Rise – The Prediction of Everything

Our solar system is vast and complex. The planets are in a delicate balance. The chaos that has emerged from the Big Bang has arrived at a place of predictability.

Every sunrise and sunset. Every moonrise and moonset. The rise and trajectory of the Milky Way. The fall and direction of shadows as the moon sets and the Milky Way rises. We can predict astronomical events with absolute accuracy from any place on Earth.

This short movie reveals the predictability of our planetary system. Catch the first sun rays brushing over Half Dome in Yosemite. Watch the Moon setting to the West while the Milky Way is rising to the South East over Arizona. Observe as the shadows are getting longer, and the Milky Way is rising from behind the moonlit landscape. Follow the Milky Way spanning across the night sky, giving us just a glimpse of what else may be out there. Catch the Supermoon rising over Rodgers Peak and Half Dome.

Our solar system keeps a predictable pace even when events on the human scale feel out of balance at times. Earth's orbit has been stable for billions of years. Without stability, there is no life on Earth. Without stability, we would not exist. To create life, we need stability and predictability.

  • Kai Gradert
  • Generdyn
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Timelapse, Nature, Travel, Science
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Kai Gradert

Born and raised in Germany, now living in California. Enthusiastic photographer primarily focused on landscape, astro and time-lapse photography.

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