The Old Man and the Sea is a 1999 paint-on-glass-animated short film by Russian animator Aleksandr Petrov, based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Hemingway.
The film won countless awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2000. According to Wikipedia:
Work on the film began in March 1997. It took Aleksandr Petrov and his son Dmitri Petrov (who helped his father) until April 1999 to paint each of the 29,000+ frames. The film’s technique, pastel oil paintings on glass, is mastered by only a handful of animators in the world. Petrov used his fingertips in addition to various paintbrushes to paint on different glass sheets positioned on multiple levels, each covered with slow-drying oil paints.
After photographing each frame painted on the glass sheets, which was four times larger than the usual A4-sized canvas, he had to slightly modify the painting for the next frame and so on. For the shooting of the frames a special adapted motion-control camera system was built, probably the most precise computerized animation stands ever made. On this, an IMAX camera was mounted, and a video-assist camera was then attached to the IMAX camera. [source]
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In conjunction with National Geographic’s 2018 Year of the Bird, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Geographic Travel has selected the “World’s Best Destinations for Bird-Watching”
Seen above is South Georgia Island where half a million King Penguins, each standing three feet tall, pack shoulder to shoulder in mesmerizing colonies on this hundred-mile-long, glacier-studded island–reached by two days of sailing east of Chile’s Cape Horn.
Millions of smaller seabirds nest on the island’s tussock-covered slopes, partly thanks to the largest-ever rat-eradication effort, completed on South Georgia in 2015. While drinking in the abundant birdlife, raise a glass to Ernest Shackleton at his final resting place.
You can read National Geographic’s list of World’s Best Destinations for Bird-Watching here. The author of the list is Noah Strycker, who set a world record after observing 6,042 species of birds in one calendar year on a quest that spanned all seven continents and is also the author of the brand-new National Geographic book, Birds of the Photo Ark.
For the MythBusters finale, Adam drove an unstoppable wedge truck through 14 years of props and it was awesome.
On November 9, 2017, Yuya Yamada of Japan set the world record for ‘largest hula hoop ever spun‘. Using a custom-made, aluminium hoop that measured 5.14 meters (16 ft, 10 in) in diameter, Yamada successfully spun the giant hula hoop six consecutive times.
In order to qualify for the world record, an individual ‘must sustain a minimum of three full and consecutive revolutions with the hoop remaining between shoulders and hips’. Congrats Yuya!
In an ongoing series of what he calls ‘painted animations’, American artist Duane Keiser slowly transforms his still life paintings into an evolving scene.
Captured through timelapse, viewers can not only watch the painting slowly morph, but get a glimpse into the painting process and strokes involved.
Keiser routinely shares his progress on social media along with his traditional paintings and available works. For more, check him out at the links below and enjoy the embedded ‘not so still life paintings’ and watch them take shape and come to life!
David Arwood, an elementary school teacher in rural northeast Tennessee, was looking for a memorable way to show his students how diverse and large the world is.
He wanted his class to not only see how many different languages and cultures were out there, but get a glimpse into the different ways people lived. Yet despite our differences he wanted to demonstrate that we were all connected.
Postcards he thought. If he could somehow get people from other states and countries to send his class a postcard, his students could not only reply back but they could connect real people to a generic map of the world.
So he decided to start reaching out to every state and country-specific subreddit he could find on reddit and asked the community if they would consider sending a postcard to his school.
Arwood was persistent. He reached out to hundreds of online communities and before he knew it, the postcards came flooding in. His class was amazed and they started to track the results on a large wall outside their classroom.
Before they knew it, the project had overtaken an entire wall and now the entire school could see the fascinating postcards the class had received from all around the world.
To date, the class has received postcards from every single US state along with 90 countries around the world. You can see a higher resolution of the current wall here.
Annie Onishi, general surgery resident at Columbia University, takes a look at emergency room and operating room scenes from a variety of films and television shows and breaks down how accurate they really are.
Would the adrenaline scene from Pulp Fiction actually play out that way? Is all that medical jargon we hear in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and House true-to-life? Is removing a bullet really a cure-all for a gunshot wound?
On February 26th a rare snowfall descended upon Rome, a result of cold winds from Siberia sweeping across Europe. It was the first snowfall in six years, with an accumulation of about 3-4 cm (1.2-1.6 in).
The unexpected weather led to Mayor Virginia Raggi declaring Monday a snow day, closing all public schools. Photographer and filmmaker Oliver Astrologo flew his drone to capture the surreal imagery that saw Rome transformed into a winter wonderland.
For those interested, you can check out a gallery of snowy images from Rome here. I also embedded a video of a surreal snowball fight below 🙂
In an ongoing series of installations, LA-based visual artist Darel Carey uses strips of black electrical tape in line sequences of varied configurations to create an illusion of dimension.
In the timelapse sequences embedded below you can get a feel for the meditative and time-consuming nature of Carey’s work. On a recent Facebook post, Carey reflects:
People sometimes ask me why I take the time to tape individual lines when I can just create a wallpaper, or paint a projection. There are many reasons to me, just to name a few:
– I enjoy the organic process of how the lines shape the space in ways I can’t always predict
– it would change the context of what I’m doing (although not with this work, I can conceive of situations where I might use wallpaper in an art installation)
– it’s meditative, and exciting to anticipate how the final installation will look and feel
– it’s more interesting, so why not?
Below you will find stills and timelapses of Carey’s tape art installations. For more, be sure to check him out at the links below.