Forever is the short film creation of German filmmaker Nicolas Arnold. He was commissioned in July 2018 to create a “Motion Response” for Australia’s upcoming Pause Fest 2019 tackling them theme “The Future is Intimate”. Four months later he’d completed the absolute eye candy you see above.
Already a very impressive film, I was blown away when I saw just how much of this was created in-camera and that it isn’t just some CG special effects reel. Nicolas posted a behind the scenes video showing some of his design and practical effects processes and it’s just as amazing as the film itself.
Nicolas told DIYP that given the theme of “The Future is Intimate”, he chose to visually translate one of his favourite quotes; Emily Dickinson’s “Forever – is composed of nows“. The sound design is all analogue, and all of the effects are practical with the exception of a little kinetic type for the titles.
For some of the effects, Nicolas used a laptop placed and a mirror to create some very unique lighting and reflections on spheres placed within the scene. But to keep those spheres perfectly aligned and not rolling around all over the place, the mirror has to be set perfectly level.
This also means that the laptop and camera also have to be perfectly aligned with each other, as well the mirror, in order to produce flawless reflections and refractions in the final shot.
Nicolas also used a technique which seems to be quite a common theme across his work, and that is the interaction of various liquids. And watching the process reel above, you can see just how much work went into the whole production.
It’s amazing to think just how much planning and work went into the creation of this film in such a short space of time. And when you watch the final result, it’s incredibly impressive. Nicolas was also asked to create a number of posters and other media for promotional material, which were made from assets created during the production of the film.
I’ve seen tablets, laptops and TVs used as backgrounds for images and video before, but this really takes things to the next level. And the liquids have such a surreal and alien quality to them.
You can see Nicolas’ full write up on this project over on his website. And if you want to see more of his work, be sure to follow him on Instagram and Behance.
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Starting an auto launch event with a dancing car is… odd. Apparently, the new 2020 Mercedes GLE is a slave to the rhythm. But the tech behind the groovin’ GLE revealed in front of a San Antonio hotel has real-world uses that don’t involve entertainment.
E-Active Body Control suspension is more impressive when taken seriously
MBUX is still the best infotainment system on the market
4Matic handling is great for a car this size
HUD can be overwhelming
We’re going to be overloaded with videos of GLEs dancing
Route-Based Speed Adaptation is still too cautious around corners
A refreshed luxury SUV that’s had all the technology thrown at it and it comes out the other side looking and driving great. The new MBUX continues to impress and the E-Active Body Control suspension, while weird at first should get a lot of people out of sandpits, but also let them show off their car’s dance moves.
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The new Mercedes GLE (starting at $53,700) looks like any other SUV refresh, but under its attractive new design is a vehicle crammed with features that include the new MBUX infotainment system and the impressive E-Active Body Control suspension that makes cornering… weird but better. Oh and that “dancing,” it’ll actually help you get out of a sand pit.
A new suspension system controls each wheel’s spring and dampening force independently. It’s how the car is able to dance. That demo I mentioned — while weird — was a good representation of what E-Active Body Control can do. Inside the vehicle, you can recreate that dance by actuating the height of each corner of the GLE in real time. Helpful while offroad and one tire is stuck in a ditch.
The real fun comes when you put the vehicle in off-road mode and turn on the rocking feature. It essentially bounces the SUV up and down. This is for when the car is stuck in sand or soft dirt and compresses the terrain giving the vehicle more traction to free itself. Sadly, Mercedes didn’t have a sandpit for us to try this feature in, instead, I just pulled over to the side of the road and tried it until I stopped giggling.
The thing is, I’ve actually used this method as a teenager to help my friends get their trucks unstuck from mud, sand and even snow. It worked then and I’m sure it will probably work without a bunch of teenagers bouncing up and down in the back of a pickup. At least there will be less of a chance of falling out of the vehicle.
One suspension trick you can’t pull off with a group of friends is the new Curve feature. When you go around a corner the vehicle actually leans into it. Like everything else with the new E-Active Body Control suspension, it’s weird at first. But, after about an hour, you miss it once you turn it off. It’s not available in Sport mode, so it’s not really built for aggressive driving, but for cruising, it reduces how much the passengers lean while the car corners.
You can push the GLE in Sport mode and it’ll deliver superior handling for a car of its size. Cornering is tight and body roll (if you don’t have Curve mode enabled) is kept to a minimum. The all-wheel-drive 4Matic system does a good job keeping you on the road, but I did encounter some understeer (the front wheels turn but the car continues straight).
Inside, the GLE’s 12.3-inch beautiful display houses the new MBUX infotainment system. I’m happy to report that it feels more responsive to voice commands than the pre-production A-Class I drove a few months back. I was already happy with MBUX in the A-Class, if this is what a few months of fine-tuning does to make it better, other automakers might want to take heed and see what Mercedes is doing.
