Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Hi everyone,

Its time we did a massive overhaul to our website as it's been going for seven years now! We have now moved everything over to where everything has resumed as normal. Please update your bookmarks!

Thanks for your continued support and reading...

ESPVisuals team

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Escape From Tomorrow - An Illegally Filmed Movie

Escape From Tomorrow is a seriously dark film which was filmed illegally at DisneyWorld. Need I say more?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

An Eye-Opening Look at How Many Conflict Photos Are Staged

In this video Italian photographer Ruben Salvadori demonstrates how dishonest many conflict photographs are.

Thursday, August 01, 2013


Remember the catcopter? Well now someone's gone and pimped that idea by using an ostrich.

The original catcopter.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


"Pingtime is a table tennis concept that captivates the players in an augmented reality world, where surfaces bend and fluorescent balls send ripples of electricity. Developed by Sergiu Doroftei, Bogdan Susma, Ion Cotenescu, and Silviu Badea for Rokolectiv, an arts and electronic music festival that takes place every spring in Bucharest, Romania, the table features a surface that visually reacts to the match in real-time. As the players become more immersed in the game, Pingtime examines whether computer animations are challenging their reaction speed."


Star Wars Downunder: A fan film

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Durarara!!!! taking awesomeness to a whole nother level

So what do you do when you are finishing off the first edit of your book and your editor rings you up wanting to know the title of the book you’re working on and you have yet to name it? A) You tell your editor the truth: Dude I 'm not even finished writing the damn thing. I'll get back to you in a week or three. B) Say the first thing that pops into your head because you're a week over due handing the first draft in and you don't want to piss your editor off further.

Yeah no-brainer you go with B.  That is exactly what Ryohgo Narita did and he had the cujones to admit this in the first volume of the light novel.

Durarara!! started out in 2004 as a light novel by Ryohgo Narita (he is also responsible for creating gems like Baccano! and Bow Wow! Two Dog Night) there are currently 12 volumes out and it is ongoing.  In 2009 Durarara!! was adapted into manga and is illustrated by Akiyo Satorigi.  Finally in 2010 it was adapted into anime, it ran for 26 episodes: well 24 episodes and 2 OAV to be precise.

 Durarara!! is set in Tokyo in the district of Ikebukaro or Bukuro for short.  Mikado Ryugamine longs to spice up his dull life in the country and decides to go to high school in the urban jungle that is Ikebukuro.  There he meets up with his elementary school friend Masaomi Kida;who has been living in Bukuro for the past 4 years.  
On their way to Mikado's flat Masaomi tells Mikado about the people he should never piss off while in Bukuro.
1) Shizuo Heiwajima: to an outsider he is an ultra-violent man with super human strength. In reality he is a nice guy with a big heart who gets pissed off easily and has rage control issues.  2) Izaya Orihara: he looks like a harmless NEET but he is a mischievous ass, who is deadly with a knife and gets bored easily.  Oh and he loves to piss Shizuo off.  He is the type of person that loves to bring situations and people to boiling point and watch things boil over from the side lines, just for kicks.   3) The Dollars, a mysterious gang. 4) The Black Rider, a headless biker chick.  Inevitably Mikado's life gets tangled up in each of these people’s lives pretty much from the start.
With every character in Durarara!! looks can be deceiving and they all have a secret side that they don't show to others and secrets they are keeping to themselves for one reason or another.                             

This is one of those anime that just works and I would put it the same league as Samuri Champloo and Cowboy Bebop.  This is another anime that has a main plot line running thought it, but it is loose.  Instead of feeling like you’re watching events proceed in order towards an ending, Durarara!! takes you on a kick ass pub crawl though the crazy city of Bukro with your even crazier friends (you know the ones I'm talking about) in tow.   You just know you are going to end up with your head shaved and a wild tattoo on your rear when you wake up in the morning, but it will be one of the best nights you have ever had.  I love this anime. For a super otaku like me I totally flipped out when they started referencing other anime and they even had a life size cardboard cut out of Holo from Spice and Wolf.  This is one have me pissing myself with laughter the whole way though.  I even have the opening song as my ring tone.
Tip though: I did try to watch this in Japanese but the talking was crazy fast so I had a hard time understanding it and an even harder time with the subtitles.   If you want to enjoy this anime to its fullest I would recommend watching it in your native language.             

Because I am a nerdlit I thought I would add a little trivia... I love the play on words in Japanese language. I also love the meaning of Japanese names and the way a name is said and the kanji used to write it can make it mean something complete different.  When you watch Durarara!! you will note how everyone comments on how odd Mikado Ryugamine's name is. The short version is it sounds like a name from feudal Japan. If you want the long version follow the link on his name.   Shizuo Heiwajima name means: serene man or peaceful island.  Izaya's name is the combo of Isaiah from the bible and the Japanese meaning for: the one who looks over the crowd, which is very fitting. Then there is the exit signs in the subway,   around the station are the Seibu and Tōbu department stores. Seibu, written with the characters for "West" and "Musashi (province)" 西武, is on the east end of the station and Tōbu, written with the characters for "East" and "Musashi" 東武, is on the west end” (   If you want to know more insights to the other names and quirky things then fallow these links: without-spoilers and with-spoilers.          
Subway info via wikipedia video clips via youtube  

Thursday, June 13, 2013

PS4 VS XBone at E3 (The Abridged Versions)

So by now I'm sure everyone has made their mind up as to which console they'll be getting (cough PS4), but just in case you haven't, here are 2 brilliant videos by VideoGamerTV to help you choose.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Ronzos SkaterSaurus Concrete Relief

Very limited home edition: Mini versions of RONZO's giant car park fossil 'Skater Saurus' are now available to buy.

