Back by popular demand - check out our new interactive mosaic, made with thousands of images from the second Moment on Earth... Click away!
February 22nd, 2008
We got our first review today from Grady Harp, one of Amazon's
Top 10 Reviewers. Yollayyy! Grady really dug into the DVDBook
and got the full experience. If there are other publications
or reviewers you think we should submit A Moment on Earth to, please suggest them, here.
January 29th, 2008
Our friends at PictureMosaics
asked us a while back if they could use footage from the first
film to test a new product they were working on - 3D Full Motion
Mosaics. Of course we were game and let them have at it - here
is the amazing result:
November 1st, 2007
The first Moment is out! It's a DVDBook! Scroll on the small
pics below to check it out! And get it in the Bazaar!
Delivered in a format as unique as the
film itself, the first 'Moment
on Earth' DVDBook lets you experience the adventure
of capturing the moment alongside the filmmakers.
You start by reading Before the Moment, the first
section of the book, as a countdown drops and emails fly
around the world. When the moment arrives, you flip to
the back of the DVDBook and watch The Moment
and all the Special Features. Finally you return to the
book to read the section After the Moment, which
picks up right when the cameras turned off. Watch
Yeah! Our mosaic made the homepage of Digg.com
and our site crashed again under the traffic spike! Thanks
to all of you for your support and thanks to our new hosts
who had it back up and running in no time at all! You can
Digg it yourself to the left if you like... More news soon...
April 10th, 2007
This morning the Webby
Awards named our interactive mosaic Official Honoree of
the 2007 Webby Awards in the NetArt
category. The mosaic combines 3192 images from the first
Moment on Earth. Click around to read stories about each
of the moments. If loading slow, check the lower links
as you wait.
April 3rd, 2007
We are so freakin' close. Stay tuned! Things are heeeeeeeaaaaatin'
January 25th, 2007
Congratulations to James Longley whose film Iraq
in Fragments was just nominated for an Oscar!
James filmed for A Moment on Earth in Iraqi Kurdistan
- an image from his first moment:
August 9th, 2006
Launched the mosaic this past weekend and our servers crashed
soon after under the weight of people checking it out!! I sent
an email to the people who had left their email on the site
for the 'newsletter.' I didn't know anyone was really looking
at it until the site crashed. According to the head of the hosting
company visitors were "sucking up bandwidth like it [was]
going out of style." Anyway, thanks for the support! Seems
people were linking to us from countries all over the world.
We're working on getting the mosaic section of the site back
up and running. Hopefully by the time you are reading this,
the link "Play Mosaic" on the homepage will take you
there successfully... One of the quotes I read that I especially
liked was something someone wrote at the end of their post on
Digg - "It's amazing to think how beautiful and massive
our world is..." - tuctreehause.
July 2nd, 2006
I call it "E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One":
This may be the single most concise answer to the question, 'what
does a single Moment on Earth look like?'
The image of the surfer is from the moment taken on the West Coast
of the United States where Turner and his girlfriend Alison captured
a moment at Short Sands beach, while around the world in Iraq
our hero dodges a plume of flames from his can of gasoline. In
the mosaic, images from the moment captured at locations around
the world are used to recreate the moments in Iraq and Oregon.
You can see the detail of just a little square when it blows up.
Stay tuned. In a little while you will be able to 'play mosaic!'
and spin across pieces of the moment.
February 5th, 2006
For the longest time, I had this commentary from our filmmaker
in Palestine, Saed
Andoni. I had no idea what he was saying. The words were
beautiful, and passionate, yet given that I cannot speak Arabic,
they didn't mean anything to me.
Like one of Johnny
Clegg's Zulu chants or Alpha
Blondy's French psalms, you felt like you could just enjoy
the sounds and listen forever, never needing to understand. But
we need to understand, and thanks to the translation help of Laurent
Jabre, now we do.
More soon. (How about Johnny and Mandela, yea? Amazing.)
'Hurry up. Take your time.'
- Kurt Cobain
No really, I get it...I get it. I love that quote.
We're in it for the duration, all in good time, so stay tuned!
And catch the launch of Radio AMOE!
We hope this opening sliver of sound will encourage you to
send in your own questions about A Moment on Earth, the answers
to which we may broadcast on Radio AMOE! or include in the DVD's
Special Features! You can send all questions here.
Radio AMOE Official Launch! (Roll Over the Radio AMOE! Icon
& Wait to Hear. Once you see that the Radio AMOE! Boom Box
has opened, you can immediately click on the main window and
continue to surf the web - eventually the sound will follow
- be patient):
What were some of the guidelines you gave the AMOE filmmakers?
Definately check out BOTH of the trailers we have online. It's
easy to catch the first and miss the second. Here they are,
1 and 2:
Working on this movie has really driven home how insanely small
the world is. So many connections and criss-crossings. Of course
growing up it starts out seeming so large and yet it just keeps
shrinking and shrinking until it feels so small it's like we're
all in a bumper car rink together. The Earth as a bumper car
rink. Mmmm. Yes.
July 27th ,
Sometimes I think I'm married to Murphy's Law. But it is like
they say, 'scars make better stories than tattoos.' More on
this later. We're rolling.
June 17th, 2005
Somebody once said that the amount of blogging going on is
inversely proportional to how busy things are behind the scenes.
May 13th, 2005
I have been trying to think of someone famous that I could
hit up for a movie poster quote. I don't think I know a single
famous person. Can you believe it? I did beat Keanu Reeves at
basketball when I was 12 years old and wearing M.C. Hammer pants,
but I wasn't aware of it at the time. I thought he was just
another homeless guy out of the park. And I think he might still
be upset because I had just seen Point Break and got
him confused - I told him I thought he 'looked like that guy
- Patrick Swayze.' I might have to hit him up though. Somebody
find Keanu. A quote or a rematch!
May 8th, 2005
It is interesting to hear feedback on rough cuts because it
quickly becomes apparent that people are trying to make connections
between everything that they're seeing. The human mind is always
searching to categorize and combine pieces of the endless stream
of information it receives. This can be fun because there are
so many blatant and subtle connections buried within these many
random moments shot simultaneously. And yet at the same time
there is a chaos to it all that cannot be made orderly. When
watching A Moment on Earth, one might get lost and
wonder, 'what is the point of it all?' And yet that is the key
question that forever begs an answer. An answer that 6,000,000,000+
people and all of humanity's resources has thus far been unable
to provide. We'll keep looking.
May 2nd, 2005
Editing this film is proving to be an exercise in the study
of the human mind. How many simultaneous events and places and
characters can be successfully digested at once, where 'successfully
digested' means the viewer has a satisfying and enjoyable experience?
It is interesting because the very nature of what the A
Moment on Earth project attempts to do is to make tangible,
what would otherwise be incomprehensible and beyond the grasp
of a non-omniscient eye: the simultaniety of so much happening
at once during any given moment on our planet. Even still, lending
'omniscience' to a 'non-omniscient' eye is proving to be no
small task. I'm not sure why this comes as a surprise to me.
We're getting closer though.
Hey. Check out the fortune
I got in my fortune cookie the other day! What are the chances?
Madness. I don't know what kind of a fortune that is. Whoever
writes these things needs to reread the definition of 'fortune,'
'cause I don't think that is a fortune. I don't know what that
is, but it's freakin' me out! Ha! And what if I don't 'know
the right moment' or 'make [my] move?' What is the penalty?
Hellooooo? Check. Baby. Check. This thing work? Ahahahahahaaaaa!
I'm in love with the people who helped make this happen. That's
all I gotta say. Yes, we're still editing. Hard to believe...
And yet not... I can't remember what the sun feels like.