Comedian Hannibal Buress paid a man $500 to attend a movie premiere for him, even though he looked nothing like him. The man walked around, took selfies with fans, and did an interview on camera. variety.com/2017/film/new…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
The original Doom game, released in 1993, actually had triple monitor support. It achieved this by creating a local multiplayer game, and using fake players as cameras for the left and right rides of the screen. chocolate-doom.org/wiki/i…
During an interview with Stephen Hawking, the camera operator yanked a cable causing an alarm and Hawking to slump forward. Worried they had killed him, everyone rushed over to find Hawking giggling at his own joke. The alarm was from an office computer losing power. biography.com/news/stephe…
Thomas Edison would hire thugs to destroy movie sets because he felt that he owned the rights to any and all film made since he filed the first patent for the motion picture camera history.com/.amp/news/the…
Alfred Hitchcock used to play sadistic pranks on his coworkers. Once he had a bet with the prop guy to spend a night tied to camera.The man agreed and had a drink with Alfred but Alfred put laxatives in his drink.When people came in the morning, he was found crying in his own poop's puddle. telegraph.co.uk/films/201…
After being called out on local TV, 2 porch pirates caught on camera returned a package of replica WWE belts (belonging to a 5-yr-old autistic boy with a brain tumor) with a note that read: β€œAfter seeing ourselves looking like low lives on the news, we have both decided to get clean and sober.” yahoo.com/lifestyle/thiev…
"Maris," the famous unseen character on the sitcom Frasier, was originally only going to off camera for a few episodes, but the increasing absurdity in which she was described forced the show into a box; they couldn't find an actress to meet the character's odd physical description. yahoo.com/entertainment/w…
Humans are bioluminescent. Our visible light is 1000 times weaker than what our naked eye can detect. However, images of this glow have been captured by Masaki Kobayashi of Tohoku Institute of Technology, using a specialized sensitive camera. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
The Bohemian Grove is a private campground in California where the rich and powerful go to party. In 2000 a camera was sneaked into the campground and shot the infamous video which showed the members acting out a 'Ritual' known as the Cremation of Care in front of a 30 foot owl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boh…
A burglar stole a Super 8 camera & video tapes from a youth soccer coach; he then turned over the tapes & coach's address to police upon finding sex abuse of the boys from the man's soccer team on the tapes. Police found more child porn of his soccer players in the coach's home & arrested him. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Since May 5, 2018, every new vehicle sold in the US is required to be equipped with a backup camera as a standard feature. abcnews.go.com/US/cars-us…
Today I learned of Brian Shaffer, a man who disappeared after entering a bar in Columbus, OH in April, 2006. He was recorded on security cameras entering the bar, but never leaving the bar. He is still missing today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Focus puller is a member of a camera department whose primary responsibility is to maintain the camera lens's optical focus on whatever subject or action is being filmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foc…
- That Candid Camera host, Alan Funt, was on a hijacked plane. When other passengers realized who he was, they were convinced it was a prank for the show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Products made in Japan were ridiculed and thought to be low quality until 1950 when The New York Times reported the excellence of Nikon cameras during the Korean war with the headline "Japanese camera" nikon.com/about/corporate…
Many higher end, larger camera lenses are white instead of black due to issues caused by temperature fluctuations. As a lens heats in sunlight, it expands, affecting focus of the glass elements. This is particularly problematic for larger lenses. The white color helps reflect light/heat. petapixel.com/2016/02/19/…
Billionaire Richard Branson Made A Low Key Appearance In The Show Friends. With About 50 Seconds Of Camera Time He Played A Souvenir Seller Mundanely Serving Joey. youtube.com/watch?v=-phWV…
Today I learned of Artur Fischer, a German soldier who survived Stalingrad on the last plane out. After the war, he went on to invent many ubiquitous items such as the synchronized camera flash and the plastic wall anchor, and held over 1100 patents before dying at age 96. nytimes.com/2016/02/09/bu…
In 1998, Sony released a camcorder that had "night vision" capabilities using infrared. The same infrared technology allowed the camera to see through people's clothes. 700,000 camcorders were sold before they were recalled. fossbytes.com/sony-accide…
