Cosmology for the Science Enthusiast
This video takes the viewer through the story of the cosmos, from the first instant of time to today, in an accessible, concise manner.Show More
Produced by Christian Cardozo; created May 2014
This project comes as a fusion of three age-old interests of mine: the universe, teaching, and video production. It was first conceived as a paper for a science writing class I took my fall semester at MIT, then as a lecture I delivered to high school students sampling classes at the Institute, and, in February of 2014, as a stand-alone video introduction to cosmology. It is intended for audiences with some interest or experience in the sciences, though those less experienced but keenly interested may also find it valuable. The video serves to take the viewer through the story of the cosmos, from the first instant of time to today, in an accessible, concise manner.
Thanks to Graham Ramsay and Dave Custer, who aided me in conceiving and obtaining equipment required for several sequences and, perhaps most essentially, narrowing the focus of my project to one most suitable for a ten-minute video.
Another thanks to my old friend Michael Castaño, without whom finding someone to follow me around with a camera may have proven a much more tricky endeavor. Thanks as well to John Copeland, who provided the rights to several essential animations seen in the video. And last, but certainly not least, thanks to Paola Rebusco, whose technical support steered the finalization of the project's script.
Universe zooms, pan-throughs, and images were obtained from NASA's HubbleSite.
Stock footage composited into the animations in the project was obtained from FootageIsland, a YouTube channel offering royalty-free, high quality footage for download.
Animation of Earth's formation (8:20-9:00) was provided by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).
Music and sound effects used in the project source from Apple's loop and jingle library, included with Final Cut Pro X.Show Less