Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

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.

You Won’t Regret That Tattoo

You Wont Regret That Tattoo is a short documentary that explores the meanings and memories behind the tattoos of an older generation, and challenges the belief that ink is something we will come to regret. • Directed by Angie Bird.


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.

// Illustrations © Rachel Ignotofsky /// ☇ Art Prints Available /// via //

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? //