Voiced by Carl Sagan reading from his book ‘Pale Blue Dot‘.
Swedish director and digital artist Erik Wernquist piloted by Sagan’s steady voice helps us realize grand vistas of space. With a sense of aesthetics that evokes deep emotions for our home in the solar system. The short film inspires as a siren song; daring us to dream and discover.
Scenes in the film are of real places in the Solar System. 3d graphics and gorgeous colour grading are used to bring the locations to life. Designed from actual photos and map data where possible.
The video opens with a fade from black to night scene, a lone group of nomads traversing a dark landscape. The night sky gently silhouetted with light of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
A large spacecraft glides across the earth viewed from space, and we follow it on a voyage through the solar system. First vista through the bay doors is Jupiters giant 16,500 km wide (10,250 miles) anti-cyclonic storm ‘the Great Red Spot‘.
Exploring Saturn’s freezing moon Enceladus with its icy jets of vapour gushing into space. Leads us to a tour of Saturn’s vast rings as a backdrop to exploration by a tiny astronaut.
The cylindrical space station giving homage to Arthur C. Clarke’s novel ‘Rendezvous with Rama‘ and Larry Niven’s ‘Ring World‘. Both masterpieces in their genres and inspirational books in their own right.
From Carl Sagan’s book ‘Pale Blue Dot‘
For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us edgy, unfulfilled. Even after 400 generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten song of childhood. We invest far-off places with a certain romance.
Herman Melville, in Moby Dick, spoke for wanderers in all epochs and meridians: “I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas…”
Credit where credit is due:
VISUALS: Erik Wernquist – firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC: Cristian Sandquist – email@example.com
WORDS AND VOICE: Carl Sagan
COLOR GRADE: Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film – firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY: Mikael Hall/Vidiotism – email@example.com
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE: Anna Nerman, Camilla Hammarström, Hanna Mellin
VOCALIST: Nina Fylkegård – firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU: Johan Persson, Calle Herdenberg, Micke Lindgren, Satrio J. Studt, Tomas Axelsson, Christian Lundqvist, Micke Lindell, Sigfrid Söderberg, Fredrik Strage, Johan Antoni, Henrik Johansson, Michael Uvnäs, Hanna Mellin
THIS FILM WAS MADE WITH USE OF PHOTOS AND TEXTURES FROM:
NASA/JPL, NASA/CICLOPS, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, ESA, John Van Vliet, Björn Jonsson (and many others, of which I unfortunately do not know the names)