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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...

RocTrip China 2011

In 2011 Petzl gathered over 600 climbers from all over the world to bring to China to climb the Great Arch of Getu He located in the Guizhou province. This film was put together by Baraka Films and tells its story unlike a traditional narrative. The film follows the beat of music and sounds gathered...

Flamenco 360

Kilian Martin: Altered Route

Skateboarding has always been seen as more of sport than an expressive art form. In Brett Novak’s new short film Kilian Martin: Altered Route the Spanish skater displays his incredible prowess on the deck. Starting as a gymnast, turned surfer, turned skateboarder Martin practically dances on the board as a way of expressing himself through...

Summertime, and the shredding's easy

Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight

Wondering what to do with all that leftover footage from a recent project? Well you could follow in the footsteps of Matt Kleiner and piece together a stunning video from whatever’s left on the cutting room floor. Light: The Natural Agent That Stimulates Sight is the result of Matt’s leftover footage fom shooting a feature...

Shutter Ísland

Iwan Bigler and Raphael Nussbaum, the visual raconteurs of Team Nine, bring the greens, greys and sometimes blues of Iceland to you in the beautifully composed Shutter Ísland. In their first effort, the Switzerland-based duo artfully choreographed an August 2011 couch-surfing trip to Iceland, with vistas near and far that capture the detail and grandeur...

Forest Flick

Yosemite Range of Light

When he was just 18, Shawn Reeder serendipitously won a trip to Yosemite National Park whose breathtakingly majestic beauty has won his heart ever since. With a knack for time-lapse shooting and the help of some sponsors, Reeder set out to capture footage of Yosemite’s Range of Light and compile it into the epic tribute...

Revisiting the Sinking of the Titanic

Does the world need another take on Titanic? When the response involves James Cameron and National Geographic, the answer is always yes, as long as charcoal drawings aren’t involved. This latest installment of Viewfinder combines James Cameron’s fascination with the ocean, and state of the art computer animation to reproduce, arguably, the most famous shipwreck of...

The Concorde Story

Think about this – commercial airlines traveled faster 35 years ago than they do today. Technological advances seem to be limitless, yet we no longer travel at super sonic speeds as we did from 1976-2003. How did we flout the sound barrier at the end of the 21 Century? The Concorde. It was the result...

A Strat is Born

The Fender Stratocaster is the definition of an American classic. The instrument has been produced continuously since it was introduced in 1954 and has since become a mainstay of players across all genres of music for its timeless design and distinctive sound. Legends such as Hendrix, Gilmour, Clapton and Jeff Beck have solidified the Stratocaster...

The Inverted Bike Shop

Brooklyn’s 718 Cyclery traces its roots to a backyard shed. Several years ago, founder Joe Nocella, a reformed bicycle messenger and current architect, combated the indignity of a stolen bike by building a new one himself. He liked the hands-on approach so much that he built more, eventually building bikes for friends and neighbors and,...

In Search of Snow

We recently dropped into Aspen Fashion Week with Bentley and roared around in the snow with 631 horsepower at our disposal in the process — but we’ll talk more about that later. For now, we wanted to share a video that the esteemed British automaker debuted over the weekend featuring world-renowned big-mountain skier Chris Davenport....

A Taste of Vietnam

We’ve already shared our experiences in the exotic land of Vietnam, but film maker Daniel Klein does a particularly good job of highlighting the country’s culinary delights. Unless you happen to have access to good Vietnamese food, or enjoy personally torturing yourself, — we’d recommend watching this visual buffet on a full stomach. $20 bucks...

Red Wing Handsewn Collection

Red Wing is a classic American brand, and we’ve always been fans of their footwear. Today, the company has launched a new collection, hand sewn in Lewiston, Maine. Other fans of the brand are bound to enjoy the video above released to explain the collection, but even if fashion isn’t your thing, it’s still interesting...

World’s Largest Rope Swing

Ok, so we can’t really verify that Devin Graham really did, in fact, create the largest rope swing on the planet for this video. That doesn’t make watching people experience 130 ft. of giddy freefall, and whiplash swing speeds under the Corona Arch (in the spectacular Moab desert of Utah), any less thrilling. That’s even...

Cost of Living

Limited time is often your enemy when it comes to creating engaging stories through film. Director by BenDavid Grabinski, however, manages to squeeze compelling Sci Fi action, suspense, and a ton of laugh out loud moments into his debut short entitled Cost of Living. Starring Brandon Routh (of Superman Returns fame), it’s one of the...

L.E.D. Surfer by Jacob Sutton

What do you get when you combine three nights of Red Epic filming on a skidoo, with a bespoke L.E.D. suit, and Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France? One hell of a visual spectacle, that’s what. While the short film above looks as graceful as ever, apparently the luminescent...

A Story for Tomorrow

If you believe the commercials, buying candy, cards, jewlery and flowers on February 14th is the ideal way to commemorate love. We happen to think Dan Riordan at Gnarly Bay Productions has a better approach. A Story for Tomorrow was filmed over five weeks by Dan while traveling through Chile & Patagonia with his girlfriend...

The Derelicts by ICON

If push came to shove, we’ve probably sell a kidney or two for one of ICON’s glorious vehicles. So when our friend Michael Williams at A Continuous Lean was kind enough to point out this excellent video on the brand’s latest pet project, dubbed The Derelicts, put together by the folks at eGarage, we had...

