1. BBC Knowledge Explainer DNA


    from Territory / Added

    BBC Knowledge and Learning is exploring a wide variety of topics from social history to science in a series of three-minute online Explainer documentaries, and commissioned Territory (www.territorystudio.com) to produce an animated film on the subject of DNA. As Will Samuel, lead designer and animator on the project explains, the approach taken wasn’t just to look into a scientific future. “We needed to find a graphic style to communicate the beauty and intricacy of DNA. We wanted to create nostalgia; taking the audience back to the days of textbook diagrams and old science documentaries, such as Carl Sagan's COSMOS and IBM’s POWER OF TEN (1977). Using the double helix circular theme as a core design we focused on form, movement and colour to create a consistent flow to the animation, drawing on references from nature, illustrating how DNA is the core to everything around us.” Three minutes is a short time to explore a subject where most doctorates only scratch the surface, so writer Andrew S. Walsh teamed up with molecular biologist Dr Matthew Adams to distil the script down to the most fundamental elements required to understand not only DNA’s form and function but how our understanding of these discoveries has affected the wider world. While this length may feel restrictive, the team found that this limitation acted as a lens, focusing the piece on the essentials. The Explainer series is designed to intrigue and inform, encouraging those who discover the documentaries to further explore through links to additional information found on the BBC website. Client: Richard Cable for BBC Knowledge & Learning Studio: Territory Studio Creative director: David Sheldon-Hicks Art and animation director: William Samuel Producer: Sam Hart Script Editor: Richard Cable Writer and VO director: Andrew S Walsh Scientist: Dr Matthew Adams Animators: Alasdair Willson, David Penn, Marti Romances, William Samuel VO actor: Simon Poland (www.justvoicesagency.com) Sound design: Room 24 (www.room-24.com)

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    • Scale


      from Brad Goodspeed / Added

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      If you liked 'SCALE', please watch my next astronomy video: 'VISION - A plea to save the James Webb space telescope'. http://vimeo.com/30224434 Or have a look at my most recent video, about the human brain: http://vimeo.com/36973442 From http://bradblogspeed.com Check out this post at http://post.ly/1XOrk Please follow me at http://twitter.com/bradgoodspeed NOTE: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO DOES NOT REPRESENT THE ENTIRE NIGHT SKY, or at least it doesn't anymore. I've updated the video to omit the foreground landscape in an effort to account for an error in perspective. Unfortunately, due to my error, websites are widely reporting that Jupiter would fill the entire night sky, but it wouldn't. What's depicted here is a much narrower perspective than the previously mentioned 62 degrees, something that I imagine could be calculated by people much brighter than I. I imagine this view is closer to what you'd see through some very weak binoculars, but that's just a guess. For a somewhat technical explanation of what was wrong with the original version of this video, and what that realization can teach us about skepticism, please read the following: http://bradblogspeed.com/im-bad-at-math ORIGINAL POST Here's an animation I did to make you feel small, and also convey the deep awe I feel at the feet of the Universe. While watching the video of the lunar eclipse I posted the other day I was looking at the curvature of the earth's shadow on the moon. It made me think about how large the earth might look if an exact copy of it was up there instead of the moon. Soon curiosity got the better of me, and I was animating! So the basic idea is, each planet you see is the size it would appear in the sky if it shared an orbit with the moon, 380,000 kms from earth. I created this video in After Effects, and because of certain technical considerations had to keep the field of view at 62 degrees. That means the foreground element is not precisely to scale. I realized this after the fact and may update the video at some point in the future. All planets are to correct scale with one another in any case. Please watch full screen in HD if possible. Oh! And please consider sharing with your friends on Twitter or Facebook. Music: Where We're Calling From - Doves Great write-up by Jessicsa Palmer at Bioephemera: http://scienceblogs.com/bioephemera/2011/02/art_vs_science_part_4_gas_gian.php

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      • Science / TV Channel Ident 'Erosion' - Director's Cut


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        Ident for the american TV channel Science. Client: Science Channel Production Company: Blacklist
 Executive Producer: Adina Sales 
Producer: Alexander Unick 
Direction & Art Direction: Dvein Postproduction: Dvein
 Sound Design (Director’s Version): Antfood

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        • Mars One Way


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          There were 200,000 people who applied to participate in a project called Mars One. It’s a private enterprise to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars and film a reality show along the way. The idea is to go in crews of four starting in 2024. The thing is, right now the technology can only get them there. "Mars One Way" documents the thoughts and theories of Five hopeful Mars One astronauts as they contemplate the reality of leaving planet Earth forever, for a new home on Mars. Cast in order of appearance: Cody Reeder, Casey Hunter, Will Robbins, Katelyn “Kitty” Kane, Ken Sullivan, Becky Sullivan, Calvin Juárez Directed by: Skylar Nielsen Interview: Doug Fabrizio Produced: Elaine Clark, Doug Fabrizio, Skylar Nielsen Cinematography: Ian Rigby & Josh Fletcher Editing: Catura Jenson Sound: R. MacDonald A Vita Brevis Films Production in association with Video West. http://videowest.kuer.org Follow us on Instagram! @vitabrevisfilms Learn more about Mars One: www.mars-one.com Music: God is an Astronaut: All is Violent All is Bright This will Destroy You: They Move On Tracks of Never-Ending Light God is an Astronaut: Frozen Twilight

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          • How Big Is The Universe?


