Incredible film of a trip to Saturn, made entirely from photographs taken by the Cassini spacecraft

This is a demo reel for a future IMAX film called Outside In, which recreates a journey through the solar system using only images taken from actual spaceflights - made by satellites visiting our neighboring planets. Effects artist and cinematographer Stephen Van Vuuren animated thousands of still shots from Cassini spacecraft's Saturn flyby, knitting them together to create a seamless journey toward the gas giant, past one of its moons and through its awe-inspiring rings. It's one of the most mind-blowing, beautiful space movies I've ever seen - especially when you consider that the entire thing was shot on location by a satellite zooming around Saturn.

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This reel is just the first stage in his effort to create a feature-length IMAX film, and the entire project is a non-profit endeavor sponsored by companies and individuals. Want to see more like this, and eventually watch it all in glorious IMAX at your local theater? Consider donating to Outside In here.

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DISCUSSION

I can't be certain, but it seems to me that these are exclusively animated photos. Not a series of still images taken in a row while the spacecraft flew around the planet, like film.

I think they've assembled high res images of the planet and moons, and then animated them, flying around in 3D space using a virtual camera (probably in a compositing program like After Effects or Nuke). It's really no different to CGI, except the textures are genuine photographs of the real planet etc.

Still really epic and cool, but I don't want people to get the wrong idea of what's being achieved.