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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  2. Created to inspire by Michael Marantz: michaelmarantz.com - twitter.com/michaelmarantz
    Produced by Already Alive alreadyalive.com

    Imagine the future as a movie, consider this a trailer to that movie.

    The future excites me so much, that is why I made this. We need to be inspired by the immense possibilities of the future and work extremely hard to achieve them. We can do it, we just have to commit.

    Help inspire others by sharing this video and tagging any interesting content on twitter with #TheFutureIsOurs

    Text from the Launchgram Manifesto: launchgram.com/manifesto

    Music by Michael Marantz: soundcloud.com/michaelmarantz/the-future-is-ours

    Thank you so much to the amazing vimeo community who supported this piece and allowed me to use their footage.

    Special footage credits:

    Variable - wearevariable.com
    Infinity List - infinitylist.com
    Patrick Lawler - vimeo.com/patricklawler

    CREDITS FOR FOUND FOOTAGE AND SPEECHES (in order of apperance)
    “Abundance is our Future” TED talk by Peter Diamandis ted.com/talks/peter_diamandis_abundance_is_our_future.html
    “Hawaii’s Clouds” by Michael Marantz - vimeo.com/40250952
    “Slow it Down” by Sacha Powell - vimeo.com/35668241
    President Ronald Reagan - Address on the Challenger Disaster - youtube.com/watch?v=gEjXjfxoNXM
    “Earth” by Michael König - vimeo.com/32001208
    “Solar Roadways” - vimeo.com/40095422
    “Solar Powered EV Parking” - vimeo.com/17408340
    Planetory Resources Video - youtube.com/watch?v=7fYYPN0BdBw
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson address Congress - youtube.com/watch?v=Xhc25v0DpJc
    “Holi” by Variable - vimeo.com/40123818
    Jason Silva at the Economist Ideas Conference 2012 - vimeo.com/40464684
    Honda “Asimo” - youtube.com/watch?v=LuymCZL5aWM
    “Look at Me” by Patrick Lawler - vimeo.com/8455331
    “462 in the Speed Demon” - youtube.com/watch?v=Le6aCV_CRvQ
    2005 Stanford Commencement Address by Steve Jobs - youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
    “Experience Human Flight” by InfinityList - vimeo.com/22428395
    “Experience Zero Gravity” by InfinityList - vimeo.com/29017795
    “Lost in Tokyo” by Mark Bramley - vimeo.com/34447797
    “29 year old hearing for the first time” - youtube.com/watch?v=LsOo3jzkhYA
    “Building something Big in Lousville” by GE - youtube.com/watch?v=BGljVE27vzU
    Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation - youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y
    Stephen Hawking: Asking big questions about the universe - youtube.com/watch?v=xjBIsp8mS-c
    Self Driving Car Test by Google - youtube.com/watch?v=cdgQpa1pUUE
    Apollo Saturn V Launch by Spacecraft Films - vimeo.com/4366695
    Space X Launch of Falcon 9 - youtube.com/watch?v=4vkqBfv8OMM
    Dragon Capsule with ISS - youtube.com/watch?v=ccNJDwJNngQ
    “Dublin’s People” by Phillip Bloom - vimeo.com/6475938
    Permission to use footage received when possible.

    I was not paid to create this video, I did this out of my passion to create and inspire. If your footage was used in this film and you were not contacted, please reach out to me with any concerns or extra credit requests.

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  3. A collection of "back to the camera" shots. The character stands center frame (most of the time), looking out at some epic landscape.

    MUSIC: "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" by Moby
    Buy from Amazon: amzn.to/Uhdreb

    MOVIES:

