Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category


TURNS is a portrait of master woodturner Steven Kennard • Directed by Ben Proudfoot.

Conrad And The Steamplant

Conrad Milster, Pratt Institute’s chief engineer, has worked in the Brooklyn power plant nearly his entire adult life. Starting as a mechanic in 1958, he later became one of only four chief engineers in the plant’s 127-year history, taking over the official duties in 1965. He’s been there ever since.

For the last six decades, Milster (now 79 years old) has lovingly maintained the nineteenth century steam engines that provide heat and hot water to Pratt’s campus. “We have our hands full,” says Milster. “If the plant stops in the winter, Pratt stops.”

Filmed by Dustin Cohen, Autumn Eakin & Christine Ng • Edited by Saela Davis.

The Fermi Paradox // Where Are All The Aliens?

The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe?

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

Women In Science: Illustrations by Rachel Ignotofsky

Diese Illustrationen sind Teil der “Women in Science”-Serie der Künstlerin Rachel Ignotofsky. Die Illustratorin und Designerin wuchs in New Jersey auf und studierte Grafikdesign an der Tyler School of Art. Aktuell lebt sie in Kansas City, wo sie als Senior Designerin für Hallmark Greetings arbeitet. Ihre persönliche Arbeiten werden von den Themen Wissenschaft und Geschichte inspiriert.

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The Reinvention of Normal

“Go straight off the wall” said his dad and Dominic does just that. The film follows Dominic Wilcox, an artist / inventor / designer, on his quest for new ideas….Transforming the mundane and ordinary into something surprising, wondrous and strangely thought provoking.

Directed & produced by Liam Saint-Pierre • Original Artwork & animation: Dominic Wilcox.

Are There Aliens? // How Will The Universe End?

Nach dem Erfolg der bisherigen Filme für das Royal Observatory, wurde das angesehene Produktionsstudio Beakus gebeten, zwei neue Animationen zu erstellen, um zu zeigen: “Wie wird das Universum enden?”, sowie um die spannende Frage zu stellen “Gibt es Außerirdische?”.

Beakus director Ping crafted two original films for the Royal Observatory Greenwich that make science bold, bright and engaging.”

Are there aliens? //

How will the Universe end? //

Can Robots Be Creative?

In diesem animierten Film untersucht Gil Weinberg das Rätsel der künstlichen Kreativität.

Könnten wir zum Beispiel Maschinen programmieren, die qualitativ hochwertige Musik komponieren? Und wenn wir das tun, ist es dann die Maschine oder der Programmierer, der diese Kreativität hervorbringt?

“People have been grappling with the question of artificial creativity — alongside the question of artificial intelligence — for over 170 years. For instance, could we program machines to create high quality original music? And if we do, is it the machine or the programmer that exhibits creativity? Gil Weinberg investigates this creative conundrum”.

Lesson by Gil Weinberg • Narration by Addison Anderson • Animation by TOGETHER.

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What Is Life? Is Death Real?

Was ist eigentlich der Unterschied zwischen Leben und Tod? Auf den ersten Blick wirkt das wie eine ziemlich dumme Frage. Aber wenn man versucht eine klare Definitionen zu finden, wird es plötzlich sehr verwirrend. Die Wissenschaft ist sich bis heute nicht einig.

Und Moment – wenn wir nicht ganz sicher sind was “Leben” bedeutet… was bedeutet dann “Tod”?

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

So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications.

What is life after all? And is death really a thing?

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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.