1. A small surfer makes big waves from ABC Open on Vimeo.

    At six, Quincy Symonds is already tipped as a future Layne Beachley or Stephanie Gilmore.

    They call her The Flying Squirrel. She may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet. Prepare to be gobsmacked.

    Stepping into the water at the legendary Snapper Rocks surf break on the Gold Coast, it is easy to forget that the person I’m here to film has just turned six.

    Quincy Symonds (aka The Flying Squirrel, we’ll get to the nickname later) is quite possibly the world’s best six-year-old surfer and skater. The Tweed Heads local only started surfing about 18 months ago and, in a very short time, has captured the attention of the surfing world, gained multiple sponsors and garnered a fanatical following on social media.

    Her parents are right behind her. But nothing like American-style stage parents. Quincy’s dad Jake has been a surfer most of his life and his love for the ocean inspired her to get in the water. Her mum Kim says it was the most natural thing in the world.

    “The very first time I saw her out in the ocean she changed, she became a complete person,” she explains. “To say that about a four or five-year-old might sound very strange, but I watched it happen.”

    “It just doesn’t make sense to me, how she’s able to do what she does,” says Jake. “I’m amazed by it. I’m really proud of it but, to be honest, I can’t comprehend how she does it.”

    “She has no fear,” offers Quincy’s coach Anthony Pope. “And she just doesn’t fall off. She has incredible balance and her ability to judge the conditions and adjust is at a level I’ve never seen in someone her age.”

    While Quincy’s feats in the water are impressive on their own, they are even more inspiring given that she has battled a serious medical condition for her entire life.

    Not long after she was born, she was rushed into the Intensive Care Unit suffering adrenal crisis. After extensive testing, Quincy was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, a genetic disorder that affects her body’s ability to create cortisone.

    Quincy’s condition means she is steroid dependent. “Steroid dependency at this age requires medication three times a day,” Kim explains. “In times of sickness, Quincy needs intensive medical treatment.”

    While you might think it dangerous for a five or six-year-old to be surfing at all, every possible measure has been put in place to ensure Quincy is safe in the water.

    “We always assess the conditions and the skill level of the other surfers in the water before we paddle out”, says Jake. “When the waves are bigger, we have a custom-made life vest that she wears. It’s quite thin but it offers a little bit of support for her if she takes a wipeout on a bigger wave.”

    And it’s not just Quincy’s buoyancy vest that is custom made. Quincy’s boards are custom-designed and shaped for her so she has a quiver of different boards to suit varying conditions and match her progress. There are very few boards in the world THIS small, basically miniature versions of the performance surfboards you see on the world tour.

    When the waves were too big for her to surf, Quincy took up skateboarding. As you’d expect, she took to a board on land just as quickly as in the surf. Looking over the edge of the 12-foot skate bowl as I filmed one of Quincy’s skating sessions, I felt immediately uneasy. But there was Quincy with her back foot planted on her board ready to drop in, with a smile from ear to ear.

    There is a constant stream of eager young skaters approaching Quincy asking how old she is. Some know her from her profile on Instagram, where (with the help of her Mum) Quincy uploads photos and videos of her boarding adventures.

    So, what does she think of her social media fame?

    “It get annoying. People always ask, ‘Will you follow me?,’” she says, rolling her eyes.

    Quincy says she wants to be a pro surfer and skater and, the way she’s going, I’m almost certain she’ll get there.

    As for her nickname, it comes from the time Quincy was a toddler living in the US. A wild squirrel lived in a tree near her house and one day she jumped off the back of her dad’s ute to mimic her furry friend.

    The “Flying Squirrel” stuck.

     
     
  2. Water from Morgan Maassen on Vimeo.

    a brief odyssey into the world that i cherish most.

    music:
    “Shopping Malls” by SJD
    facebook.com/pages/SJD/12793501823

    filmed on a Red Epic, Nikon 14mm F/2.8 lens, in an SPL waterhousing

     
     
  3. A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards from Blue Chalk on Vimeo.

    Blue Chalk worked with National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity.

    Original Still Photography: Cory Richards/National Geographic Creative
    Co-Director, Producer: Catherine Yrisarri
    Co-Director, DP, Editor: Rob Finch
    Assistant Camera: Jamie Francis
    Original Music: Elizabeth Lim
    Sound Design: Chip Sloan, Digital One
    Additional Footage: Keith Ladzinski, 3 Strings Productions

    Created by Blue Chalk Media bluechalk.com

     
     

  4. A beautiful piece of space history can be yours for the bargain price of €80,000.

     

  5. Such tech. Many celluloid.

     
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  8. "A Truncated Story of Infinity" - A Short by Paul Trillo from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

    A look at the infinite possibilities within the everyday. Following a day in the life of Vincent, “Subject X” and his many variations that exist throughout the universe. The story begins to fracture into different threads when he follows a would be lover down the street.

