Wanderers is a sci-fi short by Swedish filmmaker Erik Wernquist, and I really recommend any space fans out there give it a glance! Set to the sounds of Carl Sagan reading his famous work 'Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space' (1994),' the piece gives an eerie look at the possible future that is both hopeful and harrowing. Where are we headed?
The gallery on Erik's website (linked above) is absolutely amazing: it shows the ways he used images available via NASA and other sources, and used those images to digitally recreate the places that exist in the solar system for this short.
I love the amount of thought he put into this piece. It's titled wanderers, because the word for planets technically comes from a word "wandering star" so all we really are is wanderers, if you want to return to our routes. We don't know what's in the solar system. We don't know what's going to happen. We're sitting on our wandering planet, wondering about the life that exists, and what there might be.
And, as scary as that can get, it's also pretty damn cool.
"Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.
Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there."