Category Archives: video

Break Free

When Filmakademie student Eugen Merher created his Adidas spec ad “Break Free,” he knew he had something special on his hands. Unfortunately, Adidas’ communications department never got back to him; now they get to watch his ad take off without them.

Break Free by Eugen Merher

The spot is set in a rather unlovely care home for the elderly. One of the residents is a former marathon runner who seems broken by the daily grind of his monotonous existence.

One day, he comes across his old running shoes and decides to take them for a spin. This kind of activity is strictly “not authorized” by the home.  While the staff in the home try to crush his ongoing bids for freedom, his fellow residents are in his corner.

Watch the video up top to see a beautiful piece of visual storytelling. Hopefully it’ll inspire you to get out there and create something special.

The happy city experiment | Charles Montgomery

Charles Montgomery explores what happens when you take an abandon city space in NYC and populate it with urban social experiments. The outcomes are unexpected as city dwellers explore this public space, interact with each other, and change their attitudes towards social connections, values, and each other.

Charles Montgomery explores what happens when you take an abandoned NYC space and infuse it with social experiments. The results are surprising and inspiring.

Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work

More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it’s important.

Some new gear

Some of you care about this more than others but I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M5 II the other day.

I don’t really need another camera but if I am going to start posting a daily video, I wanted something that would do a good job.  I have a couple of video cameras but I wanted something better with a larger sensor and a better lens.  I also wanted good sound so it needed to be able to have an external microphone.

Yes, my Pentax K3 takes video but it is compressed and doesn’t focus well at all.  It looks like the video was taken with a potato.

I looked at a Canon EOS Rebel T5i as well.  It’s cheap right now, a good camera, and Canon has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 pancake lens.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II takes good video, amazing stills, has a port for an external mic and has five axis image stabilization.  Perfect for video.

It’s very similar to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II that Wendy uses but it has a flip out screen and has the external microphone port.

It is also much smaller and lighter than my Pentax  If we are going to hike at Lake O’Hara next summer in Yoho National Park, I am going to have to lose a bunch of weight.  I see no point of losing weight and then bringing all sorts of weight with me back up those peaks.  For that a lightweight kit of a mirrorless camera and lenses makes a lot of sense.

That being said, I may bring my Pentax and a Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM with me.  If I am ever going to want an ultra wide angle lens, it will be for that trip.  There is the Olympus  M. Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0 – 5.6 but it isn’t as wide (I know it looks wider but it isn’t, trust me) and it is expensive.

This means for video, I will be taking a Nikon Keymission 80.  it is a camera that is literally designed for video while hiking.  I will pick up one this spring before we go.