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“WANDERERS”: Our Future in Space by Erik Wernquist

Building on the sage words of Carl Sagan reading from his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot, Stockholm digital artist and animator Erik Wernquist crafts a spectacular vision of humanity’s possible future in space. All scenes are digital recreations of real places in the Solar System built from photographs and map data where available.

Erik Wernquist: “The title WANDERERS refer partly to the original meaning of the word ‘planet’. In ancient greek, the planets visible in the sky were collectively called “aster planetes” which means “wandering star”. It also refers to ourselves; for hundreds of thousands of years – the wanderers of the Earth.

“In time I hope we take that leap off the ground and permanently become wanderers of the sky. Wanderers among the wanderers.

“As some may notice I have borrowed ideas and concepts from science fiction authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Arthur C. Clarke, just to name a few. And visually, I of course owe many tips of my hat to painter Chesley Bonestell – the legendary master of space art.

“More directly, I have also borrowed the voice of astronomer and author Carl Sagan to narrate the film. The audio I used are excerpts from his own reading of his book ‘Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space’ (1994) – needless to say, a huge inspiration for this film.”

CREDITS:
VISUALS – Erik Wernquist – erik@erikwernquist.com
MUSIC – Cristian Sandquist – cristiansandquist@mac.com
WORDS AND VOICE – Carl Sagan
COLOR GRADE – Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film – caj@beckholmenfilm.se
LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY – Mikael Hall/Vidiotism – mikael@vidiotism.com
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE – Anna Nerman, Camilla Hammarström, Hanna Mellin
VOCALIST – Nina Fylkegård – nina@ladystardust.se
THANK YOU – Johan Persson, Calle Herdenberg, Micke Lindgren, Satrio J. Studt, Tomas Axelsson, Christian Lundqvist, Micke Lindell, Sigfrid Söderberg, Fredrik Strage, Johan Antoni, Henrik Johansson, Michael Uvnäs, Hanna Mellin
THIS FILM WAS MADE WITH USE OF PHOTOS AND TEXTURES FROM:
NASA/JPL, NASA/CICLOPS, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, ESA, John Van Vliet, Björn Jonsson (and many others, of which I unfortunately do not know the names)

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