This Is The Most Beautiful Thing You Will See All Day

Forget Beyoncé at the Super Bowl, this is the best-looking thing you will see all day. It's also going to be the most moving, tragic, beautiful and meaningful four minutes of your week. It's called Stardust, and it's well worth your time.

Stardust is a four-minute CGI short created by Mischa Rozema and tells the story of the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

The Voyager program was founded in the 1970's to explore Jupiter and Saturn. NASA made the decision, however, to keep the craft on-duty and send it deeper into space. In 2012, Voyager 1 became a record holder as the farthest craft ever sent by NASA into space. It will die alone in space when it completes its mission, but not before it gives us a wealth of intelligence about what's actually out there.

Stardust tells the story of Voyager 1 and what it may have seen so far, including a beautiful insight into our nearest star and the notion that we are all stardust, and that Voyager represents the human spirit.

The film was made as a tribute to the director's graphic designer Arjan Groot, for whom the film is dedicated.

Here's the blurb from the creators:

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.'

Sit back and enjoy Stardust.


Comments

    I think I just watched part of Sunshine?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp7z8Gvexas

    I can't watch it here for some reason, any chance of a link to the original?

    Ooops, should be a reply!

    Last edited 04/02/13 6:46 pm

    That is a spectacular video. I loved the background music.

      The music is great. Composed by Guy Amitai.

        Agreed, the visuals are A+ but the score helps make it what it is. There's a hint of Floyd in that track, which is not a bad thing at all.

    Wow. Words fail me. One of the best videos I've seen in a LONG time. Was just up at the Gingin observatory on Saturday night.

    Last edited 04/02/13 10:56 pm

    Reminded me of this video:
    https://vimeo.com/29950141

    Watch the full thing, its absolutely amazing. Make sure full screen + speakers/headphones

    I wasn't impressed at all - some decent CGI and it looks nice - but something I won't be forwarding onto others.

    I hate to be one of the few descenting voices here...

    But apart from Voyager appearing twice, what does this have to do with the Voyager program?

    Where was the story of the Voyager 1 spacecraft? I was thinking I'd see something about its design, manufacture and launch. Perhaps even the planets its visited, how it has redefined planetary sciences...
    But no.

    "It’s also going to be the most moving, tragic, beautiful and meaningful four minutes of your week." Moving - not particulary.
    Tragic - Which parts? Perhaps the one where something which looks vaguely like a planet is destroyed?
    Beautiful - Yeah, kind of.
    Meaningful - Definatelty not

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