Cape Verde - (Mars) © Erik Wernquist

Cape Verde – (Mars) © Erik Wernquist

Sheer magic – and narrated as only Carl Sagan can – exquisitely.

“Check out this stunning short Sci-Fi film by Swedish digital artist and animator Erik Wernquist, in which he shares with us how he envisages humanity’s future when we leave Earth. Here’s a description of his work that can be found on his website:

The film is a vision of our humanity’s future expansion into the Solar System. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might be like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where possible.

Stunning Short Film “Wanderers” Brings Carl Sagan’s Words Back To Life

Wanderers – A Short Film By Erik Wernquist


Spielberg’s Change of Heart On E.T.

E.T.: "Be good"

Thankyou, Mr. Spielberg! At least one movie director is man enough to admit when he’s made a mistake, and correct it.

Spielberg: “For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. […] If I put just one cut of E.T. on Blu-ray and it was the 1982, would anyone object to that? [The crowd yells “NO!” in unison.] OK, so be it.”

Steven Spielberg Finally Admits the Walkie-Talkies Were a Mistake

“The fact that George Lucas has made changes to the original films is not the root of the problem (although there are plenty who wish he hadn’t). It is the fact that he is not making those original versions available, which is causing all the fuss.”

Why Star Wars should be left to the fans

‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Controversy: Has George Lucas Made Two Terrible Audio Alterations to the Original Trilogy?

George Lucas — The Farce Is With Him

George Lucas — The Farce Is With Him

Imagine if the famous painter Salvador Dali had wandered into an art gallery and decided to alter one of his paintings, such as The Persistence of Memory, maybe even removing it entirely from view. Would that be moral and right? When someone’s creative work becomes so popular, and beloved by so many people, even as a cherished childhood memory, should the creator have sole right to do whatever they wish with it, regardless of what the majority think? Especially considering America is a democracy. What would it hurt to release the original Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray Disc — George Lucas’ ego? Other directors have done special editions of their movies, and there is nothing wrong with that, but they have still allowed the originals to be seen. If you try to eliminate the originals, you are effectively altering history, much like a megalomaniac.

‘Request to Restore the Theatrical Cuts of the Original Star Wars Trilogy for Blu-ray’

13 February, 2010