Pale Blue Dot

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This has to be one of my favourite recent pieces of animation. Adam Winnik’s thesis project animates an excerpt from Carl Sagan‘s book “Pale Blue Dot” read by the author himself.

I’ve been enrolled in illustration at Sheridan College for the the last 4 years and this is my final thesis project. I have always thought of Carl Sagan’s writings as “scientific poetry” since they lack the cold touch that science is often cursed for having. I think Sagan’s words resonate more than ever, and will continue with each generation until the human species “wakes up”. The first time I heard this excerpt from his book “Pale Blue Dot” it literally changed my life, and I hope it does for you too. Enjoy.

I think Adam has struck a fantastic balance between the Hans Zimmer soundtrack, the tone of Sagan’s voice and his own playful animation of the words. What do you think?

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  • Larissa Perkins

    This blew me away. Not only does the verbal message of Sagan make you think, but the illustrations are astounding and really drive the point home. What type of animation software was used? I would sure like to get my hands on that. 

  • 3dBloke

     A nice alternative to the other videos I’ve seen to the accompaniment of Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot speech.Thanks for sharing.

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