Category: Videos

Wrapped

WrappedWrapped is a superb computer-generated video exploring what New York may come to look like if plants and trees were ever to take over again. This is an epic piece of rewinding imagination! The short film was created by a team of students, Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann, at the Institute of Animation and Special Effects at Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg. And a lot of the aesthetic is similar to the opening chapter of ‘The Knowledge’ or Alan Weisman’s ‘The World Without Us‘.

The film begins with a microscopic tour of a decomposing dead rat on the pavement, zooming out to broader and broader scale, and faster and faster time, as the vegetation invasion unfolds. And make sure you watch right through to the end, otherwise you’ll miss the twist in the tale [tail…? ;o) ]

 

Wrapped from Crave on Vimeo.

Video of Royal Institution event

On 8th May I gave a large public lecture about The Knowledge at the venerable Royal Institution. Although in a feat of forgetfulness I’d managed to leave my laptop on the tube on the way to the venue, the event went well and involved a number of demonstrations, including EXPLODING UNDERPANTS..! Watch the video of the event below, including the interview with Daily Telegraph journalist Tom Chivers and the Q&A with the audience. The themes of the book were also discussed after the public lecture on Twitter for a #RiChat, which is available on Storify to read through if you missed it. See also this list of upcoming events about The Knowledge.

 

Ruin

Ruin is a short film created by Oddball Animation. It is a chase sequence with a lone survivor racing through a beautifully rendered post-apocalyptic cityscape. Click the still frame below to watch the film on the Oddball site.

Ruin

How To: Make a Gasifier Stove

For the launch of the book, we created a series of five short films to showcase different techniques that would be vital for surviving the immediate aftermath and rebuilding the capability of your post-apoclyptic society. This third one in a series of three shows how to make gasifier stove using nothing more than old tin cans. A gasifier stove burns fuel exceedingly efficiently and cleanly, and demonstrates the principle behind wood-powered cars that were common in the Second World War.  Also see (1/3) How to open a can without a can opener and (2/3) How to start a fire with everyday items, as well as How To: Electrolysis.

You can follow my step-by-step instructions to making your own gasifier stove very simply here.

How to start fire with everyday items

For the launch of the book, we created a series of five short films to showcase different techniques that would be vital for surviving the immediate aftermath and rebuilding the capability of your post-apoclyptic society. This is the second one in a series of three, which demonstrates how to make fire. Once all the matches and gas lighters have gone, here’s how to start a fire with everyday objects (which could be scavenged from the abandoned cities) used together in surprising combinations. Also see (1/3) How to open a can without a can opener and (3/3) How to make a gasifier stove, as well as How To: Electrolysis.

How to open can without can opener

For the launch of the book, we created a series of five short films to showcase different techniques that would be vital for surviving the immediate aftermath and rebuilding the capability of your post-apoclyptic society. This first one in a series of three shows how to open a tin can without a can opener, or any other tool. If you understand a little about how the tin can is constructed, you can exploit a neat trick to open the lid very easily. Also see (2/3): How to start a fire with everyday items and (3/3) How to make a gasifier stove, as well as How To: Electrolysis.

PIXELS

PIXELS is a new short film from Patrick Jean is a very nice retro-take on the apocalypse movie. The Earth is attacked by a horde of 8-bit baddies, all familiar from classic childhood video games. Look out for the Space Invaders, PacMan, Pong, King Kong, Tetris, and BomberMan, all convincingly rendered into the New York cityscape.