Before the days of Hollywood studios commandeering IMAX for their own purposes, the 70mm-film format was primarily used for documentaries. Today, most of those docs can be seen on the small-screen, featured on high-definition channels like Hi-Fi and Discover World. The industry of IMAX documentary film-making hasn’t been completely eradicated, but has instead become eclipsed by the grandiose endeavours of its antithesis: big-budget features.
Now, I’m not slamming big budget movies as a whole. Many Hollywood films actually benefit from the larger screens, bigger sound and planetarium-esque theatre experience. I am, however, excited about a new space documentary called In Saturn’s Rings that calls to that time when IMAX docs were more the standard.
In Saturn’s Rings is a really unique film directed by Stephen Van Vuuren, who has created a way to travel through our solar system without the use of CGI or visual effects. Instead, he’s come up with a way to render the millions of still images taken by the Cassini spacecraft in seamless, linear motion.
Check out the film’s official site.
In Saturn’s Rings is a non-profit giant-screen art film that takes audiences on a journey of the mind, heart and spirit from the big bang to the near future via the Cassini-Huygens Mission at Saturn. Currently in production after years of development, In Saturn’s Rings aims for global release late next year.
Composed entirely of still photographs using innovative visual techniques developed by the filmmaker, In Saturn’s Rings stretches the boundaries of the motion picture form. The film will feature powerful music by Ferry Corsten, William Orbit, Samuel Barber and melds non-narrative visual poetry & science documentary into a rich experience for audiences.
In Saturn’s Rings is a film that’s both personal and universal, experimental and sincere, science and spirit , non-narrative and documentary. The goal is to use large screen imagery, synchronized to powerful but moving music, to create an experience for those who see it, hear it and feel it.
Using hundreds of thousands of still images manipulated to create full motion, using “2.75D” photographic fly-through technology. The film will be presented in IMAX® quality 6K resolution on massive screens and concert-level surround systems to audiences in giant screen institutions, IMAX® theaters, fulldome planetariums, museums and select 4k digital cinemas.