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            Beakus were commissioned to create three animated films that explain key concepts about our universe, with humour helping to explain the 'almost' unexplainable! Director Amaël Isnard also designed the films. In 'How Big Is The Universe?' ROG astronomer Liz shows us the expanding nature of the Universe and how this affects the light reaching us from distant galaxies, some of which will remain forever hidden from our view. If you like this, you might like 'What's Inside a Black Hole?' https://vimeo.com/89415660 or 'How Do We Know How Old The Sun Is?' https://vimeo.com/89413330 rmg.co.uk/schools/royal-observatory #rogschools

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            • Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project)


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              © 2012 Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once. This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often our sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life. Created as part of Mark Jonathan Harris' and Marhsa Kinder's "Interacting with Autism." Coming in January 1st 2013, IWA is a three-year transmedia project funded by the federal Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ). University Professor Marsha Kinder, the Executive Director of the Labyrinth Project at USC, and Mark Harris are heading a team of filmmakers and artists working to build an interactive, video intensive website that will focus on the best available treatments for autism. FULL CREDITS LIST: Director and Animator: Miguel Jiron Produced and Developed by: Scott Mahoy, Creative Director of Interacting with Autism Sound Designer & Mixer: Katie Gately Produced for Interacting with Autism For more information visit: interactingwithautism.com Scenario: Marsha Kinder Line Producer: Ioana Uricaru Cinematographer: Alejandro Martinez Paint Animation: Laura Cechanowicz Boy: Cody Sullivan Waitress: Alexandra Boylan Gaffer: Katie Walker Special Thanks: Mark Jonathan Harris, Shelbi Jay Kepler, Mike Patterson, Candace Reckinger, Kathy Smith t For more work, check out my website www.mibaji.com

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              • The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck - by @JasonSilva


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                Follow me on twitter! @JasonSilva - https://twitter.com/JasonSilva This video was created by Jason Silva and shot and edited with my friends at Bravo Media, and is non-commercial and for educational and inspirational purposes only. Full credits and clip attributions can be found below. This video was inspired by three big ideas: 1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive... "Humphrey refers to consciousness as a magic show that you stage for yourself inside your head, which lights up the world and makes you feel special and transcendent... this magical theater provides a reason to live, a love of occupying the present moment, and a desire to sustain it into the future, that over time has proved stronger than anything else, and accounts for humanity’s swift and triumphant success-- Humphrey says “being enchanted by the magic of experience, rather than being just an aid to survival, provides an essential incentive to survive.” "We relish just being here. We feel “the yen to confirm and renew, in small ways or large, our own occupancy of the present moment, to go deeper, to extend it, to revel in being there, and when we have the skill, to celebrate it in words..” Our desire to understand brings exquisite pleasure... and feeds our exploratory voyage, our scientific inquiry, our technological development, and even our poetic self-regard.. More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703858404576214771893335998.html 2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being: More: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/study-awe-inspiring-experiences-change-our-perception-of-time/260138/ 3) Ross Andersen's rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: "At first glancing the Deep FIELD “one might mistake it for gemstones scattered across black velvet, but a closer look reveals that each smudge of light, 2,600 in all, is a galaxy dense with billions of star-fired worlds, pinwheeling in deep time. … To that point, astronomy had imaged objects only four billion light years away, and poorly at that. Here a telescope reached 11 and a half billion light years into space and delivered an image legible to the layman: an unprecedented expansion of human vision." More: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=331 **Music by John Murphy - "Kaneda's Death Pt 2" from Sunshine Soundtrack itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunshine-music-from-motion/id297702863 **Featuring Stock Footage from Shutterstock Still images courtesy of THE IMAGINARY FOUNDATION - http://www.imaginaryfoundation.com/ And clips from Knate Myers' "ISS at Night" featuring NASA images: http://vimeo.com/45878034 Camera: Liam O' Sullivan Edited by Jess Betz and Jason Silva Shot and edited at BRAVO MEDIA - http://bravomediainc.com/

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                • Words and Thoughts in RGB (2005-2012)


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                  A mini-documentary about color, narrated by Joana Vieira da Costa. This is a slightly re-edited version of the earlier 2005 film made in order to dedicate it to the PUBLIC DOMAIN. You are FREE TO USE this video as you please, no strings attached: creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ More information and download links: eduardomorais.com/video/roygbiv Previously this film won a number of awards - Ovarvideo 2005 Jury Prize, FEST 2006 Audience Award for Best Documentary, Tom De Video ACERT 2007 Best Documentary, Arouca Film Fest 2007 Best Documentary - and was present at a number of important events including the Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival 2006, Videoevento Turin 2005 and Jovens Criadores 2006.

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                  • Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can't See


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                    Look up at the sky and what do you see? Well, blue, yes. And maybe a plane or a bird, but otherwise ... nothing. Or so you think. It turns out that right above you, totally invisible, is an enormous herd of animal life -- tiny bugs riding the wind currents.

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                    • Refraction - The Alphabet


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                      A follow up refraction experiment featuring the Alphabet spoken by the late GREAT Richard Pryor. Mixed with Blockhead's "Coloringbook". Camera: 5D Lenses: EF 100 EF 100 - Reverse coupled to 50 1.4 for a couple shots. Honestly this was just too damn close. EF 24-105 L - Intro Music: Coloringbook by Blockhead Highly recommend listening to the full track, all of his music for that matter. Mixed with Richard Pryor's ABC's, once again brought to you by Sesame Street. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh_EUrEAZg

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