Stardust: A Short Animation
This short animation, titled Stardust, is the work of Dutch designer/director Mischa Rozema. Utilizing an amazing combination of actual images from space exploration as well as CGI modeling, Rozema stunningly blends art and science is his moving tribute to loss, space exploration, and the Voyager 1 probe. The film is Rozema’s nod to Dutch graphic designer Arjan Groot, who died of cancer at age 39 in July of 2011, as well as his reminder that, as said by the late Carl Sagan, we are made of stardust. Rozema is the creative director of the Dutch hybrid film production company –PostPanic.
The film’s story centers on the thought that in the grand scheme of the universe nothing is ever wasted, and there is great comfort to be found in us all essentially being stardust. Voyager, and its Golden Record, represents the memories of our loved ones and our lives which, in this sense, will never disappear.
Rozema says of the film, ‘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.’
A PostPanic Production
Written & directed by Mischa Rozema
Produced by Jules Tervoort
VFX Supervisor: Ivor Goldberg
Associate VFX Supervisor: Chris Staves
Senior digital artists: Matthijs Joor, Jeroen Aerts
Digital artists: Marti Pujol, Silke Finger, Mariusz Kolodziejczak, Dieuwer Feldbrugge, Cara To, Jurriën Boogert
Camera & edit: Mischa Rozema
Production: Ania Markham, Annejes van Liempd
Audio by Pivot Audio , Guy Amitai
Featuring “Helio” by Ruben Samama
Copyright 2013 Post Panic BV, All rights reserved
– For more information on the Voyager probe please check out my Dec 9, 2012 post Voyager 1 and The Magnetic Highway.