Cosmic Zoom

Cosmic Zoom

                                Cosmic Zoom
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This short animation transports us from the farthest conceivable point of the universe to the tiniest particle of existence, an atom of a living human cell. The art of animation and animation camera achieve this exhilarating journey with a freshness and clarity. Without words.

Cosmic Zoom is a clever animated film showing the vastness of the galaxy and the intricacies of the human living organism. From an atom of a living human cell to the farthest conceivable point of the universe and all points in between!

Albert Ohayon
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Cosmic Zoom, Robert Verrall, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Robert Verrall
  • animation
    Eva Szasz
  • producer
    Robert Verrall
    Joseph Koenig
  • camera
    Tony Ianzelo
  • animation camera
    James Wilson
    Wayne Trickett
    Raymond Dumas
  • sound editing
    Karl Duplessis
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux
  • music
    Pierre F. Brault

  • MarcusHeinous

    Hi "t" and "yourfriendelectric". Both films were done in 1968, the Eames' one went on to be redone in 1977, as the 1968 version was a rough prototype. All were inspired from 1957 book "Cosmic View" by Kees Boeke.

    MarcusHeinous, 10 May 2016
  • mykem07

    i wonder how long it took for those drawings to be done

    mykem07, 7 Mar 2014
  • yourfriendelectric

    hi "t". Ray and Charles Eames Power of Ten was made in 1977. Almost 10 years after this one.

    yourfriendelectric, 26 Mar 2012
  • t

    i am very intrigued. this was produced in 1968 - the same year as Charles and Ray Eames' Powers of Ten. both it seems were based on Kees Boeke's 1957 book Cosmic View. which film came first? was one the precursor of the other?

    t, 7 Feb 2012
  • dccbryant

    I last saw this when I was six back in the UK. I love this film and have used its reference many times. Only very recently did a Canadian friend mention it to me and I immediately came here to watch it. Long Live Canada! Your NFB rocked the UK in the 70's and still does now!

    dccbryant, 6 Oct 2011
  • Robg

    I saw this film as a young kid in London in the late 1970s I've been looking for it ever since. Until seeing it just now on your website, the only thing I remember about it is how much it scared the living daylights out of me! It was genuinely a contributing factor to a phobia I now have as an adult about anything that's on a massive scale. I still can't look at pictures of galaxies or stars to this day! Which I realise makes me sound like a complete lunatic. Man that music gave me nightmares. And that kid in the boat - sinister! ;-)

    Robg, 10 Aug 2011

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