26
Feb, 2013

Alice Finch has created one of the most impressive pieces of Lego architecture to date: a 400,000-brick version of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School. So large that it can fit Daniel Radcliffe inside.

It took an entire year to build, which gives you an idea of the complexity of this project. It’s not only the impressive exteriors, which capture the architecture of the original with stunning detail, but the interiors, which contain many of the key scenarios in the film. [Leg Godt]

10
Oct, 2012

FilmShortage describes WAR as “A simply visually stunning short, accentuating on amazing color contrasts and movement. Coercive macro shots are brought together through colors, heart pounding sounds and famous words by Leonard Cohen.”

WAR – starring Nana Agyapong

director/editor: Jeff Consiglio
cinematographer: Alexandre Naufel
makeup: Phoebe Dawson
costume design: Wendy Range Rao
production design: Meghan Rogers
art direction: Elizabeth Cummings
colorist: Matt Conrad
visual effects producer: Kristian Hansen
compositor: Jenna Sunde
gaffer: David Klassen

‘why don’t you come on back to the war, don’t be a tourist’: Leonard Cohen
‘corona radiata’: Nine Inch Nails
vocalist: Kay Arcuragi
soundscape: Adam Arcuragi, Jeff Consiglio

22
Aug, 2012

Tandem-Duct Aerial Demonstrator (by aerofexcorp) via @likecool

A California-based company has taken a science fiction design similar in concept to “Star Wars” speeder bikes, which uses helicopter dynamics to lift and propel this motorcycle-sized vehicle across rough terrain. The firm Aerofex has fixed the stability issue by including a control bar at the the users knee level that allows the pilot to better lean and balance the vehicle.
“It essentially captures the translations between the two in three axis (pitch, roll and yaw), and activates the aerodynamic controls required to counter the movement — which lines the vehicle back up with the pilot,” De Roche told InnovationNewsDaily. “Since [the pilot’s] balancing movements are instinctive and constant, it plays out quite effortlessly to him.” The vehicle has been tested in California’s Mojave Desert and in more crowded conditions. Currently, the Aerofex machine is being tested at a top speed of 30 mph and a max height of 15 feet above the ground.