Saturday, December 25, 2010

Depressed Whale

He's a depressed whale, or is he (rated PG-13).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Noted to Death

Matt struggles to finish the final short while Joel keeps trying to change the script (rated PG-13).

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Evil Genius

Sketch from 'That Mitchell and Webb Look' (rated PG-13).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Comedian at the Chiropractor

Mitchell and Webb shatter the forth wall (rated PG-13).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cavemen Episode 1

Mitchell and Webb as Cavemen, then breaking the forth wall (rated PG-13).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grammar Nazi

Grammatical rules are strictly enforced by the gramar Nazi, sketch from 'That Mitchell and Webb Look' (rated PG-13).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Audience Wants What It Wants Where and When It Wants It

The truth is that users are skipping the broadcasts anyway. We've covered study after study showing that viewers - especially young viewers - are no longer tuning into their favorite TV shows at a set time; instead, they're increasingly using DVRs, online video and even mobile devices to watch content when they want and where they want. It's too easy to blame online video for accelerating a shift in behavior that viewers were making anyway. And it's too easy to block Google TV access simply because it allows a user to get freely available online content on the TV

(from NewTeeVee).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mp3 Experiment Seven

Over 3,000 participants downloaded an MP3 file and pressed play simultaneously in retail stores in Midtown Manhattan (rated PG).

Awesome Chase Scene

Parkour chase/stunt sequence from the film District B13 (this video rated PG; full film on amazon, itunes, netflix, ).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How to Put Yourself Inside of a Coat

If you want to be inside of a coat, but you are not currently inside of a coat, you may find this instructional video helpful (rated PG).

Monday, October 11, 2010

Crazy Indian Video... Buffalaxed!

"The Crazy Indian Video" with subtitles of what someone thinks the video sounds like in English (rated PG-13).

Friday, October 8, 2010

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Car thief decides whether or not to ply his trade (rated PG).

Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to Survive a Bad Day

Kandee Johnson's adivce on how to survive a bad day (rated PG).

Panda Cheese Commercials

A collection of commercials for Panda Cheese, a product of Egypt, people who say no to Panda Cheese learn that the decision comes with repercussions (rated PG).

Monday, August 16, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Toy Story 3: Inception

Trailer for Chris Nolan's 'Inception' as done by Pixar (rated PG).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Viacom Awkwardly Continues to Fight Google

Viacom served a DMCA takedown notice against itself.

[YouTube] enforced its repeat-infringer policy concerning a Viacom marketing account that had received multiple take-down notices from Viacom's legal department

(from Ars Technica).

Friday, May 14, 2010

Airborne Crash

At 1:10 Ricardo Teixeira flies and crashes, viewed from the on-board perspective of driver Paul Rees (rated PG-13).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Donald Duck: Der Fuehrers Face

1943 Academy Award winner for Animated Short Film, starring Donald Duck, an anti-Nazi propaganda movie for the American war effort. (rated PG).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Around the World in 80 Seconds

This route is a tribute to the famous Jules Verne's book and includes stops in London, Cairo, Mumbay, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, and London (rated PG).

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mysteries Most Macabre, Inc. Teaser 1

Teaser of the upcoming webseries about a stylish couple running a detective agency catering to only the most bizarre of cases (rated PG).

How to Use 3 Point Lighting

Video, film and television lighting usually start with this basic lighting technique (rated PG).

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Cupcake Cannon

People shot in the face with cupcakes in super slow motion (rated PG).

Friday, April 23, 2010

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

MBAs Running Showbiz

MBAs running showbiz is like having a doctor hang ceiling tiles: they might get it right, but why would you ask them to try in the first place? To have MBAs, general business people, in charge of entertainment companies makes little sense in the final analysis. Sure they might know about allocating money and saying what stockholders, the board and colleagues want to hear, but they aren't showman (and show-women; show people).

Too many decision makers didn't come here to entertain anyone. The influence, power, money and glamor appeal to many, but few continue on in their motives and aim to change minds and hearts, move people, innovate or change anything but their own position and accolades. Most executives, and those aspiring to be executives, are skilled at one thing truly, and at the exclusion of other interests it's all they do: Most executives just move piles of money around.

Please don't mistake my meaning. Using resources well is vital for most things in life, be it rolling a tube of tooth paste from the bottom, or keeping a multi-billion dollar diversified media and entertainment company from going broke. Capital allocation, putting money toward what it makes sense to put it towards, is good business, and part of 'show business.' But making money is only part of show business. There is so much more that can be done in addition.

Show people, like Walt Disney, Cecil B. DeMille and P.T. Barnum, can make fortunes to be sure, but that's not all they do. In addition to making money, show people's efforts transform or create entire industries/genres/cultures and expand the thoughts/feelings/actions of countless millions of people for multiple generations.

Shakespeare was a very successful business person profiting from his own acting, writing and theatre ownership/management. He owned a stake in the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later named the King's Men), the leading theatre company in London (and therefore England) which built the Globe and owned other very successful theatres. He likely originated (i.e., was the first to play) some of the most re-performed acting roles ever written (by him) and in plays by others. He built a fortune in the late 1500s and early 1600s when if you were born without a lot money, making a lot money was very difficult. But Shakespeare's financial success is a footnote to his accomplishments.

