How wildlife films warp time
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How wildlife films warp time

In the Jungles episode of the BBC’s Planet Earth II, there’s a stunning scene of hummingbirds in Ecuador, flying in slow motion. And when it aired in the UK, some viewers wondered if the BBC actually created the footage with […]

The trick that made animation realistic
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The trick that made animation realistic

This walrus didn’t get these dance moves on his own. They came from Cab Calloway, a 1930s jazz singer and band leader. Do you see it now? Cab was a source of endless inspiration for early animators, who transformed his […]

Why movies went from 15 minutes to 2 hours
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Why movies went from 15 minutes to 2 hours

All of this kinda connects to this. We added sound. It’s a silent movie. This chart shows all the movies directed or produced by legendary director D.W. Griffith in 1912. He was a Hollywood titan, but most of his movies? […]

How obsessive artists colorize old photos
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How obsessive artists colorize old photos

You might have seen some of these colorized photos on the internet. Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, a young Charlie Chaplin. It’s incredible how normal these people look because they’re no longer in black and white. Like they’re someone you could […]

The truth behind the TV show Cops
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The truth behind the TV show Cops

Right now, the most-watched TV show in the US is… “The Big Bang Theory” The most expensive? “Game of Thrones” But what about the longest-running primetime show, apart from news? It isn’t “The Real World”, or “Law and Order”. Nope, […]

How a TV show gets made
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How a TV show gets made

Getting a show from script to screen is a fast and furious process. Some crews make thirteen episodes of scripted TV in the same amount of time it takes to make a single blockbuster movie. So how do they do […]

Why all world maps are wrong
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Why all world maps are wrong

If I want to turn this globe into a flat map, I’m going to have to cut it open. In order to get this to look anything like a rectangle. I’ve had to cut it in places. I’ve had to […]

How an MS Paint artist made this picture
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How an MS Paint artist made this picture

I’ve always been an artist, I’ve always drawn pictures, and when it comes to digital art and Microsoft Paint, I’ve taught myself completely. My name is Pat Hines, I’m from Boston, I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m sure you […]