circles transform into animals and planets and space objects and natural phenomena and the human body and more. It's a really well done animation.
Video: New York City is a special place. In the morning, when the city wakes up. At night, when it doesn't sleep. On the grid, in the park, next to the water, across the boroughs, in the bars, on the corners, it all adds up to the best city in the world. Here's a great view of New York City, this time from above the clouds.
Video: Fall is probably the most picturesque season but there's always something beautiful about seeing the stillness of winter give way to the colour of spring. Here's a collection of photographs from photographer Jim Brandenburg that documents the transformation from winter to spring. According to National Geographic, Brandenburg took a photo everyday in Minnesota from the 2014 vernal equinox to the day before summer solstice.
Video: If only this never ending swirl of beautiful landscapes actually existed on one bike trail. It would be the best ride you could ever get on a bike. Cleverly enough though, this short film called DreamRide by Juicy Studios shows Mike Hopkins riding through Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Washington and it makes it look just like one endless ride. Individually, each location they film at is already stunning. Combined and stitched together and edited like this, the bike ride almost feels magical.
Video: In our continuing coverage of Mother Nature's wrath on the planet Earth (also known as lightning strikes on this blue marble), here is an otherworldly view of how this world of ours gets pummelled by electricity. Being so far removed from the ground, like how British ESA astronaut Tim Peake is, the lightning strikes that scar Earth are almost peaceful. Maybe even beautiful?
Video: It's cold. It's lonely. It's and it's cold. That's what this mere glimpse of life on an Arctic expedition looks like. The visuals are jarring: the ship looks like it's parked on land, the moustaches are frozen, the research looks difficult. But it also must be so beautiful to be in places where so few have gone before.
Video: The beauty of Venice Beach lies in its culture, the people that go there and the uniqueness of what's happening on the ground and all around the area. It's a special place, a true treasure of California's beach culture, and it's like no where else in the world. This drone flyby of Venice Beach shows you none of that and yet, it's still absolutely spectacular.