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“LUX AETERNA”: A Cinematic Animated Short Film On Nature Of Light Directed By Cristóbal Vila (2013)

“LUX AETERNA” is a cinematic CGI-animated short film on the nature of light directed by Cristóbal Vila.

Produced and Directed by:  Cristóbal Vila

Music Composed by:  Jóhann Jóhannsson (“The Gift”)

The idea of this movie came to my mind just after Nature by Numbers was finished, although it was a much more ambitious project on these days, with more scenes and greater overall complexity. I realized that it would take forever to create that project… and decided to postpone it.

But in the end, when Inspirations was finished, I recovered that idea, easing here and there, and trying to keep its essence: a look into the light from several points of view. On one side it’s a powerful radiation emitted by the most distant stars in the universe, and also by our Sun; light floods everywhere in nature, from the largest things to the smallest, creating interesting and beautiful effects; humans always used light as a symbolic and spiritual element; and it’s too an intriguing physical phenomenon deeply studied by science.

So here is the result, together with the beautiful theme “The Gift” composed by the Icelandic musician Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Cristóbal Vila, January 2013, Saragossa, Spain.

Website:   http://www.etereaestudios.com/

“When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer”: Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Narrated By Neil deGrasse Tyson (2013)

Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson reads Walt Whitman’s “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.”

Produced by:  American Museum of Natural History and AMNH.tv

Co-Produced by:  California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.

Narrated by:  Neil deGrasse Tyson

“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomers” by Walt Whitman

When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.