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LeVar Burton to Narrate
Happy Holidays! As long-time fans know, the film script had no narration after 2009. But by 2014, I realized sparse, elegant narration would be key to making the film work well. I kept quiet until the right narration was ready.But not narration by any just narrator - I wanted the gifted voice of a trained actor --intelligent, expressive and truthful. I listened to dozens of voices and one person stood...
Bryan Adams & ISR – new video
Bryan Adams, yeah that Bryan Adams, released a new music video that he also directed, "Please Stay" that uses footage from the film in a beautiful way. It's a bucket list level thrill for me as songs like "Run to You", "Cuts like a Knife" and "Summer of Sixty-Nine" are always in my top playlist rotation.How did this happen? Well, it almost didn't. I got...
September/October 2017 screenshots
In case you've missed our social media posts recently, here is some stuff from the Milky Way Grand Zoom, SDSS flybys and the final mosaic by the Cassini spacecraft before it plunged into Saturn (with a quote from the film)....
ISR to attend Cassini Grand Finale
CASSINI's Grand Finale - We will be there Live! In case you have not heard, the end of Cassini's historic mission is Sept. 15th next week with a dramatic plunge into Saturn's atmosphere. It is both a sad and joyous occasion and we are thrilled to have be invited to attend with full media credentials. What does that mean for you?Exclusive live coverage on our...
May 4th 2018
The film premieres on the giant screen on May 4th, 2018, International Space Day and Star Wars day, locations to be announced soon....
New Screenshots NGC 1300 Approach
Film production is rolling along and official release date announcement coming soon (yes, this one is for real :) Here are some screenshots off the render farm. This is the approach through SDSS data to high resolution Hubble image of NGC 1300 galaxy. ...
Screenshot Gallery #1 – Zeitgeist
If you've been following on Instagram or Twitter, work is completing on the Zeitgeist section of the film that illustrates the loss of the night sky which I believe contributes to a lack of interest in space & space exploration.Here is preliminary frames (not color corrected and photo arrangements etc. will vary in final version) featuring Colin Legg's stunning 5 camera timelapse and 88,000 public...
Twitter & Instagram alive & kicking
As the film is coming together, we have lot more we can share now that the many long months of work on the mother of all renders is complete.So we have our Twitter (@insaturnsrings) and Instagram (in_saturns_rings) feeds up and running. And they will stay running daily with rare exceptions. We will be sharing quick and dirty images, screen captures and exclusive video filmed off...
Update on Final Renders – Screenshots!
Work on the film is humming along, especially now that the most complex photoanimation is in the can so to speak - thanks again to our volunteer render machines that made 5.5 years of machine render time happen in 3 months.We are still on schedule from the release date (Q2/3 2018) we announced last September. Footage for the first third of the film is coming...
Casualties of War
It's been a quiet period on the blog but a long churn on the film. The most complicated render in photoanimation history is wrapping up. Roughly 50 computers (15 here and 25 awesome volunteers) have been churning since January. Here are the specs:Total of 970 frames for an approx 40 second shot of slow approach into 5.1 million galaxies images Render output is 5600...