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Animation Design Illustration

Elastic Vehicles: Warped and Contorted Car Designs by Chris Labrooy

Elastic Vehicles: Warped and Contorted Car Designs by Chris Labrooy

June 29, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

Digital illustrator Chris Labrooy continues to experiment with radically unusual car designs by creating ludicrous CGI vehicle concepts based on VW Beetles, Datsuns, and Citroen C3s. Since we first mentioned his Auto Aerobics series, Labrooy decided to bring a few of his ideas to life in a series of animations titled Cut & Shut and Tokyo. More



Crafts

New Satisfying Porcelain Faceting Videos by Abe Haruya

New Satisfying Porcelain Faceting Videos by Abe Haruya

Jun.28.17

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Christopher

As a finishing touch before glazing his wheel-thrown vases and bowls, ceramic artist Abe Haruya (previously) sets about carving the surface of each piece with various metallic tools. Many of the pieces are done freehand by sight, but some of the more complex scale-like patterns are first sketched with a pencil before Haruya carefully rakes across the surface to remove thin layers of porcelain. More



Design Music

The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares

The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares

Jun.26.17

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Kate

Movie composer Mark Korven wanted to craft the perfect sounds for horror movies, but the instruments he needed didn’t exist, and he was tired of using the same digital samples. To produce the original effects needed for evoking breathtaking moments of suspension, he teamed up with guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith to craft an original instrument that would better aid in manufacturing fear. More



Art

A Mixture of Paint, Soap, and Oil Form an Eye-Opening Galaxy of Aqueous Visuals

A Mixture of Paint, Soap, and Oil Form an Eye-Opening Galaxy of Aqueous Visuals

Jun.19.17

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Christopher

Director Thomas Blanchard (previously) has teamed up with photographer Oilhack to create this dizzying new video of paint, soap, and oil mixing together titled Galaxy Gates. We’ve seen more than a handful of videos like these here on Colossal the last few years, but these guys somehow manage to push the envelope quite a bit into an entirely new realm of visual experimentation. The duo filmed for almost 4 months and included only around 2% of their work in the final edit. More



Dance Photography

Glow: A Dancer Filmed in Front of a Glow-In-The-Dark Backdrop

Glow: A Dancer Filmed in Front of a Glow-In-The-Dark Backdrop

Jun.13.17

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Christopher

Toronto-based filmmaker Jonah Haber recently premiered a new experimental short film titled Glow featuring dancer Niamh Wilson shot against a giant glow-in-the-dark backdrop. As Wilson moves through the piece a strobe illuminates her silhouette leaving a trail of shadowy figures against the background. More



Art History Illustration

Why Knights Fought Snails in the Margins of Medieval Books

Why Knights Fought Snails in the Margins of Medieval Books

Jun.1.17

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Christopher

When thinking of a symbolic foe to battle in a medieval book, many creatures come to mind: dragons, wolves, or perhaps rabbits, but the poor defenseless snail? It hardly makes for a powerful image. But it turns out, as with most artwork, the answer is more symbolic than literal. More



Amazing Photography Science

Fractal: A Magnificent Supercell Thunderstorm Timelapse by Chad Cowan

Fractal: A Magnificent Supercell Thunderstorm Timelapse by Chad Cowan

May.31.17

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Christopher

For the last decade, Kansas-based photographer Chad Cowan has driven almost 100,000 miles across the United States chasing powerful supercell thunderstorms and recording them in high definition. The endeavor began as a personal project to capture a few storms as they developed but quickly grew into a full-blown obsession. Cowan has recorded hundreds of storms and condensed the highlights into this short film titled Fractal with editing help from Kevin X Barth. More



Animation Dance

Makin’ Moves: A Wild Animated Dance Short by Kouhei Nakama

Makin’ Moves: A Wild Animated Dance Short by Kouhei Nakama

May.23.17

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Christopher

How fun is this? TOO FUN. Behold the latest video from art director Kouhei Nakama who uses a variety of generative and particle-based animation techniques to bring 3D figures to life in this motion graphics short aptly titled MAKIN’ MOVES. We marveled last year at another video by Nakama, Cycles. Music by Broke For Free. More



Photography Science

An Elegant Flower Time-Lapse Three Years in the Making

An Elegant Flower Time-Lapse Three Years in the Making

May.9.17

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Christopher

As a companion piece to his 2012 short film “Fall,” filmmaker Jamie Scott spent the last three years filming a massive variety of flowers in this seemingly endless parade of buds opening into blooms titled “Spring.” The entire film was shot on a small mini-stage inside the wardrobe of his New York home, and the results are stitched together into this seamless time-lapse. The visuals and music were created in tandem with composer Jim Perkins who received edits and wrote the music accordingly. More



Art Design

Creating The Never-Ending Bloom: The Amazing Mathematical Wonders of John Edmark

Creating The Never-Ending Bloom: The Amazing Mathematical Wonders of John Edmark

May.5.17

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Christopher

We’ve long marveled at artist John Edmark's (previously) kinetic objects that function as a medium to express a variety of mathematical formulas and concepts. The spiral-like sculptures often defy description and even when looking at them it’s hard to understand how they work, something he refers to as “instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.” The folks at SciFri recently visited with Edmark in his studio to learn more about how he works and to catch a glimpse of some rather unusual sculptures he’s created over the last few years. More



Art Science

Meet the Milky Way: A Timelapse Video Shot From the Cockpit of a Swiss Airliner

Meet the Milky Way: A Timelapse Video Shot From the Cockpit of a Swiss Airliner

May.1.17

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Kate

Sales Wick is an airline pilot, photographer, and film producer based in Switzerland who photographs the journeys of his many international flights on his website BeyondClouds. For his video Meet the Milky Way, Wick created a timelapse of his nighttime trip from Zurich to Sao Paulo, capturing the starry sky and the glowing Milky Way straight ahead. The video was recorded in August during one of the few nights where shooting stars can be seen racing across the sky, and during the video several can be observed traveling across the screen. More