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: http://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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    A film by: Giora Kariv productions, gigicom77@gmail.com

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  3. Buy the feature film PLANETARY: vimeo.com/ondemand/planetary
    For more info about PLANETARY and Planetary Collective visit weareplanetary.com.

    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. Follow me on twitter! @JasonSilva - https://twitter.com/JasonSilva

    This video was created by Jason Silva and shot and edited with my friends at Bravo Media, and is non-commercial and for educational and inspirational purposes only. Full credits and clip attributions can be found below. This video was inspired by three big ideas:

    1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive...

    "Humphrey refers to consciousness as a magic show that you stage for yourself inside your head, which lights up the world and makes you feel special and transcendent... this magical theater provides a reason to live, a love of occupying the present moment, and a desire to sustain it into the future, that over time has proved stronger than anything else, and accounts for humanity’s swift and triumphant success--

    Humphrey says “being enchanted by the magic of experience, rather than being just an aid to survival, provides an essential incentive to survive.”

    "We relish just being here. We feel “the yen to confirm and renew, in small ways or large, our own occupancy of the present moment, to go deeper, to extend it, to revel in being there, and when we have the skill, to celebrate it in words..”

    Our desire to understand brings exquisite pleasure... and feeds our exploratory voyage, our scientific inquiry, our technological development, and even our poetic self-regard..

    More: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703858404576214771893335998.html

    2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being:

    More: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/study-awe-inspiring-experiences-change-our-perception-of-time/260138/

    3) Ross Andersen's rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: "At first glancing the Deep FIELD “one might mistake it for gemstones scattered across black velvet, but a closer look reveals that each smudge of light, 2,600 in all, is a galaxy dense with billions of star-fired worlds, pinwheeling in deep time. … To that point, astronomy had imaged objects only four billion light years away, and poorly at that. Here a telescope reached 11 and a half billion light years into space and delivered an image legible to the layman: an unprecedented expansion of human vision."

    More: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=331

    **Music by John Murphy - "Kaneda's Death Pt 2" from Sunshine Soundtrack
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunshine-music-from-motion/id297702863

    **Featuring Stock Footage from Shutterstock
    Still images courtesy of THE IMAGINARY FOUNDATION - http://www.imaginaryfoundation.com/
    And clips from Knate Myers' "ISS at Night" featuring NASA images: vimeo.com/45878034

    Camera: Liam O' Sullivan
    Edited by Jess Betz and Jason Silva
    Shot and edited at BRAVO MEDIA - http://bravomediainc.com/

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