What The 1973 Orson Welles Film ‘F For Fake’ Can Teach Filmmakers About How to Structure a Video Essay

The latest episode of film analysis series Every Frame a Painting (previously) examines the important storytelling and structural tips imparted by the beloved 1973 Orson Welles film essay F For Fake. While not highly regarded in its day, the film has since come to be a viewed as an impressive achievement in its own right.

Everything I know about editing, I learned from this film.

Special Effects Video of ‘Action Movie Kid’ and His Amazing Adventures at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park

Dreamworks animator and father Daniel Hashimoto has created a new special effects video for his ongoing Action Movie Kid series that shows his three-year-old son James embarking in all sorts of amazing adventures at the Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. James is given a magical balloon, jets off into the sky while riding the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, and steers a pirate ship while standing beside a swashbuckling skeleton pirate.

Wow, this place really is magical.

How to Turn the Chemical Element Bismuth Into Beautiful, Complex Crystals on a Kitchen Stove

YouTube maker NightHawkInLight has posted a series of instructions through Instructables that demonstrate how to turn the chemical element bismuth into complex and beautiful crystals using a stove-top sauce pan. The element has an extremely low level of radioactivity, but is generally regarded as being non-toxic.

It is the most highly diamagnetic element known, and is slightly radioactive with a half-life of approximately 19,000,000,000,000,000,000 years. The low melting point of 520 degrees fahrenheit makes it a simple task to melt on a kitchen stove.

Bismuth

Bismuth

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The Two-String Piezoelectric Violin, An Otherworldly 3D-Printed Take on the Violin

Violin

The Two-String Piezoelectric Violin is a large, angular musical instrument created by MONAD Studio of Miami, Florida that was created entirely through 3D printing. The sharp and somewhat unwieldy instrument will go on display at the 3D Print Design Show in New York City on April 16 and 17, 2015, along with four other 3D-printed instruments created by the studio. All will be played at the event by a rotating cast of musicians.

Violin

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Gary Dahl (1936-2015), An Advertising Executive Who Invented The Pet Rock

Gary Dahl

Gary Dahl, a California advertising executive who rose to fame with the invention of the Pet Rock in 1975, passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 78. Dahl conceived of the novelty while drinking with friends in a bar in Los Gatos, California. As they complained about their pets, Dahl had a brainstorm for one that wouldn’t require feeding, walking, or cleaning. The rock, which was packaged with bedding inside a cardboard case with air holes, made Dahl a millionaire.

Gary Dahl

images via The New York Times

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Times Squared 3015, A Design Concept for a Self-Contained City in a Mile-High Tower in New York City

Times Squared 3015

Times Squared 3015 is an architectural design concept for a self-contained city housed in a 5,687-foot tower on what is now Times Square in New York City. The vertical city contains a beach, stadium, and redwood forest, as well as more traditional retail and living spaces. Created by Blake Freitas, Grace Chen, and Alexi Kararavokiris, Times Squared 3015 earned an honorable mention in the 2015 Skyscraper Competition hosted by eVolo Magazine.

Times Squared 3015

Times Squared 3015

Times Squared 3015

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