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An Amazing Short Film About Supernovas Made With Colored Inks In Water

Artists use a combination of abstract shapes and precisely shaded geometry to accurately represent those images of space captured by the Hubbel telescope and the like.

The abstract shapes become even more important when an artist tries to faithfully represent astronomical phenomena such as the swirly burly supernovas that mark the passing of a giant star.

Creating that supernova look without using CGI can be a bit tricky, but self-taught filmmaker Thomas Vanz discovered all he needed to copy those cool cosmic events was ink and an aquarium full of water.

NOVAE - An aestethic and scientific vision of a supernova from Thomas Vanz on Vimeo.

Thomas also produced the soundtrack for NOVAE, using natural sounds to further avoid having any digitally produced elements in the film. So when Thomas says he made "space" in his home he really means it!

Read more about Novae: An Incredible Short Film About Supernovas at JazJaz


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I don't know how accurate I would call this, as seems much more on the aesthetic side. But the Rayleigh-Taylor instability occurs on scales all the way from coffee cups up to light year sized nebula, allowing for all sorts of structural parallels between deep space and every day life. The movie The Fountain also made heavy use of this, using a lot of macro photography and very little CGI. Regardless, the results are quite cool and pretty.
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