Toy Soldiers in Paris (Tilt-Shift Video)

What’s cool about this video is that it looks completely fake. But these aren’t miniature toy soldier models in an animated short. This real-life video captures soldiers parading around Paris, France. Four cameras were used that day, however most of the footage is from two they had on top of a building on the Champs lyses. The “Toy Effect” comes mostly from the use of tilt-shift lenses. Camera position, frame rate, and lighting conditions play a big role as well. Credits: Photography: Albrecht Gerlach Production: Tatiana Pereira @ Alta Media Productions Camera Assistant: Tom Chabbat Sound: Camille Michel 5DmkII for rent in Paris: via illusion 360

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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