On March 27, 2009, NASA released FROZEN, a twelve-minute show about the Earth's frozen regions designed for Science On a Sphere. Science On a Sphere was created by NOAA and displays movies on a spherical screen, which is ideal for a show about the Earth or the planets. The audience can view the show from any side of the sphere and can see any part of the Earth. Making a movie for this system is challenging, and FROZEN was an exciting project to create. Until now, only the "trailer" for FROZEN has been available for viewing from our site. Here, for the first time, is an on-line version of the complete show, presented in several different formats that show different aspects of the movie.
This version of FROZEN simulates the experience of two separate viewers on opposite sides of the sphere. Sometimes the two viewers see the same thing, but most of the time they see different parts of the Earth.
This is the full frame version of FROZEN. This full frame movie is automatically split into parts by the Science On a Sphere system and projected onto the entire sphere.
NOAA's official site for downloading this movie for Science On a Sphere is here. The version at the NOAA site is 2000x1000 and is masked along the lower edge so as to display better on the spherical projection system.
This is the Magic Planet version of FROZEN. This version is meant to be projected from the bottom of the sphere onto the sphere's inside surface. The result is a view of the program where the top of the sphere is in the center and the bottom of the sphere is stretched around the outside edge of the circular image.
A Magic Planet-ready version of this movie in divx format is here.
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 184.108.40.206.0