NASA's home for spherical films on Magic Planet. Download the Magic Planet-ready movie file here.
Released on March 27, 2009, FROZEN is NASA's second major production for the Science On a Sphere platform, a novel cinema-in-the-round technology developed by the Space Agency's sibling NOAA. Viewers see the Earth suspended in darkness as if it were floating in space. Moving across the planet's face, viewers see the undulating wisps of clouds, the ephemeral sweep of fallen snow, the churning crash of shifting ice, and more.
FROZEN brings the Earth alive. Turning in space, the sphere becomes a portal onto a virtual planet, complete with churning, swirling depictions of huge natural forces moving below. FROZEN features the global cryosphere, those places on Earth where the temperature doesn't generally rise above water's freezing point. As one of the most directly observable climate gauges, the changing cryosphere serves as a proxy for larger themes.
But just as thrilling as this unusual—and unusually realistic—look at the planet's structure and behavior is the sheer fun and fascination of looking at a spherically shaped movie. FROZEN bends the rules of cinema, revealing new ways to tell exciting, valuable stories of all kinds. The movie may be FROZEN, but the experience itself rockets along.
Designed exclusively for playback on spherical projections surfaces, FROZEN introduces mainstream audiences to the cryosphere—places on Earth where the temperatures don't rise above water's freezing point. The following trailer showcases some of the visual themes contained in the movie and points to the film's main website.
This film has been prepared exclusively for playback on spherical projections systems. It will not appear in its proper format on a traditional computer or television screen. If you are interested in dowloading the complete final movie file for spherical playback, please visit :
Written, Produced and Directed by Michael Starobin and Horace Mitchell
Based on a presentation by Dr. Robert Bindschadler/GSFC
Edited by Victoria Weeks
Narrated by Craig Sechler
Music by Andre Gribou
Script Development Team Michael Starobin Horace Mitchell Victoria Weeks Greg Shirah Cindy Starr
The Scientific Visualization Studio/NASA GSFC Director of Data Visualization Horace Mitchell Visualization Team Cindy Starr Lori Perkins Tom Bridgman Greg Shirah Software Development Greg Shirah Eric Sokolowsky
Animation Ivy Flores Andrej Bevec Walt Feimer
Set Construction and Practical Effects Chris Meaney
Stop Action Photography Pat Izzo
Infrared Videography Ed Weibe
Videography Chris Smith Victoria Weeks
Studio Crew Shane Keating Richard Melnick Jennifer Lentz Tatyana Pokrovskaya
Sound Design Michael Starobin
Audio Engineering and Assistant to the Composer Eric Arvai
Recording Engineer Mike Velle
Account Management Mike Velle
IT Management Pankaj Jaiswal Stuart Snodgrass Jim Williams
Science On a Sphere Project Liaison Maurice Henderson
Photographic Research Eric Erbe
Production Photography Debora McCallum Pat Izzo
Voice Casting Sandy Stern Casting, LLC
Cast Mara Bayewitz Chris Meaney Andy Freeberg Helen-Nicole Kostis
Scientific Consultants Dr. Bob Bindschadler, GSFC Dr. Waleed Abdalati, CIRES/CSES Dr. Thorsten Markus, GSFC Dr. Richard S. Williams, Jr., USGS
Antarctica Video PolarPalooza/Passport to Knowledge
Ilulissat Glacier Sequence Jason Amundson, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Glacier Images provided by Mike Embree, The National Science Foundation W. T. Pfeffer, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Dr. Roland Warner, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and Australian Antarctic Division
Permafrost Images provided by F.T. Eyre, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Marilyn Aber, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Michael J. Coffey, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation:
Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 22.214.171.124.0