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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...

Made by Hand, No.1 The Distiller

For their inaugural film, Made By Hand puts a spotlight on Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn’s first gin distiller since the prohibition era. The first in what looks to be a great series, Made By Hand shares the stories of the objects around us in our daily lives posing questions of...

Made Right Here

The video above is the pilot for a new series by Joe Gannon, Matt Springer and Max Wastler of Allplaidout.com, chronicling the talents of companies who still pursue the noble cause of making goods in America. In their first adventure, the team visits Gatlinburg, TN to meet with the proprietor of Cause and Effect, Billy...

Experience Zero Gravity

In the world of YouTube and Vimeo, it’s far too easy to see the term epic used haphazardly as an adjective to backyard amateur movies. But, for this Viewfinder installment, there simply is no better way to describe it. The second, epic chapter in Infinity List cinematic sports experiences, Experience Zero Gravity films mind-boggling cliff...

The Chronicle of a Petrol Station

Using the incredible visual trickery of 3D camera mapping (Photogrammetry), Miklós Falvay was able to create a virtual step inside these timeworn photos of Hungary’s first gas station — the subject of an upcoming documentary. The photos, beautiful in of themselves become utterly mesmerizing as they take motion.

Jeb Corliss “Grinding The Crack”

They say if man were meant to fly, he would have been born with wings. Master base jumper and sky diver Jeb Corliss circumvents this minor detail, flying squirrel-style, – via a wingsuit. While he’s tossed himself off of some pretty famous architecture including the Eiffel Tower, the Seattle Space Needle, and the Petronas Twin...

Ray: A Life Underwater

There’s a sign in a bar in Cozumel, Mexico that reads, “Remember when sex was safe and diving was dangerous?” There’s a man in Plymouth, England named Ray Ives who surely remembers. Ray is a former professional salvage diver who, at the age of 75, still plies the depths in search of the treasures that...

Stunt Poetry by Rishi Kaneria

The pros behind Hollywood stunts are often unsung heroes — often taking hard beatings in order to make that often impossibly perfect shot seem effortless. This film by Rishi Kaneria turns its focus on Dante Ha, a professional stuntman whose work you can find in films like X-Men: First Class, Teen Wolf (yes, Teen Wolf),...

Movie Titles in Movies Part 2

For decades screen writers have found excuses for characters to casually drop the name of the film in dialog. Don’t think that’s the case? Check out this compilation of clips from 110 movies and we think you’ll see the theme. Still don’t believe it? Then go back and watch Part I.

George Harrison: Living In The Material World Trailer

George Harrison: Living In The Material World is a new documentary directed by none other than Martin Scorsese himself airing October 5th and 6th on HBO. If you don’t have HBO, you’ll only have to wait until October 10th to pick up the documentary on DVD or Blu-ray. Here comes the sun.

Gasoline and Caffeine Tour: The Jack Pine Build by Hammarhead Industries

3 days, two badass companies, and one truly stunning motorcycle. A few weeks ago, Triple Aught Design hosted Hammerhead Industries at their San Francisco HQ for a breakneck 72 hour build of the drool inducing Jack Pine Motorcycle. Watching the time lapse of this beauty come together only makes us want one even more.

On Assignment for National Geographic by Camp 4 Collective

Have you’ve ever sat there at home, flipping through the pages of your favorite yellow-framed adventure magazine and asked yourself the question, “I wonder what it’s like to be an expedition photographer for National Geographic?” If so, then you’ll want to watch this film. Chronicling the epic lengths to which a photographer, in this case...

8 Hours in Brooklyn by Next Level Pictures

This gem, filmed by Next Level Pictures showcases Brooklyn in an incredible, slow-motion light, over an 8 hour span using the indomitable Phantom Flex high-speed camera. A Tokina 11-16 f2.8 and Arri 150mm Master Prime T1.3 also make an appearance.

Senna Official Trailer

Senna was originally released in 2010 and covers the life of one of the greatest race car drivers of all time, Ayrton Senna. Its producers originally thought the film would flop in the U.S. market due to a lack of knowledge as F1 as a sport and recognition of Senna as a star. Thankfully things...

The 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time

This amazing compilation is exactly what it sounds like. Created by super cut master HH1Edits, it’s totally unsuitable for work and definitely shouldn’t be shared in polite company. Enjoy, thoroughly.

LA Lights by Colin Rich

Using his Canon 5D, 7D, a massive grip of lenses (Zeiss 35, 50 1.4, 85 1.2, Canon 15mm, 24mm, 24-105, 70-300mm) and other cinematic contraptions, Colin Rich (you may remember him from his Pacific Star project) has captured the city of angels in a stunning nocturnal timelapse. Shot over the span of 6 months it’s...