Behind the Scenes

Stephen van Vuuren (right), filmmaker, talks to supervising recording engineer Francois Arbour, center, while resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra Nate Beversluis sits nearby at Westover Church. Photo by Mark Wagoner.
Nate Beversluis, resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, works on the orchestral recordings of the film. Photo by Mark Wagoner.
Sound mixing of the Adagio in Strings recordings by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Filmmaker Stephen Van Vuuren working on In Saturn's Rings.
Some of the 111,000-plus photographs being processed and stitched from a five-camera timelapse Colin Legg shot for the film. It's consuming eight machines and about 100TB of work space.
Here is a screenshot of the nebulae images that will feature in the opening sequence of the film. Jason Harwell has been leading a team of image processors working on these images as well as all the galaxies from Hubble, ESO and lots more.
Working on the film using multiple computers.
Building the Universe and building a computer. Basically, a typical Friday night on In Saturn's Rings.
The In Saturn's Rings storage server/render farm includes five computers built from parts of old machines.
Another sneak peek on our work!
Here is a screenshot of the final mix session from the Adagio for Strings orchestral recordings.
Render boxes running Photoshop CC scripts creating 10,000 x 10,000 pixel tiles of galaxies from SDSS.
Eight machines placing the background 5.1 million galaxies from SDSS data and arranging them by the location and distance from Earth.
A screenshot of some of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey rendered tiles.
This is the second-most populated rendered tiles of the 289 we have with about 530,000 galaxies. Fortunately, the majority of the tiles have far fewer galaxies in the areas where we are not flying through.
Bill Eberly, Stefan Jeglinski, Joshua Elliot and more have been working since April 2014 on image rendering.