Recently, I was reading part of Carl Sagan's book, Pale Blue Dot, and found myself so enticed that I was unable to stop despite having much more important things to do. His presentation and storytelling is so magnificent, that I felt obliged to let his voice be once again heard.
Using clips of his audio book, and various downsampled photographs and bits of short video, I put together this video as some sort of tribute to Sagans positive, cheerful and utterly intriguing story of the pale blue dot.
There have been various videos and articles made in tribute to Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot. Many I know have felt touched and moved by his powerful statement and philosophy of the insignificance of Earth. He was an optimist, yet also a very critical thinker, and was very sober about humankind's posturings and imagined self-importance.
I hope that by watching my 10-minute film you feel compelled to share Sagan's point of view. Feel free to let me know what you think by dropping a comment below.
Update 12-02-2008: I made some slight alterations to the video and encoded it in better quality. Please pardon the double logo overlay, I'm using an old video player that needs updating.
This video is available as a DVD for those interested in watching this on a big screen in 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS. Feel free to contact me
for a copy.