Stephen van Vuuren is an award-winning filmmaker, musician, photographer and ubergeek. He grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Knoxville, Tennessee. His father purchased a manual 35mm camera for him when he was 12 and his love of image-making began.
​He has directed, produced and/or shot over twenty feature and short narrative, documentary, experimental and animation films that have screened at numerous festivals and in cyberspace. Stephen founded SV2 Post in 2000, which focuses on indie post-production, including digital cinema mastering.
​He first read about Saturn and Titan in Carl Sagan’s Cosmos as a child. In 2004, Cassini arrived at Saturn barely noticed by the world. Both exulted by the stunning images and disappointed by the lack of interest, he committed to finding a way to make a film that showcased the incredible beauty of Saturn and our entire universe, while exploring the reasons why most people know so little about it.​
He lives in Greensboro, NC with his musician/artist partner Marie and three cats, Obi, Kylo & Gypsy.
Levar Burton is a cherished actor, highly acclaimed children’s educator and innovative storyteller.
He is the recipient of the L.A. Times Book Prizes Innovator’s Award, the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award, thirteen Emmys, a Grammy and five NAACP Awards.
​Keynote speaker at leading education and technology events, LeVar has been featured at NASA, ISTE, The National Education Association, FAST COMPANY’s Innovation Series and many more.
In addition to his Star Trek legacy and popular podcast “Levar Burton Reads", he was executive producer of the beloved PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow”, earning over 200 awards including multiple Emmys and a Peabody.
He also partnered to create SKYBRARY, a digital reading service filled with over 500 children’s fiction and non-fiction books, more than 150 newly produced video field trips and new content added every week. With millions of fans throughout the world, Burton continues his mission to inspire, entertain and educate.
"In creating a film that uses 7,500,000 photographs, every photograph is not equal. To create the stunning animated footage of flying through space, the most important ingredient is lots of very high-resolution images processed from space image sources.
Until early 2007, I was really stuck on how to get enough high-resolution images to create footage even at HiDef resolutions, much less resolutions for the giant screen. Then I found the Unmanned Spaceflight Forum.
Unmanned Spaceflight was the first big step that made a film possible that could play in IMAX® and Giant Screen theaters. Here, I found dedicated and talented amateurs that process space images. It opened the door to processing space images but more importantly, to have these passionate volunteers who donated their hard work and beautiful photographs to the film.
While NASA, JPL, CiClops, ESA, Space Telescope Institute and other agencies work to generate high- resolution images, huge amounts of data is never processed into usable images. Without the efforts of Unmanned Spaceflight – now sponsored by The Planetary Society – and the many other image processors around the world that have contributed to the film, there would be no In Saturn’s Rings."
​Stephen van Vuuren - Filmmaker
Lead Science Advisor - Professor Steve Danford, Ph.D. - UNC-G Astronomy
Science Advisors
Andrew Chaikin
Tom Drewes    
Tom English - GTCC Astronomy
Joseph Holmes - Guilford College Astronomy
Professor Stefan Jeglinski         
Aimilia Smyrli   
Library of Congress
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
WikiMedia Commons
Elisabetta Bonora     
Ricardo Borba           
Noel Carboni            
Davide De Martin     
Seán Doran              
Miloslav Druckmüller
Marcia Fiamengo      
Robert Gendler         
Michael Hunnekuhl   
Richard Johnson       
Björn Jónsson           
Norman Kuring         
Emily Lakdawalla - The Planetary Society
Colin Legg
Alan Light               
Jason Major              
Mattias Malmer        
Axel Mellinger          
Rolf Wahl Olsen        
Deidre Sorensen - Deidre Sorensen Photography
Ted Stryk                  
Michael Theusner     
Gordan Ugarkovic  
Image Downloaders
Maureen Ahearn  
Mark Averett        
David Blood          
David Bood           
Iris Carter             
Jane Gwynn Ward
Meggie Hanchette
Zain Husain          
Larry Kirwan         
Tessa Kok             
Paul Merritt         
Elizabeth Mitchell 
Jenny Montasir     
Julianne Morgan   
Szabolcs Nagy      
Brice Schoolfield   
Pradeep Shama    
Pradeep Sharma   
Thomas Simonis   
Sam Smith            
Aimilia Smyrli       
Raul Tellez Rios    
Burke Thompson  
Kelli Wondra        
Matthew Zarzeka 
Image Processors
Jenny Batista                          
Ioannis Batsios                        
Jacek Bobowik                        
Robert Broussard                    
Professor Steve Danford, Ph.D. - UNC-G Astronomy
Seán Doran                             
Richard Green                         
Jason Harwell                         
Claire Hodge                           
Björn Jónsson                         
Adam Kiil                                
Val Klavans                             
Colin Legg                               
Michael J. Malaska                  
Mattias Malmer                      
Timothy Matson                     
Kevin McAbee                         
Ian Regan                               
Judy Schmidt                          
Tim Shamblin                          
Bryan Simpson                        
Deidre Sorensen - Deidre Sorensen Photography
Alexis Tranchandon                 
Amy Vineyard  
Image Processor and Programmers
Joshua P. Elliott              
Professor Stefan Jeglinski
Zack Lovatt                     
Shea Pendleton              
Anish Ramaswamy          
Phil Spitler   
Lead Social Media – Val Klavans
Social Media
Arend Anton    
Jamie Lawson  
Aimilia Smyrli
Kyle Ladd – Intern
Robbie Coblentz         
Allen Ellis                   
Jonathan Faw             
Teddy Gage                
Richard Green             
Martin Kadlec             
Robert Kjettrup           
Alexis Lasseigne
Tom Ljungberg
Mike Nelson               
Lewis Osorio               
Tavis Packet                
Tavis Paquette            
Ron Pierce                  
Konstantinos Skarlatos - Pelagus Creative Web
Scott Suehle               
Luiz Eric Tosetti  
Elena Barakhova       
Hemerson Brandão   
Rodrigo Brito            
Claudia Caporusso    
Nicolò Conte             
Tessa Kok                 
Isaac Magajor
Paolo Ernesto Marelli
Isaac MJ                   
Peg Parham              
Tobias Reich             
Aimilia Smyrli            
Joan Valls Moreno  
Actor - Jeremy Kuhn, Timothy Matson
Art Director - Marie Stone-van Vuuren
Audio - Jonathan Ward, Ben West
Director - Philip Powell
Director of Photography - Justin Kuhn
Editor - Justin Kuhn
Electric - Ben West
Gaffer - Jason Pierce
Grip - Jason Pierce, Ben West, Simms Wright
Producer - Philip Powell, Leading Edge Video
Producer - Jonathan Ward
Still Photography - Alex Martin, Jonathan Ward
Video - Alex Martin
Video Village - Simms Wright
Writer - Philip Powell
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