Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Just Add Water: The History Of The Live Sea-Monkeys

This is the story of how a tiny, magical creature was transformed into a cultural phenomenon by inventor, marketing genius and complicated eccentric Harold von Braunhut.

Full of fun facts (both charming and disturbing), this breezy, colorful short film is about a half-century of marketing directly to children, the force of nostalgia in pop culture, and an unlikely meeting of flim-flam and hard science. A film by Penny Lane.

A New History For Humanity: The Human Era

We need a new year 0 for humanity.

But which one should we choose and why?

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

Trash Talk: Tangle Film

Tangle is chaos. The film documents Trash Talk while on a week long tour throughout Japan. Utter sleep deprivation, culture shock and excessive drugs. We snaked through the streets, down flights of stairs and into the underground hardcore shows of Japan. Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Enoshima blended together into one incoherent night. In these dark rooms, the polite and calm surface of Japan is ripped away. It is a study of these two worlds meetings. The jumping back and forth between the light and the dark show how these contrasting forces are actually interdependent.

Made by Among Other Things • Directed by Will Mayer • Shot by Glen Han.

Feynman’s Building Blocks of Thermodynamics

Chemist Andrea Sella recalls Richard Feynman’s analogy explaining the conservation of energy.

A evolving negotiation over toy blocks between a mother and son comes together to illustrate the first law of thermodynamics.

There are many ways to describe the first law of thermodynamics, and many ways to explain it. In this unique animation, chemist Andrea Sella recalls one of Richard Feynman’s descriptions of the law. In a classic analogy, Feynman imagines a child with a set of building blocks, and a mother struggling to ensure he doesn’t lose any. Each day, the total number of blocks remains the same, although some do stray from their original location.

This consistent fact – that the blocks cannot be created or destroyed – allows the mother to calculate how many blocks are in a box without even looking. And this consistent fact, that energy itself is also always conserved, lays the foundation for one of physics’ greatest rules.

Directed & animated by Rosanna Wan • Narrator: Andrea Sella • Music: Kevin MacLeod.

The Most Gruesome Parasites

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There are a group of parasites extremely disgusting and mean. Humanity declared war on them.

Neglected Tropical Diseases Explained.

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

Blank Tape: Electronic Cassette Culture

A short film about the new wave of DIY labels, producers and artists who’ve found a home for experimental electronic music on cassette.

A film by Sam Campbell & Sonal Katrina • Produced by The Vinyl Factory.

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The Last Move

Michael Thomasson has devoted his life to video games.

It’s been his passion and his obsession for more than three decades. He owns over 11,000 unique game titles for more than 100 different systems.

Why? “Because there’s something wrong in the back of my head,” he says.

His collection is so large, in fact, it’s currently recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

But there’s one thing Michael loves more than his games: his family. The Last Move chronicles Michael’s attempts to help his mother at an enormous personal cost to himself.

Fusion Energy Explained: Future or Failure

How does Fusion Energy work and is it a good idea?

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

The Most Efficient Way To Destroy The Universe

False Vacuum: What would be if there was a way to destroy the universe radically in such a way that lives, as we know it, would be impossible for good?

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

Cultural Mining

Cultural mining describes the process by which the most valuable parts of culture – by which we mean the arts, humanities and philosophy – are recovered and made useful for our own times.

Written & Narrated by Alain de Botton • Directed & Animated by Wednesday.

Background Design by Daniel Clarke • Sound & Music by Tom Drew.

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