This whole coronavirus situation is sending some of us a little bit mad. And it definitely seems to be getting to the developers of Infinite Color Panel. They’ve just released the new Infinite Jokes Panel. It’s an add-on for Photoshop that… well, it tells you jokes. And it doesn’t just put text on the screen, either. It actually talks to you.
At some point or another, many photographers will get the idea into their heads that maybe, one day, they’d like to have a go at shooting large format film. For those who shoot digital, it’s often a far-fetched fantasy. But for those already working with 35mm and medium format film, the idea isn’t quite so crazy.
In this hilarious short film, Jason Kummerfeldt from grainydays beautifully expresses that first 8×10 large format film experience and he does it in the entirely pretentious way that most of us hear from some large format film shooters. And it’s absolutely brilliant.
We’ve all had our frustrations with software over the years, although in the photo and video industry, probably no more so than with Adobe – especially since they switched to the subscription model and forced updates. It’s not that Adobe’s software sucks – if it did, it wouldn’t be as popular as it is – but features change, disappear, don’t work the way they used to, and new updates can be filled with bugs and crashes.
Well, animator James Lee decided that he’s had enough and created this short film that represents what I think all of us have either done or at least felt like we wanted to do at times. And it’s pretty epic. You’ll definitely want to wear headphones for this one, or at least make sure there are no delicate ears nearby.
Gear shootouts pop up on YouTube all the time, usually touting the benefits of this bit of kit over another. But this particular video doesn’t do any of that. Instead, this “shootout” is a bit more literal, with a little gang warfare using weaponised cameras and a not-entirely-unexpected twist at the end.
It was posted to the YouTube channel Mediastorm影视飓风 (which apparently means “Mediastorm film and television hurricane”, according to Google), and while the audio is Chinese, it features English subtitles. It goes on for about five minutes, but it’s just awesome. Really nicely done effects, a few good jokes and fantastic filming and editing.
The lockdowns that have been in place around the world have pushed at us all a little at times. For some, it’s pushed a little harder than for others. One person whom it’s most definitely pushed is YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober, who turned his backyard bird watching isolation up to eleven after he noticed the squirrels were stealing all of the food in the feeders he’d bought for the birds that visited his garden.
He set out to create an insane obstacle course that would not only allow the birds to feed in peace but would also offer the squirrels a hard-earned reward for their efforts. Assuming they didn’t get flung off into the air in the process. But one particular part of the course caught my attention. He made a little photo booth that squirrels would stick their heads through to have their photo taken. And they look absolutely adorable.
As a kid growing up, I used to watch Looney Tunes cartoons all the time. The Road Runner cartoons were definitely favourites, as Wile E. Coyote attempts to capture or destroy him, but never quite manages to do so. As an adult, I got to visit Arizona and see roadrunners and coyotes out in their native habitat – although no chases.
Michael Thomas Bogan, assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, however, did manage to see a coyote chasing a roadrunner at the Santa Cruz River near Tucson, AZ. Thankfully for us, he managed to capture it on video, which he posted to Twitter.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many creatives without work and income. Sadly, this means that some of them even had to sell a part of their gear to make a living until the crisis is over. It’s bitter to think about it, but filmmaker Jeff Hartman decided to fight the bitterness with humor (my kind of person). He created a short film that shows you alternatives uses of your gear if you’re out of work during the pandemic. And it’s one of the funniest videos I’ve seen ever since this coronavirus crisis started.
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a video on Facebook by the people at Campus Univers Cascades in France, an educational centre specialised in training stunt techniques for cinema and TV. It shows a bunch of stuntmen and women having a virtual fight from their respective homes, and the final result is both brilliant and hilarious.
With most movie and TV sets around the world shut down due to the coronavirus, it’s a great and fun way for them to keep showing off their talents. But this isn’t the only one! It seems that the #cucchallenge is taking off in a big way, with even Hollywood actors getting in on the action!
There are so many things that we can do at home while in isolation. But there are also many that we can’t, and skiing is certainly one of them. Or is it? Photographer and filmmaker Philipp Klein Herrero found a way to ski in his living room. Well, sort of. In his humorous and entertaining stop motion video, Philipp goes freeride skiing without even leaving home.