Greensboro Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren Encourages Us to Look Up in new film ‘In Saturn’s Rings’
On August 24, 2018, Greensboro Filmmaker, Stephen van Vuuren premiered his IMAX film In Saturn’s Rings in his home state of North Carolina at the Marbles IMAX theater in Raleigh. In Saturn’s Rings takes its audience on a Grand Tour of the cosmos and celebrates the beauty of our solar system; encouraging each and every one of us to stop looking down at our phones in order for us to look up at the intrinsic beauty of the universe.
By: Mason P. Winfree
In Saturn’s Rings stands as a technological achievement in filmmaking because van Vuuren created the feeling that one is immersed and traveling through space by utilizing multiplane photo animation, using real images captured by numerous space missions and not through the use of CGI or other computer-generated effects. Over 7.5 million still photographs were used in the making of In Saturn’s Rings and many of them were captured by the Cassini-Huygens probe that was sent into space to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings. Cassini’s arrival at Saturn in 2004 sparked van Vuuren to produce a film about the mission because of the overall lack of coverage that the mission received. The world was not watching this historical event and Stephen van Vuuren was determined to change that. In Saturn’s Rings not only informs its audience of the Cassini-Huygens mission, but it puts them in orbit around Saturn, through the use of photographs that were captured on the mission. That means everything you see in the film is 100% real.
Viewers can anticipate to marvel at the massive perspective of space that In Saturn’s Rings offers as they are completely immersed in the experience of space travel for 40 minutes. The film takes us all the way back to the beginning of time and then springs us forward in a journey of the mind and spirit. This is the closest thing that many of us will ever come to space travel as we can soar amongst Saturn’s rings from the comfort of our local IMAX theater. The experience of these images on a giant screen stands as an epic adventure that challenges its audience to walk away with a new perspective of space and earth, and hopefully encourage them to look up at the sky.
The film is narrated by the iconic LeVar Burton and is presented against the sound of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings performed by the Greensboro Symphony, under the direction of Dmitry Sitkovetsky. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro also played a role in the making of this groundbreaking film; Dr. Steve Danford, who is now a retired associate professor of physics and astronomy at UNCG, acted as an advisor during the making of the project. Media coverage from GoTriad and N&R helped secure UNCG and the Greensboro Symphony into believing in and contributing to van Vuuren’s film that will be making its way back to North Carolina later this month for all of us to experience.
In Saturn’s Rings will return to the Marbles IMAX theater in Raleigh for screenings
October 20, and October 21.
For more information about the film, please visit the film’s website at: www.insaturnsrings.com/.