John Carpenter's The Thing is a masterclass on the use of practical effects. The makeup effects team worked for seven days a week for 57 weeks to create the realistic alien creatures, gore, and viscera we see on the film. This neat video by Cinefix explains how they made it.
Rene Redzepi, co-owner and executive chef of Danish restaurant Noma—considered by some the best restaurant in the world—interviews legendary sushi master Jiro Ono over a cup of tea in this utterly interesting video. The conversation is a great lesson about food, life, and how to become a true master.
This interesting video by the guys at ChefSteps explains in detail the process of making the perfect espresso and what happens inside the espresso machine that gives the drink such a creamy and unique taste.
We've previously featured the fascinating and yet disturbing black and white animations by Kevin Weir. This interesting short documentary shows how his creative process works: From finding the old black and white pictures to the animation of his perfect loops.
Cinefix dissects the iconic opening scene of Raiders of The Lost Ark showing how it was made. From the planning to the practical effects and sound design. It also talks about George Lucas' obsession with Disney comic books and how Uncle Scrooge's The Seven Cities of Cibola influenced the boulder scene.
Most of the gorgeous images of distant galaxies we all keep in our minds were captured by the lens of The Hubble Space Telescope. But those lens can only take black and white images. The color is added afterwards according to "the wavelengths of light that different elements emit in space." This is how they do it.
Booze lovers' magazine Vinepair put together this neat map showing the most popular beer brands around the world. Yeah, it's hard to believe that a tasteless concoction like Bud Light is the top selling beer in the US. Unfortunately, as it's often the case, most popular doesn't mean better.
If you are like me and only know three or four types of red, a couple kinds of white, and just one way to refer to black, The Color Thesaurus will open a new world for you. These charts, created by writer and Children's book illustrator Ingrid Sundberg, show some of the names of the different tones of basic colors.
Wow. This is amazing. I knew cuttlefish could change their hue to blend in with the sea floor and protect themselves from predators. But I didn't know they could use that skill to create trippy light shows that put their prey into trance.
Although I've studied the basics of graphic design, every time I see a cool poster, or a beautiful record cover, my mind goes through the same process. Something like "Wow, that's cool. How the hell did they make this." Professional graphic designer James White explains in this interesting video how he does it. Take a…
Munchies made this really interesting short documentary where chef and food writer Dave Arnold travels the world interviewing animal-rights activists, scientists, producers, and politicians to shed some light on what is really going on with foie gras.
This interesting infographic shows the sleeping habits of people like Edison, Donald Trump, Mozart, or Obama. All of them sleep less than the recommended eight hours and despite that—or maybe because of that—they became very successful in their careers.
This video shows how NASA makes and tests their largest, and most powerful solid rocket boosters ever. These engineering beauties will propel the new Space Launch System (SLS) and its astronauts to deeper space explorations. Mars, here we go.
The majority of action films today suck. They became repetitive formulas. Sterile displays of visual effects, annoying camera movements, and happy ending duels between the hero and his foes. Luckily, there are exceptions. Chris Stuckmann analyzes why this happens in this interesting video.
Dogs have an extraordinary sense of smell—a complex nasal architecture that lets them pick up scents and distinguish the chemical composition of hormones released by other animals. Alexandra Horowitz explains how this happens in an interesting TedEd lesson. Check it out:
Apart from the razor-sharp dialogues, Tarantino's movies are famous for their glossy visuals. But those visuals wouldn't be so impressive without good sound design. Editor Jacob T. Swinney put together this mashup showcasing the importance of sound effects in Tarantino's films.