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Tellason Stories: Meet Todd

Rather than creating maudlin product spots to peddle their premium jeans, Tellason decided to document the stories and lifestyles of their clientele. Their first film highlights the work of Todd Blubaugh, a Seattle-based artist who spends his time both behind a lens and fabricating one of our favorite forms of functional art: custom motorcycles.

Building the World’s Largest Ship (In 76 Seconds)

This video sets the prestige of shipbuilding back at least a decade. "That's not so bad!" says pretty much every single viewer as the Maersk Line's Triple-E Vessel is lego-blocked into existence in just over a minute. You're right. It's really not that hard. What's 1,304 feet, anyways? Just 150 feet shy of the Empire State Building, you say? Oh. And it actually took three months? Maybe you won't be enrolling in that online shipyard mastery class after all.

My Parents’ First Car

If you don’t get choked up, maybe even a little misty, watching this video of a son reuniting his parents with their first car, you may just be beyond our help. Not only does it portray the lengths one son will go to permanently etch smiles on his parents faces -- it also highlights the incredible bonds people form with their vehicles. A sacrificial sale when Joe Smith was drafted into the Korean War, his 1948 Plymouth Convertible always maintained a soft spot in Joe's and his wife Beverly's hearts. For their 60th wedding anniversary, their son Joel found, restored and delivered a working time machine, complete with three-on-the-tree.

How Ink is Made

We really wanted to hate these ink makers. Their product is outrageously priced, a vital part of enraging machines that jam, make annoying noises and refuse to connect wirelessly to our computers. But set to classical music, the Charlie-and-the-Chocolate-Factory setting (complete with huge drums of slowly drooling colors, giant rollers and careful craftsmen blending every shade under the rainbow) actually reveals an impressive show of passionate craftsmanship. That and lots of glooping. We'll still curse your name when we have to buy toner, ink makers. But maybe with a few less F-bombs.

Renan Ozturk’s 2013 Reel

Renan Ozturk of Camp 4 Collective is (just like everyone involved in Camp 4 Collective) a beast. What's he a beast at? Adventure, for one, but mainly in capturing the epic: The epic actions -- rock climbing without ropes, skiing mountains that should definitely not be skied, flying over ice fields so large they seem to defy the horizon -- that his team undertakes; The epic and often terrifying extreme landscapes they explore; The epic people they meet. All together, the highlights make for a pretty stunning three minutes of footage. Stop reading this and watch it.

Never Enough Alfa

The automotive video wunderkind Petrolicious have struck auto nostalgia gold once again with their latest short dubbed Never Enough Alfa. As a few of you sleuths might have inferred, the video centers on a brand that's close to more than a few team members' hearts: Alfa Romeo. But any soft spot we have for the brand pales in comparison to collector Manuel Leon Minassian, who eventually started buying rides like people "buy tacos". Though he's got more vintage whips than he cares to share, one car in particular holds a special place in his heart -- a customized 1972 Alfa Romeo Berlina.

Trans-mongolian: A Long Train Journey

Often, the simplest things are the best. Not so often, though, do those simple, excellent things involve a journey of over 4,500 miles. Trans-mongolian: A long train journey is a singular short film; its only accompaniment is a Mongolian throat-singing soundtrack mixed with the rhythmic click-clack of the train; many of its rapid-fire scenes are shot in tilt-shift, adding to a mystic quality.

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Espresso, Intelligentsia

If you need proof of coffee practiced as an obsession, art form and science, this quick video -- a "how-to" on making a cup of espresso -- is exhibit A. Intellegentsia Coffee in Venice, California can come off as a little pretentious at first; but what you're really seeing is an unabashed expertise in truly great coffee. "We take every single step in the chain, from seed to cup, as seriously as possible", Kyle Glanville extols. We believe him.

Heart of glass

The Birth of a NIKKOR Lens

A good lens will burn your bank account faster than a real housewife after a bottle of chardonnay -- but there's a reason this precious glass costs so much. Dust-free production is an exacting process that requires plenty of human interaction to do right. But don't just take our word for it. Watch this brief Nikon film created in celebration of the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses that highlights how their tubular bundles of photographic joy are brought into this world, and you'll see what we mean. And while you're at it -- have the missus watch too before showing her your latest receipts.