The dash cluster is equally stunning, with its own 12.3-inch display showing off a myriad of different design modes and options. Mercedes also dropped a huge HUD (Heads up display) into the car. Within it you can add, well, frankly too many things. If you keep it simple, it’s great, if you go overboard, it gets far too cluttered for driving in anything other than a long-boring highway straightway.
That tedious freeway could also be suited to the updated Advanced Driver Assistance System. The stop and go feature is more effective than others, thanks to the car-to-x communications for traffic jam assist — which alerts the vehicle that there’s traffic up ahead and primes it for the gridlock. Like the S-Class, it supports the ability to adjust the speed of the adaptive cruise control to what Mercedes deems safe around corners. Also, like the S-Class that speed is usually way slower than I would take a corner and seems overly cautious to me.
Mercedes also added active lane change. When the driver assistance system is up and running with adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, tap the blinker to move into the next lane (if it’s deemed safe by the vehicle). It worked well during my tests and like Route-Based Speed Adaptation is very cautious. Unlike my concern about speed, I’m happy to have the car act less aggressive when dealing with traffic.
Once you get away from the soul-draining traffic of the city, the GLE is a happy cruiser if you opt for the GLE 350 with the 2.0 Liter Inline-4 turbo that puts out 255 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque. If you want to kick up some dust, then the inline-6 GLE 450 (starting at $61,150) with 362 horsepower and 369-foot-pounds of torque is probably more your speed. Yes, the 450 is more fun, but if a majority of your driving is in town where a six-cylinder engine is constrained, you’re probably better off the 350.
The GLE 450 also gets an additional 21 horsepower from the EQ boost system. A small electric motor and battery that add a little bit of oomph and can potentially shut off the engine in certain driving conditions.
At its core, the new GLE is a good SUV made better. Handling is improved and it feels like Mercedes did more than tweak a few things under the hood. While driving and riding in the passenger and rear seats, the experience was the luxurious Mercedes ride you’ve come to expect. Massaging seats, cushioned headrests and a refreshed dash layout that, at first glance, I wasn’t sure about — but it grew on me once I actually got in the car.
That’s the magic of this SUV. All of these suspension features and the tweaked design seem a little weird. Then you get in and drive and it’s like, “ohhhh this is great.” You can’t ask for much more than that from an updated SUV.
This is the first time a crew has launched to the space station since a failed Soyuz launch in October led to an abort that brought both crewmembers (safely) back to Earth not long after launch.
That was the first crewed Soyuz failure in decades. The Monday launch marks the Soyuz’s return to form.
The new crew includes NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenkoof. They’ll stay aboard the space station for about 6.5 months performing science and learning how to live in space.
And who knows, maybe they’ll also get to spot a rocket launch from space during their time in orbit.
Casual hookups can be fun, but there are plenty of people who crap all over them, believing they promote bad habits, can lead to higher odds of contracting an STI and that bumping uglies should be between two people who care about one another. Whatever, it’s no longer 1950, grandma, so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with casual hookups, just as long as it’s consensual and are using protection.
And, while some people think that casual hookups are bad because they lack intimacy — because it’s usually between two strangers — for those who think the mind, body, spirit and all that stuff is necessary to have a really great experience, a new study says that getting down and dirty with strangers offers just as much intimacy. Guys, this is awesome news.
The study, which was conducted by a team of researchers that included Binghamton University faculty and a team at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute, reveals that casual hookups among young adults is a frequent source of intimacy, so take that all you haters! Here’s what one of the researchers involved in the study, Ann Merriwether, a developmental psychologist and lecturer at Binghamton, had to add about the findings.
“We have a stereotype that casual sex (hookups) are just about meaningless sex, but this research shows this is not necessarily true. It shows intimacy is important and desired by many people, especially those who prefer hookups to more traditional relationships.”
This is big news, bros, because it kind of proves that, in a way, we’re all hopeless romantics who look for some intimacy with potential partners, even if they’re just casual hookups. Additionally, it shows that, even if we’re not interested in a full-on relationship, we do want a connection without all the commitment.
For the study, the researchers asked several hundred college students to answer questions about “affectionate and intimate activities” during sexual encounters, whether in a relationship or as a casual hookup. These included things like cuddling, foreplay, spending the night, eye gazing, etc., with researchers finding that the rate of intimacy during casual hookups was much greater than they first thought.
Look, having casual hookups is a great way to stay sexually healthy — again, as long as it’s consensual and is done safely — so it might be time to officially lose the stigma that everyone’s a bunch of floozies if they’re sleeping around and not in a relationship. Of course, going to an alley behind a bar together isn’t all that romantic or intimate, but bringing someone home and waking up in bed next to them can be, and this study says so.