    00:00 - The Aviator
    00:05 - The Legend of 1900
    00:07 - Synecdoche, NY
    00:10 - The Shining
    00:12 - Beyond the Black Rainbow
    00:15 - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
    00:17 - Baraka
    00:19 - Walk the Line
    00:21 - Runaways
    00:22 - The Fifth Element
    00:23 - Dark City
    00:24 - Hamlet
    00:25 - Network
    00:27 - Black Swan
    00:29 - Lenny
    00:30 - Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer
    00:31 - Bronson
    00:32 - Fantasia
    00:34 - Southland Tales
    00:35 - The Iron Lady
    00:36 - Hugo
    00:38 - The Searchers
    00:41 - Prometheus
    00:43 - Event Horizon
    00:46 - The Fifth Element
    00:48 - Dr. Who S01E02
    00:50 - Sunshine
    00:53 - Tron Legacy
    00:55 - Stargate
    00:57 - Starman
    01:00 - Kundun
    01:02 - Enter the Void
    01:05 - Inglorious Basterds
    01:07 - Watchmen
    01:09 - Sin City
    01:12 - Gangster No. 1
    01:14 - LA Confidential
    01:16 - Christine
    01:19 - Hero
    01:21 - House of Flying Daggers
    01:24 - Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
    01:26 - Predators
    01:29 - Alexander
    01:31 - Kingdom of Heaven
    01:33 - There Will Be Blood
    01:35 - The Cell
    01:38 - Valhalla Rising
    01:41 - Snow White and the Huntsman
    01:43 - Immortals
    01:45 - Matrix Reloaded
    01:47 - John Carter
    01:50 - Troy
    01:52 - Thor
    01:55 - Matrix Revolutions
    01:59 - The Abyss
    02:04 - Event Horizon
    02:09 - Watchmen
    02:14 - Another Earth
    02:18 - Take Shelter
    02:23 - Final Fantasy: Spirits Within
    02:28 - Constantine
    02:33 - War of the Worlds
    02:42 - Man of Steel
    02:47 - Hero
    02:49 - 300
    02:52 - Take Shelter
    02:56 - Beasts of the Southern Wild
    02:59 - Joe Versus the Volcano
    03:01 - The Proposition
    03:04 - Interview with the Vampire
    03:06 - Snow White and the Huntsman
    03:08 - Heat
    03:11 - Inception
    03:13 - Star Trek Generations
    03:15 - Minority Report
    03:18 - Skyline
    03:20 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    03:22 - X-Men: First Class
    03:25 - Knowing
    03:27 - The Day The Earth Stood Still
    03:30 - Hamlet
    03:32 - Valhalla Rising
    03:34 - Jericho S01E01
    03:37 - The Divide
    03:39 - Dark City
    03:42 - The Day The Earth Stood Still
    03:44 - Mission to Mars
    03:46 - Life of Pi
    03:49 - The Fountain
    03:53 - Fight Club
    03:58 - Pan's Labyrinth
    04:03 - The Empire Strikes Back
    04:08 - Gone With the Wind
    04:17 - What Dreams May Come

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  4. By @jasonsilva and @notthisbody - Follow us on Twitter!

    "The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself." - Steven Johnson

    Other videos -

    You are a RCVR - vimeo.com/27671433

    To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns - vimeo.com/34182381

    Imagination - vimeo.com/34902950

    Abundance - vimeo.com/34984088

    INSPIRATION:

    This video is inspired, in part, by the ideas explored in David Deutsch’s new book, THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY. We hope it moves you.

    ‎"The topographical shape and the material constitution of the upper surface of the island of Manhattan, as it exists today, is much less a matter of geology than it is of economics and politics and human psychology. The effects of geological forces were trumped (you might say) by other forces — forces that proved themselves, in the fullness of time, physically stronger. Deutsch thinks the same thing must in the long run be true of the universe as a whole. Stuff like gravitation and dark energy are the sorts of things that determine the shape of the cosmos only in its earliest, and most parochial, and least interesting stages. The rest is going to be a matter of our own intentional doing.." - David Alpert on David Deutsch's new book.

    "Some time in the last fifty thousand years, with the invention of culture, the biological evolution of humans ceased and evolution became an epigenetic, cultural phenomenon... technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization; we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles. This is what we do. We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects." - Terence Mckenna

    **

    In our work, we use the tools of editing: we juxtapose 'transcalar' imagery, cutting and overlapping the very small and the very large... From the nano to the galactic, stretching and compressing time, we feature time lapse to reveal the repetitive and recurring patterns across different scales of reality. The aim is to provide multiple perspectives all at once, whose simultaneous presentation might cause spontaneous epiphanies. “These patterns are omnipresent, but only when we see these patterns in a more compressed mode of presentation to we start to attend to them as such.” -- This is KEY!

    Paul Stamet's superb book, Mycelium Running, begins with a discussion of what Stamets calls the mycelial archetype. He compares the mushroom mycelium with the overlapping information-sharing systems that comprise the Internet, with the networked neurons in the brain, and with a computer model of dark matter in the universe. All share this densely intertwingled filamental structure.