Be Safe, Live Wild

Strong

On April 6th, 2011, veteran backcountry skier (and former crab boat captain of Deadliest Catch fame) Roger Strong was caught in an avalanche in Snoqualmie Pass, WA. Roger and his two friends managed to survive the disaster, but two others were killed. The freight train of snow swept the group through hundreds of feet of steep trees -- and a collision with one tore both of Rogers tibias away from their femurs and destroyed most of his knee's critical tendons and ligaments, leaving him in a wheel chair for three months. In "Strong", produced by Arc'Teryx, Roger revisits the site of the tragedy exactly one year after it happened, reflecting on the choices that brought him there. Is it irresponsible to satiate an inner love for adventure as a family man? Should one dare to test fate again? These are the central questions of "Strong".

Chasing Waterfalls

Cascada

Just when you think you've grown a decent pair of cojones -- you know, conjured up enough bravado to hit the next level rapid -- out comes Cascada, an adventure film that blends bold cinematography and gut-wrenching paddling. Cascada follows seven audacious paddlers as they make their way through the Mexican jungle in search of the perfect waterfall (from where we're sitting, they achieve it) with ultra high definition cameras in tow. It's unbelievable stuff; we're not surprised, because the film is the latest from the mavens at Forge Motion Pictures.

Rising beauty

Moonwalk

MJ’s moonwalk was mesmerizing, as was Neil Armstrong’s; Dean Potter joins their ranks in this stunning video. Shot from over a mile away, “Moonwalk” captures the climber and tightrope walker racing against a rising moon that seems unnaturally propelled into the night sky. There’s a single moment, after finishing his first crossing and starting back...

The tragedy of shell shock in WWI

Coward

War is the ultimate human drama. Unfortunately, that drama is nearly always a terrible tragedy. So goes “Coward”, a short film by Stephen Murphy, Dave Komaroni and David Roddham. The 25-minute film, a staff pick on Vimeo, weaves the shocking front line realities of World War I with the mental debilitation caused by shell shock...

Gear Patrol makes the big game

Vizio 2013 Rose Bowl Game

Vizio has officially presented the Rose Bowl for several years now and often uses their accompanying commercial time to tease the gadget-loving public with new products. The commercial that kicked off halftime this year was no exception, showing glimpses of a few unreleased devices we're certainly excited to learn more about at CES. These include what looks like a Windows 8 tablet, a next generation Android tablet and of course, sleek-looking, new TVs. If you haven't seen the spot already, we've embedded it above to study at your leisure. Look out for it on the air over the coming weeks as well. Pay close enough attention (*cough* -- 8 seconds in) and you might even catch a glimpse of your favorite site, a.k.a. us. Special thanks to the fine people at Vizio for choosing GP for such a cool cameo. We are truly honored and can't wait to learn more about what's in store from the great American electronics company in 2013. With a resume credential like this, our dreams of landing a part in Rudy 2 are now that much closer.

For the love of the grill

American Craftsmanship from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

What separates the store bought grill in your backyard from the $10,000+ meatcraft carriers made by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet? The fine folks at Gizmodo brought this video to our attention that addresses this exact question. Watch, drool and learn the key points well -- because you'll need some help convincing your better half to unlock the door after blowing junior's first semester tuition on 500+ glorious square inches of meat-searing goodness.

Something's Fishy

The Farmer and The Bluefin

Tuna fishing -- and farming -- is a bitterly divisive topic. Food documentary blog The Perennial Plate and Intrepid Travel tackle the issue in a way most on either side of the argument can't: peacefully. "The Farmer and The Bluefin" features the only fish farm in the world to spawn Bluefin Tuna, a species that is being decimated by overfishing, especially in Japan.

Southern Revival

If you owned a fully restored drop-top vintage Porsche 356, our guess is that it would see the light of Sundays only: to be washed, paraded around afterwards and stared at lustfully by onlookers. Southern Revival documents the simple story of Ken Sirlin and his 1962 Porsche 356 Cabriolet. Purchased in 1985, while living in...

American Tintype

Finding a muse, a real object on which to spend our time and thoughts, is an unparalleled joy. Harry Taylor, a man who stumbled upon his passion for tintype photography through a personal tragedy, shares his story in “American Tintype”. This Vimeo Staff Pick deserves a watch, whether it’s for Taylor’s obsessive insight or finding...

