Monday, December 5, 2016

Hedge Fund Manager Ray Dalio's Best Gift to Anybody: Transcendental Meditation

During a talk at the Milken Institute's "Global Conference 2016", hedge fund manager Ray Dalio from Bridgewater Associates, said to moderator Robert Kegan, psychologist and professor at Harvard university, that his best gift to anybody was the gift of Transcendental Meditation, a practice Dalio has been doing since '69.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Trailer for 'T2 Trainspotting' (2017)

Twenty years have gone by since the release of the film "Trainspotting". Here is the trailer for the up-coming sequel "T2 Trainspotting" (2017) directed by Danny Boyle.

Fabio Wimer's Bike Balancing Up on Austria's Tallest Concrete Dam

Watching Fabio Wibmer's bike ride up on Austria's tallest concrete dam Koelnbreinsperre is somewhat nervously to watch, like when I watched Alex Honnold climbing the mountain face of Sentinel in Yosemite National Park.

Via Tjock (SE).

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cinematic Color Grading in Filmora Video Editor by Using 3D LUTs

To transform video footage into a cinematic look, you can use something called 3D LUTs that, simply explained, when applied give your footage a new color scheme.

The recent change of video editor Filmora enables the use of LUTs, and since there is a good market with free and paid 3D LUTs, it's easy to get that specific look from a Blockbuster movie you've been wanting to recreate.

Read More: Review of Filmora Video Editor: A Real Powerhouse with a Very Modest Price Tag

Filmora already comes with a couple of great built-in 3D LUTs such as "Star Wars" and "Game of Thrones", but if those aren't enough, Filmora handles most of the LUTs I've come across fairly well. My guess is that in future updates of Filmora, you'll get more control of tailoring the settings of the LUTs your using since some of them, but not many, can ruin the look of your footage if set in default mode.

The one resource that helped me greatly in collecting a wide variety of LUTs was the extensive guide put together by film editor Jonny Elwyn. Most of the resources on this page is the same ones that you'll find after a Google search for free and paid 3D LUTs.

Happy color grading!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Stay Warm with This 4K HD Fireplace Video From the PBS

This time a year, you can't have too many fireplace videos that will keep you warm during cold winter days. This one is from the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) and is free from watermark and of excellent quality.

'Movies In Color': The Blog That Collects Color Schemes From Films

The blog Movies In Color is a project that collects color schemes from various films. The project was founded by graphic designer Roxy Radulescu after she had seen the Bond film "Skyfall" (2012).

The idea started when I was watching Skyfall. I was taken with the cinematography and use of color more-so than the story itself. I wanted to find out what colors made up certain stills and after making a few color palettes for Skyfall, took it a step further by extending it to all films and starting a blog.

So far, the blog has not only been an aesthetic pursuit but also an educational pursuit that showcases the relationship between color, cinematography, set design, and production design. Overall, it is a study of color in films, but has other uses and applications. One of the goals is to give artists color palettes they can use in paintings, films, videos, graphic design, and other pursuits.

Via Digital Synopsis.

'Mannen fra Snasa' (2016): The Norwegian Documentary About Healer Joralf Gjerstad

The critically acclaimed Norwegian documentary "Mannen fra Snasa" (2016) with the English title "Doing Good" portrays the work of Joralf Gjerstad who with his hands heals people. From the synopsis:

Joralf Gjerstad (born 1926) from the small village Snåsa in Trøndelag county is known all over Norway as a person with "warm hands". Over the past 65 years, more than 50,000 people have traveled to Snåsa, hoping for his help. They have experienced a childhood ruined by bullying. A mishap during surgery. Unexpected, terminal illness. Self-loathing inherited through generations. Living with constant anxiety. Then, suddenly, a compassionate gesture from a total stranger changes their whole life. What actually happens? Can we as a society learn something from one man's genuine compassion? What abilities do we have to conquer our own illness?

Compilation of VHS Logos from the 80's

This compilation of VHS logos from the 80's is a great source of inspiration to designers, either in print or video. The compilation "Ident-a-Thon" has previously been taken down but has now been reuploaded.

Cats Chilling in the Sun

Just a gorgeous video of cats chilling in the sun!

Via Holy Kaw.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gone Fishing: Catching Ideas with Filmmaker David Lynch

Filmmaker David Lynch sat down with The Atlantic back in 2008 in Fairfield, Iowa and talked about creativity and the art of catching ideas. Now, this interview has been transformed into a lovely animated short.

The original:

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