“Within You Without You”: Outside In (Stephen van Vuuren, Ongoing)

Allow me the indulgence to evangelize a little: I’d like to draw your attention to local filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren’s phenomenal ongoing project, Outside In, an “IMAX film made in a basement,” as Stephen likes to put it. Consisting of millions of still images and animated using “‘2.75D’ photographic fly-through technology” developed by the director, Outside In is an homage to Carl Sagan and (per a write-up in the UK Daily Mail Online) Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

According to the official website, Van Vuuren’s film “Outside In aims to spark interest in science, space exploration and asking the big questions of why exploration is critical to our understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. By allowing audiences to fly through real images on their own personal exploration of our universe, the goal is to give them the same sense of awe and humility that the Apollo astronauts had on seeing Earth from space, changing their perspective forever.”

But the project is far from finished. As you might well imagine, such a massive and ambitious project (especially one conceived for the immersive IMAX format) encounters more than its fair share of financing hurdles. For those interested in contributing to this worthwhile, educational and enlightening endeavor, more information can be found here.

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About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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