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LeVar Burton Narration announce
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 out.We are honored, excited and humbled to have LeVar Burton agree to narrate the film. Much more about this over the next few months. "Your Name Here" - in the credits with LeVar Burton If you want to have your name in the film along with LeVar Burton's, you need to act fast. The credits of the film will be put together soon, so we are closing the window for donations that include a screen credit at the end of this year - just a few days away. And if you are one of our awesome backers, you can move up the list closer to LeVar. Your generous donations will help us cover the recording and mixing costs of the narration.Tax Deductible donations can be made here: DONATE Regular donations can be made here: DONATEA complete list of perks for donors/backers is here:  PERKS...
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)....
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 domain historical images....
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 monitors of footage, project files and other BTS material that won't be released online any other way as on Facebook & email we tend to share more formal type information.Twitter and Instagram will have similar content but not exactly the same with retweets etc.Real insider stuff - enjoy! ...
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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 sequence. There are approximately 1.2 million galaxies from here (the points of lights are ALL galaxies, not stars) from the Sloane Digital Sky Survery (SDSS), each placed in correct position and scale from SDSS database measurements.These are galaxies close to our foreground star (not pictured) and will also have a million more galaxies in the background (not pictured). The wide shot does not really indicate the incredible density of galaxies here so this image gives a crop and zoom so you get a sense.You should also note the "yellowish" look of the galaxies. This is because almost every galaxy is hurtling away from us as the universe continues to accelerate its expansion. This "red-shift" means most galaxies tend to be on the warm looking side of the color spectrum.More soon as we have foreground and background planes combined. We are making sure rendering is stable on various render boxes first as it will the most complex assembly render of the film due to the huge size of background and foreground planes and the 1.2 million individual mid-ground planes....
Welcome to the new site!
At long last, as long promised, we have the new and official website for In Saturn's Rings. Complete with the new official look for the film with a logo built off an actual frame from the film. A huge thank you is due to two amazing volunteers who've donated this entire site to the film, Tia Hidayat and Jamie Lawson. Be sure to check out Tia's company http://www.twelve31media.com/ if you want a site as beautiful and functional as this one.What's here?A great new home page with the question everybody asks - When? - that is easy for us to update as news happens. One place, one answer to the question I get about 12 times a day :) Want more info? While this site has been developed, I've written down over 12.000! words on mostly complete history of the film that is up-t0-date and explains where the film is, why the long process and exactly how we are doing the work. Be sure to subscribe and follow as we roll this out with a new post each week in shorter, digestible chunks. Lots of new content for the eyes - sexy new gallery, video clips, behind-the-scenes and more - explore! Up-to-date list of backers and donors - including our long missing Kickstarter backers who made Adagio for Strings possible. ...
Latest News on Film
In case you missed the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bnTZff, the latest update on the film is: 7.5 Million Photographs!!! It's a hot summer in Greensboro, NC, but I'm only occasionally seeing the sun. Lots of news in this update: 7.5 Million Photographs, Adagio for Strings on the radio, welcoming a new sponsor, and "the silver lining" of the film's delays.So many photographs...
Processing…Processing…Processing…
The blog has not gone away, just a little quiet as the last 4 months has presented the most difficult and challenging work in the film with the SDSS galaxy cleanup. Here's a timelapse I slapped together to give you a taste of what I've been doing since mid January - and will continue to be doing until into June.[ba-vimeoflex videoid="126973394"]...
Final Pickup Shots (all 30k!) complete – Timelapse Shoot Wrap
If you recall from the last update, I was getting ready to embark to the Outer Banks, Rodanthe, NC to shoot stills and time-lapses for the finale of the film. Like other items, this shoot was delayed for over a year due to ankle & health issues. But it is complete. I shot almost 30,000 stills, mostly time-lapse but also some panoramic images.The ending of the film was originally very different - it was originally going to be the only CGI/non-science part of the film with a hypothetical "Earth with Saturn's Rings" sequence. But this begin popping up all over the web as lots of people had similar ideas, so a couple of years ago, I wrote a new ending based around empty launch pads at Kennedy Space Center. After my ankle injury delayed getting the shoot scheduled until late December last year, I hoped to have it shot in by January or early February at the latest.But you don't win every battle. NASA, SpaceX and US Air Force red tape proved to be to unresponsive to a small entity like In Saturn's Rings. We actually got NASA's clearance after lots of effort but never anything more. So I had to go back to the script and come up with another idea. I noticed a line about Carl Sagan's beautiful metaphor about as being "on the shores of the Cosmic Ocean". And there we have it. I think it will be a beautiful ending to the film.So, it's "in the can" - now, back to star cleanup as the images get processed. Here are a few sample frames from the shoot. Be sure to click for larger image :...