Studio AKA was approached by US based media company Room 608 to collaborate on A Trip to Infinity, a documentary that explores the concept of infinity and the universe.
Directors Jonathan Halperin and Drew Takahashi take viewers on a journey through the minds of several physicists, cosmologists, mathematicians, and philosophers, in the 79-minute film.
AKA chose to illustrate a particularly powerful segment that discusses the end of the universe. Animation director Gergely Wootsch and FX animator Deniz Cinar, along with compositor Will Eager, created the almost 6-minute-long segment that features a stunning array of otherworldly scenery.
“A Trip to Infinity was a rare undertaking that educated us and made us think and contemplate,” says Gergely Wootsch, animation director. “We worked on the End of the Universe segment, where the narration dives into the more philosophical implications of an infinite timeline. From the get-go, Drew and Jonathan [the directors] knew they wanted a slow and contemplative approach. They had entrusted us with the creative freedom to explore the visuals based on the voice-over and music whilst gently guiding us towards what they had imagined.
“The segment is slow-moving, guided by the music and the narration. Various cosmic scenes play out in succession until the last living being of the universe slowly fades away. It’s a profoundly sad segment. Still, I had a lot of fun creating the visuals for it and imagining cosmic landscapes and particles flying around.”
“We approached Studio AKA to create a very crucial section of our movie knowing exactly what we wanted and needed but with absolutely no idea how to get there,” says Drew Takahashi, director of A Trip to Infinity. Sharon Titmarsh held our hands as Gergely, and team brought it to life. The resulting film was so devastatingly powerful that we were then challenged to bring the audience back from existential despair and end the film with some sense of the value of being human despite all our limitations.”
IN LOVING MEMORY OF SHARON TITMARSH
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