Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cosmic Voyage

Cosmic Voyage is not strictly an investigation of scale. Writer and Director Bayley Silleck took the original Powers of Ten idea from Eames, and added other gorgeous sequences that would play well in an IMAX film, such as computer generated imagery of colliding galaxies and a aerial photography, including a flyover of CERN from above and an accelerated drive trough its tunnels. Other highlights include a simulation of the Big Bang, a simulation of a huge asteroid impacting Earth, live lava flow footage a black hole eating a star.

It was innovative (and expensive) for Silleck to update Eames's square (echoed by the picnic blanket) to a circle (echoed by dancers with hula hoops), and moving the beginning of the zoom out from Chicago to St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy.

Below, a few links to YouTube excerpts: these may change, so just search for Cosmic Voyage there as well.

The film closes on a Neil Armstrong quote, "Man must understand his universe in order to understand his destiny... Who knows what mysteries will be solved in our lifetime and what new riddles will become the challenge of the new generations?" Indeed.

For more in depth discussion, see the scalometer wiki.

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