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Jupiter in a Jar in HD

4m 19s

Create a realistic looking Jupiter with a jar, milk, dish soap, and food coloring.

Episodes

  • Jupiter in a Jar in HD: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Jupiter in a Jar in HD

    S1 E64 - 4m 19s

    Create a realistic looking Jupiter with a jar, milk, dish soap, and food coloring.

  • Hurricane Balls in HD: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hurricane Balls in HD

    S1 E59 - 4m 14s

    In this video, Joey crafts his own Hurricane Balls (like the classic toy) to showcase the awesome visuals behind angular momentum.

  • How to use a Split Focus Diopter: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to use a Split Focus Diopter

    S1 E58 - 4m 26s

    A split focus diopter is an unique way to achieve the illusion of deep focus. The half convex glass attaches in front of the camera's lens to make half the lens nearsighted.

  • How to create Water Illusions: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to create Water Illusions

    S1 E57 - 6m 42s

    Water Illusions can happen when you film fast movement with the right type of camera, but to the naked eye this looks like something of a blur.

  • How to create Star Wars Lightsaber sound effects: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to create Star Wars Lightsaber sound effects

    S1 E56 - 4m 35s

    The lightsaber sound from Star Wars was created by legendary sound designer Ben Burtt. He combined the sounds of a 35mm projector and a 70s tube TV to create one of the most iconic sounds in movie history.

  • How to create a Mini Tornado: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to create a Mini Tornado

    S1 E54 - 2m 54s

    Learn how to create a water vortex by drilling a hole at the bottom of plastic aquarium to act as a drain. If don't have an aquarium just fill up your sink and then release drain plug. Stir in a circular motion and watch vortex form from above.

  • Creating the Stargate Portal: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Creating the Stargate Portal

    S1 E53 - 3m 44s

    The 1994 film Stargate combined CGI and practical effects to create the portal sequence in the opening act of the film.

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