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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...

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 ha...

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...

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 &...

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 s...

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 rend...

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...

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 exact...

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. ...

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 8

Read Part 7 here. We are getting close to the end – and there will be news about when when we do 🙂 The phantom rough cut The variant of the Q...

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 7

Read Part 6 here. Building and designing a plane in midair I’ve had to figure out how to make the film while making it, with only one chance to get ...

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 6

Read Part 5 here. First to market, first to forgotten Again I wondered if this project was simply not meant to be. By this time, I had been at three G...

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 5

Read Part 4 here. The photographs are the story The next turning point changed everything on the film creatively. First, watching 2001: A Space Odysse...

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT. 4

Read Part 3 here! Impossible But after talking with James, I went to the IMAX theater at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas, which happened to be playing M...

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT.3

(read part 2 here) Oh yeah, story I’ve talked about the Question. And about multi-plane animation. But what every filmmaker is supposed to talk abou...

WHEN WILL IT BE DONE? PT.1

(Part 1 of the long-promised multi-part series covering past, present & future of In Saturn’s Rings)   Everything comes gradually and a...

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 wit...

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...

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 g...

Today’s Find – A Comet!

Clean-up work of the SDSS data continues (more about that here). It’s about the hardest things I can ever recall doing both due to the millions ...

What’s Up with ISR This Week

More of the same – and the waiting game. I’m continuing to work on cleaning up rogue stars, corrupt files and problems with the millions o...

My God, it’s Full of Stars.

  The other reason( than the health issues) that that film is taking longer to complete is the work on the opening section which involves 5.6 mil...

What’s Up This Week

Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. I’m feeling rested and ready to start building my fitness up after nearly 10 months of being unable to exe...

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 f...

Major New Milky Way Image Composite

After three years of trying, I finally have the all-sky milky way mosaic photograph needed for the “big shots” in the film – it̵...

Saturn Blue

My take on Saturn’s North Pole....

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’...

Fun in the Video Archives

Found a few old tests from the archives while working on new footage… First up – from way back in 2006 when I was working on the art/exper...

Teasing July 1st

A couple of photo teases for the big announcement due on Sunday!...

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 h...

Adventures in Data Storage, Part 2

PART 1 is here. As I was saying, the problem began when a routine file copy locked up the main Frankenserver – which should not happen. Saturday...

Adventures in Data Storage, Part 1

Back posting again after a holiday weekend here in the USA as well as an adventure to recover damaged data. On Saturday morning, I wanted to check up ...

Astronomy Days Wrap-Up

Our two days at Astronomy Days are over – feet are sore and vocal chords exhausted from repeating the pitch about the film several thousand time...

Astronomy Days Giveaways & Schedule!

POSTER GIVEAWAY: For the film’s appearance at Astronomy Days, we will giving away two framed posters: one for the film and one printed frame fro...

The Tease Begins….

I will be making a big announcement Saturday & Sunday at Astronomy Days – plus revealing the mystery of the above image. You have to be ther...

Not-for-profit & Not-for-sale

As the film moves closer and closer to completion – and has more and more venues around the world express interest in the film – the quest...

Release Date Update – Lasers!!!

You may have noticed that the release date has shifted from December 2012 to 2013 “summerish”. The slipping and vagueness is not due to pr...

The Return of the Blog Monster!

For over two years, I had regular blog… well a semi-regular blog called “IMAX™ in a Basement” that a number of people followed. Th...

Fans of Outside In Speak

Fans of the film have done something as valuable as a big donation – they’ve recorded their thoughts and feelings about the film which wil...

Dark Sky Time-lapse Shoot – Update #1

Colin Legg and his team are in the wilds of Western Australia to shoot incredible dark sky time-lapse footage including 12 days of shooting for Outsid...

Outside In Dark Sky Time-lapse Shoot

Exciting news literally on the horizon…Colin Legg is embarking on a truly ambitious mission to capture stunning dark sky time-lapse footage in t...

Fundraising Update

Interesting things how timings work… I just completed major overhaul of the Team 11 and donation stuff plus added a new corporate sponsorship pa...

Site Refresh done

Made a number of change and improvements to the website: Search is now easy from the menu bar Added logo header at top Font change for better layout e...

MiniDoc on Outside In

A talented local filmmaker/photographer friend of mine, Ioannis Batsios, (or Yanni as his friends call him) just posted a mini-doc “Inside Outsi...

And It Begins – Giant AND Digital

I saw this story on the Big Movie Zone yesterday. It’s a major milestone for Outside In’s plans for distribution on the giant screen. The ...

Getting the Word Out

Now that the viral action has died down to a few thousand hits a day (of course, more still in one day than the 10 months previous), I’m working...

More than Just a Viral Video

There have a been a lot of great things that have come from the global exposure over the past couple of weeks. But one thing for me stands out. When I...

