Experience what it's like to fly past Saturn
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 07:16 AM
For decades filmmakers have tried to persuade studios that there is no substitute for shooting on location. A new film has pushed that philosophy to the limit by creating what it is like to fly by Saturn - using actual images.
Seeing as no man has ever flown past Saturn, the obvious question is just how was it done?
Stephen Van Vuuren, an effects artist and cinematographer, overcame this obstacle by stitching together hundreds of thousands of images of the ringed planet taken by Nasa orbiter Cassini. The result is a seamless journey that is spectacular in its originality and otherworldliness, perhaps even rivalling the majesty of Stanley Kubrick's timeless 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The travelogue takes viewers past Saturn itself and one of its moons before whizzing through the planet's rings. Mr Van Vuuren plans for his film - Outside In, which he is still making - to be screened on giant IMAX screens.
The silent film is accompanied by music and is described by its creator as akin to an art installation that combines 'non-narrative visual poetry and science documentary into a rich experience for audiences'.
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