Cinema Learning Challenge

In Saturn’s Rings Live Streaming Premiere with Filmmakers Q&A 9/19

Expired September 23, 2020 1:00 AM
Already unlocked? for access
This virtual screening is eligible for audience awards! Unlock it to cast your vote.

In Saturn’s Rings is a groundbreaking giant-screen movie adventure that takes audiences on a space exploration journey of the mind, heart, and spirit, from the Big Bang to the awe-inspiring rings of Saturn. Narrated by LeVar Burton, In Saturn’s Rings is created entirely of more than 7.5 million stunning images of Saturn, the Milky Way, and the Universe taken by Hubble, Cassini, and other NASA space telescopes looking deep into the past. In some scenes, a single photograph is used per frame, but many frames are a giant collage of thousands of photographs seamlessly joined. This independent documentary film is animated to full-motion without CGI, 3D modeling, or simulations.

In Saturn’s Rings is a grand tour of the universe starring Saturn.

From the earliest images after the Big Bang to the final photographs Cassini, In Saturn’s Rings, is a journey of the heart, mind and spirit that moves audiences with some of the most amazing space images ever seen.

Over 7.5 million real images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Telescope Milky Way time lapses, and more are brilliantly brought to life in this ground-breaking and immersive crossing space and time.

In Saturn’s Rings was not produced with computer-generated images. Instead, the filmmaker painstakingly employed multiplane photo animation created entirely in Adobe After Effects with image processing by over fifty volunteers in Adobe Photoshop, GIMP and custom Java/ImageJ programming tools.

The film is set to powerful music composed and performed by Pieter Schlosser and “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber performed by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    38 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    May 4, 2018
  • Rating
  • Director
    Stephen van Vuuren
  • Screenwriter
    L.M. Oliver & Stephen van Vuuren
  • Producer
    Stephen van Vuuren, Marie Stone-van Vuuren, Michael J. Malaska, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Edmond Grin, Bill Eberly, Jason Harwell, Colin Legg, Kevin McAbee, Ian Regan
  • Executive Producer
    Don Cline and Ban Leng James Toh
  • Cast
    LeVar Burton
  • Music
    The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Pieter Schlosser, Siddhartha Barnhoorn, Stephen van Vuuren