May the Best Bond Win

James Bond 007: Movie Deathmatch

We’ve all argued it vehemently while playing License to Kill, Slappers Only mode: which Bond wins in a Battle Royal? It’s a complicated issue. Certainly, we have our favorite and least favorite Bonds (cough, Moore, cough), but beyond cheesy storylines and awful Tarzan vine-swinging moments, pure and utter deadliness is tough to rank. While we’re...

Raw. Primeval. Tartare.

MoB: Jack O’Shea’s Steak Tartare

We’re no tartare noobs: Under the guidance of chef Wes Whitsell, we concocted a spicy steak tartare that would send even the most elite of dinner party snobs into a beef tailspin. But in the beef pecking order, the butcher always pulls rank. Need further proof? See above, one of a series of videos produced...

Lock, Stock and Barrel

The Birth of a Barrel

Building a barrel? Sounds lame, right? Wrong. This special breed made at Jack Daniels’ Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky are built to hold the one and only No. 7 — that special spirit responsible for many a wonderful evening and probably a few crushing mornings to boot. The video’s shot in a “How-It’s-Made on speed” style,...

(A) man takes his last great leap

NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong

As the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong showed every child and this nation that big dreams and big goals can be as real as you make them. NASA gives tribute to the passing of a humble, reserved professional in a program that attracted type “A” personalities. Armstrong was well-liked and...

Long Live the Kings

Few things in life pull at a man’s heartstrings like the open road and the promise of adventure. Long Live The Kings is a short documentary by Clement Beauvais shot solely on super 16mm film (which can still stand up to digital any day). The doc showcases some fine rides courtesy of Blitz Motorcycles along...

Thousands of years of philosophy be damned

The Beauty of the Irrational

“Try, try again” is easier said than done when you’re racing against a massive, imposing canyon. That’s why we love watching South African ultra-marathoner Ryan Sandes attempt to master Namibia’s harsh 84-kilometer Fish River Canyon trail. In The Beauty of the Irrational, Sandes poignantly reflects on his unsuccessful record attempts in 2009 and 2010 before...

A cementer of friendships

This is Made By Hand: The Cigar Shop

Cigar smokers were shunned by many even before the pervasive smoking ban was instituted. Though probably good for the common health, cigar aficionados still weep over the loss. Some shops still keep the candle stogie burning — and then there is the rare shop that rolls its own odiferous sticks. Such is the case with...

The Depth of Speed: Something from Nothing

With our love of cars and well-shot short films, it’s easy to get why Jason Clason and his mission to travel around the good ol’ US of A filming serious motor-heads gets us revving. In The Depth of Speed, Jason meets up with Tim Bradham in his NC-based shop TBC Hot Rods and Bikes and...

Wunderkind

40 Years of BMW Motorsport

BMW Motorsport is the hand that’s pushed BMW harder and faster for 40 years now. Responsible for BMW’s racing programs, including automobiles and motorcycles, BMW Motorsport GmbH (or BMW M-Technik or just BMW M) has delivered to the world legends like the E30 M3 and the legendary M1 supercar and continues to produce M-badged cars...

Searching for West

Teeming with soul-searching narrative and impossibly rich cinematography, Searching for West chronicles Mark Seacat, a Montana hunter, and his interconnection with hunting. Balancing Seacat’s duties as a husband and father — his son, West, was born mere days before elk season — and his hunting responsibilities, director Christopher Murphy and cinematographer Logan Triplett weave scene...

Big Little World

Forget tourism videos, this is the kind of travel fare we want to sink our teeth (and daydreams) into. If you’ve ever wanted to get away to an island paradise, put Seychelles atop your list. An archipelago in the Indian Ocean, it’s main source of income is as you’d imagine, tourism. It makes up for...

Ghosts of Speed

Windsurfers can shred across the water or languidly coast with not a care in the world. It appears Dutch windsurfers prefer the former. Ghosts of Speed is a new documentary focused on a select group of speedsurfers tearing up the water at a place known as “The Brace” off the coast near Bierdijk, Oosterland in...

