Levels1 season, 19 episodes
Experts in their crafts explain how to complete the simplest and most complex tasks in their chosen profession.
CulturePianist and composer Nahre Sol attempts to play "Happy Birthday" in 16 levels of complexity. Nahre starts playing the iconic tune with just one finger and adds more and more layers until she's playing it with extended harmonies, elongated melodies and staggered leaps. Watch and see how it all comes together!
SportsPro skater Tony Hawk explains ground and vert skateboarding in 21 levels of difficulty. From the olllie to the 900 and the heelflip 720, watch how Tony demonstrates and breaks down everything that goes into these tricks.
GadgetsKnife maker Chelsea Miller explains knife making in 6 levels of difficulty. From a wooden knife to a chef's knife made from raw materials, watch how Chelsea demonstrates and breaks down everything that goes into the making of a knife.
CultureOrigami artist and physicist Robert J. Lang explains origami in 11 levels of difficulty. From a simple, traditional cicada to an extremely intricate one, watch how Robert J. Lang demonstrates and breaks down everything that goes into the art of origami.
How-ToIce sculptor Shintaro Okamoto explains the art of sculpting ice in 10 levels of difficulty. The angelfish is one of the most historical designs in the ice sculpting community, so it's the perfect place to start. Shintaro explains how you can create an angelfish design in increasing levels of complexity, from using simple hand tools to CNC machining the piece. 3D ice printing footage courtesy of McGill University.
How-To2005 Female World Beatbox Champion Butterscotch explains the art of beatboxing in 13 levels of difficulty. Starting with just the bass drum, Butterscotch layers more and more vocal drums and instruments on top of each other until she starts adding real, live instruments as well.
CultureArtist TM Davy explains how to draw a self-portrait in 11 levels of increasing complexity. Starting off with the ubiquitous "solar head" and moving on to portraits that implement light, shadow and color, TM Davy deftly describes how a drawing evolves through materials and techniques. TM Davy is an New York-based artist and a professor at the School of Visual Arts. To see more of his work visit: http://www.tmdavy.com/ and @tmdavy on Instagram.
How-ToYo-yo champion Harrison Lee explains yo-yo tricks in 26 levels of difficulty. Starting with tricks using an unresponsive yo-yo, Harrison progresses until he's popping the yo-yo into the air, and dancing the string in and out of the yo-yo's axle.
CultureCardistry pioneers Dan and Dave Buck explain cardistry in 22 levels of difficulty. From a foundational Z-Grip to complicated cuts like the Leno, watch how these two card innovators demonstrate and break down everything that goes into the art of card handling.
CultureSAFETY DISCLAIMER: Talent is a trained expert at operating these knives. Anyone who is not a trained professional and is learning to operate these knives should only use a dull trainer knife to prevent injury. Professional balisong flipper Corbin Lovins explains balisong tricks in 24 levels of difficulty.
CulturePumpkin carving master James Hall explains pumpkin carving in 13 spooky levels of difficulty. The 2-time 'Halloween Wars' winner breaks down a variety of pumpkin carving techniques, ranging from simple to incredibly complex.
SportsProfessional dunker C.J. Champion explains dunking in 21 levels of difficulty. From from standard, basic dunk on an 8 foot hoop to jumping over whole other people, watch as C.J. breaks down all there is to know about the art of dunking a basketball.
SportsProfessional pool player Tony Robles explains eight-ball pool in 15 levels of difficulty, from easy to complex. Tony explains everything from the most basic fundamentals of pool, to dazzling trick shots that only the most skilled pool players can pull off.
CultureArtist Carlos Mare (aka Mare 139) explains graffiti in 12 levels of difficulty, from easy to complex. Carlos explains everything from the simple tags and throwies to how he crafts a masterpiece using a variety of advanced spraying techniques.
