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What if we, humans, were to expand beyond the limited bounds of our pale blue dot called planet Earth?

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Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there. Written by Anonymous

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At the scene on the moon base by Saturn (approx 1:55), you can see a Ying Yang symbol in a crater. See more »

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Visually striking while also conveying a sense of wonder, both of which work very well together
15 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

I travel a lot as part of my work – usually nowhere particular far or exciting, but every now and again I find myself walking through a big city like Shanghai, New York, Melbourne or somewhere quite exotic, and I catch myself with the sense of wonder that a person from a very small town in Northern Ireland would be in such a place so far and so different from my own life. I know these cities are home to millions and visited by millions more, but it is a feeling I get occasionally which strikes me with wonder of our ability to travel generally, and also gratitude that at the minute it applies to me specifically.

I mention this because that sense of gratitude, of wonder at what is possible, is a feeling that I got from this short film – albeit based on a much bigger picture than a 16 hour flight. The film is presented without any actual story but it is just images of our solar system showing man's branching out into it. In terms of the images the film is beautifully done; I recommend going to the Wernquist's website to see the images and sources he drew on to make this short. Whether it is based on real shots taken by NASA, or imagined landscapes drawn from literature or theory of what it might be like to be out there, the short film is technically very impressive in how it creates these images and puts man within them.

Of course to just deliver a bunch of smooth computer generated images is not really enough – even though it is a mistake so many short films make. However this is not the case here because although we have no story or characters, the film successfully conveys the sense of wonder to the viewer. It does this via the convincing visuals but also the use of music throughout. The final shot is wisely a simple one – a person, most of whose face we cannot see, but we recognize the effects of a smile on her face, and the sense of wonder and gratitude in her eyes; it is not something that the film needs to really spell out since for most viewers it will be a feeling that the previous minutes had already captured.

Wanderers doesn't have a story, or characters but it is a great piece of sci-fi animation because it not only reaches out into the stars but it successfully makes the viewer do so too; very much worth seeing.


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