    A recent profile of Stephen Johnson on Dumbo Feather described his work like this:

    “Johnson uses ‘The Long Zoom’ to define the way he looks at the world—if you concentrate on any one level, there are patterns that you miss. When you step back and simultaneously consider, say, the sentience of a slime mold, the cultural life of downtown Manhattan and the behaviour of artificially intelligent computer code, new patterns emerge."

    On their own, these areas of study are fascinating. Together, a more profound view takes shape.

    The article continues, "Put simply: cities are like ant colonies are like software is like slime molds are like evolution is like disease is like sewage systems are like poetry is like the neural pathways in our brain. Everything is connected.”

    PERFORMING PHILOSOPHY:

    Our stated goal is to re-ignite the art of the "performing philosophers" ... like Timothy Leary and Buckminster Fuller... A post on Space Collective wrote about “thinkers who act as substantial agents of change, who drastically alter the infocologies they interact with, in the process transforming and meshing the different dimensions in which our minds operate.”

    We care about the pleasures derived in forming new connections, mash-ups and innovative solutions for the next step in human evolution.

    We are working to articulate our understanding through the creation of recombinant media mashups meant to epiphanize audiences----the creating and sharing of awe; "performance philosophy" in an age of collapsing boundaries and exponential creativity.

    The director of the Imaginary Foundation described our work as “some kind of Ontological DJ'ing, recompiling the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which (hopefully) elevates our understanding from the dry and prosaic, into the sensual and transcendent.”

    “The goal is to prove a fresh framework and a new narrative to fill our old storytelling needs in our ever-increasing process of self-description.”

    Information technologies have become instruments of mind expansion, sensorial scaffoldings that increase and augment our capacity to process greater amounts of information, allowing us to extract richer gradients of meaningful data about the world and our experience.

    Whether its a telescope, a microscope or a marijuana joint, we need to think of these tools as aids, contact lenses through which we can see so much more than before.

    In the digital dimension we use the term resolution. Certainly we can appreciate how much more can be 'revealed' by having higher resolution..... and technology offering complex visualizations literally ups the resolution of our internal and external perceptions .

    Different Scales and perspectives of reality show how much of what we perceive is dictated by our point of view--literally by where we are and how we think. The most exhilarating realization, then, is that we all have the power to shape our experience by our linguistic and creative choices.

    "A random scrap of information can trigger just the right conceptual collision. It’s hard to know which scrap might do the trick, but that’s the beauty of things like social networks, interconnectivity, and these kinds of media mashups — they constantly produce potential sparks, for free.” - Seth Godin

    FREEMAN DYSON says it beautifully:

    "To me the most astounding fact in the universe is the power of mind which drives my fingers as I write these words. Somehow, by natural processes still totally mysterious a million butterfly brains working together in a human skull have the power to dream, to calculate, to see and to hear, to speak and to listen, to translate thoughts and feelings into marks on paper which other brains can interpret. Mind, through the long course of biological evolution, has established itself as a moving force in our little corner of the universe. Here on this small planet, mind has infiltrated matter and has taken control. It appears to me that the tendency of mind to infiltrate and control matter is a law of nature."

    ***********

    A collaboration of /Jason Silva and /Notthisbody incorporating
    /elliottsellers
    /flight404
    /dangoods
    /proxelltv
    /kimpimmel
    /undream
    /brighteyecinema
    /hsgn
    /beeple
    /cerealspiller
    /Tim Borgmann
    /Shawn Knol
    /Andrew Filippone Jr.
    /Felix Norton-Barsalou
    /Daniel Zagórski
    /urbanintdesign

    camera by Edwin Rosero

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  5. So we have this process, called life, it's aware of itself, it's aware of itself through you, you are an instrument through which the Universe looks at itself.
    The Universe is looking at itself through you, and because of this there is always an aspect of itself that it can't see.

    Like a snake pursuing his own tale.

    That's what we find as we investigate the Universe:
    Make the microscope bigger and bigger, and we will find ever more minute things;
    Make the telescope bigger and bigger, and the Universe expands, because it's running away from itself;

    It won't do that if you don't chase it!

    You cannot take the whole of it, but you can get rid of it!

    People around you will do the utmost to persuade you that you are missing something, because they are missing something and they think they are getting it, through a certain way; and therefore, to assure theirselves, they like you to do it too!

    -----------------

    CHASING SPACE

    Concept/Animation: lostconversation.com
    Sound: SARC:O iamsarco.com

    Words here taken and interpreted from Alan Watts: youtube.com/watch?v=CqmkRrFYO1w
    (must watch at least 1st minute)

    Enjoy!

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