    This piece was created for the “Everyday Adventure” series originally commissioned by Nokia Brand Labs.

    Directed by Paul Trillo
    Co Produced By Keith Ferreira
    Director of Photography Andrew Georgopoulos
    Sound Design and Score by Noah Cunningham
    Executive Producer Costas Syrmos (Nokia Brand Labs)

     
     
  9. THE RAMONA FLOWERS | Tokyo from Bouha Kazmi on Vimeo.

    Music video by The Ramona Flowers performing ‘Tokyo’. © Distiller Records

    FESTIVALS:

    Cannes Lions 2014 - Nominated for Young Director Award
    18th Los Angeles International Short Film Festival - Official Selection & In Competition

    CREDITS:

    Director / Bouha Kazmi
    Executive Producers / Luti Fagbenle & Kimberly Hitchins
    Producer / Chance Wilson
    Video Commissioner/ Tom Bird
    Director of Photography / Ben Fordesman
    Editor / John Holloway
    Costume Designer / David Hawkins
    Hair & Make-up Designer / Natasha Lawes
    Steadicam / Richard J Lewis
    Focus Puller / Ed Tucker
    Gaffer / Dom Aronin
    Costume Maker / Jenny Svantesson
    Rope Dresses / Eleanor Amoroso
    Model Maker / Sangeet Prabhaker
    Props Master / Miles Roberts
    1st Assistant Director / Andrew Potter
    Director’s Assistant / Sarah Tognazzi
    Production Manager / Stefano Moses
    Editing Company / Portobello Post
    Colourist / Duncan Russell
    Post Producers / Kayleigh Dugdale and Abi Klimaszewska
    Grading Company / Glassworks
    Visual Effects / Steve Waugh
    Post Producer / Chris Chard
    Post Production Company - Coffee & TV
    Label / Distiller Records

    CAST:

    Geisha / Masumi Saito
    Boy / Ewan Hawkins
    Woman / Vivien Bridson
    Woman / Pam Glossop
    Woman / Loetitia Delais
    Woman / Helen Minassian
    Woman / Faith Tarby
    Woman / Lynn Radnedge
    Woman / Judith Rosenbauer
    Woman / Maureen Bryan
    Woman / Faith Hanstater
    Servant / David Yu

    SPECIAL THANKS:

    Panalux
    Filmscape Media
    Glassworks
    Coffee & TV
    Eleanor Amoroso
    Costume Studio
    Purple PR
    The London School of Make Up

     
     
  10. vouzou:

    The Hubble Extreme Deep Field

    The Hubble Extreme Deep Field is the most distant image of the Universe ever created. Its diameter is one tenth the width of the full moon, its area is one 30 millionth of the entire sky. Within this field of view there are more than 5000 galaxies, 600 trillion stars and 50 quadrillion planets and moons. The light from the most distant visible objects was created more than 13 billion years ago, when the Universe was only 5% of it’s current age. This photograph is a slice of infinity, proof of the immense scale of reality.

    (via wehavemanysurfboards)

     
  11. Verschleif from Laurin Döpfner on Vimeo.

    Hier schleife ich immer mit einer Kantenschleifmaschine einen halben mm weg und mach ein Foto… Das ganze immer so ca. 100 mal pro wekstück, ergibt ein Video! Ich konnte mich nicht entschließen ob ich alle parallel zeigen möchte oder seriel und habe 2 Versionen gemacht!

     
     
  12. Michael Bay - What is Bayhem? from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

    There are filmmakers we love and then there’s Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of “Bayhem” — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct.

    For educational purposes only.

    For further reading/viewing, I recommend
    Letterboxd user sydney’s review of Bad Boys 2: bit.ly/1iZe7SX
    Michael Bay watches West Side Story: nyti.ms/Vg7ErY
    Werner Herzog Talks About Wrestlemania & Anna Nicole Smith: bit.ly/VfQ9Iu

    Music:
    The Sound Defects - Take Out
    Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story Overture
    Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong

     
     

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  14. I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night - Trailer from Deus ex Machina on Vimeo.

    'I HAD TO MUCH TOO DREAM LAST NIGHT' follows the simplistic travels of two surfers, meeting friends along the way, on an open ended journey across an archipelago littered with islands and breaks. Connected by ribbons of tarmac and separated by deep ocean valleys these islands have been here for millennia and will continue to do so for millennia to come. An veritable eden for waves of every nature, from long reeling glassy points breaks to sketchy urchin infested waves in the middle of nowhere

    Film coming May 2014

    Track: Old Man Canyon - Wiser
    Buy The Phantom and Friends EP here: oldmancanyon.bandcamp.com/

     
     
  15. Sean Bean dies in every thing he’s ever been in… updated.

    (Source: youtube.com)