  • affected all of Western Culture
  • transformed and created huge portions of the English language itself
  • touched and touches millions of minds, hearts and dreams
  • created 37 plays and over 150 poems, often considered the most important literary works ever made
  • keeps and has kept thousands of publishers/typesetters/editors/actors/directors/etc. gainfully employed for the last few centuries

And his accomplishments show no signs of slowing down anytime in the foreseeable future. No media company has even tied him, on any one of them. They should try.

To hope to keep a business running and growing is to lack ambition. Being concerned with dominating an industry, or increasing customer 'touch points' (the times and ways a company interacts with customers) and ignoring the need for good quality entertainment, entertainment that the audience so desperately craves, is to call a failed professional life a financial success and then give yourself a congratulatory pat on the back.

Yes, all things must sustain themselves or they are not healthy. A child's lemonade stand ought to make it's money back or (and this may not be a bad thing) it's subsidized playtime. If the child dilutes the lemonade to make the stand financially profitable, have they succeeded? They succeeded at making money while disappointing every customer and learning that cheating can get you loot. Empty, unfeeling, void of true value, loot. Instead, if the child makes the lemonade so tasty people pay a premium for it, then the loot can come in piles and buyers are happier/less thirsty too. Everyone can gain, no one need lose, and the world can become a better place.

Annual financial reports, no matter how large the numbers on them are, will never be able to have the worth of good financial results from the massive creation of value at a Shakespearean level. You say you're no Shakespeare? Good, we already had one of those, but never has there been another you. Make great work. You say that's hard? Yes, it's hard, harder than we can almost imagine; it is very hard to create great work. That's why it is called work and being hard makes it no less worth doing.

By all means make money, and don't ignore the day-to-day need to pay-the-bills. And create value while you make the money.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Collapse of Complex Business

Interesting insights, and while I don't neccessarily agree with all of them, the idea that anyone can do things as they were done in the 20th century, or will be able to again soon, is foolish.

About 15 years ago, the supply part of media's supply-and-demand curve went parabolic [went up a lot, quickly], with a predictably inverse effect on price [went down]. Since then, a battalion of media elites have lined up to declare that exactly the opposite thing will start happening any day now.
To pick a couple of examples more or less at random, last year Barry Diller of IAC said, of content available on the web, It is not free, and is not going to be, Steve Brill of Journalism Online said that users just need to get back into the habit of doing so [paying for content] online, and Rupert Murdoch of News Corp said Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use.
Diller, Brill, and Murdoch seem be stating a simple fact-we will have to pay them-but this fact is not in fact a fact. Instead, it is a choice, one its proponents often decline to spell out in full, because, spelled out in full, it would read something like this:
"Web users will have to pay for what they watch and use, or else we will have to stop making content in the costly and complex way we have grown accustomed to making it. And we don’t know how to do that."

(from Clay Shirky).

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Customizing your 404 page

Google's recommendations on customizing your 404 page.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Oleg Sharov Flight of the Bumble Bee

Oleg plays Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov's The Flight of the Bumble Bee on accordion in Leningrad in 1972 (rated PG).

Friday, March 26, 2010

The VICE Principal

The way kids act these days, you'd think they WANT to be punished. Starring Andy Cobb and Jenna Brighton. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Written and Produced by Mike Damanskis for 7 Day Shorts (rated PG-13).

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Three Wishes

The authors of Three Wishes tell their story of good friends, true love, hope and how it led to motherhood; the book is written by Carey Goldberg, Beth Jones and Pamela Ferdinand (rated PG).

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chat Roulette Funny Piano Improv #1

Piano freestyling in real-time with random strangers on Chat Roulette (rated PG). The best thing to come out of Chat Roulette (via Casey McKinnon).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cycles

Worthing sea-front is invaded by infinite teddy-bears (rated PG).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mickey Goes to Cheers

From "Mickey's 60th Birthday" in 1988. Everyone things Mickey's gone missing when Mickey steps into the Cheers bar where he sings Happy Birthday to Rebecca followed by a touching rendition of 'The Mickey Mouse Club' theme by the Cheers gang (rated PG).

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Huge Waves Slam Cruise Ship

Amateur video taken aboard a cruise ship shows a massive wave smashing windows and flooding parts of the vessel (rated R).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Jefferson Airplane White rabbit

Text video of the song (rated PG-13).

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

The satirical 11th Best Picture Nomination of 2009 (rated PG).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Safety Geeks Visual Effects

A look at the composite shots that went into the first season of Safety Geeks: SVI's first season (rated PG).

Sneakers and Soul Trailer

After inheriting a pair of blue sneakers and a key to a New York City apartment, a lawyer finds himself walking to New York City (rated PG).

Monday, March 8, 2010

What is Comedy?

Short exposing the chilling, horrifying, alarming truth about comedy in a fun, fact-filled format (rated PG).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Atrium Piano

Fran and Marlo Cowan (married 62 years) playing impromptu recital of Old Grey Bonnet together in the atrium of the Mayo Clinic (rated PG).

