1. The Human Bot Fly

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    from Piotr Naskrecki / Added

    NOTE: To embed this video on non-commercial websites (such as your personal blog) please email me at info@naskrecki.com. For commercial use, such as embedding it in online versions of newspapers or magazines, please contact Minden Pictures (http://www.mindenpictures.com). No alterations, editing, excerpting, or any other changes to this video are allowed. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Raising two dipteran children was an interesting experience. It was embarrassing on a few occasions, when both of my arms started bleeding profusely in public; painful at times, to the point of waking me up in the middle of the night; and inconvenient during the last stages of the flies’ development, when I had to tape plastic containers to my arms to make sure that I will not lose the emerging larvae. But other than those minor discomforts it was really not a big deal. Perhaps my opinion would have been different had the bot flies decided to develop in my eyelids, but I actually grew to like my little guests, and watched their growth with the same mix of pleasure and apprehension as when I watch the development of any other interesting organism under my care. Having two bot fly larvae embedded in my skin have also made me ponder once again the perplexing element of the human psyche that makes us abhor parasites but revere predators. Why is it that an animal that is actively trying to kill us, such as a lion, gets more respect than one that is only trying to nibble on us a little, without causing much harm? I strongly suspect that it has to do with our genetically encoded sense of “fairness” – we perceive parasites as sneaky and underhanded, whereas predators attack us head-on and thus expose themselves to our retaliation. They are brave, or so we think. This, of course, is a very naive and anthropomorphic interpretation of nature. A lion is no “braver” than a bot fly, who has to skillfully hunt mosquitos to assure the dispersal of her eggs and risk more dangers than a lion, a top predator with no natural enemies. Most importantly, to a bot fly we, humans, are a renewable resource – it is in the bot fly’s best interest that we live a very long life and thus can be “reused” – hence the minimum amount of suffering that this species causes. To a lion we are nothing more than a one-time meal. But we should not judge either species for their actions – there is no “good” or “bad” in nature – nature is amoral. I am saying this to prepare you for a short video that I made about my experience of raising a bot fly. I don’t want you to think that it is “creepy” or “weird”. It is simply a documentation of an interesting organism, who happens to develop in the skin of large mammals. But please be forewarned that this video includes a few sequences that some viewers may find disturbing. If you don’t want to have nightmares about things living inside you (which they already do, by the way), please don’t watch it. But if you are prepared to be open-minded and appreciate God’s wonderful creations in all their amazing glory, enjoy the show! Visit http://thesmallermajority.com to learn more.

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    • New York Biotopes

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      from Lena Steinkühler / Added

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      My bachelor graduation project „New York Biotopes“ deals with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City. A type of metamorphosis, where the newly developed vegetation assimilates elements of the city and makes them useful for their own purposes. These creatures and plants, partly mechanical, partly organically in appearance, spread more and more over the city and fill it up with life. My idea was to create a film, that fills up the metropolis New York with vegetation, that adapts to the straightness of the technology and the given situation. This happens through the assimilation of structures and forms. These biotopes are shaped by the existing living environment, but in turn also shape the newly developed living environment by their presence. In other words, a symbiotically coexistence begins. TOOLS: Canon 600D, Vicon Boujou, Cinema 4D, After Effects SOUND: Teacups of Our Ashes by Man Mantis from http://manmantis.bandcamp.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/manmantis SPECIAL THANKS TO: Prof. Johannes Graf & Christoph Grosse Hovest More stuff can be found at: http://www.behance.net/gallery/NEW-YORK-BIOTOPES/6915201

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      • Metamorphosis

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        from Tell No One / Added

        188K Plays / / 80 Comments

        A short film retelling Titian's Metamorphosis for The National Gallery, London. http://tellnoone.co.uk Starring Anna Friel and Ed Speleers Dir: Tell No One Prod: Chris Massey Prod Co. Skin Flicks DOP: Ben Todd & Ed Rutherford 2nd Unit Cam: Dan Magee & John Fisher Art Dept: Samuel Waters & Ben Lack Stylist: Justine Josephs Hair & Make Up: Candy Alderson Casting Dir: Emily Tilelli Composer: Saul Richards Offline Editor: Ross Hallard @ Trim Post: Absolute TK: Luke Morrison @ The Mill Agency: Euros RSCG Agency Prod: Jodie Potts Creative Director: Gerry Moira