The AHA has awarded its "No Animals Were Harmed" credit to films and TV shows on which animals were injured during production. It justifies this on the grounds that the animals weren't intentionally harmed or the incidents occurred while cameras weren't rolling. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Regis Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for clocking more hours in front of a television camera than anyone else in the history of television npr.org/2011/11/15/142309…
The director of the 1969 "Spider-Man" movie shot the wall-climbing scenes by turning the camera sideways. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
There is a radioactive mass created by the Chernobyl disaster that is so dense it could only be pierced by an AKM rifle, destroyed any camera that tried to take a picture of it (photographs had to be made with a mirror), and ate through 2m of materials to arrive at its current location. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In the manga One Outs (1998-2006), A team used camera to steal opponent's signs and used drums to communicate the signs to the players. Almost exactly the same scheme was used by the Houston Astros more than 10 years later. youtu.be/O13vcaZhbek?t=37…
The first full-length full-color film was an American historical drama "Becky Sharp", directed by Rouben Mamoulian in 1935. It was shot on 3-strip technicolor cameras that captured separate color records onto three strips of film. youtu.be/wbv_45DYzm0
Iowa Man Tyler Heep won $1.00 from a scratch-off, drove to Lottery Headquarters, and demanded a gigantic novelty check. They wrote him out an oversized check and had him hold it up for a photo in a room set up with a camera and the Lottery logo. Heep used his winnings to buy 1/2 a gallon of gas. whotv.com/2019/01/16/smal…
A guest at a luxury hotel in Miami’s South Beach requested a professionally trained, camera-ready monkey, and meant it. The monkey was apparently needed to film a commercial. The concierge added animal casting to his resume. rd.com/list/crazy-request…
, a new technology was created for the film Inside Out, a virtual lens designed to mimic a real camera lens. As a result the animation appears to be filmed on an actual camera complete with the ability to move on a track, dolly, or appear to be hand-held. cca.edu/newsroom/how-one-…
, percussive maintenance is when you pound your fist on something to get it to work. The astronauts on Apollo 12 successfully did it when one of the cameras stopped working. technology.org/2019/03/29…
Courtroom drawing as we know it in the United States was born in response to the 1935 media circus over the kidnapping and killing of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s infant son. The American Bar Association put forth a ban on camerasβ€”leaving news outlets to seek alternate means of coverage. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Professional cyclists pee while cycling to save time, but are fined if it is in front of spectators or cameras. connexionfrance.com/Archi…
In 1972, the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau captured two frames that appeared to suggest the presence of two large, unidentified animals. Three years later, in June 1975, a single camera captured what became known as the β€œGargoyle shot” that appeared to show a large head with horny protrusions theguardian.com/science/a…
A professional photographer designed his home in the shape of a camera indianexpress.com/article…
The phrase "The camera adds 10 pounds" is due to the focal length and barrel distortion of the camera, flattening out facial features and making straight lines appear curved businessinsider.com/camer…
The Lyre Bird can mimic car alarms, chainsaws, and camera shutters youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0K…
The legendary 1981 film "Das Boot" was shot as if it were a silent film, with all of the dialogue and sound added later, because the cameras and their newly developed gyroscopic stabilizers, used for the submarine interiors, drowned out the dialogue and diegetic sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
The Mandalorian was filmed on a giant virtual set, displaying the backgrounds with real-time graphics, captured in-camera. youtube.com/watch?v=gUnxz…
In the UK it's musician union rules that for every actor or model playing an instrument in a music video, the production still has to pay an actual musician. In the iconic "Addicted to Love" video not only they paid the 5 'fembot' models but also 5 musicians behind camera miming the models. uk.news.yahoo.com/video/r…
Today I learned of the 'Leica Freedom Train'; Ernst Leitz II, the head of camera and optics maker Leitz (now Leica), helped smuggle hundreds of Jews out of Nazi Germany in the run up to WWII by sending them to France, Britain, Hong Kong and the US under the guise of Leitz employees being assigned overseas. diyphotography.net/leica-…
General Eisenhower, horrified by the concentration camps discovered as allied troops rolled into Nazi territory, ordered camera crews to document the grisly scenes. He also forced local government officials to tour the camps. Warning: This video is extremely graphic! youtu.be/xlhZe0uWYoo
