Robots + Astronauts + Cameras = Awesome

I was going to post this following video as yesterday's Monday Morning Mini Movie but it turns out it is an advert.  That aside, you can't get much better than cameras mounted on repurposed 6 axis industrial robots filming Sally Ride and Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell with some archive footage of Appollo thrown in for good measure.

Enjoy...

Although these robotic rigs are great for smooth panning shots but where the will really excel is recreating pre programmed "hand held" shots.  Remember Derren Brown's lottery prediction stunt?  That was probably filmed on a pre programmed rig which only had two axis so the the camera only moves on two dimensions.  If he had used these babies he could have had the camera moving all over the place.

Anyway, if any one has a spare robot laying around, I have a couple of ideas about how to use one in a really creative way...

Here's the explanation vid of the lottery stunt:

Craft and Creativity on Chat Roulette

Warning: Before clicking through to Chat Roulette be warned that it is not safe for work and definitely not safe for children!

I'm sure by now you have heard of the new website, Chat Roulette, where you are connected to a series of random people to chat via web cam and mic.  Since it's launch in November 2009 it has risen to be one of the top 1000 websites in the world, about 700th yesterday!  As web sites go, that's amazing! For perspective that's way above itv.com and upcoming sites like mahalo.com.  On the other hand www.nathanrae.co.uk is about 2 millionth.

After taking a spin on Chat Roulette you'll see why it is such a compelling experience.

The first wave of Chat Roulette creativity was based on half true/comic statistics e.g. Chat Roulette is 10% female, 50% male and 40% penis.  It has now moved on to things like this brilliant musical improv piece:

Which then spawned a live tribute version (perfect down to the hoody and glasses):


What next?  Two posts ago I mentioned Ivor the Artist.  I wonder what would happen if he started quick caricatures of each Rouletter?  Or what about a magician doing tricks?  In fact I might just try that.

Anyway, I see sites like this as an oportuity to get creative and find  audience.  What do you think?