Category Archives: Maker Videos

Small Block, Big Lawn

Sometimes we do things because we think it’s a better way. Sometimes we do things because there’s a chance that it will make a difference, or solve a long-standing problem, or improve a condition we see around us.

And sometimes we do something just because of the sound!

There’s just something about that sound that stirs the blood for certain people. We confess to being in that group!


Just as some people can’t resist putting a small block chevy on anything with a fuel tank, other people can’t resist making a movie or video about something on their mind.

The 48 Hour Film Project was made for those people. It’s the oldest and largest time-based filmmaking challenge that invites participants to write, direct, and edit a short film in just two days.

In San Jose, the competition will take place in April this year, and you can start some of your planning now. Registration will begin in a few days. When you complete your movie and turn it in, you’ll see it screened in a theatre before a packed house audience.

You Could Look Right Inside

We’ve all probably seen some animation about how an internal combustion engine works. Usually it’s when we don’t care and we just want permission to take the car keys.

But somehow, seeing the real thing happen in slow motion, and right in front of your eyes — it’s a different thing.

We were afraid that this video would be a little bit too long, but we definitely felt that it was worth the time. We probably ran the view count up by a few, watching it over and over.


We’re always drawn to Maker Videos, and we expect to get something like that out of the next San Jose 48 Hour Film Project. It looks like the competition will run in April and the movies will be screened for audiences in late April and May.

Learn more about it and keep up with the latest news by visiting their website, or checking in to their Facebook page.

Cog in a Machine?

We found this mesmerizing little video to be addictive.

Your challenge here (if you choose to accept it,) is to watch this video without looking at the time shuttle. Also, find yourself if you can, in this societal morality play.


Short filmmakers around the world use the opportunity of the 48 Hour Film Project to focus and showcase their talents. The City Winners from over 120 cities worldwide gather for Filmapalooza to screen their work and to meet other filmmakers and the event producers.

This year it happens in Seattle between Mar 1 and 4. You can register to be a part of it at this page.

Cool Music

Two things that should be guaranteed to cross political and cultural boundaries, music and nature, come together in this moving piece.

We’re inspired by both the raw beauty of the setting, and the calm mastery of the performance. Hope you’ll like it too.

Everyone has a story to tell, and we all go about telling it in different ways.

If your way of telling your stories is through film and video, you may want to take advantage of the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project coming up soon. Registration is still in the Early Bird phase, so if you want to get started with team building right away, you can save a few bucks.

We’ll have more to say about it as it draws closer.

Grilling Deep Dive

We all know that cooking is both a science and an art. In fact, maybe most art is a science and an art.

This clip brings the both into focus as we see how to sear the surface of a good steak.

Okay, Now we’re hungry!


Hey just a reminder YouTubers and filmmakers. There’s still a chance to get the Early Bird rate for registration in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project.  It’s a great way for you to get to tell your own stories.

Fire an Arrow? I Think NOT Sir!

We love to see the battles in movies where they use fire arrows. It seems like such a good idea on a movie screen.

But would it really work? This charming video explores the matter. It’s longer than we normally post, but we couldn’t stop watching because the narrator is just so darned engaging.

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Marble Racing – How Did We Miss This?

For a long time, we were a fan of college basketball, but we found that most fans were just hoping for their bets to pan out. Then we followed celebrity poker for a bit, and that offered some entertainment, but really lacked the drama we craved.

Professional wrestling held an allure, but we soon realized that the narrative was just playing to our unsatisfied sense of justice.

Then… then we discovered Marble Racing and all of our prayers were answered. (BTW, headsets on, the audio for this is NSFW. On the other hand, the sounds you’ll make when you watch are probably also evidence that your boss can point to when making an argument that you’re supposed to be working!)


If you crave drama, and laughs, and surprises, you’ll want to keep your eye on the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project coming up in just a few days. You can still enter a team to make a movie and compete, and you can definitely be at the screenings late this month to see what stories emerged. It is not to be missed!