Stardust // Mischa Rozema

Pause to Watch: Stardust

In 1977, NASA sent out a message in a bottle… into outer space. The space probe Voyager 1, intended to explore the outer solar system and interstellar space, also carries the Golden Record, a collection of images, sounds and words from our civilisation.

It has been 36 Earth years, we have received spectacular images from Jupiter and Saturn, and the probe is now very close to becoming the first human-made object to leave the Solar System and enter interstellar space.

This story inspires the stunning visuals in a brand new CG short film by the team at PostPanic, an Amsterdam-based creative company. The film by director Mischa Rozema cherishes the memory of Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot who died in 2011.

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. [..]

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.’

This sentiment by Carl Sagan inevitably comes to mind after watching the film.

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.

You can watch the film below and visit the Vimeo page for a full story.

Bonus: You also don’t want to miss a most beautiful and touching love story involving the Voyager project, Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. Radiolab shared it a few years ago in their episode on space. Pause to listen to this segment and prepare for goosebumps.

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