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.
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.
During these self-isolation days, there have been all sorts of challenges on social media. To be quite honest, most of them annoy the hell out of me, but I have finally found one that I really, really like. Getty Museum in L.A. has recently challenged its followers on Twitter to recreate their favorite artwork at home. The results quickly came coming in, and they’re as funny as it gets.
I stumbled across this video by LA-based Italian filmmaker Alessandro Serra last night while browsing through social media – as one tends to do a lot more these days. It leapt out at me as I’ve seen a lot of my female friends on Facebook posting that ex-boyfriends they haven’t spoken to for several years have been randomly getting in touch with them since lockdowns have started to come into place around the world.
That’s how Alessandro’s short film, Breaking Social Distancing, begins, with a phone call from a guy to his ex-girlfriend who ultimately agrees to break the “social distancing” guidelines currently in place just about everywhere. What happens after that… Well, you’ll just have to watch.
If you’re a regular gym-goer, you know that the coronavirus outbreak has had all the gyms closed down. And if you’re anything like me, the lack of physical activity makes you feel sad and nervous. But worry not: Gerald Undone has a perfect solution for stuck-at-home photographers and filmmakers. He has teamed up with a few “camera fitness experts” to bring you a series of exercises that you can do at home with your camera gear. That’s right, your gear won’t only help you keep your creativity in shape, but also your body. So let’s get started.
Even though current situation with the coronavirus is no joke, I firmly believe that humor is still necessary to keep us sane. Thanks to photographer Kate Whyte, I had my dose of laughter today. In a short and humorous video, she showed what photo shoots look like when both photographer and model are self-isolated, each in their own home.