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Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships

November 15, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

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When he was just 16 years old Luigi Prina entered and won a national aircraft modeling competition. When he went to collect the prize money the organizers asked the boy why his father couldn’t come and collect it himself. Nearly fifty years later the now successful architect met a painter and boat builder named Eugenio Tomiolo and while they were talking made a bet that perhaps Prina could take one of his small model ships and make it fly like an airplane. Tomolio accepted and it wasn’t long before a small flying boat was whirring in circles around his small studio that coincidentally had clouds painted on the ceiling. A new passion was born and Prina has since dedicated nearly 20 years of his later life to building flying model boats, bicycles and other unconventional aircraft.

The folks over at Blinking City along with photographer Gianluca Giannone recently sat down with the model building for this beautiful photo essay and video. (thnx, Andrea!)

 

 



Animation Design

Tissue Paper Stop Motion Animals for Nepia

November 14, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Created by Yuki Ariga for Japanese paper manufacturer Nepia this lovely animated short features a cavalcade of delicately folded tissue paper animals. If you’re interested, here’s the making of video. (via NOTCOT)

 

 



Amazing

The Record Breaker: The Strange Story of Ashrita Furman Who Has Dedicated His Life to Breaking World Records

November 13, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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It seems like fate that Ashrita Furman was born in 1954, the same year the first Guinness Book of World Records was published. As a child the New York native became fascinated with the annual record books but due to his lack of athleticism never dreamed he could ever accomplish something worthy of a “record.” Years later in 1978, with very little training, he entered a 24 hour bicycle race in Central Park where he surprisingly finished in third place. The near victory sparked something deep inside Furman, and the following year he set his first official record by doing 27,000 jumping jacks. Furman now holds more Guinness records (148) than anyone in the world.

In this life-affirming documentary short from Brian McGuinn we learn about Furman’s extremely bizarre life, and watch has he prepares to climb Machu Picchu. On stilts. (via Booooooom)

 

 



Art

Money is Material: Watch as Collage Artist Mark Wagner Turns the U.S. Dollar into Art

November 12, 2013

Christopher Jobson

The Avant/Garde Diaries recently did a short feature on collage artist Mark Wagner (previously) and got some excellent footage of the artist at work as well as a timelapse of one of his recent pieces coming together. Directed and produced by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott.

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Design Science

inFORM: An Interactive Dynamic Shape Display that Physically Renders 3D Content

November 12, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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While it’s debatable whether we’ll ever be able to teleport objects or people around the world at the speed of light, the inFORM system from Tangible Media Group at MIT might be the seeds of the next best thing. inFORM facilitates the real-time movement of physical “pixels” on a table surface that move in accordance with data from a Kinect motion sensing input device. The system allows people to remotely manipulate objects from a distance, physically interact with data or temporary objects, and could open the door to a wide variety of gaming, medical, or other interactive scenarios where people might be in remote locations.

One can only imagine the possibilities as the resolution of such a device increases. As mind-blowing as the video is above, the inFORM demonstrated has a relatively low resolution of 30×30 resulting in 900 moving “pixels”. As technology allows, what happens if the resolution doubles or quadruples and 3D content begins to appear exponentially more lifelike.

inFORM is currently under development at MIT’s Tangible Media Group and was designed by Daniel Leithinger, Sean Follmer, Hiroshi Ishii with help from numerous other software and hardware engineers. You can learn more about it here.

 

 



Animation

Behind the Scenes of John Lewis’ Stop Motion Holiday Ad from adam&eveDDB

November 11, 2013

Christopher Jobson

UK department store chain John Lewis are known for the high production value of their annual holiday commercial produced in partnership with Adam&Eve/DDB. This year’s festive/sappy/tear-jerker ad, The Bear & the Hare, could have been produced using standard animation, but the creative team opted for a much more complex and time-consuming hybrid of hand-drawn animation converted into stop motion animation. The making-of video above is almost more impressive than the actual commercial, which you can watch here. BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!? The BBC tries to interpret the ad. (via It’s Nice That)

 

 



Animation

A Story of Reincarnation Told Through Stop Motion Face Paint

November 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This animated short by London-based artist, animator and body painter Emma Allen briefly depicts the cycle of reincarnation using face paint. Allen made the 75-second piece over a period of five days by painting and photographing her own face. (via mashKULTURE)