Sometimes It’s the Little Things…

I have no idea who sent this but it arrived a couple of days ago. I’ve been slammed with all the attention and the work on how to best leverage ...

Daily Planet Clip Online!

The viral buzz on the new footage clip caught the interest of The Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. Note 30 second pre-roll and then it runs f...

Funny Story…

So, a funny story happened to me this week. Over the weekend, I realized it had been a year since I had checked up on people using my big bang image w...

Outside In Buzzing the Electrons

It’s been a good weekend for the film. First, some new work-in-progress footage was presented at the Tri*Star event on Saturday morning. It foll...

Digieffects – Supporter of the Day

We’ve talked about plug-ins and how important they are to creating Outside In. One specific area that is very important is creating the illusion...

Supporter of the Day – Toolfarm

If you have followed Outside In at all, you probably know the film is being creating by animating hundreds of thousands of still photographs. And in o...

Supporter of the Day – Mike Malaska

Today, I’m starting a new series of posts that is very special to me. Outside In would be impossible if not for the support, generosity and spir...

Site Refresh In Progress

Now that work on Outside In has resumed (and resumed until it’s done – yeah!!!), I’m also making some changes and improvements to th...

11.11.10 Update – Hell to Heaven

Yes, it’s 11.11.10 – one year from the target release date for Outside In. But, for those following along, you realize this is what has be...

Outside In Clip at DATS’10

The new clip from Outside In has been selected to display as part of Design, Art & Technology Symposium 2010 (DATS’10), this weekend for fre...

GSCA Update

Things have been going well at GSCA thus far. Outside In has its fans – it’s always a pleasant surprise to run into new fans of the projec...

Hello Chattanooga!

Finally settled into my room in Chattanooga. Via my Priceline bid for cheap lodging I somehow ended up at Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel – though n...

GSCA 2010 Press Release

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Release Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 For Information contact: Stephen van Vuuren 336-202-4777 stephen@sv2studios.com...

“Busy as a Dee” – as in DCP

I’m still riding the inspiration from smashing my fundraiser goals thanks to the incredible generosity of so many – you guys rock! And I&#...

‘Nuff Said

Failure is the path of least persistence....

Oh 3D, We Hardly Knew Ya’…

So, box office receipts have plunged this month despite all the new 3D movies, theaters, hype and fat increases in ticket prices. As covered here a nu...

Amazing New Images from Cassini PART 2

Mike Malaska is a great supporter of Outside In as well as a rising star amongst amateurs making some real science noise in the Saturnian system. Chec...

Amazing New Images from Cassini

Been meaning to post this for a couple of days but not had a chance. These are stunning new images from Cassini of Enceladus’s icy jets and then...

Why We have not found Alien Life

This is a very thought-provoking essay from SEED magazine worth a read. And it’s one of the first things I’ve come across that addresses t...

2.5D Optical Illusions…On your Wall

As I’ve mentioned before, the animation techniques in “Outside In” requires various types of optical illusions to work. Here’s...

I’m a Tease

Two actual frames from the render currently in progress of the ultra cool clip promised in my last post – you can see the real photograph we are...

The Most Amazing Clip Coming Soon…

Just kicked off the render – even at 1/4 (25% resolution which is still 1400 X 1050 pixels), a 60 second shot is reporting a 120 hour render. Ho...

Improving…

Still working on tweaking the new site. More content (new teaser, new Team 11 stuff and more) still not online yet. And still got various layout issue...

The New Site is Up

Yes, it’s very sad to see the beautiful website that Gonzalo Anton donated finally go. But he has moved to better things with life as a gifted p...

Cosmos Now on Hulu

“Cosmos” by Carl Sagan changed my life and led directly to “Outside In”. The TV series (on which the book was based) is now co...

Amazing Saturn Aurora video

This is a must see – amazing images of “northern lights” from Saturn. I have no idea yet if any of this can be incorporated into ...

What if Earth had Rings?

Cool video about Earth having rings (and probably no moon) like Saturn. OUTSIDE IN TEASE (this has an interesting connection to a shot in (“Outs...

11.11.11.11

It’s November 11th – the 11th day of the 11 month. As you may realize, I’ve set a target completion date of 11.11.11 for the film an...

“Outside In” – In or Out?

Just got the survey data from screening “Outside In” at the Giant Screen Cinema Association Expo last month. Basically, each IMAX, IMAX Do...

One Ring to Rule the All

I never get tired of combining Tolkien with Cassini… Turns out there is a bigger ring in the Solar System than the ones around Saturn. Where you...

“Outside In” on Big Movie Zone

If you are interested in movies especially giant screen/IMAX films, you should follow the excellent Big Movie Zone blog. Plus, lots of info on films, ...

GSCA 2009 Wrap-Up

“Outside In” has been in cold storage for the summer while I worked on two projects that hopefully will help financially support “Ou...

WordPress ate my Blog!

