Clever little otter uses his own face to make a sprinkler for his pool party


Otters shouldn’t be underestimated. They can chase grown men to cars, make snow sleds of their own bodies and make DIY sprinklers on a whim — with their adorable little furry faces.

A clever little Asian small-clawed otter figured out how to make a home sprinkler system from a pipe pouring into his Wellington Zoo waterhole.

Filmed on Jan. 2 by a keeper, the Facebook video shows the male otter using his little snout to spray the water everywhere like a gleeful toddler. The zoo’s five otters, Bay, Eko, Si, Bhutan and Jambi, know how to pool party. Read more…

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LFF Review: Brazilian Film ‘Good Manners’ is a Clever Horror Creation

Good Manners

This Brazilian horror drama film falls under the category of WTF?!, but it’s so so so good. Good Manners, or As Boas Maneiras in Portuguese, is a film from Brazil set in São Paulo that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. If I am to sum it up in one sentence it would be: a Brazilian, lesbian, musical, werewolf drama. It’s kind of a horror film, but not really, much more of a drama with some horrific elements. Good Manners is the most clever, refreshing reinvention of the werewolf film in years. It will make you freak out and laugh and cover your eyes and throw your hands up aghast in bewilderment. The less you know about it going in, the more enjoyable the experience will be when you finally watch it unfold. So be careful with what you read. ›››

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Watch: Clever FaceTime Call Horror Short ‘Where Is It’ Will Spook You

Where Is It Short Film

“Oh, that’s okay, it came with the house anyway, so… no big deal, I guess!” We’re almost into October, which means it’s just about time for the horror season. To kick things off (a bit early) we’re sharing this fun, freaky horror short film titled Where Is It, from co-directors Zak White and Todd Spence. This clever little horror short is about two friends who connect up over FaceTime for a chat. One of them just returned home from a trip, and the other watched her house while she was away. She accidentally broke an old mirror that was on the wall, neither thinks much of it. But apparently it has some importance to someone in the house. ›››

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Watch: Here Are 5 Clever DIY Tips All Filmmakers Should Know About

Need some nifty tricks to tackle some common filmmaking issues? Well, you’re in luck!

For DIY filmmakers, it’s always nice to have solutions to problems that are 1.) cheap or free, 2.) easy to pull off, and 3.) can be done using stuff that’s probably lying around your house right now. If you’re looking for a few new DIY tricks to add to your repertoire, you might want to check out the latest video from the Film Riot team. Learn how to fake a crowd, create colored light without gels, and get that iconic anamorphic light flare with nothing more than some fishing wire. Check it out below:

Here are the DIY tips host Ryan Connolly mentions in the video:

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Video: 5 Clever Filmmaking Tricks You Should Know About

Learn how to pull off some of the oldest (but best) tricks in the filmmaking book.

Filmmaking has a lot of secret tricks of the trade that a beginner may not be aware of—until now! Ryan Connolly and the rest of the crew over at Film Riot have made a video detailing five simple filmmaking tricks that you can use in almost every of your projects, including how to make a room appear bigger than it is, how to make sexy movie sweat, and how to shoot for the reverse. Check it out below:

How to make a room bigger

Some spaces don’t leave you with much room to work with, which makes it difficult to get the coverage you want without making the scene feel claustrophobic. Luckily, there’s a way pros maximize small spaces to give the illusion that the scene is taking place in a bigger, more spacious location. If you’re shooting something like an over-the-shoulder scene, simply shoot one character’s dialogue from one side of the room, and then move your camera to the opposite side to pick up the other’s.

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