BMX Ballet

40 Years in Paris

In the film short “40 Years in Paris” shot and directed by J.C. Pieri, Frenchman Alain Massabova pirouettes through the City of Light in a visual tribute to both flatland BMXing and one of the world’s greatest cities. Massabova, a 40-year-old father, dances easily atop his orange bike, using skills gained over 27 years of...

Sea Bites

In the coastal region of Galicia, Spain a few brave fisherman set out everyday to repel off of little inlets for precious gooseneck barnacles. The barnacles themselves are extremely expensive despite their small size due to their sweet and salty flavor. “They taste like the sea,” says Serxo, and demand for their unique flavor is...

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

A Jacket for Life

There’s an ancient proverb that says “Man fears Time, but Time fears the Pyramids.” Based on the video A Jacket for Life, Time can’t be too fond of Barbour jackets either. This documentary showcases the 30-year love affairs that several Barbour owners have with their jackets — showing us why those relationships last longer than...

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10 Videos To Get You Fired Up for the Olympics

This Friday as London becomes the stage for the 2012 Olympic games, it’s hard to grasp just how much has happened. New arenas have been built, unfathomable amounts of technology have been put into place and scores of athletes have arrived, each ready to unleash every last ounce of honed-to-perfection competitive energy. As countries beam...

The Dream Team Documentary

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the “Dream Team.” Loaded with established legends from an earlier era like Bird & Magic, as well as a rocketing star in Michael Jordan — and let’s not forget about college boy Laettner — they became one of, if not the greatest teams ever assembled in the history...

The History of the Formula 1 Car

The Formula 1 Car has always been the pinnacle of automotive engineering. Currently in its sixty-third season, the best and brightest in motorsport continue to find ways around rules and regulations with their motorized manipulations of physics on the track. Rufus Blacklock has painstakingly produced an animated history of the evolution of these open-wheeled interpretations...

Discovering Local Frontiers

Drafting It | George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers

Uncovering inspired products and far-flung adventures are why we get up in the morning. It’s a terrible job — but hey, somebody’s got to do it, right? All of these things start somewhere, though, and often boil down to one decision from a certain type of individual. The type of person who feels the best...

Made in America: KA-BAR Knives

KA-BAR has been churning out incredible knife after knife since its founding in 1898. The latest film from Common Machine Prod. displays the history of the famous knife company — and done a fine job at that. First founded by two brothers, KA-BAR was originally known as the Tidioute Cutlery Co. in Tidioute, PA. —...

El Mar, Mi Alma

In Chile, the sea is the great provider for many of its inhabitants. It is also a place to unwind and enjoy life. The new trailer for El Mar, Mi Alma, made by Rebel Waltz Films, is a documentary that is split into 2 parts. The first is a surf film which details the rich...

Peter Brings the Shadows to Life

You’ve probably come across a skateboarding video before while wondering the internet. We’ve even shared a few before in the past. Taking a cue from Peter Pan, this video only shows the skater’s shadow. Filmed by Joe Pease and Predatory Bird, it’s a clever showcase of how your dark doppelganger can be just as cool...

Ken Burns On Story

Ken Burns has churned out some spectacular documentaries on historical subjects — subjects that changed how we think as a society. Call him old school, but there’s no denying his mastery of the genre. Hell, the man even has a visual technique named after him. This time around Ken is tackling one the most devastating...

Ole!

The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca

Our interest in people who choose to create things by hand knows no bounds. Whether it’s surfboards, clothing, or in this case: Flamenco guitars. The latest film in Dimitris Ladopoulos’ series “The Art of Making“, Ladopoulos showcases guitar maker Vassilis Lazarides, a master of his craft, and all the processes and hours it takes to...

Harris Tweed: From Shearing to Stamping

Few things in the fashion world have stood the test of time like that of Harris Tweed. A dense wool cloth made on islands off the Scottish coast known as “Hebrides”, the tweed is completely hand sheared from local livestock by Shepards and sent to a factory to be dyed and then finally woven by...

The builder of dreams

Urban Outlaw

Take one part Brit, one part Porsche enthusiast, one part artist and one part Rastafarian, and you get Magnus Walker. You certainly wouldn’t call him conventional, by any means, but you might just call him an artful genius, based largely on the man’s remarkable ability to bring custom vintage Porsche 911s to life. Having come...