WordPress is a great blogging tool that I’ve used on several sites for a number of years. And upgraded dozens of times. However, the 2.8 upgrade...

11.11.11

Yeah, I’ve been posting 11’s online for a few weeks and can finally explain what it’s all about. 11.11.11 is suitably two things ...

Acer Event Pics

I just got back from the Acer event and it went very well. I’m really sick of the footage from Outside In I showed – I’ve seen it wa...

Big Movie Zone picks up Acer story

The Big Movie Zone, the best source of giant screen news, has picked up the news of the Acer promo showing. Much thanks to them for helping spread the...

Release now on GSCA site

The SV2 version of the press release is now on the GSCA (Giant Screen Cinema Association) site of which I am a member. My first GSCA expo was in Septe...

Space Junk Attacks, Part Duex

It seems just a short while I was talking about “Outside In” predicting space junk problems and here’s more news – they had to...

Outside In Image in New Book

Beginning last year, I had an issue with various people stealing some of my images from the teaser trailer.  I was forced to send out cease and desis...

Searching for Ourselves: Kepler Launches

Back online here after two deadly weeks with the flu and then a week of catchup… Friday, the Kepler spacecraft launched and has the potential to...

“Ensure Freedom of Space”

I don’t delve that much in straight politics here as obviously, “Outside In” does not have much to do with politics. Nor is politics...

Pictures of Saturn Go to Church

“Building bridges is the most radical thing you could do right now”. This is what a filmmaker I know told me with great insight a couple o...

Zeitgeist 2008

I hope all had a good holidays and/or new year’s break. 2008 was a great year for “Outside In” – seed money raised, presented ...

Nice article on Enceladus

Caroyln Porco, head of the Cassini Imaging team, has a comprehensive story on the wonder of Enceladus which is slowly becoming the real highlight of &...

Cassini Buzzes Enceladus

With a presidential election and global financial crisis, this has zero chance of news, but it Cassini just completed a ultra-close flyby of the very ...

Today is a big day for Cassini

Though it won’t make any kind of national news, Cassini actual is doing something I think is more spectacular than anything Olympic-wise. Earlie...

The Big, Big, “Giant Screen” News

It’s been a year of big news, but for me, this is the best yet.  The good and smart people Fotokem have come on-board to output a couple of min...

LF Examiner Article Download

If you recall, a comprehensive article on “Outside In” was published in the June issue of LF Examiner, the independent journal of the Larg...

Around Space Television Show Interview

Last summer, I did an interview on “Around Space“, a public access show from the Washington, DC area. They were very interested in the fil...

Outside In featured in the Big Movie Zone

Sorry for the quiet here, but last weekend was the 48 Hour Film Project here in Greensboro and for the fifth year in a row I was stupid- er, brave eno...

Where to watch the Mars Landing Live

As some may know since it’s getting a little better media coverage than Cassini or Huygens did, the Phoenix Lander is due to land on Mars Sunday...

The New Website…It’s Here!

As with all good things, they take longer than we hope but turn out better than we could have wished for. For those that don’t remember, please ...

Big News for Cassini-Huygens…

Although not surprising, this announcement was expected months ago, so I was starting to sweat a little, but it’s official now – Cassini&#...

Buzzing Saturn

According to Emily over at the Planetary Society Blog, Cassini mission planners are contemplating driving the bus-sized spacecraft inbetween the inner...

Titan’s Hidden Ocean…

In case you missed the news yesterday as the mainstream media did not note it, but Cassini’s radar studies point to a strong possibility that Ti...

IMAX to use DLP for Digital Projection

I mentioned before about IMAX’s digital plans and how these will hopefully help “Outside In” be seen without the huge expense of goi...

A Very Big Day

Synchronicity is pretty cool when it happens. Today, March 12th, 2008, Wednesday is a big day for me for two reasons: (1) The parts for the machines t...

It begins…

Things have been a little quiet around here for awhile but that’s all going to change. I’ve been sorting out all the details on fund-raisi...

More Mercury Goodness

The Cassini mission to Saturn has really shown the difference sending modern cameras into space (and these are basically 1 Megapixel cameras – j...

Mercury as you have never see it before

As usual, lost amongst all the media noise, the spacecraft Messenger just arrived at Mercury and here is the first great image. There will be much, mu...

The Early Bird Loses the Worm

Still a little quiet here – I know. New website is under construction and I’m busy with the Fruitcake Film Festival.  But this article in...

Back Online…

Had a database error on my website which took a bunch of apps down including the blog but it’s back, baby! I actually was the cause of the error...

Outside In Blog Coverage

Thanks to the exposure on youtube, some blogs have been kind enough to mention the film. These are three ones I’m aware of: Ninja Crayon by moti...

Barefoot at Saturn

A local newspaper, the High Point Enterprise, is doing a story on the film. The photographer was here today and had a fun idea to shoot a photo with a...