I am always fascinated by the creative ways that people design Rube Goldberg machines.
Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and engineer whose drawings depicted complex machines that would complete a simple task though a series of elaborate sequences.  The first version of this that I ever saw was the Breakfast Machine in the movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
What makes these so surreal is that most of the contraptions are making use of objects that have one intended purpose but are used for a different purpose.  After all, surrealism is about bringing beauty to the mundane – taking ordinary, banal objects and giving them an extraordinary capability.  A good example of this is in the Rube Goldberg machine I showed on one of my CineMagic segments on Mystery School Monday. This machine from 2D Photography uses all kinds of different photography equipment in an elaborate setup to accomplish the simple task of taking a photo. Yet, much of the equipment is not utilized for it’s intended purpose but is instead used to facilitate the sequence of events.
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The fact that this was shown in one, continuous camera shot makes this even more remarkable. I cannot imagine the time and energy it took to plan out exactly how this series of events would work. And then to build it and make the necessary adjustments to make it flow smoothly. This, for me, is a great lesson in the benefit of taking our time when creating new things.  It’s so easy to be in a hurry to finish a project just to get it done. But this tendency usually does not produce favorable results.  Instead, if we slow down and take our time to really construct something piece by piece, with great attention to detail, the results are often far superior.
Here is another great Rube Goldberg Machine designed for the OK Go Music Video of This Too Shall Pass:
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