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Now Seeking 16GB RAM Render machines! Free Perks!
We have successfully tested the render process on machines with 16GB of RAM and now only requires Adobe After Effect 2015.3. We now also supply the plugins needed. This should allow us to bring more machines.In a testing on  2.3 Ghz i7 Mac Mini (late 2012 model) with 16GB of RAM, it will take around 360 hours to render 10 frames or 36 hours per...
Update on Film’s Progress
Blog updates have been a bit slow but will pick back up here. Some of you may recall my (Stephen van Vuuren, the director) ankle surgeries from 2014 & 2015.  Long story short, those surgeries failed and I've been on waiting list in 2016 for experimental bone transplant surgery. My number came up in December and surgery was Jan 4th. Everything has gone well so...
All donor emails sent!
The donor emails with your donor status have been sent out to all donors on the film. We've sent over 1000 emails one at a time, so thanks for you patience.If you're a Kickstarter backer, we've sent links to your digital downloads of the music recording. We've had 152 Kickstarter backers to date download the perks - a good portion but more than half of...
Most complex photo animation in history
I'm finalizing the layers and "camera POV" for the most complex animation of photographs in history (that I can find). The overall sequence will feature 5.1 million individual galaxy photographs from SDSS (mid-ground), 8.6 Terrapixels of distant galaxies (background) and 10 high resolution multiplane images of galaxies from Hubble and ESO sources. We split it up into 10 sections, once for each high resolution galaxies...
Seeking Render machines! Free Perks!
Remember the talk of the massive, most complex render yet? Well it's underway now - and we are looking for volunteer machines to help render.You will earn perks too! For each frame (the film is 24 frames per second and this sequence runs around 40 seconds i.e. 960 frames) you render successfully, you earn $24 of donation value. 10 frames will get you a lovely...
What’s up this week on ISR
While the SDSS assemblies I mentioned in the last post are rendering away, I'm working on finishing out the rest of the connective tissue on our journey from the Big Bang (sound only, no pictures) to the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation from the Planck satellite through the oldest galaxies and to our first SDSS sequence which starts around ARP273.If you recall from the detailed history...
arp273 midground SDSS
Sneak Peak at SDSS Multiplane
For those that slogged through the 10-part history and current state of the film, we are now resuming regular posts on the current work on the film as we move to complete.We went into detail there on the multiplane aspects but here's a quick look at the multiplane. This is still from a check render of the mid-ground of the most complex part of the...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 10
Read Part 9 here The home stretch And so, like any pioneering journey of firsts, we know we are getting close to our goal, but are just not sure exactly how long it will take. Sure, the next time we will know exactly. I would love to think someone else will attempt to make another multi-plane photo-animation like our film.The home stretch is a much simpler, more...
WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 9
Read Part 8 here The work today, building the universe So since early 2014, the primary and often sole task on the film has been the opening section. Although other volunteers have continued work on improving and finishing other sections, that work won’t be wrapped up until the opening section is ready to go. The rest of film is still about 90% complete but most of that...