1. PostPanic director Mischa Rozema's new short film, Stardust, is a story about Voyager 1 (the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system). The probe is the furthest man-made object from the sun and witnesses unimaginable beauty and destruction. The film was triggered by the death of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died aged 39 on 16th July 2011 from cancer.

    The entire team at PostPanic (the Amsterdam-based creative company) pushed themselves in their own creative post techniques to produce a primarily CG short film crafted with love.

    The film's story centers on the idea that in the grand scheme of the universe, nothing is ever wasted and it finds comfort in us all essentially being Stardust ourselves. Voyager represents the memories of our loved ones and lives that will never disappear.

    From a creative standpoint, Rozema wanted to explore our preconceived perceptions of how the universe appears which are fed to us by existing imagery from sources such NASA or even sci-fi films. By creating a generated universe, Rozema was able to take his own 'camera' to other angles and places within the cosmos.
    Objects and experiences we are visually familiar with are looked at from a different point of view. For example, standing on the surface of the sun looking upwards or witnessing the death and birth of a star  - not at all scientifically correct but instead a purely artistic interpretation of such events.

    Rozema says, 'I wanted to show the universe as a beautiful but also destructive place. It's somewhere we all have to find our place within. As a director, making Stardust was a very personal experience but it's not intended to be a personal film and I would want people to attach their own meanings to the film so that they can also find comfort based on their own histories and lives.'

    Rozema turned to his regular audio partner, Guy Amitai, to create the music for the film. 'I approached Guy to make the music because I trust him and knew he would instinctively understand what I wanted to communicate with this film.'  Their long-term collaboration over the years helped them explore different musical approaches before finally settling on a musical journey featuring analogue instruments. Amitai explains, 'Once we started working on this project and I told people about Stardust and what Arjan meant to us all, the offers started pouring in. Musician friends and friends-of-friends all wanting to join in and record even the smallest parts. It was an incredibly emotional and personal journey for us all - not something you can professionally detach yourself from.'

    The track is now available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the KWF (Dutch Cancer Society)
    Download the song here via iTunes: tinyurl.com/a6j2f34

    Credits:

    A PostPanic Production

    Written & directed by Mischa Rozema

    Produced by Jules Tervoort

    VFX Supervisor: Ivor Goldberg
    Associate VFX Supervisor: Chris Staves
    Senior digital artists: Matthijs Joor, Jeroen Aerts
    Digital artists: Marti Pujol, Silke Finger, Mariusz Kolodziejczak, Dieuwer Feldbrugge, Cara To, Jurriën Boogert
    Camera & edit: Mischa Rozema
    Production: Ania Markham, Annejes van Liempd

    Audio by Pivot Audio , Guy Amitai
    Featuring "Helio" by Ruben Samama

    copyright 2013 Post Panic BV, All rights reserved

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  2. From the BBC Interview for Horizon 'The Pleasure of Finding Things Out.
    (bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/archive/feynman/)
    Animated by Fraser Davidson (sweetcrude.tv).

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  3. Check out the trailer for our feature film PLANETARY: vimeo.com/60234866
    For more info about PLANETARY (formerly CONTINUUM) and how you can support & pre-order the film, check out: weareplanetary.com. Full website coming soon.

    On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

    The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

    ‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

    CAST
    • EDGAR MITCHELL – Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences
    • RON GARAN – ISS astronaut and founder of humanitarian organization Fragile Oasis
    • NICOLE STOTT – Shuttle and ISS astronaut and member of Fragile Oasis
    • JEFF HOFFMAN – Shuttle astronaut and senior lecturer at MIT
    • SHANE KIMBROUGH – Shuttle/ISS astronaut and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army
    • FRANK WHITE – space theorist and author of the book ‘The Overview Effect’
    • DAVID LOY- philosopher and author
    • DAVID BEAVER – philosopher and co-founder of The Overview Institute
    ———-
    CREW
    Producer: STEVE KENNEDY
    Director: GUY REID
    Editor: STEVE KENNEDY
    Director of Photography: CHRISTOPHER FERSTAD
    Original Score: HUMAN SUITS
    Dubbing Mixer: PATCH MORRISON
    ———-
    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    Filmed with Canon 5D Mk ii.
    Additional footage from NASA / ESA archives
    Duration: 19 minutes
    ———-

    Planetary Collective: planetarycollective.com/
    Overview Microsite: overviewthemovie.com/
    Human Suits (original score): humansuits.com/

    For more information:
    The Overview Institute: overviewinstitute.org/
    Fragile Oasis: fragileoasis.org/

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  4. I made this animation for the WMD Awareness Programme for their 1000 reasons campaign. I had to come up with some low budget solutions, including a 2m long rotating table to create the camera movements in the animation. The voiceover is by stand up comedian and 'Peep Show' actress Isy Suttie.

    thousandreasons.org.uk

    Credits:

    Directed and Animated by Daniel Britt
    Voiceover: Isy Suttie
    Copywriter: Luke Tredget
    DOP: Tom Bolwell
    Music: Joe Pelling
    Sound Design: Andrew Kinnear
    Modelmakers: James Ellis, Liam Morrow
    Animation Assistants: Laura Bird, Johannes Helgelin

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  5. "FIFI" and her crew embark on the first of a series of test flights that test the improvements and new engines. Tensions are high as she takes the runway and lifts off for the first time in years. Come see "FIFI" and her new engines at air shows around the country by checking our website cafb29b24.org

    We are even offering rides available for various seats in the aircraft including the bombardiers seat in the nose. Come ride "FIFI"

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