The Red Planet

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Mars. Photo by Eric Stevens.

This isn’t the worst photo I’ve ever taken, but it’s certainly the worst I’ve ever shared on this site.

But it’s still kind of beautiful. A tiny orange dot on the display of my camera, too small to see through the viewfinder, is an entire planet. It’s over 40 million miles away, but we’ve sent things there – multiple times. Someday, not that long from now, we’re going to send a human being, willing to sacrifice their own life on a one-way trip to an orange desert.

Standing in the middle of South Union Street in Rochester, NY, a tiny red dot made me feel small.

(For photography nerds, I used a 500mm lens with a 2x converter. For space nerds, please don’t tell me I actually shot the top of a water tower or something.)
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Slipping Through Your Fingers: Kylo Ren’s Path to the Chancellor’s Award

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After his breakthrough performance in “The Force Awakens,” a documentary crew follows Kylo Ren as he prepares to fulfill his destiny and receive the Chancellor’s Award.

 

I submitted this short for the 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards. Sound effects and music were provided by Lucasfilm (per contest rules), with the exception of the Force effect, which I created by slowing and down-pitching a purring cat, the same technique as the sound designer for The Force Awakens.