Some time ago I was asked by the folks at Penny4NASA to make them a film. It took a long time to complete, but here it is.
What is Penny4NASA? It’s a grassroots movement advocating for a marked increase in NASA’s funding, currently sitting at 0.48% of the U.S. national budget. As a passionate supporter of science, and space exploration most of all, I was happy to volunteer my time.*
The concept was simple. I wanted to portray both humanity’s curiosity about space, along with its occasional indifference, in a single character. Two flip sides of a coin—a little girl named Penny.
Allowed by her mother to play outside a little later than usual, Penny becomes captivated by the twinkling heavens. In this moment she must decide how far her curiosity will take her. How badly does she want to know what’s up there?
How badly do we?
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*Thanks to my team, composer Bob Mills, and sound engineer Sebastien Breton. The same guys who helped out on my last science film, ‘Vision’.
Here’s a stunning, albeit extremely short bit of science fiction that will blow your socks off, especially if you have any appreciation for the process of how art gets made.
‘Horizon’ is a gorgeous 15 second film created by Brooklyn’s Mickaël Forrett, one that takes the quality of the ‘personal project’ and rockets it into the same stratosphere as ‘Hollywood’ movie. (Just not the same kind of run time)
Here’s a look at the latest project I completed for Egg Studios in Nova Scotia. It’s called Case Costing, and it’s an animated look at the costs of healthcare.
Some of the illustrations in these piece were done by yours truly, but most of the featured ones were drawn by illustrator Kelly Devoe. Check out his work here. Still more come from Gray’s Anatomy, the now public domain textbook illustrated by surgeon Henry Gray in the early 1900s. I always loved the style and detail of his illustrations and I thought they were a perfect match for the look we were going for.
I’m usually reluctant to share content once it’s been seen a certain number of times, and at almost 200,000 views, the following short film is pushing that limit.
Measuring the Universe from the Royal Observatory Greenwich is such an informative little film however, that it’s worth being late to the party. If you’re new to astronomy and are brimming over with questions about how astronomers ply their trade, this is the film for you.
“On behalf of the 2012 Imagine Science Film Committee and our leading sponsors UCD, Nature and Science, we would like to congratulate you! Your film TEEN BRAIN has been selected to be part of the Imagine Science Film Festival in Dublin.”
Hey everyone! A few of you asked for it, so here it is: my talk at last week’s meeting of The Durham Region Astronomical Association. My good friend Stefan Powell attended with me and recorded the proceedings, and here they are.
This is a great little piece I discovered this morning from Ataboy Studios. In it, Sommelier Andrea Robinson discusses the way that flavours change at 30,000 feet, and how that affects the choices she makes about wine.
Now, to be honest, I’m always a little skeptical about some of the scientific claims I hear about cooking. I have a suspicion that many such claims are just doing what alt-med weirdos do: using scientific sounding words to dazzle the public. Or they simply overstate the impact of some technique: yesterday I saw something in a cooking magazine that said you should grill chicken on top of pineapple bark, because among other things, the enzymes in the bark tenderize the meat.
Hello folks! Hope all is well with each of you. Sorry for my absence, but I’ve had a lot of Halloween stuff to do, especially with this past weekend’s trip to the Canadian Haunted Attractions Conference, and some prop building projects I’ll share with you soon.
In the meantime, here’s a very short but gorgeous piece of animation by Saskia Kretzschmann that you simply must see. Saskia’s use of only solid black and white, (no gray gradients) is an extremely challenging way to do animation, because at every moment composition is vitally important, and yet she seems to have mastered the technique. I’ll let her describe it herself after sharing the quote that inspited her.
Nobody has suggested that March 26th become a national holiday as a result, but it is the birthday of this blog. The following is a brief history of how this site came to be, and what’s happened since; along with a few thoughts on where it’s going. I apologize if it all seems a little masturbatory, but I wanted to mark the event with at least a smidgen of reflection. You’ll notice a number of links throughout, most of which point to articles I’ve written in the past. Sort of like a sit-com clip show, get it?
On finding your voice
So I’ve been at this blogging business for a couple of years now, and while I can’t be sure what sensation the experience has left in your mouths, at least personally, I think I’ve acquired a taste for it.
This blog began on March 26th, 2010 with a completely innocuous post, (image below) and no particular agenda in mind. At the time Posterous was a brand-new service, designed more for sharing pictures and video rather than blogging, so I thought I’d give it a test run. There was no custom URL, no title, and no theme. Yet hiding somewhere were the seeds of what the site would eventually become.