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This Former Nuclear Bunker Is Now Used to Preserve All of America’s Film Reels

This Former Nuclear Bunker Is Now Used to Preserve All of America's Film Reels

There’s a fascinating backstory about the building that is now the National Audiovisual Conservation Center, which is where the Library of Congress stores all 6.3 million pieces of the library’s movie, television, and sound collection. It used to be a nuclear bunker that stored $4 billion during the Cold War. Now, it’s a one-stop shop for all things regarding film preservation and restoration, with miles of shelves stacked with film reels to the ceilings, all sorts of machines that can repair film, process film, and print film, and any sort of video player you can imagine to play any sort of format that ever existed.

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October 12th

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The multi-functional Balldur is a Swiss Army lamp

balldur_h2 At its minimalist worst, the Balldur is a cool looking lamp. Smooth wood and ceramic with a bulb that would make Thomas Edison proud, the Balldur (whatever that means) feels like an artifact from a Terry Gilliam movie—and that my friends is a good thing. In some ways, it is also reminiscent of boutique guitar amplifiers. In short, it is nice looking. Read More

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Jay Donovan

September 23rd

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5 Beyond Brilliant Action Scenes in Movies

5 Beyond Brilliant Action Scenes in Movies

Action movies are fun to watch but there’s a smart way to do action scenes and an epically dumb way to do it. The smart way focuses in on the details, tells a story within a story, and makes sure we know just what the hell is going on amidst all the crazy. The dumb way? Explosions, shaky camera effects, chaos to blur the action, and just a general messiness that doesn’t make any sense but looks cool.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

June 23rd

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How Different Colors Convey Different Emotions in Movies

How Different Colors Convey Different Emotions in Movies

You may not realize it as you’re watching a movie, but directors are manipulating how you feel by playing with certain colors in each scene. Here’s a compilation of how the psychology of color works in movies. For example, pink is often used to convey sweetness or femininity, while red is utilized for violence. Green for nature, blue for isolation.

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June 20th

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5 Fascinating Film Scenes That Show So Much with So Little

5 Fascinating Film Scenes That Show So Much with So Little

When you’re looking at movies directed by Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood for Love) and Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather II), you know you’re watching true masters of their craft at work. Everything matters, every detail is important. Even if you’re not well versed in filmmaking, your eyeballs are being led to the story before it’s even told. It’s just brilliant movie making. Here are 5 scenes that exemplify their talent from CineFix.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

April 13th

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The Fabled Long Takes in Film Are Cool, But They Have Their Limitations

The Fabled Long Takes in Film Are Cool, But They Have Their Limitations

There’s a certain pornographic quality to long takes: directors setting up long periods of action while the cameras are rolling. They’re fantastic to watch, but Jack Nugent of Now You See It, argues in a new video essay that their use really constrains the stories directors are trying to tell.

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April 2nd

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New Realtime 3D Modeling Can Turn You Into Any Celebrity on Camera

New Realtime 3D Modeling Can Turn You Into Any Celebrity on Camera

A university research team recently developed a new method for real-time facial reenactment that works with a regular web camera, overcoming several challenges in computer vision technology. It’s also creepy as hell.

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Andrew Liptak

March 19th

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10 of the Worst CGI Moments in Big Budget Movies

Movie CG gets better every year, and that’s bad news for the blockbusters of yesteryear which have a tendency to age really, really poorly.

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March 12th

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Interesting Video Breaks Down the Different Kinds of Film Cuts Used in Movies

Interesting Video Breaks Down the Different Kinds of Film Cuts Used in Movies

RocketJump Film School put together this really great video that shows us the different kinds of cuts and transitions that filmmakers use in their movies. By showing examples from both classic and modern movies, we get to see the tricks they employ. Cutting on action, cutting away, cross cutting back and forth, jump cuts, and more. It’s really, really cool to see it all visualized.

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March 11th

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Film Scenes and the Art Paintings That Inspire Them, Side-By-Side

Film Scenes and the Art Paintings That Inspire Them, Side-By-Side

Film takes inspiration from the world around us so it’s no surprise that directors mimic art paintings in their movies. Vugar Efendi put together famous art paintings next to movie scenes to show how film meets art. It’s like seeing the paintings come to life. Some of them are so picturesque that it actually looks more like the painting than the painting itself, if that can possibly make any sense.

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March 11th

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