Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Measles Explained // Do You Really Need To Vaccinate?

Everybody is talking about Measles – but what does the virus actually do in the body? Is it really so harmful that you need a vaccination? We go deep into the body of an infected person and see what Measles does and how the immune system reacts to it!

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

Why You Are Still Alive // The Immune System Explained

Every second of your life you are under attack. Bacteria, viruses, spores and more living stuff wants to enter your body and use its resources for itself. The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival. Without it you would die in no time. This sounds simple but the reality is complex, beautiful and just awesome.

An animation of the immune system.

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Animated Documentary Series: “Animated Life”

Animated Life, a collaboration between Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s BioInteractive and The New York Times. Directed, produced & edited by Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck.

Flora Lichtman is a science journalist and Sharon Shattuck is an animator and filmmaker.

This animated documentary tells the story of polar explorer Alfred Wegener, the unlikely scientist behind continental drift theory.

This animated documentary celebrates the 17th-century citizen scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discovery of microbes would change our view of the biological world.

This paper puppet video celebrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited, along with Charles Darwin, with conceptualizing the theory of natural selection.

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Animation Series

Small Circuits: How do neurons integrate signals in small circuits?

Look inside your brain and join the postsynaptic party with Harvard’s Neuroscience MOOC!

Animation: Grace Helmer • Sound Design & Music: Oswald Skillbard • Produced by Nadja Oertelt.

Excitation & Inhibition: Communication is a delicate balance between excitation & inhibition.

Animation: Daniela Sherer • Sound Design & Music: Oswald Skillbard • Produced by Nadja Oertelt.

What’s a synapse? Look inside your clay brain!

Animation: Lily Fang • Sound Design & Music: Oswald Skillbard • Produced by Nadja Oertelt.

A 1950’s Utopia: Elgin Park

Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith’s imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures – delighted audiences worldwide when his photo series went viral. For the first time, the documentary Elgin Park dives into the life of this charming, reclusive artist to reveal the dark inspiration behind his work.

Director: Danny Yourd • Cinematographer: John Pope • Editor: Mike LaHood.

Chinatown: The Chinese Translation of the Trademarks

Chinatown is a Chinese translation of the trademarks in a graphical way. It’s a carefully arranged series of artworks showcasing 20 well-known western brand logos with maintained visual and narrative continuity.

Conception: Mehmet Gözetlik • Producer: Handan Akbudak.

Neon Sign Maker: Asım Doğan • Director of Photography: Emre Başak.

Enjoy Your Intermission

The story of a little drive-in, with a lot of hearts.

Longtime projectionist, Roger Babcock, has been threading film through the Hi-Way Drive-in’s projectors for more than 40 years. However, with Hollywood studios no longer offering film prints of their releases, Roger is faced with an ultimatum: upgrade all four of the Hi-Way’s 35mm film projectors to expensive digital systems, or close the gates which have so warmly welcomed moviegoers since 1960… for good.

Directed by Tansy Michaud & Adam Carboni • Edit & Sound Design by Alex Trierweiler.

South Horizons by Rafa Zubiría

“They’re safeguarding an artificial paradise”

A personal portrait of Hong Kong by Rafa Zubiría, filmed during the spring of 2014.

AKA JIMMY C

A short visual documentary focusing on the creative process & technique of iconic artist Jimmy C.

Directed by: e&e • Director of Photography: Edmund Curtis.

Bettine Le Beau // A Lucky Girl

Based on an interview with holocaust survivor Bettine Le Beau.

Commissioned for the Holocaust Memorial Memory Makers Project.

Collaboration with collage artist Martin O’Neill.

Infographic: Apocalypse When?

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