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Offlinehongomon
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Powers of Ten
    #2010304 - 10/15/03 02:14 AM (14 years, 11 days ago)

Has anyone here seen "Powers of Ten", a short film from the 70's? It's a serious mind-bender, as simple as it is. The film starts with a shot just above a couple on a picnic blanket, and then pans back at a rate of ten times the distance every ten seconds. So from ten feet they go up to a hundred, then a thousand, and so on and so on until they're way outside the Milky Way. Then it stops, and returns back to earth at a faster rate. When it hits the departure point, it slows back to the origianal rate and continues forward, focusing on the guys hand, and then down into his skin, into a blood vessel, into a red blood cell and all the way down to a quark, I think.

Don't worry, I didn't just lessen your viewing experience--it's the kind you can watch often. When you're too tired for yoga.

I'd love to see a modern remake of the same film--filming technology has improved a lot since then. Charles and Ray Eames are the creators, if you want to track it down.


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Re: Powers of Ten [Re: hongomon]
    #2010485 - 10/15/03 03:21 AM (14 years, 11 days ago)

interesting, reminds me of the kick ass opening sequence of Contact.


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Re: Powers of Ten [Re: Blastrid]
    #2010819 - 10/15/03 07:14 AM (14 years, 10 days ago)

carl sagan presented one of the versions of that film on hugh downes' show (60 minutes? 20/20? whatever...) maybe a year before his excellent PBS series _cosmos_
& all hugh downes could say was "wow" :wink: ... hehheh...


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Re: Powers of Ten [Re: gnrm23]
    #2011351 - 10/15/03 03:28 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

Powers of Ten is excellent. The Eames have some other good films I have seen, the best being "Blacktop" and "Tocata for Toy Trains."


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Re: Powers of Ten [Re: Blastrid]
    #2011799 - 10/15/03 05:46 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

Adaptation had some pretty killer footage too. Time lapse stuff--like Kayaniquatsi (sp)


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Re: Powers of Ten [Re: seraphim]
    #2011802 - 10/15/03 05:47 PM (14 years, 10 days ago)

Too bad they're so hard to track down.


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