Domain Name Length Counts

When choosing a domain, or even a show/company/product name, keep in mind this fun fact: most popular domain name length worldwide is 11 characters (example.com is 7). So if yours is close to that it's good news for systems that recognize domain names and do things to make them more usable to users. For example, Twitter shortens URLs over a certain length by default, which does in part pass on Google "link juice" but not as effectively as an un-shortened URL (domain length data from yafla.com).

Monday, March 1, 2010

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

From the New York Times bestselling author of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' comes the true history of our sixteenth president (rated PG-13).

Pigeon: Impossible

Rookie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a pigeon gets trapped inside your nuclear briefcase (rated PG).

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Casino Royale - M Phone Calls

M keeps calling up Bond and droning on about Shakespeare (rated PG).

Friday, February 26, 2010

Slideyman

A man, in a park, makes a slide (rated PG).

Ice Driving Pinball

Like curling with cars, black ice makes these cars slide, very very easily (rated PG).

Thursday, February 25, 2010

How To Report The News

Charlie Brooker explains how to report the news (rated PG).

Hello Misery

The Black Tongued Bells playing their all acoustic "Swamp Opera" That Great and Dreadful Day: Tall Tales from the American Swamp (rated PG).

Monday, February 22, 2010

Axe Cop Ep. 1

Episode 1 of the Axe Cop motion comic series (rated PG).

Friday, February 19, 2010

WTFuture

Time-travel episode of Edd's World (rated R).

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sesame Streets

Trailer for Martin Scorsese's remake of the children's classic (rated R).

James Burke Connections

'The Trigger Effect' part 1 of episode 1 of James Burke's most well-known series "Connections" which explores the surprising and unexpected ways that our modern technological world came into existence (rated PG).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Change, then What

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

-Hannah Arendt

In 2 years, when things have changed even more then they have already, will today's vanguard be the old establishment resisting further change? Might be good to keep your eye on the future, even as the present becomes what yesterday's future was.

Lucky Good Samaritan

Train just misses stalled car on the tracks and the man who saves it (rated PG-13).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Is The Game Really Changing?

The game only appears to be changing. Network Executives aren't screwing things up any more than they always have screwed things up...it's just that we hear about it more now because of technology. When Cinema discovered that Television was taking over people's relaxation hours, the entire industry scrambled like morons to find its way. In the end, making movies evolved on it's own and all they needed to do was keep working.
It's the same with the internet. Together, we have to make shows and projects the same way we always have. We have to unify business, technological, and theatrically creative minds and point them all in the direction we want our projects to go

(from Darren Ewing).

T-Shirt War

They changed shirts over 100 times each, taking individual pictures of each unique shirt (rated PG-13).

Dancing Russian Boy

Little Russian boy has got rhythm (rated PG).

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ambulance

Short funny animated sketch (rated PG).

Tango Pole Dancing

Couple pole dancing to a tango (rated PG-13).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Saw vs Wallace and Gromit

Movie trailer mashup (rated PG-13).

Axe Cop Fake Trailer Animatic

Animatic of a movie preview for a nonexistent Axe Cop movie (rated R).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Science Of Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineers the people who design and create all the Disney theme park attractions invite students into their world where imagination meets engineering (rated PG).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Moses Supposes

Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor singing and dancing in the Musical 'Singing in the Rain' (rated PG).

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Actor Teaches Toddler Shakespeare

Brian Cox teaches Shakespeare's most famous soliloquy to Theo, who is 30 months old (rated PG).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lights Explode After Car Crash

A driver spins out, taking out an electrical pole and making sparks and fireworks (rated PG-13).

Monday, February 1, 2010

AVATAR 2

Silly follow-up to Avatar (rated PG-13).

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Techno Jeep

The sounds in this video are actual sounds from the Jeep. Everyone began rehearsing their parts two weeks before they shot the video. It took them 7 hours of filming to get a solid take (rated PG).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Compressing Video File Size

These two sites have been recommended to me to reduce file size media-convert.com and zamzar.com. Sometimes that's necessary to upload video to some web sites.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Quake Devastates Port-au-Prince

Warning Graphic: Thousands are feared dead after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that buried some residents and toppled buildings (rated R).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye

Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye sing 'When the Saints' (rated PG).

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I'm on a Mac

Spoof of 'I'm on a Boat' from SNL/Lonely Island (rated R).

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Matrix Karate

Matrix-syle karate puppetry (rated PG).

Monday, January 4, 2010

Social Media Marketing Explained in 61 Words

...you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free: a YouTube video, a blog, a research report, photos, a Twitter stream, an ebook, a Facebook page

(from WebInkNow).

I'm On A Boat

Single from The Lonely Island featuring Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, T-Pain and a boat (rated R).

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Matrix Ping Pong

Matrix-style ping pong puppetry (rated PG).

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Japanesse Rocket Pack Puppetry

A man flies with his rocket pack as a rocketeer on a TV show in Japan (rated PG).

Friday, January 1, 2010

Matrix Soccer

Matrix-style soccer puppetry (rated PG).