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Why don’t perpetual motion machines ever work?

Perpetual motion machines — devices that can do work indefinitely without any external energy source — have captured many inventors’ imaginations because they could totally transform our relationship with energy. Ther...

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps animated

When I listen to music I see colors and shapes and when I watch visual art I hear sounds. I wanted to express my sensing of shapes, colors and music in this short animation. I chose this piece because I’ve struggle...

Why Is A Group Of Crows Called A “Murder”?

A leap of leopards, a flamboyance of flamingos, a barrel of monkeys, a murmuration of starlings: Collective nouns for animals are fun and full of personality and information, but how did these descriptions come about?...

Ben Vereen sings Pure Imagination on The Muppet Show (1977)

Watch actor, dancer, and singer Ben Vereen try to cheer up Droop with some Pure Imagination, a song from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). They're also joined by some unusual creatures. The performance is fr...

A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars

Fly by the moon Phobos towards Mars, and then fly across the Red Planet's surface thanks to NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) imagery and three months of digital imaging work by Finnish filmma...

I’m Scared, a stop motion short

8-year-old insomniac Ralf warns his little brother Crumbs of all of the dangers that lurk in the shadows, waiting to devour the two of them. Based on the work of Greg 'Craola' Simkins, I'm Scared is by C4Toons Ente...

Power, an animated exploration of illustrated machines

From animator and painter Dana Sink, Power is an animated short film that explores the forms of illustrated machines over time.

Barnaby Dixon’s Raptor Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon designs highly detailed finger puppets like the one above: a rather adorable raptor puppet. Watch as his fingers control the feet while other hinges, levers, and mechanisms help make the puppet...

Making art with everyday objects: Christoph Niemann

Award-winning artist and author Christoph Niemann has quite a few books and apps for kids of all ages -- I Lego N.Y., Words, as well as Petting Zoo and Chomp. In this Quartz video, he shares examples from his new book...

The Secret World of Stuff

From animator Sean Charmatz, enjoy this supercut of The Secret World of Stuff, his side project series of shorts featuring inanimate objects that have been given cute faces, arms, and legs. This adorable anthropomorph...

Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

Doro Ottermann’s Magic Artbox Animations

From Doro Ottermann in Hamberg, Germany, enjoy these Magic Artbox Animations, short Instagram vids that start with colored pencils that magically reassemble into imaginative (and sometimes familiar) results. A v...

The Secret World of Foley

Foley is a fascinating process of using everyday things, and sometimes totally random things, to make sounds that fit with images being shown on screen. From Wikipedia: The best Foley art is so well integrated int...

Stop-motion animation goes high tech at Laika

If you've seen Kubo and the Two Strings from Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline and The Boxtrolls, then go behind the scenes with their team to see the epic blend of handcrafted puppets, stop motion, CGI, and...

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon’s new puppet concept

Puppeteer and puppet designer Barnaby Dixon developed a brand new design for his finger puppet concept, refining its internal mechanisms and improving its movements. Using his human hands in a new configuration, he's ...

Laika’s Head of Puppetry explains how stop motion puppets are made

Go behind the scenes with Puppet Fabrication Creative Supervisor Georgina Hayns -- who set up the puppet department at Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings -- to fin...

Scissors attempt to make A Small Escape

A pair of scissors attempts to make A Small Escape (Den Lilla Flykten) by Stockholm-based CG artist David Sandell. The short was Best Animation winner at Sweden’s Sveriges Kortfilmfestival 2016.

The art of sound design: How to be a Foley artist

How are animated movies filled with so many real ambient sounds? Go behind the scenes at Lucasfilm's new state-of-the-art sound lab with Foley artists Shelly Roden and John Roesch, as WIRED senior editor Peter Rubin l...

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