"The open road still softly calls."
November 29, 2014 5:30 PM   Subscribe

"Wanderers" is a short film by Erik Werquist featuring narration by Carl Sagan.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (14 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Rats; I was just going to post this. It's gorgeous, people. Be sure to watch it HD full-screen!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:36 PM on November 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

It's lovely, isn't it? Amazing graphics.

I'm not a big proponent of manned space exploration, I think we're better off spending our efforts on unmanned probes for now. But still in the quest of the unknown. And any sort of enthusiasm for any sort of space mission is good.

(My slight nitpick; those scenes out by Saturn and Uranus are awfully brightly lit. Then again maybe that's realistic, what without any atmosphere.)
posted by Nelson at 5:37 PM on November 29, 2014

I watch Cosmos in junior high during it's first run, my eyes glued to the screen. All these years later Sagan's voice still sends chills down my spine.

What a wonderful film.
posted by beowulf573 at 6:43 PM on November 29, 2014

featuring narration by Carl Sagan.

... doing a cheesy Rod Serling impression.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:55 PM on November 29, 2014

Fantastic. Lots of Kim Stanley Robinson in that. Lots.
posted by sevensixfive at 10:18 PM on November 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

Hard to believe the same person created both that and the 'Crazy Frog' character. What a universe we inhabit.
posted by LeLiLo at 10:30 PM on November 29, 2014

Beautiful. Thank you, AlonzoMosleyFBI.
posted by jammy at 6:32 AM on November 30, 2014

I'm crying right now and I feel silly.
But to see rendered on the screen the visions from the novels of Kim Stanley Robinson into which I in my teens so often escaped, and recognise their superimposition onto real imagery which I as an adult have spent so much time staring in quiet wonder.
I just...crying.
posted by The Legit Republic of Blanketsburg at 12:03 PM on November 30, 2014 [2 favorites]

This short is astonishing. And it makes me hungry for more hard SF films and television. I love books and comics, but there's a particular joy to seeing these images realized in such detail.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 12:16 PM on November 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy) is super excited about this, specifically because "nearly every location depicted in this video is real," and he links to some of the sources beyond what Erik Wernquist detailed in the gallery for the short.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:45 AM on December 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

I love seeing space imagery done with an eye to realism like this. Cosmos was a little before my time, but I grew up with the same sentiment. Whether because of Red Mars, other sci fi, or some holdover wanderlust, it feels obvious to me that we should be exploring the universe. I know there are terrible problems on Earth that we desperately need to solve, and we should be working towards that, but it can't be all for the sake of numbly fizzling out in some future vr utopia.
posted by lucidium at 7:55 PM on December 1, 2014

Just had a chance to watch this. Wonderful imagery (I particularly liked the habitat built inside the large asteroid). The closing shot does a great job of capturing the spirit of discovery and wonder with the smile of the actor showing only in her eyes.
posted by audi alteram partem at 5:03 PM on December 2, 2014

Well there goes my FPP for today!

Awesome video, makes me wish I could live in the future.
posted by marienbad at 1:22 AM on December 6, 2014

Damn. I too was going to post this and just did a search. Damn, this is good.
posted by brundlefly at 4:31 PM on December 7, 2014

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