This is perfect

During a 2010 deposition, a lawyer and an IT professional got into a discussion about what is a photocopier. This Op-Doc from Brett Weiner depicts the discussion verbatim, with dramatic flair. It is brilliant.

In this short film, I sought to creatively reinterpret the original events. (I’ve not been able to locate any original video recordings, so I’m unsure how closely my actors’ appearance and delivery resembles the original participants.) My primary rule was the performance had to be verbatim — no words could be modified or changed from the original legal transcripts. Nor did I internally edit the document to compress time. What you see is, word for word, an excerpt from what the record shows to have actually unfolded. However, I did give the actors creative range to craft their performances. As such, this is a hybrid of documentary and fiction. We’ve taken creative liberties in the staging and performance to imbue the material with our own perspectives.

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This is perfect

Awesome half-court shot

Here’s an amazing half-court shot that got me wondering about the insurance companies who help people insure against occurrences like this. Do you think the Hawk’s bother insuring this promotion, and how much would it cost? You figure their maximum loss is $41K if every one of the fans hits the shot. Someone probably has numbers on how many shots (X) are hit in an average year, and the insurance would cost some amount greater than X * $1000. And then how does the interference of the announcer factor in?

Thanks, Alex.

Awesome half-court shot

Shark on reel gets eaten by other shark

A couple years ago, I interviewed George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File, and he described the scenario caught in the video below.

What’s the weirdest shark story you’ve ever experienced?
Well, one of the best stories I would guess was a 3 sharks on one hook experience. While fishing in North Carolina one time, using a long line, which is a method scientists use to catch sharks to do biological studies, we caught a dogfish shark on the hook, which was then eaten by a black tip shark, and then a larger shark, a bull shark, grabbed the black tip shark. So when we pulled the bull shark in lo and behold, we found 2 other sharks that had been on the same hook. We caught 3 sharks on one hook.

Hmm. Lucky.

[Silence]

And here’s a video of a guy getting bit by a bull shark, while being filmed among about a dozen bull sharks. He says, “There’s nothing I could have done.” Except for maybe not walking around in Shark Village.

Shark on reel gets eaten by other shark