CultureTurntablism is the art of using the turntable as a musical instrument. DJ Shortkut explains turntablism in 15 levels of difficulty, from easy to complex. Shortkut starts with the very basics of scratching all the way to complicated techniques like beat juggling. Director: Tim Cruz Director of Photography: Grant Bell Editor: Cory Stevens Talent: DJ ShortKut Producer: Adam Davis-McGee Line Producer: Joseph Buscemi Associate Producer: Melissa Cho Production Manager(s): Peter Brunette, Andressa Pelachi Casting Producer: Nick Sawyer Camera Operator: Oliver Lukacs Audio: Paul Cornett Production Assistant: Eric Bittencourt Props: Modernica Props Post Production Supervisor(s): Nicholas Ascanio, Alexa Deutsch Post Production Coordinator: Ian Bryant Supervising Editor: Doug Larsen Assistant Editor: Billy Ward Music Supervisor: Lindsay Capacio Archive Credits: Getty Images Special Thanks: True Sound Recording
CultureProfessional prosthetic makeup artist Meg Wilbur explains special effects makeup in 11 levels of difficulty, from easy to complex. Special effects makeup is a really broad category, so Meg defines complexity as increasingly elaborate flourishes, texture and detail in her work. Meg goes over everything from temporary tattoos to prosthetic face applications and dry-brushing. MEG WILBUR: https://www.instagram.com/littlemonsterdoll/?hl=en BRITTANY TURPEN: https://www.instagram.com/brittanyyynicole/ ANDREW SCOTT MILLER: https://www.instagram.com/andrewscottmiller/ Director: Tim Cruz Director of Photography: Ricardo Pomares Editor: Louville Moore Talent: Meg Wilbur Producers: Adam Davis-McGee, Katherine Wzorek Line Producer: Joseph Buscemi Associate Producer: Melissa Cho Production Managers: Peter Brunette, Andressa Pelachi Production Coordinator: Carol Wachockier Set Decorator: Leah Waters-Katz Audio: Paul Cornett Cam Op/Gaffer: Nick Massey Production Assistants: Phillip Arliss, Devin Beckwith, Ariel Labasan Post Production Supervisor: Alexa Deutsch Post Production Coordinator: Ian Bryant Supervising Editor: Doug Larsen Assistant Editor: Diego Rentsch Special Thanks: Meg's Assistant Brittany Turpen, model Andrew Miller
CultureJ.D. Lenzen, the inventor of fusion knotting, explains knot tying in 15 levels of difficulty, from easy to complex. J.D. starts from the very beginning, with overhead, bowline, and square knots, and moves all the way into more advanced knots that are created in combination with many other different types of knots. Director: Maya Dangerfield Director of Photography: Florian Pilsl Editor: Richard Trammell Talent: JD Lenzen Producer: Katherine Wzorek Line Producer: Joseph Buscemi Associate Producer: Melissa Cho Production Manager: Eric Martinez Production Coordinator: Fernando Davila Audio: Simon Gordon Cam Op/Gaffer: Shreyans Zaveri Production Assistant: Nathan Vega Post Production Supervisor: Alexa Deutsch Post Production Coordinator: Ian Bryant Supervising Editor: Doug Larsen Assistant Editor: Diego Rentsch
CultureProfessional drummer and educator Larnell Lewis explains drumming in 13 levels of difficulty, from easy to complex. The Snarky Puppy percussionist explains how drum techniques build upon each other as the easiest levels incorporate the hi-hat, bass and snare drums, and more difficult levels include polyrhythms, the floor tom, ride cymbals, syncopation and much more. Director: Sean Dacanay Director of Photography: Paul Neal Editor: Jordan Calig Talent: Larnell Lewis Producer: Maya Dangerfield Line Producer: Joseph Buscemi Associate Producer: Samantha Vélez Production Manager: Eric Martinez Production Coordinator: Fernando Davila Sound Engineer: George Seara Audio: Alain Letourneau Cam Op: Jerome W. Tan Gaffer: Jason Ballesteros Production Assistant: Gavin Lee Post Production Supervisor: Alexa Deutsch Post Production Coordinator: Ian Bryant Supervising Editor: Doug Larsen Assistant Editor: Billy Ward Audio Mix Engineer: Ben Lindell
CultureChampion pen spinner Peter Davis explains pen spinning in 21 levels of difficulty, from easy to complex. Pen spinning is a lot like juggling, and Peter goes over some simple techniques like charging and wipers before moving onto more complicated moves like threading and charge removal.