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.