Paris won't ever not be Paris, but even the City of Lights needs a chance to rest a while. Andrew Julian recently visited France in the winter and was pleasantly surprised to find that the energy was quite different from the bustling city of the summer. Julian filmed his visit in timelapse so you too can experience Paris when it's quiet.
When I Grow Up is a two minute animated short film about childhood, ambition and wonder. It reminds us of all the silly things we wanted to do when we were little, and nudges us into remembering that we still can. Directed by Colin Hesterly and not based on the Pussycat Dolls song.
Michael Jackson Lego Dance. Because, why not? Kudos for those particularly realistic sound effects.
Created by Annette Jung.
If film references and typography are your thing, here are two minutes of extreme visual stimulation. Created by Evan Seitz, these two videos go through the alphabet with fast-paced, stunning motion graphics and soundbites from each film. ABCinema seeks to test self-nominated movie buffs by quizzing their knowledge while providing some interesting visuals.
From your kitchen sink to a Japanese waterfall to your mouth to the sky: a drop of water travels many miles. This short pop-up book animation tells the story of a water droplet's life cycle. I could have really used this in science class. Stop Motion by Chris Turner, Paper Sculptures by Helen Friel and Animation by Jess Deacon.
Like many young people in Brooklyn, Stephen Valand and Erica Shea love beer. Like many young people in Brooklyn, they have a passion. Unlike many people - they actually did something about it. Starting out with multi-gallon brew kits that didn't fit in their kitchen, this couple of beer fans began experimenting with recipes. Now, they run a small business and distribute their beer all over town. A story to keep you inspired until happy hour. From Dark Rye magazine.
The Centrifuge Brain Project is an experiment by scientist Dr. Nick Laslowicz. He has been working on it since the 1970s, determined to prove the links between children's learning curves and rollercoasters. So his team built extreme rides, putting subjects on them for up to fourteen hours at a time, in a genuine effort to establish the science behind how a child learns. The short documentary contains footage of the horrific results of psychotic engineering. It is all very real. Or is it? Directed by Till Nowak.
While I'm sure farming is very hard work, I also get the feeling there are times when the animals are doing just fine and the farmer has a moment to think. This creative bunch of farmers had the time and wit to come up with a whole new vision: extreme shepherding. Watch as these unknowing sheep are herded into large-scale shapes and moving art installations. This is definitely worth your time.
For those living in the Arctic circle, climate change means much more than fastidiously applying sunblock lotion. In Greenland, the rapidly melting ice means that local fisherman have considerably less time to fish by dogsled, as they have done for generations, and must instead fish by boat and deal with the tempestuous conditions of the ice, which is constantly breaking. Return of the Sun follows of an Inuit fisherman and father who worries about what the changing environment means for the future of his children.