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The Familiar Universe

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

I was watching  Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life a few months ago when, during a segment about the Universe, the spectacular image of a nebula appeared on the screen.

The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) Photo: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)

Something in the image struck me as very familiar, and not because I knew about the nebula.  Something in the arrangement of colors. It was as I’ve seen something like this in real life. And then I remembered.

Grand Prismatic Spring,Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the world’s third largest hot spring and I had the pleasure of seeing it with my own eyes in 2008. I did not have the opportunity to see it from above but even from the ground it looks impressive. Here is a photo I took:

The the red, yellow and green hues on the sides are created by pigmented single-celled organisms living in the hot water. And even though you can’t find the green hue in the Helix Nebula picture, you do find it in another similar nebula.

The Ring Nebula (M57) Photo: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)

This type of nebula is called planetary nebula , because these objects looked like planets when first discovered.

Funny thing is that while I was thinking about how the Helix Nebula looks a lot like the Grand Prismatic Spring, Malick throws in an actual image of the spring just a few minutes later (when the life on earth appears).

I see what you did the Terrence Malick. You obviously stole the idea from my mind and put it on the screen

 

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Super Bugs Bunny Cart

I was watching some Bugs Bunny cartoons yesterday, when I noticed a type of shot that would be very familiar to everybody that has ever played a driving game or 3rd person action/adventure. Keep in mind that this cartoon was made in 1948.

Bugs Bunny Rides Again (Friz Freleng, 1948)

It’s amazing how much this shot looks like it’s taken out of a computer/video game.

And for those wondering about the context of that shot, here is the visual gag that it introduces.

 



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Default guy looking to score on facebook

Sputnik is a short film made by my friend and former university colleague Cristina Groșan. Find out more about her film, see when you might be able to see it, or just give it a like on its Facebook Page.

While visiting that page a few days ago, I noticed one of the two screen caps she posted from her film.

Sputnik (Cristina Groșan, 2010)

It instantly reminded me of a pretty popular Facebook: the default profile picture you get when you join the social networking site (shown here in the aspect ratio of  a 16:9, to match the film )

Default Facebook guy

I do think I might be the only person to see any resemblance between the two images. Or maybe not.

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The analogue connection

This blog is not only about movies. If I find something interesting in any moving image, I may post it here.

British electropop band Ladytron takes its name from a famous 1972 Roxy Music song with the same title.  One day, as I was exploring music around youtube, I noticed this:

Ladytron-Ace of HZ (2010)

Roxy Music-Ladytron (live, 1972)

Brian Eno (seen here dressed in full Brian Eno gear, because, why not ? it’s the 70’s after all) and Ladytron’s Mira Aroyo are both playing the same analogue synth, an EMS VCS 3, 38 years apart.

Fun Fact: Brian Eno designed the Windows 95  sound.

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