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In Saturn’s Rings @ Astronomy Days
Watch and share! This is a promo piece for film that really shows the wide range of audience appeal for the film. It was shot at Astronomy Days by a friend and long-time supporter Ioannis Batsios (visit his website here).[ba-vimeoflex videoid="61027354"]...
The Big News – Global Distribution!
Some wonderful holiday news for In Saturn's Rings and all of the wonderful supporters who have believed in this project over the years. I'm excited and grateful to announce that the film has signed a global distribution agreement with BIG and Digital Distribution for distribution in IMAX® Theaters, IMAX® Dome theaters, giant screen, fulldome planetarium and digital cinema venues world-wide.Simply, this means the film now has the opportunity to be seen on the truly big screen by people in all parts of the world. It's no longer just a dream, it's a reality. Everyone who has believed in this can pat themselves on the back for helping make this happen.You can read the full press release here: ISR_DistributionRelease12-17-12 or in the text from below, but here are the key bullet points:BIG and Digital is a distributor that specializes in films for IMAX® theaters, giant screen and fulldome theaters, run by Tina Ratterman, a veteran of the industry. The release plan is for a completion of a preview cut in December 2013 and industry premiere in spring 2014 I retain final cut of the content of the film AND the film's production stays as a non-profit undertaking supported by you The raw materials and methods developed by the film will be open sourced and released in the educational outreach with the release of the film to benefit the entire space and educational communities worldwide.Be sure to follow the film on the new Facebook page (be sure to turn notifications on!) and Twitter feed.FULL TEXT OF PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBIG & DIGITAL SECURES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO THE SATURN FILM BY STEPHEN VAN VUURENHENDERSON, NEVADA (December 17, 2012) – BIG & Digital, LLC and SV2 Studios, LLC announced today that In Saturn's Rings will be distributed worldwide by BIG & Digital to the network of IMAX®, Giant Screen, and Full-Dome Theaters. The film will be released in early 2014. In Saturn’s Rings is a non-profit giant-screen space art film, produced by SV2 Studios, that takes audiences on the ultimate journey of the mind and spirit from the big bang to the wonders of the Solar System climaxing with the Cassini-Huygens Mission at Saturn.Over One Million photographs, manipulated to create full motion, make up the film's visuals for a photographic fly-through of deep space. Using innovative visual techniques developed by the filmmaker, In Saturn’s Rings lets audiences fly through space and time using real photographs, not CGI. The film will feature powerful music by Ferry Corsten, William Orbit, Samuel Barber and melds narrative visual poetry and science into a rich and emotional experience. The imagery, synchronized to powerful and moving music, provides a direct and powerful opportunity of exploring space.“We're very excited to work with BIG & Digital to bring the film to the network of Giant Screen Theaters,” said Stephen van Vuuren of SV2 Studios. “In Saturn’s Rings is literally a big and digital film, so this is a perfect match for presenting the film in the best light to the industry.”“I have been following Stephen's film several years and I appreciate his passion for a unique and scientific space film that reaches an emotional level with audiences. The film is different than the space films that have come before it and we are looking forward to be bringing this film to theaters worldwide,” said Tina Ratterman, founder of BIG & Digital.A one minute clip with millions of views on the internet was named one of NASA’s “Astronomy Pictures of the Day.” The online space and scientific communities support and endorse the project including resources and support from Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and The Planetary Society. Individual scientists from NASA, JPL, ESA and numerous other scientific institutions are active advisors and volunteers.More than a dozen volunteer scientists, photographers and image processors are working directly on the production creating custom programs, processing lunar imagery, and creating stunning time-lapse of the dark sky at giant screen resolutions. More information on the film can be found at www.in_saturnsrings.com and updates and announcements can be received through social media:Twitter - @in_saturnsringsFacebook at www.facebook.com/insaturnsringsmovieDistribution and leasing information is available from BIG & Digital. Contact: info@biganddigital.com or 702-932-4045.About SV2 StudiosSV2 Studios was founded by filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren in 2000 to focus on digital cinema production. SV2 Studios has produced a range of multimedia projects, including award-winning short and feature length films. The company also provides digital cinema mastering to independent filmmakers. Van Vuuren has become a leading photographic animation artist while creating the stunning visuals for In Saturn's Rings.About BIG & Digital, LLCBIG & Digital specializes in distribution of 15/70mm and digital giant screen content to museums, attractions and planetariums. BIG & Digital was founded in March 2009 by Tina Ratterman. Ratterman is a veteran in the giant screen industry with more than 15 years of successful marketing and distribution experience. More information can be found at www.biganddigital.com.# # #...
Last Few Days for Team 11 signup! Don’t miss your chance!
Team 11 is the rock that has made the film possible. What is Team 11? One or more persons pledge $11 or more a month, tax-deductible, to the film. These monthly donations have been critical in helping cover computer power bills, screening fees, computer repairs and other ongoing expenses. Without them, progress would have been far slower and more erratic.Each Team 11 gets a ton of special perks listed here only available to Team 11 members including inside secrets. THEY ALREADY KNOW WHAT THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS. But with the release of the film late next year, the window to join up closes this Sunday.Sign your Team up today - click here!...
Ray Bradbury remembered by Andrew Chaikin
I've been very fortunate with all the smart, talented and accomplished people who have endorsed and supported the film. One of those is noted space author and journalist, Andrew Chaikin. He recently was on NPR to remember Ray Bradbury and I was very moved by what he had to say.http://www.npr.org/2012/06/07/154485146/remembering-ray-bradbury ...
