Project Description

In Saturn’s Rings

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 from 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 groundbreaking and immersive film that crosses 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.

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Production Company: SV2 Studio Productions
Director & Writer: Stephen van Vuuren
Executive and Co-Producers: James Toh, Don Cline, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Edmond A. Grin
Co-Producers: Michael Malaska, Kevin McAbee, David & Laura van Vuuren
Music: Ferry Corsten, William Orbit, Samuel Barber
Scientific Advisors: Andrew Chaikin, Bill Nye, Dr. Steve Danford, Professor Tom English
Image Sources: Cassini-Huygens, Apollo 8-17, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Hubble Space Telescope, Colin Legg Astrophotography (111k photos), Axel Mellinger Astrophotography (8k photos), Unmanned Spaceflight image processors, Messenger Mission, Suomi HPP (VIIRS), Galileo, Voyager 1 & 2, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Venus Express (VEX), Rosetta, Dawn, US Library of Congress