Today’s selection is a short film called Entropy by Tim Cahn. It breaks our usual criteria for Video of the Day by exploring a very, very common theme, one of traveling from Earth to a jump gate. The glory of this film isn’t the characters, or the minimalist story line. It’s the breathlessly astonishing visuals. The visuals are by Tim Cahn, and the music and sound is by David Marder.

One of the things that makes this short subject fascinating is that it shows how much we have learned about astronomical bodies and phenomena since we (and by “we” I mean “humans”) began trying to visualize what space travel might look like. To compare and contrast, here is George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon, produced originally in 1902. This is a hand-colored version. In 1902, the only way you could get color on film was to paint it on, one frame at a time. Needless to say, there weren’t a lot of color prints of anything in distribution.

With each passing generation, we learn so much more about the universe around us, and you can see it in the progression of scientific accuracy in the imagery used in our creative expressions of what that universe is like.

Watch Entropy, and be enthralled.


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