A young man takes his first leap into what it means to wonder and philosophize, as he imaginatively renders his unique thought experiences in visual form. The film examines what it means to truly be; not only to merely exist, but to engage, reflect, and respond to the world around us.
(In order to fully experience the film, I highly recommend reading the preface below)
11/21 - Here's a 360° panorama of where I filmed the final scene: http://bit.ly/1uJyYfk
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9/17 - I'm currently working on Spanish subtitles, AND uploading the script so everyone can revisit as necessary! Also trying to get some behind the scenes goodies together for how I made the space footage or got a lot of these shots! Behind the scenes photos of the cross country journey are up! Check by the comments!
9/18 - Original script w/ deleted scenes and music references: db.tt/PIufxebQ
9/25 - Wow. Life has been absolutely crazy, but I've been collecting all the BTS footage in hopes to cut together a little featurette showcasing our super fun road trip! Thanks again for the continued support!
Written and Directed by Ian Watt
Produced by Creator Collective in association with Culture Creator
Starring Alec Mangum
This film explores some major concepts, but two of them are simple: places and spaces. Places are merely physical locations, with often no meaning attached to them. However, a simple, empty room can be formed into a space; turned into a place of meeting, creativity, innovation, and community. Places are often beautiful, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, but they only become spaces when we engage with them. When we experience beauty, peace, or joy from a place, our reflections and responses to the place are what create an experience, as well as the emotions that we feel.
Here's the problem, when we reflect during an experience, or bring pre-conceived notions to an experience, we arent truly experiencing. Reflection must exclusively follow experience.
This film is about experiences of the mind. Places of the mind are merely thoughts, ideas, concepts. When we engage with the places of our own minds, we create spaces. Spaces to dream, to think, to create, to become. In this film, a young man engages with some big concepts for the very first time, and as an audience we get to see the spaces he creates and explores. And with that, we get to explore alongside him, and ask ourselves the very questions that he does.
With that, please enjoy The Universe.
Shot with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera
Rokinon 16mm f/2.0
Metabones BMPCC SpeedBooster
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For more information and stills gallery, please turn to: erikwernquist.com/wanderers
For youtube version, please turn here: youtube.com/watch?v=YH3c1QZzRK4
UPDATE: For anyone interested I have made a clip with a few discarded scenes from this film, which can be seen here: vimeo.com/132183031
Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.
Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.
As some may notice I have borrowed ideas and concepts from science fiction authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Arthur C. Clarke, just to name a few. And visually, I of course owe many tips of my hat to painter Chesley Bonestell - the legendary master of space art.
More directly, with kind permission from Ann Druyan I have also borrowed the voice of astronomer and author Carl Sagan to narrate the film. The audio I used are excerpts from his own reading of his book 'Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space' (1994, Random House, penguinrandomhouse.com/books/159735/pale-blue-dot-by-carl-sagan/) - needless to say, a huge inspiration for this film.
VISUALS BY - Erik Wernquist - firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSIC BY - Cristian Sandquist - email@example.com
WRITTEN AND NARRATED BY - Carl Sagan - from his book 'Pale Blue Dot' penguinrandomhouse.com/books/159735/pale-blue-dot-by-carl-sagan/, courtesy of Ann Druyan, copyright by Democritus Properties, LLC, with all rights reserved
COLOR GRADE BY - Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film - firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY BY - Mikael Hall/Vidiotism - email@example.com
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE BY - 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)
SUBTITLES & TRANSLATIONS PROVIDED BY - Victor Terrón (English, Spanish), Titus Ou (Traditional Chinese), John Walter (French), Shinwoo Jeon (Korean), Yoav Landsman & Ehud Maimon (Hebrew), Miguel Andrade (Brazilian Portuguese), Rik Delaet (Dutch).