Crowdfunding: Ellipse — A science based sci-fi film using real data from the Kepler Telescope

Ellipse is a new science fiction short film that spans centuries and galaxies being made by director Ilana Rein, who also made the  award-winning documentary WE ARE ALL CYLONS.  Using real data from NASA’s Kepler telescope and the history of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Ellipse is a film that its makers hope to inspire and encourage interest in science and the creative arts.

The film is currently being crowdfunded via and has raised just £4,185 of the £12,000 goal so far.

What’s is it about?

Leo is from another world, many light years from Earth.  He is a player in an intergalactic game, travelling to other worlds and planting the seed of knowledge about whether we are alone in the universe.

On Earth he has tried many times to point us toward the truth but our technology and the recipients of his ‘sharing’ have not been able to take the steps needed to unlock the secret.

Then he finds Ro, an exceptionally bright girl who he draws into the game.  She becomes fated to study astrophysics and as a grown up astronomer, her research leads her to identify a particular comet and send a lander to explore it.”

How does science and history figure in this scifi movie?

“Firstly, the film begins over 400 years ago at The Queen’s House. We meet Louise de Kerouaille, a mistress to Charles II.  She was responsible for convincing the King to create the observatory as a way to map the stars and solve the problem of longitude, an amazing woman.”

The Great Hall at the Queen's House, Greenwich

 What about the app?

“The whole of Ro’s study and the data seen in the film from the alien world is from NASA’s Kepler mission and the amazing app called EXOPLANET.  Hanno Rein, from the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton has chosen several stars with exoplanets to be discussed on screen and in the educational pack we are producing to support the film for schools, this will be written by Dr Lewis Dartnell and Marek Kukula, the Public Astronomer at the ROG.”


We Are All Cylons (Preview)

Check the preview for Ilana’s previous film based around fans of Battlestar Galactica, a documentary that “provides an opportunity to confront central questions about our humanity, our susceptibility to myth, the fungible nature of our own identities, and what makes us human in the digital age.”

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HT David Roden.

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