Today I learned of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant who was killed in a train accident on set of Midnight Rider, due to unsafe decisions made by the director and producer. Later a movement emerged, and movie crews from around the world put her name on slates, as a tribute and a pledge to always stay safe on set en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
In January 2019, a hacker had gained access to over 4000 Nest security cameras. He spoke to the people via the camera, urging them to subscribe to a famous YouTuber. vice.com/en_us/article/xw…
The cameras onboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft can still be turned back on, but it is not a priority for its Interstellar Mission. The cameras were turned off to save power and memory for the instruments expected to detect the new charged particle environment of interstellar space. voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/freq…
Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz original camera negatives are stored 650 feet underground in a Kansas salt mine kansascity.com/entertainm…
Sony released a camera in 1998 that could see through people's clothes. It included an infrared powered night mode that consumers realized could turn dark fabric and swimsuits transparent. Sony sold 700k "x-ray cameras" before fixing the issue in manufacturing. fossbytes.com/sony-accide…
There is a statue of Richard O'Brien as Riff-Raff from The Rocky Horror Show alongside a plaque with instructions on how to dance The Time Warp. There's a camera so you can watch people doing it. riffraffstatue.org/
The house in Parasite (2019) was not a real house, but a set constructed to Bong Joon Ho' s script and specific camera needs. Lee Ha Jun, who is also the production designer on BJH's earlier film 'Snowpiercer', designed the house from scratch to match the story and blocking requirements. indiewire.com/2019/10/par…
Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell took home a 16 mm camera from the Lunar Module that would have otherwise been destroyed. Mitchell tried to auction the camera to help medical treatments for his son who had cancer before he agreed to relinquish the camera by donating it to the Smithsonian palmbeachpost.com/article…
It is a myth that bats use their echolocation to deftly maneuver around one another. High speed cameras show that bats crash into each other all the time. vice.com/en_us/article/78…
Marine Biologist, Edith Widder created a device that mimicked the Atolla Jellyfish's alarm (when threatened the jellyfish will emit a light that signals bigger predators to its location). She placed the device in the deep sea along with a camera. To her surprise a giant squid showed up. youtube.com/watch?v=rXkOP…
The oldest surviving camera photograph dates back to 1826 or 1827, and depicts a view from a window. It took several days of exposure to take the picture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
Lead vocalist of Boston, Brad Delp, committed suicide after personal tension between him and bandleader Scholz, and after his fiancΓ©'s sister discovered a hidden camera Delp had planted in her room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
When making the movie Avatar, they would film the motion capture from all angles. After the actors are rendered, the director would walk onto the set with a "virtual camera", which would allow him to film as if he were in the CG environment. TL;DR, they filmed using virtual reality. popsci.com/technology/art…
Will Friedle of "Boy Meets World" fame stopped acting on camera due to a anxiety disorder he was diagnosed with in his early 20s, and only does voice overs. His return as Eric Matthews in "Girl Meets World" was his first onscreen appearance since the end of "Boy Meets World". people.com/tv/will-friedl…
The reason police tap on taillights or run their fingers along the side of a car during a traffic stop is because it left fingerprints used to identify the vehicle afterwards without pictures or video. Now all patrol cars have cameras but it still occurs since it was part of training for decades thelawdictionary.org/arti…
The final episode of Perry Mason was set in a TV studio, offering the entire production crew an opportunity to appear on camera. Most of the behind-the-scenes personnel in the episode had been with the show the entire nine year run. The original author, Erle Gardner, appeared too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
In February 14, 1990 as the Voyager 1 completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, NASA commanded it to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer Carl Sagan. The Earth is seen as a Pale Blue Dot. solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
Rob Spence, a filmmaker who is blind in one eye, replaced it with a tiny video camera. He damaged the eye when he was 9 years old. The camera is not connected to his optic nerve but sends its footage to a receiver. bbc.co.uk/news/av/technol…
