My Climb to the Top of New York City's Tallest Wind Turbine

New York City is no stranger to wind energy. Just this past year, quite a few small wind turbines popped up on roofs all over the city. But when New York's newest, biggest recycling facility decided to build the waste-munching powerhouse of the future, they weren't going to settle for anything less than the tallest… » 1/15/15 1:10pm 1/15/15 1:10pm

Outrage Is a Violent and Blood-Fueled Mob Epic

Thanks to years of violence being shoved down our throats by pop culture and the media, many of us have very strong stomachs—we tend to become very desensitized. Very few filmmakers are capable of pulling off a tastefully violent film. A film with violence that actually shocks you. Cinematic Japanese legend Takeshi… » 1/13/15 8:00pm 1/13/15 8:00pm

Let's Make TVs Accurate, Not "Enhanced"

AquoMotion, AquoDimming, Auto-Depth Enhancer, Motionflow, Precision Black Local Dimming, Clear Action. These are the marketing names given to common features built into today's televisions to "enhance" the image. But while they alter the picture in a way that makes it catch your eye, the result often bears little… » 1/09/15 10:35am 1/09/15 10:35am

It's a Treat to Watch This Legendary Bike Builder at Work

Kinfolk bikes are known for their breathtaking classic looks. The trouble with them is that they're made so very far away, in Japan. Thanks to a couple guys with cameras, you can make the trip to Kinfolk's incredible workshop right from your computer, and see what it takes to hand-make some of the best bikes money can… » 1/05/15 3:37pm 1/05/15 3:37pm

The Contraptions That Made Photographic Images Before Cameras Existed

You're probably familiar with the beginnings of photography. The daguerreotype, early black and whites, sepia-tone—and it all gets more colorful from there. But what about before photography? When there was no capture medium or lenses and everything was based on linear perspective? How did these early artists capture… » 1/05/15 11:35am 1/05/15 11:35am

Our Best Original Photo and Video Posts of 2014

Gizmodo loves documenting its hi-tech or oddball adventures, and 2014 happened to be a year chock-full of them. Whether we were tagging along with King's Distillery to turn Coca-Cola into whiskey or journeying deep underground into the 2nd Ave subway tunnel, Gizmodo always had its camera ready. Here are the best… » 12/31/14 10:31am 12/31/14 10:31am

Photo Essay: NYC's Incredible Christmas Tree Seller Subculture

The Friday night after Thanksgiving is when all the little forests pop up around the city. Most Christmas tree outlets—bodegas, parks, supermarkets, and big-box stores—have a team that comes in to set up wooden display racks, while electricians wire up lights to a generator and a truck drops off Fraser Firs to sell… » 12/24/14 5:30pm 12/24/14 5:30pm

Celebrate Ralph Fiennes' Birthday By Watching In Bruges

There is no good trailer for In Bruges. They all try to make the movie look like a slapstick comedy, a farce, or maybe a little of both. It's neither. In Bruges is a very dark, very funny movie, about two hit men on hiatus from a job gone wrong. And the hiatus happens to be in the quaint, traditional town of Bruges,… » 12/22/14 8:00pm 12/22/14 8:00pm

James Bond Will Return So Watch From Russia With Love

Bond is back next year in Spectre. And it's gonna be the best Bond yet. Duh. Spectre almost definitely will bring Bond back to the ultra cheesy roots it started from with the terror organization responsible for all of the Sean Connery films plots. In From Russia With Love, the second Bond film ever made, the… » 12/11/14 8:00pm 12/11/14 8:00pm

Field Notes: The Nikon D750 Is a Delightful Full-Frame Video DSLR

Back in September, Nikon announced yet another full-frame DSLR to add to its broad lineup— the upper-mid-level D750. Equipped with a pivoting LCD and a handful of video specific features, this new guy is chasing the hearts of filmmakers in particular. At first glance it's a welcome addition to an already proven camera… » 12/05/14 12:18am 12/05/14 12:18am

The Bike-Friendly Commuter Suit Review: Good at Bikes, Bad at Suit

You can't ride a bicycle in a traditional suit. The wear and tear on that fabric will be enough to tear holes in the pants and rip the shoulder seams. Not a good look! You could keep a suit in a bag and change when you get to work, but you'd have to show up early. And stinky. Parker Dusseau has a different idea:… » 11/26/14 5:30pm 11/26/14 5:30pm

F-Stop Guru: An Adventuresome Camera Bag That Gets a Lot Right

Finding the right camera bag is as difficult as buying the right pair of shoes. They don't fit comfortably, hold your equipment well, and they're never cheap. Yet, they're necessary. Though there are ways to circumvent the disaster that is the state of camera bags these days, the F-Stop Guru does a near-perfect job of… » 11/18/14 11:08am 11/18/14 11:08am

Watch Following To See the Legendary Christopher Nolan's Beginnings

If you want to know what a filmmaker is really like at their core, watch their first movie. Thanks to tiny budgets and a lack of experience, these movies tend to be very direct in style, and a lot more honest. Following is exactly that. It's a boiled down collection of what went on to be Christopher Nolan's main… » 11/07/14 8:00pm 11/07/14 8:00pm

The Best Reason to See Interstellar: It's Part of a Dying Breed of Film

There's something exceptional about Interstellar that everyone should experience—it is a moviemaking "alignment of stars" akin to the perfect storm in music that lead to Woodstock. It's a film so extravagant in nature, it was projected in 70mm, a format equal to the scale of its fantastic story, and shot on IMAX 65mm. » 11/07/14 3:53pm 11/07/14 3:53pm