Donor List Updated on Website
Finally, after long delays,the list of the donors that make this film possible has been updated, revised and edited.Most importantly, you donors have my undying gratitude for believing in and supporting so tangibly this dream of mine that is now a reality.If you have not yet donated, please check the amazing list of the over 100 people who have donated. If you are a donor, please check the list to make sure your listing is correct and contact me if you find any errors.And thanks again for inspiring me to make this film the best it can possibly be.  ...
Team 11 Signup – closing in three weeks!
Team 11 is the rock that this film depends on. Individuals, families, groups of friends pool resources and contribute at least $11 a month to help the production of the film. It started off as a concept to tie to the original release date of the film, 11/11/11. Of course, if you know the history of the film, an 18-month delay waiting for software and a couple of bumps have pushed that date back to fall 2013.But, with impressive awesomeness, the Team 11's have stuck by the film. Some have eased back then added back in when money has been tight. But without them, the film would have struggled during the lean times.In the last year, Team 11 has paid for failed computer parts, backup services, computer power bills, membership in Giant Screen Cinema Association, screening fees to show the film in Paris to IMAX theaters in Europe, Africa & Asia, expenses for file transfers of the many photographs used in the film and much, much more.But your chance to be a part of the key support of the film is ending. With the release of the film coming and to be fair to the current Teams, as of July 1st, no new Team 11s. So take this opportunity to really become part of the core support of the film. Sign up your Team 11 today. TEAM 11 PERKSYour own Saturn system name (Moon, Ring, feature etc.) signed DVD or Blu-Ray of the film Signed 5X7 print 7 free 15/70mm (IMAX™) frames Special private in-progress screenings 2 free tickets at any giant screen venue 2 VIP premiere tickets & 2 VIP premiere party tickets. Dedicated team page on the website to customize. Team 11 Facebook group and email list where insider info is postedEach team will be listed on the website and in the credits for the film, in order of their Team “ring”. Each “ring” lists teams in order of how much they donate each month....
Donor & Supporter Video Testimonials Needed!
We need some donors & supporters willing to record themselves on video in any language and you can use any camera, even a cellphone will do and talk about the film. Hearing from our supporters will make a huge difference to the fundraising efforts. We especially want people from outside Greensboro, NC.Here’s all you need to know if you’d like to record a short video for Outside In. Again, you can use any camera (e.g. your still camera probably has a video function) but do a short test before to make sure audio and video are okay. Use the highest quality setting the camera offers.Make sure the space is quiet – turn off anything noisy (air conditioner, loud computer etc.), indoors is better. Frame yourself so that we see mostly your face and a bit body (see images below). You can look either directly into the camera or you can have someone off-camera ask you the questions and you can look at them as you answer. Feel free to do multiple takes or have someone there talk to you so you are relaxed and natural. Don’t worry if you stumble etc. – just be yourself. And feel free to say anything (e.g. some people say when they first saw the clips that it did not real i.e. from real photographs). I will edit these and make sure you come across well. You can use your own language (does not have to been in English) and we will subtitle. In facts, it’s BETTER if you speak your native language. You can do it solo or with friends or family. Suggested questions to answer (you don’t have to use all of these and you can make your own):If you like, state your name (can just be first name), where you are from (can just be city or country), what you do. How did you hear about Outside In? What did you feel when you first saw clips from the film? What appeals to you about the film? Why did you decide to donate (or support the film)? What are your plans for seeing the film? (e.g. what theater – it would be great if you could look up the theater by their official name and use that) What do you like most about the film?When you have it done, you can use a service like YouSendIt (www.yousendit.com) or upload to as private (password protected) video on Vimeo (www.vimeo.com)....
Outside In Fundraiser at IMAX Theater in Raleigh – NEW footage 8/21 @ 5PM
OUTSIDE IN ON THE GIANT SCREEN: Mark your calendars as new footage from my non-profit film "Outside In" will be on the giant screen at Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum on Sunday August 21st at 5:00pm, followed by a reception and short presentation. Until you've seen these amazing images brought to life on 70ft wide, 50ft tall screen with 24,000 Watts of sound, you've not seen or heard them at all. And if you are too far away to attend, please let us know anyone you know in the area.The occasion is the kickoff event of the Summer Fundraiser to support production and promotion of this ground-breaking film. We will be showing stunning new footage, a Q&A, a casual reception and special presentation from space outreach advocates Mike Malaska and Tony Rice. This is a critical time for the film to create a new film-out of the new footage to present to global theaters and distributors at this years international Giant Screen expo in Austin TX. IMPORTANT FACTS:You must RSVP to this event as soon as possible - seating is limited. If you have not received an Evite, contact us or call 336-315-6081. All donors in NC so far (big thanks to you) should have received one. Please invite anyone you know in NC that you think would help support the film but please let them know this is fundraiser - the goal is raise enough funds to cover the cost of a new filmout of 3 minutes of new footage. Please contact us with their name, email and/or phone number. If you are attending, please arrive a few minutes before 5pm. We have a narrow window in the theater. We will be serving non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks in the reception following the screening. If you are not able to come or don't live in the area, you can still support our Summer Fundraiser by contributing in the online campaign and/or spreading the word on IndieGoGo here: http://igg.me/p/29650?a=1258&i=shlkThanks to all our donors and sponsors - it's people like you that make a project like this possible....