Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Can Plants Talk To Each Other?

Can plants talk to each other? It certainly doesn’t seem that way: They don’t have complex sensory or nervous systems, like animals do, and they look pretty passive. But odd as it sounds, plants can communicate with each other — especially when they’re under attack.

Richard Karban explains how • Animation by Yukai Du.

The Emperor of Time

The strange and sordid tale of Eadweard Muybridge, the man who accidentally invented motion pictures. The film is told from the point of view of Muybridge’s abandoned son and viewed completely through a nineteenth century early cinema contraption called a mutoscope.

Written & Directed by Drew Christie • Narrated by Hugh Ross • Starring: Richard Evans.
Music by Spencer Thun • Sound by Eli Moore • Photographed by Drew Christie & Dane Herforth.

Edouard Martinet | Insectophile

Take one workshop full of junk and a Frenchman with an eye for detail (not to mention an obsession with bugs) and you will find the most eclectic mix of metal insects this side of a sci-fi novel. This short documentary follows Edouard Martinet’s patient and extraordinary process as he creates sculptures that are utterly beautiful, distinctly creepy and somehow completely true to nature. All this despite his medium being piles of bent metal and old rusty bicycles.

Directed & Produced by Will Farrell • Cinematographer: Oliver Ford • Music: Tom Fitzsimons.

Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

Safe & Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance.

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

The Story Of Zero – Getting Something From Nothing

What is zero? How did it come about?

Hannah Fry tells the story of how zero went from nothing to something.

Once upon a time, zero wasn’t really a number. Its journey to the fully fledged number we know and love today was a meandering one. Today, zero is both a placeholder, and tool, within our number system signifying an absence of a value, and as a number in its own right.

But it wasn’t always seen as that, and it still doesn’t act quite like other numbers. Can you divide by zero, for example? Hannah Fry explains how zero came about, from its origins in ancient civilisations, through the resistance it faced from the Roman numeral system, to being the cornerstone of calculus.

Animated by Andrew Khosravani • Sound Design: Ed Prosser.

Space Elevator – Science Fiction Or The Future Of Mankind?

Space elevators. Are they are thing that we should talk about?

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

Newton In Space

A short educational film about Newton’s 3 laws of motion, explained through a space adventure to Mars. Made at Beakus for the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Directed & designed by Amaël Isnard • Additional design by Emmanuelle Leleu.
Animation by Remus Buznea, Kiki Kyriakou, Amaël Isnard • Sound & music by Marian Mentrup.

The Antibiotic Apocalypse Explained

What is the Antibiotic Apocalypse?

What is it all about? And how dangerous is it?

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

Why The War On Drugs Is A Huge Failure

The war against drugs has been a terrible disaster for everybody involved.

Why? And can we do something differently?

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

How Leap Year Works

Because the solar system doesn’t care about our calendar.

Video by Joss Fong & Liz Scheltens.

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