BLAST! (BBC Documentary)

Best Documentary
Vedere La Scienza Festival

Official Selection
Hot Docs Film Festival

Official Selection
Florida Film Festival

Official Selection
Sheffield Doc Fest

Trailer

“Brilliant! Absorbing! Unexpected twists and turns!” 
 – The New York Times

“This adventuresome spin on breakthrough
science should wow ’em!” Variety

“A rare combination of content and storytelling, BLAST! treats the viewer not only to the fruits of cosmic discovery but to the fits and starts of dedicated scientists who navigate paths of research that enable it.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Commissioned by BBC, BLAST!  journeys across 5 continents – from Arctic Sweden to Antarctica – with a team of tenacious scientists who overcome jaw-dropping obstacles in a colossal effort to scan the sky for clues to the Evolution of Everything.

BLAST! premiered theatrically at the IFC Center in New York City and was broadcast internationally on PBS, NHK, Discovery Canada, VPRO (Netherlands), YLE (Sweden), DR (Denmark), etc.

STREAM THE COMPLETE MOVIE

BLAST! presented several major editing challenges. First was how to convey complex scientific concepts in a way that not only be understandable, but also entertaining. And then do that in a way that did not interfere with the flow of the story.

I knew I succeeded when a CBS colleague congratulated me after watching the movie: “I finally know what a light year is!”

Next was using high-end animations to illustrate these concepts. There was some budget for creating these, but not enough. Turns out NASA’s animations are funded by the government and are in the public domain. Breakthrough! But still a challenging treasure hunt to identify and acquire the right material.  

And then there was the problem of telling a story that was ongoing and always in danger of crashing and burning. The editing process became as suspenseful as the journey we were documenting. The BBC had commissioned and funded the project, but did we actually have a viable movie? That was never clear until the scientists themselves finally complete their mission. 

Trailer
Trailer
Colbert promotes BLAST! (Feature Documentary)
What is a Light Year?

Best Documentary
Vedere La Scienza Festival

Official Selection
Hot Docs Film Festival

Official Selection
Florida Film Festival

Official Selection
Sheffield Doc Fest

“Brilliant! Absorbing! Unexpected twists and turns!” 
 – The New York Times

“This adventuresome spin on breakthrough
science should wow ’em!” Variety

“A rare combination of content and storytelling, BLAST! treats the viewer not only to the fruits of cosmic discovery but to the fits and starts of dedicated scientists who navigate paths of research that enable it.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Commissioned by BBC, BLAST!  journeys across 5 continents – from Arctic Sweden to Antarctica – with a team of tenacious scientists who overcome jaw-dropping obstacles in a colossal effort to scan the sky for clues to the Evolution of Everything.

BLAST! premiered theatrically at the IFC Center in New York City and was broadcast internationally on PBS, NHK, Discovery Canada, VPRO (Netherlands), YLE (Sweden), DR (Denmark), etc.

STREAM THE COMPLETE MOVIE

BLAST! presented several major editing challenges. First was how to convey complex scientific concepts in a way that not only be understandable, but also entertaining. And then do that in a way that did not interfere with the flow of the story.

I knew I succeeded when a CBS colleague congratulated me after watching the movie: “I finally know what a light year is!”

Next was using high-end animations to illustrate these concepts. There was some budget for creating these, but not enough. Turns out NASA’s animations are funded by the government and are in the public domain. Breakthrough! But still a challenging treasure hunt to identify and acquire the right material.  

And then there was the problem of telling a story that was ongoing and always in danger of crashing and burning. The editing process became as suspenseful as the journey we were documenting. The BBC had commissioned and funded the project, but did we actually have a viable movie? That was never clear until the scientists themselves finally complete their mission. 

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