Animation Updates and more!

Dear Time Travel fans,

tumblr_ls3eyvbf391qm6oc3o1_500Wow- It’s been a year since we ran our Kickstarter for A Brief History of Time Travel. It seems like yesterday. As some of you may have known, we’ve been running a little behind schedule. Our estimated delivery date for backers was this month, and we have worked incessantly with our eyes on the finish line, but now it looks like it’s going to be closer to the end of this year. As a certain Doctor (Jon Pertwee) once said: “A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.”  Our journey to completion has taken some calculated detours, all with the mission to make an amazing documentary.

What have we been doing this whole time? This September has been so much fun and one of my favorite moments working on the film so far. As I mentioned last month, we’ve been working with animators.  Two amazing local artists, Elijah Evenson and Yvette Endrijautzki are working on animating one of the time travel myths we will be retelling in the film. Here are some photos of the actual props. We’ll be filming a part of it next week! I also want to give a shot out to Jackie Argueta, who as also been animating other scenes in the documentary as well!

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Besides animation, we’ve been going through hundreds of films and images that we’re hoping to use in the documentary. I’ve been really excited about finding some images taken directly from NASA’s Satellites. It’s been a tedious process- the software used to download data is not very user friendly. And sorting through thousands upon thousands of data sets is overwhelming; but at the end it is really exciting to look at the images and marvel about the universe and about human ingenuity. Since coding has never been one of my strengths, I had to summon the help of some of my programming and astronomer friends (Thanks Sarah Guermond and Avi Finkel!), to help me navigate through this challenge.  Here is an example of what is at our finger tips, courtesy of NASA. It is one of the breath taking images of Saturn that was taken by the Cassini Orbiter.

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Thanks again for everything- your support throughout this process means so much to us!

All the best,

Gisella