1. In the first of this microscopic video series, Dr Chris Forman shows us the eye of a beetle and the eye of a fruit fly and explains how they have inspired technology.

    Under the Microscope is a collection of videos that capture glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up. They will be released every Monday and Thursday for the next couple of months and you can see them here: vimeo.com/channels/micro

    Dr Forman:
    “Nature has found remarkable ways of using small amounts of energy to combine common elements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen into fascinating and complex assemblies like these insects shown here. If we could do the same in our manufacturing processes then perhaps we could recycle our products more easily and we wouldn't use as much energy processing large lumps of aluminium, concrete and plastic. My research into biomaterials tries to learn from nature how to combine the same basic materials into a wide range of structures that perhaps, one day, may be used in all kinds of products from food to factories!”

    Size of these images:

    μm = micron (one thousandth of a millimetre)

    Beetle eye: each individual lens is 12 μm (the thickness of cling film), the entire eye is about 750 μm across (thickness of 5 sheets of paper) and the entire image is about 240 μm across (really thick bit of human hair).

    Fruit fly eye: Again each lens is about 10 μm (thickness of cling film), and the entire eye is about 200-300 μm (3 sheets of paper). The total distance across the image is about 115 μm across (thickness of a human hair).

    More info:

    More images:

    Dr Forman’s profile:

    Thanks to Dr Bill O’Neill and Dr Paul Barker.

    Department of Engineering:

    Music by Joe Snape:

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  2. Director: Rebecca Manley


    British fun fair meets Spaghetti Western in cardboard.
    A short stop-motion piece made almost entirely from recycled cardboard.

    Shot at Clapham Road Studios
    DOP Peter Ellmore, Animator Andy Biddle, Sound Design Jack Townley, Sound Supervisor Jonathan Last, Original music Barney Wade, Compositing & Grade Paul Trewartha, Final Master Gary Brown.
    Thanks: Matt and Elizabeth Day, Luca Paulli, Lizzie Oxby, John Taylor

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  3. Happy end of the world 2012!

    Gobelins 2012. Deborah Cruchon, Myriam Fourati, Jonghyun Jung-boix, Nadya Mira, Laurent Moing.

    Music: Pomplamoose - Telephone, and their mix of Angry birds

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  4. Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world.
    Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.


    Copyright © 2012 stevecutts.com

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  5. Sigur Rós - Ekki múkk
    Sigur Rós 'Valtari' Mystery Film Experiment: Ekki múkk by Nick Abrahams
    Taken from the "valtari mystery film experiment" - more details: sigur-ros.co.uk/valtari/videos/
    Valtari is available to purchase now: sigur-ros.co.uk/valtari/buy/

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