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A filmmaker dives into Sylvia Earle’s underwater world in the doc Mission Blue

A filmmaker dives into Sylvia Earle’s underwater world in the doc Mission Blue

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Fisher Stevens produced The Cove, the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary about dubious Japanese dolphin-hunting practices, and his latest film takes him back into familiar waters. Stevens co-directed the newly-released doc Mission Blue, spending the last four years trekking around the world—from the Galapagos Islands to the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Barrier Reef—with unstoppable oceanographer Sylvia []

Drone’s-eye view of Berlin: Watch the TEDSalon intro video

Drone’s-eye view of Berlin: Watch the TEDSalon intro video

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This wow of a video premiered today in Berlin at the first TEDSalon in Germany. Filmmaker Christopher Kippenberger, a pioneer in using drones, asked artists and independent filmmakers to pick a Berlin landmark and use camera-equipped drones to capture it on video. Some of them flew the aircraft daringly over places that have never been []

The math behind the movies: An interview with Tony DeRose of Pixar

The math behind the movies: An interview with Tony DeRose of Pixar

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Pixar films are known for their thoughtful storytelling and groundbreaking animation. One of the coolest things about these movies: the math that Pixar’s team is actually inventing to improve the audience experience and the look of the characters. We caught up with Pixar’s Research Lead, Tony DeRose—who gave the TED-Ed Lesson, “The math behind the movies,” about how arithmetic, trigonometry []

TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”

TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”

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Negin Farsad’s new documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, churns hilarity out of a not-so-funny subject: Islamophobia. The film follows Farsad, a TED Fellow, and a group fellow Muslim-American comedians (Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader, Preacher Moss, Kareem Omary, Maysoon Zayid and Omar Elba) as they tour the United States and hold comedic interventions to show conservatives, []

A Scrabble board of TED Fellows

A Scrabble board of TED Fellows

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While the majority of the TED Fellows headed to TED2013 to give talks on their incredible work, a smaller group headed to TEDActive, representing the program while embedded in the Palm Springs action. Artist Colleen Flanigan was among them, and created this adorable, Scrabble-themed animation to represent the Fellows there with her. Here’s what she []

The Oscars Best Picture field contains two TEDsters

The Oscars Best Picture field contains two TEDsters

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When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the contenders for Best Picture this morning, we noticed two familiar faces in the field. We were pleased to see the stylish thriller Argo among the nominees, as director Ben Affleck shared with us the “8 TED Talks that amazed me” in the fall. We []

10 talks about the making of movie magic

10 talks about the making of movie magic

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“Movies have proved to be the ultimate medium for magic,” says Don Levy in today’s talk. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and former senior vice president of marketing and communications at Sony Pictures, Levy has always been fascinated by the sleights of hand that filmmakers use to create illusions. []

Remix web video with Popcorn Maker, launching today

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This morning at the Mozilla Festival in the UK, Mozilla launched their new web tool Popcorn Maker. (A beta version of Popcorn Maker debuted here on the TED Blog a couple weeks ago.) With Popcorn Maker, you can choose a YouTube video and add notes, live links, Twitter feeds, photos, links out to Wikipedia … []