Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of HBO's 1983 Promo Video


Today, anyone with a basic grasp of Photoshop can recreate famous television logos on their computer. But before the digital age, studios were forced to get creative. Twitter user Andrew Wiseman recently shined a spotlight on this chapter in TV history when he posted a behind-the-scenes shot of the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française logo. The image is composed of white lines and text against a black background. It could have easily been a 2D drawing, but in order to get the luminescent look they were going for, the crew built a 3D model with a web of string.

Colossal shared another classic example of a television promo that was built on a sound stage instead of inside a computer. This 1983 clip from HBO was shown between movies. Instead of filming an actual city, the network built a scaled-down model town. Even the colored lights that streak across the HBO logo were physical objects—in this case, fiber optic lights attached to a rig.

You can watch HBO’s full behind-the-scenes featurette below.

[h/t Colossal]

6 Protective Mask Bundles You Can Get On Sale

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Daily life has changed immeasurably since the onset of COVID-19, and one of the ways people have had to adjust is by wearing protective masks out in public places, including in parks and supermarkets. These are an essential part of fighting the spread of the virus, and there are plenty of options for you depending on what you need, whether your situation calls for disposable masks to run quick errands or the more long-lasting KN95 model if you're going to work. Check out some options you can pick up on sale right now.

1. Cotton Face Masks; $20 for 4

Protective Masks with Patterns.

This four-pack of washable cotton face masks comes in tie-dye, kids patterns, and even a series of mustache patterns, so you can do your part to mask germs without also covering your personality.

Buy it: $20 for four (50 percent off)

2. CE- and FDA-Approved KN95 Mask; $50 for 10

A woman putting on a protective mask.

You’ve likely heard about the N95 face mask and its important role in keeping frontline workers safe. Now, you can get a similar model for yourself. The KN95 has a dual particle layer, which can protect you from 99 percent of particles in the air and those around you from 70 percent of the particles you exhale. Nose clips and ear straps provide security and comfort, giving you some much-needed peace of mind.

Buy it: $50 for 10 (50 percent off)

3. Three-Ply Masks; $13 for 10

Woman wearing a three-ply protective mask.

These three-ply, non-medical, non-woven face masks provide a moisture-proof layer against your face with strong filtering to keep you and everyone around you safe. The middle layer filters non-oily particles in the air and the outer layer works to block visible objects, like droplets.

Buy it: $13 for 10 (50 percent off)

4. Disposable masks; $44 for 50

A batch of disposable masks.
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If the thought of reusing the same mask from one outing to the next makes you feel uneasy, there’s a disposable option that doesn’t compromise quality; in fact, it uses the same three-layered and non-woven protection as other masks to keep you safe from airborne particles. Each mask in this pack of 50 can be worn safely for up to 10 hours. Once you're done, safely dispose of it and start your next outing with a new one.

Buy it: $44 for 50 (41 percent off)

5. Polyester Masks; $22 for 5

Polyester protective masks.

These masks are a blend of 95 percent polyester and 5 percent spandex, and they work to block particles from spreading in the air. And because they're easily compressed, they can travel with you in your bag or pocket, whether you're going to work or out to the store.

Buy it: $22 for five (56 percent off)

6. Mask Protector Cases; $15 for 3

Protective mask case.

You're going to need to have a stash of masks on hand for the foreseeable future, so it's a good idea to protect the ones you’ve got. This face mask protector case is waterproof and dust-proof to preserve your mask as long as possible.

Buy it: $15 for three (50 percent off)

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The Criterion Channel Is Making Seminal Films by Black Filmmakers Free to Stream

Alva Rogers, Barbara-O, and Trula Hoosier in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991).
Alva Rogers, Barbara-O, and Trula Hoosier in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991).
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To celebrate Black filmmakers and help educate viewers about the Black experience in America, the Criterion Collection is making a number of films by Black filmmakers—and documentaries by white filmmakers that focus on Black history—free to stream on the Criterion Channel.

As IndieWire reports, the selection includes: Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground (1982), one of the first feature films directed by a Black woman; Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman (1996), the first feature film directed by a Black lesbian; Maya Angelou’s directorial debut Down in the Delta (1998); Julie Dash’s 1991 film Daughters in the Dust, about a multigenerational family in the Gullah community in the early 20th century; Agnès Varda’s 1968 documentary Black Panthers; and many more.

In addition to giving non-subscribers access to important films that are already in the collection, Criterion is taking a closer look at which works earn a spot in that highly elite collection in the first place.

“We’ve met as a company and a community to talk openly about the work we need to do to build a better, more equitable, more diverse Criterion, beginning with education and training for our ownership and our staff,” Criterion president Peter Becker and CEO Jonathan Turell said in a statement. “We are also committed to examining the role we play in the idea of canon formation, whose voices get elevated, and who gets to decide what stories get told."

The company has also announced the creation of an ongoing fund “to support organizations fighting racism in America, including bail funds, community organizations, legal defense funds, and advocacy groups that address police reform.” Their initial pledge is $25,000, with an additional $5000 per month going forward, and they plan to share details about which organizations they’re donating to on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.

You can browse the full offering of free films here.

[h/t IndieWire]