Friday, February 20, 2015

Video Round-Up: February 20, 2015

Sesame Street's Big Bird and the original Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney hilariously spoof the 2015 Oscar-nominated film, Birdman.
"For your Oscar consideration: A veteran puppeteer, who plays an avian icon, battles his ego and attempts to find his way back to a certain furry and friendly street. This is 'Big Birdman.'"
Welcome to The Geek Art Gallery's daily Video Round-Up, in which we collect the geekiest videos from around the web each day for your enjoyment. Why slog through page after page of kitten and baby videos to find what you're looking for on video aggregators when you can cut straight to the chase here? Comedy sketches, countdowns, movie parodies, nerdy music, science in action, and supercuts - we've got it all!

YouTuber Blake Grigsby secretly set up a small closet filled with 2000 ball pit balls in the middle of Chicago Union Station's Great Hall, then filmed people's reactions when they were curious enough to open the closet's door. The little girl's reaction is the best, but I bet her Mom chewed her out the second she was off camera.
"We did the ball pit door prank in the middle of Chicago Union Station's Great Hall! Also check out Yeah, it's real."

Disney's upcoming live-action reboot of Cinderella attempts to cash in on the box-office success of 50 Shades of Grey in this clever mashup parody by The Ellen Show.
"Ellen couldn't believe the update to this classic."

While backstage at The Tonight Show, John Oliver tackles Tonight Show fans' best "Would You Rather" scenarios. From The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“A New Wave” is an animated music video by Sleater-Kinney featuring characters from the popular animated television show Bob’s Burgers. In the video, Tina, Eugene, and Louise Belcher rock out to the single from the recently released album, No Cities to Love.
""A New Wave" from Sleater-Kinney's January 20th, 2015 album No Cities to Love"

“Frozen Fortress” by Michael N. Sutton and Julian Tryba is a short film that reflects the stunning frozen beauty of the Ice Castles light show in Lincoln New Hampshire, where the filmmakers spent over 4 hours a day in sub-freezing weather to capture the show’s magnificence.
"Since its opening day filmmakers Michael Sutton and Julian Tryba have been making multiple trips in excess of 4 hours each visit to capture the amazing handmade ice structures of Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Shooting this project was a challenge as we were dealing with sub zero temperatures on a regular basis. I apologize for the snow and ice chips on the lens (it was very difficult to prevent in the shooting conditions) as well as the flickering (the lights in the ice pulse and are erratic at times.) Blog postings as coming soon on Marmoset Music, Story&Heart and Kessler Crane's website. Thank you to the amazing team at Go visit them its amazing."

In today’s modern world, even magicians are leveraging technology for their acts. Ellen DeGeneres found an amazing magician from Germany who performs magic using an Apple iPad. Simon Pierro performed some of his incredible tricks in this clip from Ellen.
"Simon Pierro brought a magic iPad with him and wowed Ellen's audience right along with Ellen!"

At this point, there are plenty of popular YouTubers with high speed cameras that record epic slow motion footage that can make a viewer drool. But art studio Love High Speed takes the concept to the next level with their professional lighting, makeup artists, and–most of all–their high speed cameras controlled by high speed robotic arms.
"MrMoco Rentals, Stiller Studios, Love High Speed - Behind The Scenes"

In this day and age, most people understand that jewelry is pretty much a scam. Sure precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum have some industrial uses and it can be argued that they have been coveted for centuries. But pearls and diamonds are a different story.

They are literally just shiny rocks that have no use whatsoever. Worse yet, giant multinational corporations have a monopoly on these precious stones so they can artificially drive the prices up even higher.

That got Cracked thinking, what would a jewelry commercial sound like if it were totally honest? It might looks something like this hilarious parody ad.
"Someone get this all over national television immediately."

"There's more to it than being white."

"Welcome back to 8-Bit Philosophy, where gaming makes you smart."

"The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man stomping through New York is one of the most memorable scenes in movie history. Go behind the scenes of Ghostbusters, and see how the gooiest movie got on the road to its rampage.

The movie wouldn’t be what it is if Gozer’s final form weren’t a puffy sugary sailor man, but the journey from concept to the sticky final product was a long one. Almost everyone involved had doubts about audiences buying into a killer marshmallow monster.

We’ll take you through this scene, including the story, the effects, stunts, and pyrotechnics (figurative and literal) that brought the Stay Puft Marshmallow man from Dan Aykroyd’s script to Ivan Reitman’s final cut."

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