Short Film, “Scale” By Filmmaker, Brad Goodspeed

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

A good buddy of mine – Ajani Charles – is a prolific blogger with consistently interesting material to share.  Below, I’m re-posting a recent entry Ajani put on his blog entitled “Scale” – which is one of many recent examples of the kick-ass application of computer graphics & animation to put our place in the cosmos into perspective.


“Scale” is a very nice short film by Brad Goodspeed, and he describes it as follows:

“While watching the video of the lunar eclipse I posted the other day I was looking at the curvature of the earth’s shadow on the moon. It made me think about how large the earth might look if an exact copy of it was up there instead of the moon. Soon curiosity got the better of me, and I was animating!

So the basic idea is, each planet you see is the size it would appear in the sky if it shared an orbit with the moon, 380,000 kms from earth. I created this video in “After Effects”, and because of certain technical considerations had to keep the field of view at 62 degrees. That means the foreground element is not precisely to scale. I realized this after the fact and may update the video at some point in the future. All planets are to correct scale with one another in any case.”

You can view “Scale” below (via Like Cool).

More information on Goodspeed can be found via these URLs:

Ajani Charles

a j a n i photography: digital image solutions


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