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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.

24 Hours on a Navy Supercarrier

Even if you aren’t up to date on your Navy knowledge, you may recognize the USS Carl Vinson Nimitz-class nuclear supercarrier as the ship that played host to the Michigan State and North Carolina basketball game last Friday. It was also tasked more formally with escorting Osama’s body out to sea six months earlier. As...

I Believe I Can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies)

Tired of watching men take on impossibly tall jumps in wingsuits? Neither are we. Just a segment of director Sébastien Montaz-Rosset’s dazzling 40 minute documentary, this clip gives a glimpse into French highlining pioneers Tancrede and Julien — two friends with a passion for controlled elevated insanity — take on the stratospheric cliffs of the...

The Hobbit 3D Behind the Scenes

Time check. The first Lord of the Rings movie is now 10 years old. Luckily, if you’ve been in middle-earth withdrawal since the last film appeared in 2003, Peter Jackson has decided to don his Tolkien hat once to again to bring The Hobbit to the silver screen — in 3D. Through this behind the...

It’s Better in the Wind

It’s Better in the Wind follows a similar theme to the short film Machine we shared a few weeks back. Creator Scott Toepfer spent the last two years working on the project, capturing photos and video footage on each of his rides around the Western United States using a Canon 5dMkII and Minolta Super 8mm....

The Racer’s Group: 2011 Finale

This short film was put together by the TRG racing team and chronicles the final event of the American Le Mans Series in 2011. Dubbed Le Petit Le Mans: Road Atlanta, as the name implies, the event is designed as a mini version of the renowned Le Mans endurance race and ends only after 1,000...

Eames: The Architect and The Painter

When it comes to design, you can’t get any bigger than the famous husband-and-wife team of Charles and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Eames. Their 1950s furniture designs, now found gracing the show room floors of stores like Design Within Reach, may be their most well-known legacy, but the duo actually exercised their creative talents in a...

Life in a Day

In case you’ve missed all the previous media hoopla, Life in a Day is the pet project of executive producers Ridley and Tony Scott, and director Kevin Macdonald, who is best known for State of Play and The Last King of Scotland. Working with YouTube (and probably a small army of minions), the group requested...

Machine

Chronicling the relationship between men and their motorcycles certainly isn’t a new idea in the world of film. Still, Matt Herrington’s Machine manages to hit all of the right notes started by films like Easy Rider, while avoiding the cliches of Wild Hogs or John Woo — in just over three minutes time.

100 Years of East London Style

This clever promotion for a new shopping center in London recaps 100 years of men’s and women’s fashion in 100 seconds, as well as the evolution of music and dance. Though it definitely teeters on being overly cute, it is a fascinating visual showcase of just how much (or how little) has changed in men’s...