A woman has been arrested after living undetected for almost a year. The home owner became suspicious that he was the victim of repeat burglaries after he noticed food was going missing from his refrigerator. He decided to install cameras and caught her walking around while he was out. telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
"no animals were harmed during the making of this film" only counts intentional harm for the camera. The movie could still have accidental injury and death. businessinsider.com/what-…
Some DSLR cameras can clean their sensors by themselves. youtube.com/watch?v=x939m…
Regis Philbin holds the world record for most hours on U.S. television: between 1958 and 2011, he racked up 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera--an average of one hour per day for 52 years guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of "Average speed control" systems. A vehicle is identified by a camera when entering a section of enforced road, and again when exiting. Then the average speed is calculated by using the distance traveled and the time. Tickets could then be automatically billed to any speeding drivers. ec.europa.eu/transport/ro…
In 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' the camera is animated at 24 fps but all characters except for the Spider-Men are animated at 12 fps. Miles Morales starts at 12 fps but becomes 24 fps throughout the movie as he learns to become Spider-Man youtube.com/watch?v=5PiYG…
Today I learned about the MIT developed camera that uses terahertz radiation to read closed books. A fascinating breakthrough that could mean reading dated and delicate documents such as historic manuscripts without touching or opening them. gizmodo.com/mit-invented-…
The first subminiature luxury (spy) item camera was produced in 1936 by Latvia while most publicly available cameras were huge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
People complained to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority that Apples β€œstudio quality” iPhone camera ads were misleading. Apple won the complaint when it showed there was no real definition of what β€œstudio quality” meant. asa.org.uk/rulings/apple-…
The story of Kevin Hart (not that one), a high-school football player with aspirations to play college ball, who staged an elaborate camera-filled signing-day event and committed to a school that didn't recruit him due to his 1.8 GPA and non-existent SAT score. deadspin.com/kevin-hart-w…
The β€œreal people” in the Chevy commercials were approached by a nondescript agency and promised $200 if they participated in a paid marketing research event. They then went to a convention center where they were put in front of a camera without warning and asked about different Chevy cars. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
To disguise their pre-production cars, automakers specially design patterned vinyl wraps that "flatten" character lines of the vehicle, hiding its shape and design features from both eyes and cameras. autoblog.com/2014/11/07/h…
Director Peter Weir wanted to have cameras installed in behind every theater showing β€˜The Truman Show’ and have the projectionist cut the power at some point during the film, cut to the viewers so they'd be watching themeselves, and then cut back to the movie. avclub.com/the-truman-sho…
There is a network of hi-res cameras in Spain called MIDAS which captures images of meteorite impacts on the moon. space.com/41356-watch-two…
In 1897, 3 Swedes attempted to be the first people to reach the North Pole. They travelled by hot air balloon but crashed after 65 hours. 33 years later, a ship discovered their camp, along with their dead bodies, journal, and camera. They'd survived for weeks by killing and eating polar bears. bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazin…
In 1946, a man claiming to be a detective gave a pedestrian a camera and asked her to take a picture of a suspect. The "detective" turned out to be a gangster, the "suspect" turned out to be his ex-wife, and the "camera" turned out to be a concealed shotgun firing via the shutter button. newyorker.com/magazine/19…
The first camera phone was sold 20 years ago. The Kyocera VP-210 was released in 1999. The phone had an 0.11MP camera and could take up to 20 pictures before its onboard storage was full. androidauthority.com/firs…
Illinois red-light cameras have collected more than $1B from drivers since 2008 illinoispolicy.org/report…
That Kodak peak in Washington State got Its name from when a colleague of the man who named it (A.H. Sylvester) Lost his camera up there. thenewstribune.com/outdoo…
This purple snailfish was filmed at a depth of 5 miles using a deep sea camera-equipped lander in the Pacific Ocean's Atacama Trench located off the coast of Peru and Chile in 2018 making it the first time to ever see this species. Pink and blue snailfish were also filmed during the expedition. newsweek.com/atacama-tren…
