Viewfinder: The Art of Glass Blowing
For Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, the art of glass blowing is less than transparent.
For Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, the art of glass blowing is less than transparent.
For most people, the American dream is owning a nice house or making a comfortable living. James ‘The American Dream’ Kelly lives a little differently -- his dream involves whipping by traffic at 50 mph on a skateboard.
A video essay on American mathematician, cryptographer and engineer Claude Shannon and his discoveries, which paved the road for the Information Age.
"The Silence of Denali National Park" is a clip from the upcoming film In Pursuit of Silence, which explores our relationship with silence and the impact of noise pollution on our lives, which the World Health Organization considers a serious health threat.
"Through the Ground Glass" follows a large-format photographer as he treks through the wilderness to find the perfect shot.
"Who We Are" follows Donnie Vincent and his team of hunters through the Northwest Territories, 20 miles south of the Arctic Circle, drawn to the wilderness by an irresistible yearning.
The short film 87 Bounces, produced by the French design studio HOTU, follows a single, stray basketball shot through 24 classic movies before it finally hits the back of the net.
"The Story of the Chopper" explores the surprising birth and history of the world's most recognizable motorcycle style.
When he first started jumping off cliffs, Théo de Blic probably thought girls had cooties. Now a seasoned vet, the young Frenchman is breaking ground by performing spectacular acrobatic maneuvers in the air. Watch and listen here.
The Ironman Triathlon, first introduced in 1977, is arguably the most grueling single-day race on the planet. This is the story of elite professional triathlete Dirk Bockel’s journey to the 2012 Ironman World Championships.
Based on the little we've seen of the man featured above who goes by the name Jazzsoon, we know this: he is one very alternative version of the modern self-made man. He's one part The Dude, abiding. He's one part Churchill, stoic, absurd. He's one part Ali G, silly, spouting strange street-level aphorisms.
Remember when you were a kid, building a tent out of a bed sheet or making camp in the backyard? This short film taps into our love of tents and the notion of the base camp, a place full of potential, of plans, of gathering strength for adventures to come -- and a place to return to when the proverbial yak dung hits the fan.
During an exploratory fly fishing trip in the Bolivian Amazon last year, the Provo Brothers introduced a new sort of fishing adventure. One involving monkey meat.
"Above America" exudes an old-time charm -- an aerial drone video before aerial drones existed. Harrison Sanborn, a California-based director and cinematographer, dug up his father's archive of aerial footage and scanned it at 2K resolution; the result is a celluloid time capsule without a particular year in mind.
More than TV, music, and movies, comics have had the hardest time adjusting to the digital age. Comic Book Heaven follows the owner of a small comic book vendor in Queens as he closes up for good.
Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.
Engraving is the art form of significance. In Gerry, we accompany a master engraver at work in his idyllic workshop.
Even after an almost fatal accident in 2001 that left him without legs, Alex Zanardi's outlook remained bright. He returned to motorsports and won a fair share of races at the World Touring Car Championship, then won two medals at the 2012 London Paralympics; this October, he's taking on the Ironman World Championship triathlon. Tim Hahne's short for BMW, "Touch the Sky", is a peek into a day in Zanardi's life.
Jump from a 500-foot cliff and you’ll free-fall for five or six seconds. It’s a very short moment, but as one yet-anonymous thrill-seeker explains in this short clip, “Your mind becomes so focused on the exact moment that all your senses become amplified. You’re able to hear things, and feel things, and see things that you probably wouldn’t if you weren’t in free fall.”
Warbird pilots have an innate passion for flying. When other kids dreamed of hitting the ball out of the park, these guys fantasized about racing down the chute at Reno. The short film Warbird Pilot: Behind the Visor focuses on decorated Reno Air Race Pilot John-Curtiss Paul as he balances aviation and family life.
Put a rifle in the hands of a chef, set him up in sight of an unassuming whitetail deer, and see what happens. That’s the premise of the latest Salt, Fresh & Field, a show that connects, quite literally, food and table.
A dirt bike. A parachute. And no fear. That’s what it takes to execute a novel idea in extreme sports. “If everything doesn’t go perfectly to plan then, you know, I’ll move on to the next life”, says Brad O’Neal. The Pro Motox Rider is planning to hit a massive skyward ramp, at 80 mph, without a prayer of landing.
Seven creatives -- filmmakers, photographers and musicians -- who had never met traveled to Iceland in 2011 with one purpose: to document beauty. Outliers, Vol. 1: Iceland is the amorphous, unfocused, and impressive culmination of the landscapes, people and traditions they encountered.
Battling his way from a hospital bed to a bike saddle, James Golding sets out to break a distance world record that has stood for 74 years.
One of the most innovative figures in the world of watchmaking is Maximilian Büsser, a former executive at Jaeger-LeCoutre. His collaboration with Swiss watchmakers L'Epee, the Starfleet/Machine, is a space-age monument to horology.
Dane Reynolds sparked controversy in 2012 when he dropped out of competitive surfing. This short film follows him as he seeks to rediscover his inspiration.
