“If you take all of the iron from the hemoglobin of the people in the tri-state area of New York City, you can recover that much iron out of their blood and realize that the iron from that meteorite and the iron from your blood has common origin in the core of a star…as Carl Sagan has said, ‘We are star-stuff’ but there’s a more poetic – and I think more accurate – way to say it; it’s quite literally true that we are stardust. In the highest exalted way one can use that phrase.” –Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Whoa. Deep, bro.
“There’s plenty of housework to be done here on earth – and our commitment to it must be steadfast – but we’re the kind of species that needs a frontier for fundamental biological reasons. Every time humanity stretches itself it receives a jolt of productive vitality that can carry it for centuries.” –Carl Sagan
Reid Gower was commissioned by NASA to create a series of films that would pay tribute to Carl Sagan, the brilliant mind the center of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, one of my all-time favorite documentary series produced by PBS. The video attached above is part six of (currently) seven of The Sagan Series so click the previous link to see the rest of them. Oh and Cosmos is getting a reboot courtesy of Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) and Neil Degrasse Tyson, the host of NOVA scienceNOW (another fantastic PBS property that you can watch for free online). Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to it.
“Time to light the fires; build ideas inside our homes. From up upon the rooftops we’ll see the people stirring. Time to understand your place in trees and buildings, well the time to dream is almost over, over…”
One of prize stallions in Ghost Robot‘s stable of talent, Ben Dickinson, directed this video for NewVillager, a bi-coastal art collective that creates rad stuff in lots of different mediums. This music video is a prime example of what they’re up: it combines unique costume design (all household items!), dance, performance, music and film-making into a big ball of creative expression. Their album should be out any day now and, from what I’ve been reading, it seems like their live shows are not to be missed. In other words, they’re fascinating folks we’ll be keeping our eye on.
A big thanks goes to Britlee for sending this video in – CHEERS!
Paul Roberts of No Hype Here did all the motion design/compositing in this animated PSA for an anti-smacking campaign. It was directed/illustrated by Carolina Melis and produced by Nexus Productions. Excellent stuff!