1. What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal. (NY Times)

  3. Portrait of a Runner, by Sean Michael and MP Cunningham.

  4. An ode to summer, the first of 3 films by Mark Mazur.

  5. Fresh Guacamole - an animated short film by PES (and the shortest film ever to be nominated for an Oscar). Spend 100 seconds and enjoy.

  6. On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended 128,100 feet above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. He broke the speed of sound while free-falling back to Earth, setting three world records in the process.

    This is the footage from the 7 GoPro cameras attached to his spacesuit.

    (Source: twistedsifter.com)

  7. How to make French macarons.

  8. Known for its holiday marketing, this year’s offering from John Lewis (the UK department store chain) is the animated short, The Bear & The Hare. It’s a cute story about a bear who has never seen Christmas.

    But if you really want to see something astounding, watch how they made it.

    (Complete credits here.)

  9. A beautiful example of animation and live-action working together in this clip from the short documentary “A Valsa Do Pódio” (“The Podium Waltz”).

    The movie tells the story of Terezinha Guilhermina, a visually impaired Brazilian runner who, with the help of her guide Guilherme Santana, won two gold medals in the London 2012 Paralympics, and since then is the world record holder in the 100 meters sprint.

    This scene shows one of the most dramatic moments in the whole Paralympics, the 400 meters T12 final, where Guilherme was injured and fell down, after which Terezinha decided to stop.

    (Animations by Daniel Bruson.)

  10. A brilliant short by Big Lazy Robot VFX about our obsession with iPhones (and all things Apple).