documentaries

How A Documentary About Eskimos Explains Our Stupid Reality TV Obsession

We can trace the world’s obsession with curvaceous humanoids like Kim Kardashian and mannequin dolls named after cities and hotel chains back to the first documentary ever made: Nanook of the North. It was a documentary that faked the life of eskimos to entertain people.


A Look At The Sub That Took James Cameron To The Bottom Of The Sea

James Cameron showed us new worlds in films like Avatar and The Abyss. So it’s no wonder that the filmmaker would want to explore the one we actually live in. Deepsea Challenge 3D chronicles his journey to the greatest depths of the ocean — thanks to an incredible sub that Gizmodo recently had a chance to see up close.


Mudbloods: A Documentary About The Real-Life Sport Of Quidditch, And The Journey To The World Cup

Forget FIFA. Forget the Olympics. This is way more serious. This is real-life Quidditch. (Yes, that game they play on broomsticks in Harry Potter).


See How The First Moon Photos Are Being Recovered In An Old McDonald's

Earlier this year, the internet was collectively tickled at the reports of how NASA was conducting the recovery of some of the first photos of the moon inside an abandoned McDonald’s. This new video takes a closer look at how this surreal research lab came to be.


Behind The Scenes Of 2001: A Space Odyssey

The short documentary, 2001 A Space Odyssey: A Look Behind the Future is a fascinating artifact of film history. As the folks at Coudal Partners point out, it might be a little “cornball” at times, but it still serves to give context for thoughts around space exploration from technical experts and artists in the late 1960s.


Meet The Men Who Are Seriously Building Time Machines

Everyone wants to go back into time and see historical events or jump ahead to experience the future. It’s human nature to wonder about tomorrow and reminisce about yesterday. We can’t help it. But even though DeLoreans and Victorian open carriages and hot tubs have helped us imagine time travel, most of us are resigned to the fact that it’s not going to happen. That’s sad. Some people aren’t giving up. That’s awesome.


Attenborough's Next Nature Documentary Will Play On Oculus Rift

Sir David Attenborough is the grand master behind epic nature documentaries like Planet Earth and Blue Planet. His productions take us deep into entirely new worlds that few humans have ever visited. His next project will do that even more convincingly, powered by the virtual reality powers of Oculus Rift.


Meet The Guys Who Store Humans At Freezing Temperatures For The Future

We Will Live Again is a fascinating documentary on the Cryonics Institute, the place where 99 dead human bodies are stored at freezing temperatures in hopes that they will be able to be revived and live again in another life. It’s crazy and bizarre and eerie in all the right ways.


Take A Fascinating Tour Behind The Scenes Of The Shining

What was it like working on the set of legendary film director Stanley Kubrick as he adapted The Shining, Stephen King’s bestselling horror story, to the silver screen? If these cast and crew interviews from the new documentary Staircases to Nowhere, are any indication, the answer is: pretty dang awesome.


Life Of Pi's VFX Team Explains What's Wrong With The Film Industry

In 2013, Rhythm & Hues Studios won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Life of Pi just 11 days after declaring bankruptcy. This is the story of where they — and nearly two dozen other studios that have closed in the last decade — went wrong.