Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Ingrained

Steven Lane is a woodworking artist, from the south island of New Zealand, with a unique approach to gathering the materials needed for his work.

From eyewear to headphones, Steven creates one of a kind pieces that are truly beautiful. He prefers salvaged materials, often traveling to the coast to find wood that has washed up on the beach and has the ‘character and qualities’ he can exploit.

Director//Cinematographer//Editor: Will Lascelles • Original Score//Audio Mix: Danny Fairley.

Aerial Photography: Jase Hancox/Will Lascelles • A CoLab Creative Production.

What If There Was A Black Hole In Your Pocket?

What would happen to you if a black hole the size of a coin suddenly appeared in your pocket?

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

Air Pollution

Air Pollution. Using a simple yet evocative narrative this film explains the causes and effects and asks the question, ‘What’s the air quality like where you are today?’

Director: Stefan Wernik • Producer: Guy Jamieson.

Designer: Alexander Watson & Jason Pamment • Animator: Arthur Collie & Gareth Rhodes.

Vincent Van Gogh: Painted With Words

Drama-documentary with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Van Gogh.

The film won a Rockie for Best Arts Documentary at the Banff World Media Festival in 2011, receiving critical acclaim for its fascinating insight into the life of the artist and its unique approach to storytelling • Written & directed by Andrew Hutton.

How Sugar Affects The Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Lesson: Nicole Avena • Narration: Michelle Snow • Music: Michael Dow • Animation: STK Films.

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough?

Sleep! It’s probably the one single thing we spend the most time doing. Sleeping eight hours a night means that you’d spend literally one third of your life asleep. But most of us are getting less than that, and we probably need more. Sleep is important!

Writer: Aaron Carroll • Graphics: Mark Olsen.
Executive Producer: John Green • Director, Producer: Stan Muller.

The Death Of Bees Explained: Parasites, Poison & Humans

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve. The foes bees face are truly horrifying – some are a direct consequence of human greed. We need to help our small buzzing friends or we will face extremely unpleasant consequences.

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

The Power of Empathy

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts public events programme has launched RSA Shorts. This new series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world. It responds to the ever-increasing need for new ideas and inspiration in our busy lives and acts as a shot of ‘mental espresso’ to awaken the curiosity in all of us.

The audio of this RSA short is of Dr Brené Brown who spoke at the RSA on The Power of Vulnerability. She talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy and argues that to be truly empathetic you have to be vulnerable by connecting with someone’s pain in yourself.

Animated & directed by Katy Davis.

The Fermi Paradox II // Where Are All The Aliens?

Where are all the aliens? The universe is too big and too old, why have we not met aliens yet? Do they live in computers? Were they wiped out by an ancient super intelligence? Or are we just to primitive to understand their motives? Whatever the answer is, it is incredibly important for our own future.

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

In Guns We Trust

In Kennesaw, a small American town in the state of Georgia, a good citizen is an armed citizen. By law, since 1982, each head of household must own at least one working firearm with ammunition.

Director & Photography: Nicolas Levesque • Editor: Guillaume Langlois.

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