Wanderers, a short film by Erik Wernquist
Sometimes just reveling in space imagery is enough. To go along for the ride and imagine visiting the fantastic places our spaceships have traveled. Places we hope our descendants will see up close with their own eyes.
This beautiful film by Erik Wernquist with words by the late Carl Sagan touch our imaginations. What is it about Sagan’s voice? Honestly, he could read the ingredients off a ketchup bottle and make us think deep thoughts.
Wernquist describes his work this way: “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.”
It’s the human presence woven into striking images sent back by unmanned spacecraft that makes Wernquist’s work such a pleasure to watch. For the first time, I really got a sense of how it might feel to float among the icebergs that compose Saturn’s rings. The ride on the space elevator, a technology in its infancy, was fun, too. And who wouldn’t don a pair of bat wings and swoop through Titan’s orange air?
License was taken in a few scenes, but the future has always been a place where we imagine the impossible.
For more details and images featuring individual scenes in the movie, check out Erik’s gallery.