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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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...