Category Archives: Digital Video Composition & Storytelling


Japanese Tyre Commercial

Great shock tactics (be warned!) borrowing heavily from an old online gag.



Thanks Dave Agius for this post. Nice idea.

BRAND NEW VIRAL: – The world’s Tiniest Police Chase!

Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins.

Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

Music by the wonderfull Cinematic Orchestra ( and the track is Arrival of the Birds – please buy the fantastic album:

All screen imagery was animated – there are no screen replacements.

Produced, animated, filmed, lit, edited & graded by Tom Jenkins ( / – !NEW MAKING OF PICS ON FB PAGE! / @thetheoryUK /!/thetheoryUK).

Shot using Canon 5d MkII, Dragonframe Stop Motion software and customised slider.


Neville Page has worked on concepts for films such as Avatar, Tron, Star Trek and Prometheus. In this video he speaks about his work on the Engineer character for Ridley Scott. Thanks Andy Marsh for this link to the WIRED Magazine post.


Utterly awe inspiring. Enough said.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space | Fly Over | Nasa, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.


The ISO setting on a camera modifies the light sensitivity of the camera processor (the chip that captures the image). A high ISO setting brightens your image at the cost of increasing the ‘noise’ in the image. In stills photography this can be a deliberate, stylistic choice, adding a ‘grainy’ look to your images. In video, the noise moves as well and can render your footage poorly. Thanks to Gavin Ko for sending us this demonstration of the ISO settings effect on video shot on the Canon 60D DSLR camera.

Testing Canon’s ISO noise in Video mode on the 60D from Andrew Schär on Vimeo.


Remember the rule: wide angle lens equals more distortion and exaggerated perspective. Longer, zoom like lens equals less distortion and a flattening of perspective. Here is a nice example illustrating the principle on a persons face. Thanks Stephen Eastwood for his work on this at Gizmodo Australia.


An example of the wonders of shooting HD video on the Canon 5D. Thanks Antonio Guerra (Sem 3, Miller) for this link. Beautifully designed transitions.
It is worth checking out the Making Of article.