The biggest story behind this year’s running of Le Mans was no doubt the return of Porsche, who have been absent from the race’s top class for 16 years. The storied automaker teamed up with Michelin to create “We Are Racers”, a series of short films documenting the company’s 2014 journey to Le Mans.
"Why do I surf, why do I make wine?" Johan Reyneke says, laughing to himself. "I don't know. It just happened. It's just meant to be." In this short film by The Perennial Plate, Reyneke surfs in False Bay and explains the way he makes wine. They're two disciplines that may seem quite different but are actually quite similar through the lens of his life's philosophy.
While the ultramarathon circuit flourishes with more competitors and stars who are (almost) household names, the Barkley Marathons remains an eccentricity -- and that's saying a lot for a sport that's already at the fringes. This 2014 film documents the race.
The Almonzo 100 is a gravel bike race that takes place each year over 100 miles of the gently rolling gravel roads of Fillmore County in Southeastern Minnesota. Pretty standard -- except for the lack of entry fee, aid station, or support team. The only things the racers have are themselves, two tires and 100 miles of gravel to crush.
Award-winning Norwegian nature photographer Asgeir Helgestad shows a typical day in his office, among the cold and the wild, in this video short.
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional is such an icon -- it's nearly a perfect watch, really -- that it's hard to imagine that OMEGA could ever follow it up. Then last year the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon set the watch world abuzz. This video from Omega shows how it's crafted, in all its black ceramic glory.
When people ask what’s so special about mechanical watches, we go on about the miracle of keeping time with gears and springs, the artisanal tradition and the importance timepieces have played in great historical events. If anyone listening hasn’t walked away by then, eyes are usually glazed and the subject quickly changed. Now we can just point those people to this video.
What would a modern interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde look like? Nicholas Maggio (who we’ve already seen is pretty good at the babes, crime, cars equation) has taken a stab, and the results are about as killer as you’d expect. If you don’t hit eBay in search of a leather jacket and an E28 M5 afterwards, you might need to watch it again.
Salomon's Running TV reaches back to the history of the 20th Annual Western States 100 in "The Original". The year was 1974, and the Western States (also known as The Tevis Cup) was a 100-mile endurance horse ride in Placer County, CA. Colfax-native Gordy Ainsleigh had been competing for several years. "When my horse went lame in '73, [race organizer] Drucilla invited me to do it the next year on foot", he says. "I said, 'well maybe', and I was thinking: I'll have a better horse by then. I didn't get around to it, so in '74, as the spring rolled on, I ran."
Due to warming climates, the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska has retreated by more than a mile during the past few decades. As it slides along the uneven valley floor, its underside buckles into caves and irregular ice patterns. Wind and flowing water continually carve and enlarge the caves, making them a dynamic but remote tourist attraction. Recently, a Los Angeles based film crew visited the glacier and, by attaching a GoPro camera to a flyable droid, recorded the carving force of the glacial meltwater as it winds through Mendenhall's underside.
Next time you wind and set your humble wristwatch against the time on your MacBook, remember that behind those digits are oscillations of Cesium atoms at the US Naval Observatory.
In Endless Abilities, paraplegic Zachary Bastian and his friends travel across the country to document the stories of other physically disabled individuals who have found ways to live athletic lives in spite of their conditions. Get goosebumps; count your blessings; realize unforeseen possibilities These are this video's gifts.
Mickey Smith lives behind the camera, treading water and capturing extreme surfers while avoiding waves, sharks and loose surfboards. This is the story of his passionate pursuit of the perfect surfing moment.
The story of Belize is one of layers, as evidenced by the experience of GP editor and adventurer, Jason Heaton, who explored the country’s Caribbean coastline and inland jungles, diving underwater, caving underground, and -- at least for a short while -- relaxing under coconut trees.
In the past, researchers working with graphene faced incredibly high production costs -- somewhere in the range of $100,000,000 per cubic centimer. The price isn't particularly surprising, considering that the leading method involved hand-peeling layers of graphite with scotch tape and placing it on silicone wafers. In this video, Ric Kaner, a chemist at UCLA, explains how he set out to find a better production method...and ended up making a discovery that could change the way we interact with electronics.
When the doors open on the annual SIHH watch fair in Geneva, there's a stampede of journalists to the A. Lange & Söhne booth to see what new timepiece miracles the Glashütte brand has introduced. The German brand never disappoints, and this year is no exception: the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna ($215,100+) is a spectacular timepiece, yet another tour de force from Glashutte. In this video Lange's Technical Director, Anthony de Haas, explains the masterpiece.
Now in its seventh season, the Salomon Freeski TV channel has covered the sport exhaustively. In "The Architect", Vice President of Resort Design at Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners, Ryley Thiessen, explains how resort development has changed from the 1960s to today, bringing us from mom-and-pop mountains (now all but extinct) to four-season resorts in China.
Apple's Mac Pro, released in the fall of last year, is the kind of provocative machine that makes even luddites turn their heads. Its design is reminiscent, in some ways, of Da Vinci's plans for a flying machine: an impressive idea, a maelstrom of creativity, a game-changer that inspires curiosity and awe. It's not anywhere near as ground-breaking as Leonardo's plans -- but then again, Apple is able to execute. Apple's short film captures that execution.