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Mike Wilkinson

Staff Writer http://vimeo.com/mikewilkinson +Mike Wilkinson@WilkinsonVisual
My name is Mike. I like to shoot and cut videos, teach others how to do the same, and I even do some photography on the side. Any time I can combine my love of outdoor adventures with digital storytelling, I'm all about it.

UFO Light Show In The Sky, AKA 50 Synchronized Quadrocopters

In a display of surreal, yet concise movements, Ars Electronica and Ascending Technologies in Austria worked together to assemble 49 Quadrocopters with multi-colored lights. Prepared for a a show called “The Cloud in the Web”, programmers wrote movements for each copter and they danced in the sky, much to the delight (or fear) of onlookers. Check out the full post for more images and a video of testing. [more]

Hilarious Parody Of Political Ads Feature Photoshop Experts Mudslinging Each Other

In this humorous parody of network TV’s coverage of political races, PhotoshopWorld released this video that features several negative campaign ads that slam the likes of Scott Kelby, Pete Collins, Matt Kloskowski, and RC Concepcion. If you have ever used Photoshop, you’ll get a kick out of some of the ridiculous jabs made at each of these expert users in this video. Have a laugh, it’s Friday!

Assassin’s Creed Meets Parkour In This Real Life Film – Behind The Scenes

Devin Graham is no stranger to danger, as seen in his previous projects like Epic Rope Swing or Camera Warfare. He is back with a new project, which follows a professional freerunner around the city, dressed up as Altair, the main character in the video game Assassin’s Creed. This video shows you how Devin used a Glidecam to get his footage, and a green screen for a tricky fx shot. Check out the final video inside the post! [more]

What If Andy Warhol Had Instagram And An iPhone? Enter Flam Wenders

Considered to be one of the “most respected Instagram artists”, Flam Wenders works with taking Instagram photos of sushi, girls making the duck face, and street signs put him in a class with everyone else all on his own. He Instagrams, he doesn’t Instaf***around. Yeah… It’s Friday! Have a laugh at this ridiculous video that takes a fictional look at an iPhone Instagram Photographer that takes himself way too seriously.

Behind The Scenes Video Of Making Water Demons With Black Lights And A Swimming Pool

Apparently already preparing for Halloween, Ben Von Wong put together a photoshoot that created surreal looking demons. This video goes in depth with how he suspended his Nikon D4 over water, did makeup on the models, and illuminated them with black lights. The results are very striking, check the full post for some of his images, and some behind the scenes stills. [more]

Black Magic Releases RAW Files Of Cinema Camera For You To Color Grade

Black Magic, the creators of the BM Cinema Camera, have released a series of DNG image sequences in conjunction with opening a new forum to share and discuss working with their products. Here is a sample edit of the footage by John Brawley, who shot the footage. Download the 2.5K resolution image sequences in the full post and show us your looks! [more]

Dream Music 2 Pushes Timelapse To The Limits – Exclusive Interview And BTS Stills

Marc Donahue and Sean Michael Williams first wowed audiences with their Dream Music video back in March. They’re back with a new video that blows the first one away completely. Using highly calculated photo timelapses with match edits, they have created very surreal looking videos. [more]

Camera Pi – DIY Computer Tucked Inside Of A DSLR Battery Grip

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been yearning for the day when a DSLR comes equipped with an iPhone-like OS, complete with apps and fully functional wifi. This DIY doesn’t take a DSLR quite to that level, but it’s surely a step in the right direction. Using EyeFi cards or tethering is pretty cool, but can still be very limiting. It’s awesome to see projects like this being created and shared that open up the possibilities. [more]

Shooting In A Public Place Without A Permit: Von Wong Hits The Streets Of Slovakia

Shooting in public places can be dicey, and the stakes rise when you have start adding assistants, lights, a behind-the-scenes camera crew, and then start telling your models to climb street lights. Ben Von Wong keeps it classy during his recent shoot in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he shot dancers from the National Slovak Theater. [more]

RAW Timelapse Tutorial Part 1 Breaks Down All Your Gear Needs

A few weeks ago Rebecca posted “How To Shoot A RAW Timelapse: New Series By Preston Kanak” which was an introduction to this series. This video is part one of Preston’s free tutorials on making compelling timelapses, which covers hardware options. Intervalometers, batteries, motors, sliders, and bears, oh my! Very informative stuff from Mr. Kanak. [more]

This Pac-Man Fan Film Will Blow Your Mind (Behind The Scenes Video Too)

It’s true, I have a soft spot in my heart for fan films, but this short is simply too good to ignore. James Farr took his passion and turned it into a script, and then over the course of a year was able to put together this project with the help of many other talented folks. This looks better than most video game movies Hollywood is putting out these days! Hit the jump for the Behind The Scenes Video!
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Matching Image With Sound For “The Dark Knight Rises”

One of the greatest experiences in watching films is when the sound and image work together in a cohesive unit that drives the intended emotions home for the viewers. Creating that experience takes the work of highly skilled professionals, like Hans Zimmer and Richard King. In this video, they discuss their workflow on the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises”, talk about Bane’s voice, creating effects for the Bat, and give viewers a taste of what it’s like to work on a project of such scale.

More Than Just A Portrait, The “Humans Of New York” Project Tells A Story

Like many of us, Brandon Stanton enjoyed taking walks and making photography while out and about. What separates Brandon is his fearless attitude towards approaching the average person on the street and asking to take their portrait, and then finding out what their story is. He runs a blog called the “Humans of New York“, and this video gives you an inside look as to his approach and rationale for turning out some amazing images and stories.
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Behind The Scenes Video Of Building Robotic Camera Rigs For The 2012 Olympics

A few weeks ago we posted an article about the robotic cameras that were being placed at various venues for the 2012 London Olympics. With this video by Lefteris Pitarakis, you can take a closer look at these rigs and how they’re operated, and hear from the Associated Press Photographers who are installing and operating these Canon 1DX rigs.

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Unique Landscape Images Lightpainted By Natural Forces

London-based photographer Joel James Devlin created a series of images he titled “Light Waves and Dark Currents”, and for the ones posted here, Joel took a colored LED light and placed it into water, leaving his camera to fire 40-minute exposures. The result are these moving, naturally occurring light patterns that reveal the natural movement of the elements by simply pushing the light around. [more]

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