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        • Warm Signal

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          from silja / Added

          180K Plays / / 89 Comments

          A short abstract movie dealing with nature and maritime creatures, metamorphosis and transformation – it connects art and science. Strong emphasis on sound, related to the idea of visual music. The Style is soft but clean, focussing on black & white. I studied media design at University of Applied Sciences in Mainz and this is my diploma thesis – it´s not the official musicvideo. Modeling & Animation: Cinema 4d Compositing: After Effects Editing: Final Cut Sound: Apparat »Warm Signal« taken from the Album Duplex (Label: Shitkatapult) http://www.silkesieler.de Featured on Stash 78 http://www.stashmedia.tv/archive/stash78.php Interview on get addicted to… http://www.getaddictedto.com/silke-sieler-motion-graphics-artist/

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          • Good Books "Metamorphosis"

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            from Antfood / Added

            178K Plays / / 85 Comments

            We dug through the darkest recesses of our minds and studio to create original music and sound design for this Buck masterpiece. Working with squirming, analog-tape leeches, moaning coeds, screaming guitar goats, and brain-exploding psychedelia, we were certainly in our element. Plus, it's always fun to rock out and get a little weird for a good cause! Good Books, an online bookseller, passes all of its profits through to Oxfam. Our hats go off to Buck and String Theory. Enjoy the trip! Client: Good Books Agency: String Theory Director: Buck Music & Sound Design: Antfood DISCLAIMER: What you will see is an entirely fictional and completely unendorsed representation. [Though we humbly suggest Hunter S. Thompson might have liked it.] We are devoted fans paying homage. No disrespect is intended.

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            • Good Books "Metamorphosis"

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              from Antfood / Added

              148K Plays / / 61 Comments

              We dug through the darkest recesses of our minds and studio to create original music and sound design for this Buck masterpiece. Working with squirming, analog-tape leeches, moaning coeds, screaming guitar goats, and brain-exploding psychedelia, we were certainly in our element. Plus, it's always fun to rock out and get a little weird for a good cause! Good Books, an online bookseller, passes all of its profits through to Oxfam. Our hats go off to Buck and String Theory. Enjoy the trip! Client: Good Books Agency: String Theory Director: Buck Music & Sound Design: Antfood DISCLAIMER: What you will see is an entirely fictional and completely unendorsed representation. [Though we humbly suggest Hunter S. Thompson might have liked it.] We are devoted fans paying homage. No disrespect is intended.

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              • CATERPILLAR

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                from David Field / Added

                138K Plays / / 107 Comments

                Finding your way can mean losing your mind in the process… An isolated elderly woman, in desperate need of stimulation, conjures an infestation of silk-spinning caterpillars, thus leading her to a mind-bending epiphany. ‘Caterpillar’ is a cerebral drama, filmed in the historical Wynkoop House, famous for housing George Washington. The crew consists of highly esteemed artists working across a wide spectrum of disciplines. This includes special effects artist, Ben Bornstein (300, The Fighter), visual effects artist Greg Silverman (Black Swan), and editor, Corey Bayes (Birdman, The Knick, Contagion). From storyline through production, Caterpillar is an ode to the creative process. This film is a must-see for anyone who has ever submitted to their imagination and felt transformed by an idea. FOR MORE: http://caterpillarfilms.net

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                • Change & Wonder: A Butterfly Complete Metamorphosis

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                  from David Britton / Added

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                  A butterfly metamorphosis close up chronological view showing detailed transitions from egg, caterpillar growth, chrysalis formation, butterfly development within the chrysalis and butterfly emergence.

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                  • Come Clean - Hilary Duff - Official Music Video

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                    from Chito Mañosca Francisco / Added

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                    "Come Clean" is a song recorded by American recording artist Hilary Duff. The song was written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, and produced by latter for Duff's second studio album, Metamorphosis (2003). The song contains influences of electronica, with the lyrics chronicling the protagonist wanting to "come clean" with her love interest, from a strained relationship. The critics received "Come Clean" with mixed reviews. The song was released on January 20, 2004 as the album's second single.

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                    • Omni-Phantasmic

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                      from neil craver / Added

                      37K Plays / / 19 Comments

                      This underwater photographic series is visual voyage of metamorphosis into the subconscious waters of the mind. The ultimate metaphysical quest into the undercurrent of consciousness.

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