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January 16, 2014 6:29 AM   Subscribe

Through the power of clever editing, forced perspective and some other subtle tricks, Zack King has a "magic" Vine compilation that is excellently entertaining. [slyt]
posted by quin (21 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
Vine is like texting to me. I think I am 20 years too old to really get it, but I like the idea.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:43 AM on January 16 [2 favorites]


I keep trying to find words to describe how impressive all this is, especially since all the editing was (presumably) done in Vine, so all I'll say is "Wow."
posted by Elementary Penguin at 6:45 AM on January 16


Love the exploding rubics cube.
posted by sammyo at 6:47 AM on January 16


Super creative - thanks for sharing
posted by windbox at 6:50 AM on January 16


I saw this somewhere else recently (probably somewhere else on metafilter, because let's be honest, I never leave here) and I love this kid and his stuff. Silly, charming, clever. Nothing malicious, nothing relying on stupid jokes, no inane memes...the internet should be more like this. Love it.
posted by phunniemee at 6:52 AM on January 16 [11 favorites]


OK, I'm hooked.

His YT channel with with Final Cut work (including Jedi Kittens and Jedi Kittens Strike Back).

His site with oodles of stuff, including behind the scenes features.
posted by maudlin at 6:54 AM on January 16 [3 favorites]


I like the part where he edits videos to make impossible things happen.
posted by drlith at 6:58 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


phunniemee: Silly, charming, clever. Nothing malicious, nothing relying on stupid jokes, no inane memes...the internet should be more like this.

100% yes.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:04 AM on January 16


Um, is that Anna Kendrick?
posted by dobbs at 7:05 AM on January 16


There are a lot of shots that have to be impossible in-app. Like, the unavailability of green gold fish. For me, the videos lost a little of their lustre afterwards - some shots that are difficult to execute become trivial in Final Cut or After Effects - but the amount of energy and creativity put together is still impressive.

I love Vine, because it's kind of made video art mainstream. It's a tremendous way to kill 20 minutes of boredom. In the newly released vine web app, there's even a "tv mode", and it's like being subjected to a constant stream of humanity.
posted by pmv at 7:09 AM on January 16


The camera tricks are good, but the comic timing is great.
posted by straight at 8:14 AM on January 16 [8 favorites]


"...some shots that are difficult to execute become trivial in Final Cut or After Effects - but the amount of energy and creativity put together is still impressive."

Yeah, and that diminished it greatly for me. Still, what impressed me is that many of the transitions were much more imperceptible than such effects in older television shows. It made me wonder why. Is the frame rate slower? Or is he just very disciplined and exacting?
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:17 AM on January 16


dobbs: "Um, is that Anna Kendrick?"

I don't know. But I do know that IMDB listings are going to become interminably long if every appearance in a Vine starts being listed.
posted by chavenet at 8:43 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


That guy likes Rubik's Cubes.
posted by orme at 9:05 AM on January 16


Awesome.
posted by Cycloptichorn at 10:12 AM on January 16


Its not the tricks, directly. Sure you could do lots of these in After Effects, etc. But it isn't the trick, it is the execution. He has great ideas, and executes them with charm and pizazz. He has a big ol dose of showmanship, and that is what makes it entertaining. Just like all magic.
posted by Bovine Love at 10:44 AM on January 16 [13 favorites]


Holy crap, how did he do the jump into a car trick? Most of the other stuff is stuff I've seen before, where you use a tripod and make a seamless cut at just the right time, but damn, that jump through the door of a car did not look easy to do with a simple Vine cut.
posted by mathowie at 10:58 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


mathowie: Most of the other stuff is stuff I've seen before, where you use a tripod and make a seamless cut at just the right time, but damn, that jump through the door of a car did not look easy to do with a simple Vine cut.

I kept thinking he might have some kind of quick attach/release tripod set-up. Maybe with magnets?
posted by Rock Steady at 11:30 AM on January 16


cool....
posted by eggtooth at 11:37 AM on January 16


Why would you assume he doesn't use Final Cut? His Twitter is @FinalCutKing. His website is finalcutking.com. Either way, it's great stuff.
posted by oulipian at 12:40 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


It's a shame this is getting close to a million views on some random Youtube account.

Downloading a bunch of content off someone else's channel and then cross-posting it to a different service (without even a link back let alone proper licencing) is one of YouTube's most annoying trends.
posted by samworm at 1:30 PM on January 16 [5 favorites]


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