Joy Ride

Now that today’s latest DSLRs are waging a war on two fronts for both still photography and video domination, having a test film made using your gear is a must for any camera company conducting a high profile launch. Earlier we showed you Canon’s Mobius film for the introduction of their new EOS C300 video...

A Week in Montana

If vistas are currency, then Montana more than lives up to its title as the “Treasure State”. Case in point: A Week in Montana by Preston Kanak and his shooting partners F9 photo and Eric Hines. The film was shot across various Montana locales using the Canon 5D Mark II, a repertory of glass (Canon...

Trout is All

In the pantheon of male bonding experiences, few adventures have the provenance of a weekend fishing trip. This short film by the Swedish fishing site Frontsidefly, made during a trip to övre vindelälven in their native land, perfectly captures the magic of these outings, leaving all of us here at GP HQ itching for Fly...

Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdown

Visual effects, sometimes referred to more broadly as CGI, have always been a cornerstone of “movie magic” since their initial development in the late 1960s. While action blockbusters have deservedly gained notoriety for pushing this technology to extremes, the truth is that almost every big budget film project uses them liberally — and in far...

Craft Cocktails in Detroit

The craft cocktail movement has infiltrated America, with quality bars entrenched on both coasts and studding everywhere between. One of the latest to pop up is Detroit’s Sugar House, which opened in October and slings drinks comprised of artisanal spirits, fresh juices, fruits and herbs and house-made syrups. Ice wise, Sugar House bartenders hand-chip 300...

Mobius

Esteemed photo journalist Vincent Laforet is considered a pioneer of DSLR video and his short film Reverie helped significantly boost Canon’s 5D Mark II camera into the forefront of the amateur digital film community. Hoping that lightening could strike twice, Canon gave Laforet early access to the EOS C300 to demonstrate the dynamic capabilities of...

Further, farther, faster

11 Incredible Adventure Films

Adventure filmmakers big and small have more tools than ever for producing their work in the wilderness, thanks in part to the continuous improvements of camera equipment and filmmaking technology. Of course, the vision wouldn’t be anything without the dedicated creativity put forth by the storytellers — the writers, directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers. Lastly,...

Pickin’ & Trimmin’

A bit of a different tone from our usual Viewfinder fare, Pickin’ & Trimmin’ reminds us why we love our Southern roots — and even moreso, bluegrass music. It’s also further proof that the Barbershop (the institution itself) is one of America’s greatest treasures. Filmed by Matt Morris, the documentary has garnered heaps of attention...

Slow Motion Speed Comparisons

We all love the look of slow motion, and it’s uncanny ability to make everything instantly epic. But not all slow motion is created equal. Youtubers known as “the Slow Mo Guys” put together this informative video on different slow motion frame rates, to help novices better distinguish the slow (500fps) from the slooooooooowwww (10,000fps!)....

Tipping Barrels – Journey Into The Great Bear

Bridging surfing and environmental journalism, Tipping Barrels follows Arran and Reid Jackson, both surfers, into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. The 20 minute film (thanks, couch mode), dives into the issues that the rainforest faces, bridging stunning cinematography and insights gleaned from a multi-day journey. Directed by Ben Gulliver. More information at Pacific...

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

Those of you who decided to make it to the movies, and did a little research beforehand, were treated to the first full trailer of Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to the Batman franchise The Dark Knight Rises. If you watched the surprisingly excellent Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in IMAX, then you even got to watch the...

Dogs in Cars

Everything looks better in slow motion — or in this case cuter. If the toils of this week have left you drained or down, this five minute film depicting man’s best friend living it up on the road is guaranteed to make you smile. It appears they enjoy the thrill of the drive just as...

Deep Custom

The fine folks at Gear Junkie brought this film starring Minneapolis custom bicycle builder Eric Noren, founder of Peacock Groove Cycles to our attention. Proclaimed as the Liberace of bikes by some, in this short film Noren covers his approach to creating the ultimate two-wheeled ride that hipsters, road bikers, or any fan of self-powered...

Pogo GoPro

In previous viewfinders, we’ve shared footage of insane souls skydiving, cliff jumping, and even flying in wing suits. So, in the spirit of diversity, we felt compelled to hand the soapbox over to more a domestic (and accessible) method for tussling with gravity — the pogo stick. Hit play and prepare to be amazed at...

Finding Oregon

The result of six months of timelapse footage captured over a 1,600 mile journey, Finding Oregon paints the beaver state in a way like you’ve never seen before. Iconic locales like the Blue Mountains, Crater Lake and Columbia River Gorge amongst others are captured at near-impossible moments to create what might be the best “visit...

Mechanical Synfonica

“What happens if we mix the sound of a classical orchestra with the modern tones of a powerful motorsound? What’s the outcome if we try to use the momentum of a melody and blend it to the deep sound of a V8 or the high tone of a biturbo engine?” These are the questions the...

The Sound of Sight

Our latest viewfinder comes courtesy of the esteemed sunglass makers at Randolph Engineering. After touring their factory last year, we were certainly impressed with the hard work and craftsmanship that went into every pair of glasses Randolph makes. The Sound of Sight is essentially an artful highlight reel of this process.