 Fossil relief/sculpture cast out of concrete. Hand made in East London. Edition of 25. Signed by the artist. Size 40cm x 40cm x (ca 1.5cm depth) Price £100

 Buy now... Here!

Skater Saurus - The Movie from Ronzo on Vimeo.

Miles Tsang Gig Posters

Love Miles Tsang's style of gig posters...

Arabic Calligraphy

Arabic Calligraphy by Joshua Smith

"At the end of March I had the opportunity to speak at Visual Arabia in Dubia in front of both Western & Middle Eastern Designers. This event was rare chance to be able to visit the Middle East as well as take the opportunity to be inspired by the design culture and of course the Arabic Calligraphy that was around the city.

Since I love typography and seeing what forms can create viable and usable text, I started a exploration in using some core structures from Arabic Calligraphy and mixed with them with a Western progressive style. These pieces are what occured during my study these past few days. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them."


The Beetle Sphere

Jakarta-based sculptor Ichwan Noor produced this giant sculpture of a 1953 Volkswagen Beetle that, combined with polyester and aluminum, has been morphed into a perfect sphere for Art Basel, Hong Kong.


LightSpin Photography Experiment

"360º photography is the focus of Montreal-based independent photographer, Eric Pare. His first 24x360 light-painting experiment was limited in scope and led him to develop that project into his most recent endeavour, Light Spin. LightSpin works using a stop motion photography effect that requires 24 rigged cameras that shot up to 500,000 frames that was later edited down to 2000 frames in order to capture the 360 degree effect.


 The LightSpin effects can even be accessed by other savvy photographers via the open sourced software." [VIA]

Instagram PissTake

This video had me laughing as I don't have an Instagram account and therefore made me happy that I could watch this smugly knowing that I havent committed any of these heinous Instagram stereotypes... brilliant parody! Thanks to Jorge Nieto for the headsup...

Friday, June 07, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index: first started out as a light novel written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura in 2004 and ran for 22 volumes.  In 2008 it was finally adapted into an anime, directed by HiroshiNishikiori and ran for 24 episodes. Luckily things did not end there, because there was a second season that ran for another 24 episodes.  Season 1 and 2 covered the first 6 volumes of the novels.  There was also a 24 episode spin off created in 2009 adapted from the manga entitled: A Certain Scientific Railgun and this also ran for a second season, but I will be sticking with the original anime for this review. Only because I haven’t watched the spin offs yet.  Yeah I know it’s hard to believe: a super otaku with a life but I am one of those rare breeds and although I spend way too much time watching anime and reading manga I have been diligently writing books (self promo sorry had to do it)… but enough of that back to the anime.  

This anime takes place in Academy City. This city is dedicated to science and advancing superhuman students called ESPers.  Because science is the driving force in the city the majority of its citizens believe there is no such thing as magic.  But with everything there is always a flip side and in this anime it is magic; which is controlled be the church. The main character is Toma Kamijo, and on the surface he is your average slacker high school student with barely any ESP abilities.  Looks can be deceiving, because Toma has a power, stronger than anyone posses in Academy city, in his right hand called Imagine Breaker.   It has the power to cancel out any supernatural power both ESP and magic.  Unfortunately his right hand also cancels out all of his luck so he is the unluckiest guy on the planet. 

As his luck (or lack thereof) would have it Index Labrorum Prohbitorum or Index literally drops into his life.  Index is a nun who is from a secret magical branch of the Church of England and she has the contents of 130,000 forbidden magical books stored in her head.  This has made Index a target for other rouge magicians who want the power these books contain. Toma decides he has to protect Index and this is where this wacky anime begins. There are a lot of funny scenes and the plot line that runs throughout this series is good but it is one of those take it or leave it anime.  I would recommend this one if you have nothing else to watch and just want something funny to watch. Even though this anime has a lot of action and it is funny, I just felt it was lacking something and in the end it is not one of those that made you want to shout about it.        

Photos via photobucket, video via youtube

Applying Modern Film Editing to 1900's Footage

What happens when you apply modern editing to film footage from the 1900's? By correcting the frame rate, stabilising the motion and enhancing the images to HD, suddenly the past doesn't look so old.

Wash Your Hands In The Streets of London

This great concept piece by Julia Kononenko is a wooden three-dimension basin representing the streets of central part of London. The London map choice being a tribute to the fact that it was England where first industrial products had appeared back in the XVIII century.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Handpainted Type Piece

Nice handpainted typographical piece by Job Wouters at the Walker Art Center....


London Tube MindMelt

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 YOU decide which direction the Tube is travelling....


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dead Mans Bones- Dead Hearts Video

So messed up in a good way..

DEAD MAN'S BONES - DEAD HEARTS from Zach Shields on Vimeo.


Chocolate Nike Air Max

Full-scale replica chocolate Nike Air Max's by Joost Goudriaan....


The Rain Room

Such a good idea! Walking through rain without getting wet. The Rain Room installation which was at The Barbican was one of their best pieces recently...

Pedro Matos LA Show 2013

"Pedros Matos’ first LA exhibition ‘Building Castles Made of Sand’ opens on 17th May at Martha Otero Gallery. The exhibition will feature a new series of oil paintings on canvas and azulejo panels – a traditional Portuguese medium of hand-painted, tin-glazed ceramic tile work. It runs until June 15th and is definitely worth checking out to see his unique style of work made up of layering and the huge variety of textures and mediums he works with. "

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