Summary:

To own a video camera is to be able to capture the world in motion, which is a pretty amazing thing. But what happens when people let their cameras go — either by dropping them or sending them into space? Even more amazing stuff.

homemade spacecraft

To own a video camera is to be able to capture the world in motion, which is a pretty amazing thing. But what happens when people let their cameras go? Even more amazing stuff.

Oops is a video compilation of found footage, featuring all sorts of calamities befalling expensive technology. The video itself is amazing — within one minute, we’ve see what happens when a camera is dropped into a pool and licked by an ostrich — but the transitions themselves are also seamless. It’s a beautiful piece of film, one that deservedly won the 2010 Vimeo Awards category for Best Experimental Video. (Hat tip to Wreck and Salvage.)

oops from Chris Beckman on Vimeo.

And then there’s Homemade Spacecraft, a video documenting the ascent of a camera attached to a weather balloon which made it all the way into the upper stratosphere. Ever wonder how black space can get? Wonder no longer.

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

Neither of these videos are enough to make me consider releasing my personal Flip into the wild. But should harm befall it at some point, I do hope that it’s recording.

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