Height strips on gas station doors were originally used to gauge the height of robbers but now they are used as physiological deterrents. The reason they aren't usually accurate is because they are angled to be accurate from the point of view of a security camera. slate.com/culture/2012/09…
The speed cameras in Germany are made to take photos of drivers who sit in the left side of the vehicle, so a driver using a British car put a muppet in the passenger seat to hide their identity. boingboing.net/2008/10/27…
Today I learned of the speed camera lottery in Stockholm, Sweden. Drive at or under the speed limit and you'll be entered into a lottery where the prize fund comes from the fines that speeders pay. Average speed reduced from 32km/h to 25km/h (a reduction of 22%) wired.com/2010/12/swedish…
Polaroid cameras don't have batteries. They instead have an individual battery in each cartridge to power the camera enough to take the required shots. danfinnen.com/article/wha…
The entire four-minute music video for REM's Imitation of Life took 20 seconds to shoot. According to Michael Stipe, "What you're watching is a loop that goes forwards for 20 seconds, backwards for 20 seconds [...] with one camera, static, and then using a technique called 'pan and scan'..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imi…
Today I learned of Terence Kirk, an American soldier who was captured by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor day and spent the entire war at a brutal prison camp. While there, he built a camera out of scrap, and took many pictures. After the war, he was put under a gag order, and only told his story 38 years later. nbcnews.com/id/12759234/n…
Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975 but hid the invention because they feared it would jeopardize photographic film sales businessinsider.com/this-…
Before Harold Edgerton rigged a milk dropper next to a timer and a camera of his own invention. It was virtually impossible to take a good photo in the dark without bulky equipment. Edgerton's photograph of a milk drop coronet is one of the 100 most influential images of all time. engineering.unl.edu/alum-…
Mobile phones come with a SOS feature. It sends "I need help" message, current location, 5 seconds voice message, and front and rear camera picture to contact numbers you chose. This feature is most effective for emergencies like kidnapping. youtube.com/watch?v=sfK65…
Today I learned about Louis Le Prince, who mysteriously went missing, preventing him from revealing that he had invented the single-lens motion picture camera, long before Edison who is widely credited with the invention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Today I learned that prior to the invention and mass use of video tape, the only way to preserve a television broadcast was with a Kinescope, which basically is a movie camera focused on a TV monitor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
Every Christmas since 1966 the town of GΓ€vle, Sweden has built a giant 43ft tall Swedish Yule Goat (Julbock) made of straw. In the 53 years since the annual tradition started - despite fences, guards, and security cameras - it has been burned down/destroyed 37 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
, in 2001, Kodak attempted to shift quickly from film to digital cameras. They jumped to #2 in digital camera sales by taking a loss of $60 on every camera sold en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kod…
In American Football players assault each other in nasty ways under pile-ups where cameras can not see. This includes punching, biting, pinching, twisting genitals, poking eyes, and attempts to break/fracture bones. palmbeachpost.com/article…
While shooting The Green Mile, Tom Hanks was flown to West Hollywood for his handprint ceremony, and instead of staying home as was expected, he flew back out just to read lines off-camera for the actors that were shooting. youtu.be/egzvLWeMK_U?t=12…
Learned film giant Kodak went from 1.4 billion in profits in 2000 to bankruptcy in 2012, mainly due to not predicting the rise of online photo sharing and smartphone cameras. petapixel.com/2018/10/19/…
Rollen Stewart, the β€œJohn 3:16 guy” who would wear rainbow wigs and attend numerous sporting events while holding up religious signs in view of television cameras, is currently serving multiple life-sentences in California. christandpopculture.com/w…
NASA organized comprehensive photography training program for lunar astronauts. The crews visited geologic sites in Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii, completely outfitted with sample bags, checklists, simulated backpacks, and Hasselblad EL cameras similar to those they would use on the Moon engadget.com/2019/07/20/n…
MIT researchers were able to capture sound from a soundless video of a chip bag using a high FPS camera recording. All sound causes objects to vibrate and using advanced software, they were able to match the vibrations shown in the chip bag to the respective audio frequencies. news.mit.edu/2014/algorit…

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