Stop motion animation has brought us some of the most stylized and cool-looking animated shows and movies. It spawned Gumby, Wallace and Gromit, and shaped The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s an art form that takes a ton of time and patience. Each increment of movement has to be captured by the camera. It’s almost like slowly repositioning a person and taking pictures of them over and over again.
Stop motion lovers and video game lovers alike will appreciate the stunning amount of effort that went into this one minute piece of animated goodness. FinalCutKing has brought a Super Mario level to life using just Post-It notes. How many, you say? Just 7,000. Mario takes a trip all around an office wall, literally bursting to life from what seems to be a computer emulator. His typical coin collecting, Goomba smashing, journey quickly becomes out of the ordinary, though.
Given the opportunity, most of us would go back in time to have a chat with our younger selves. You’re never too young or too old to want to go back, warn yourself about things to come or tell yourself that things get better. Most of us might want to go back and stop our teen selves from making disastrous fashion choices, romantic choices, or picking careers that don’t exactly net us millions. We’re human, though, and our entire lives are full of moments we wish someone who understood us well was there to talk to.
Jeremiah McDonald, at 12, understood himself better than anyone. The soon-to-be actor and comedian left himself a message in the form of an open-ended conversation on tape, with a stern warning that it was only to be played by him in the future. He asks his future self questions we might ask ourselves. He wants to know if he still loves his favorite show (Doctor Who), how things panned out for him, and about his passions like drawing. Jeremiah McDonald, as it turns out, is a pretty charming little kid. He’s funny and weird in a way that reminds us a lot of ourselves when swept up in the things we like.
We know, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is everywhere. It’s on the radio, TV, and on rotation in just about every hip clothing store’s music playlist. The internet’s no help. There are Gotye parodies lurking around just about every corner. Some are great and some are...Well, we’ve gone through a lot of parodies to bring you the one featured today, and we have suffered for it. Let’s face it, the song is relatable and really catchy.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Prison Dancer Live, LLC. are bringing the show Prison Dancer to a theater near you! The show, written by Romeo Candido and Carmen De Jesus and directed by Jenn Rapp, will be showing at St. Clement's from July 20th until July 28th. The show follows the lives of eight Filipino maximum-security prisoners, whose lives are changed when a video of their dance-based rehab program goes viral on YouTube. The dark prison suddenly finds itself in the spotlight and these hardcore criminals are given a second chance. Furthermore, the show is inspired by a true story! Tickets are $20 and available for purchase here. Check out the performance schedule below:
We're not sure where this gem of a video has been hiding, but we just discovered it last night, and have collectively watched it and laughed for at least 12 hours straight. Yes, we're clearly behind on the times on this one, but we're sure we can't be the only ones. So here it is. Happy Friday!
If movies have taught us anything, it’s that the best way to settle a score and win the love of your life’s affection is to challenge your rival to a dangerous race. If the long lives the Fast and the Furious movies have led is any indication, racing is still one of the more badass of past times. That doesn’t always translate well to NASCAR and official drag racing where there are rules, controlled environments, and medics around for when things inevitably go sour. Safety doesn’t always make things appealing, but do you know who does? Batman.
YouTube is making an effort to keep up with the times and give viewers the option of watching TV online. As announced a few weeks ago, the Food Network's Bruce Seidel, is taking the next step in his career and heading towards the internet. Electus, a next generation production studio, appointed Seidel as their Chief Exectuive Officer for the new YouTube Food channel.
Seidel made major contributions to the Food Network. He created some of the channel's most popular shows like "Iron Chef America," "The Next Iron Chef," and "The Next Food Network Star." Before he worked in food television, he worked in strategy and production at the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.
Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s...really disgruntled and in a hurry. To the shock of every tourist and native in the city this week, it looked like people were flying around some of our major landmarks. For a moment it looked like we finally hit the jackpot and gained some superpowers, like nearly every New Yorker in a Marvel comic. The whole scene, however, was a trick of the eye.
The clever ruse was created by people piloting specially crafted RC planes from the ground. The planes were the general size and shape of an average person. They even have some leg-kicking mechanic to add to the real feeling they created. From a distance, these toy planes made it look like people were taking to the sky, gracefully soaring all around Manhattan. It was nothing short of surreal and amazing. People everywhere snapped photos and paused to see them soar around our bridges and buildings. However, no one could surmise exactly why these human kites were flying or who put them up there.
"Sh*t" people say has taken the internet by storm. While there have been a zillion "Sh*t" spinoffs of every stereotype and nationality, our favorite is “Sh*t Fashion Girls Say." We've all been on the social scene with fashion cliques and heard the same lines, “What season is that dress she's wearing?” "Where did you buy that?” and so on. Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard have definitely spent some time in the social scene of fashionistas. Not only were their statements beyond hilarious, they're also 100% true. “I'm into statement jewelry and color blocking,” is one of our favorites quotes said by the impersonating fashionista.