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Wanderers

A spectacular and scientifically based (pre)vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, commented by Carl Sagan's original voice.

0 – 5 | 2015 | CGI | Outer Space | Sweden | Video Essay | 2015

Wanderers is a short science fiction film created by Swedish digital artist Erik Wernquist which offers a glimpse of the wonders humanity might one day find as it explores and colonises the solar system. What is particularly interesting about Wanderers is that it is one of the most realistic representations of space and far away planets that has ever been committed to film. Wernquist meticulously studied all manner of NASA photographs and mapping data in order to make sure that what we see in Wanderers is as scientifically accurate as possible. For those interested in delving further, his personal website contains a gallery which explains the film’s various sights in more detail.

Wernquist’s effort has certainly paid off as Wanderers is as visually pleasing as they come. All of the film’s special effects look natural as well as beautiful, giving the impression that a cameraman really did travel to such far away worlds as Mars and Europa in order to take in the sights. Accompanying the fantastic visuals is a wonderfully composed score by Cristian Sandquist along with audio clips of Carl Sagan reading his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. While the use of Carl Sagan as a sort of pseudo-narrator in film is something of an overused cliché these days which can come across as being pretentious more often than not (see: Men,Women & Children for one particularly poor example of such), his presence here is very fitting and adds the icing to what is a very tasty cake indeed.

At only three minutes long, Wanderers manages to make excellent use of its short running time. The film is packed with jaw dropping imagery and a genuine sense of wonderment from start to finish. Erik Wernquist can be proud of his achievement and given the recent success of space based science fiction films such as Prometheus and Interstellar, there could be a very big future for him in the movie business. That is, assuming he isn’t planning a voyage to somewhere further afield…

(Post by Sean Markey for Krank.ie)

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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