The Sagan Series: An Inspiring Advocacy Campaign
- Published on Monday, 25 February 2013 17:50
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Every now and then, an advocacy video comes along that puts all other advocacy videos into perspective. It connects viewers to something bigger than just a singular cause– watching it, we become present. Self aware. Willing to admit that we have much more in common than we generally recognize. By the time the credits roll, we don’t just sign a petition or write a legislator– we take a big step back, look critically at the human species, and say, “Yeah, we can do better”– and we see the world with a little more clarity, at least for a little while.
The Sagan Series is a collection of tribute videos dedicated to the late, great Carl Sagan. Breath-taking cinematography and a mesmerising soundtrack lends a powerful scenery to Sagan’s narration from his hit TV series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. A simple compilation of hi-def archival footage, readings by the late astronomer Carl Sagan, inspirational music, and simple, direct messages about NASA’s sad state of funding, it is hands down one of the most powerful advocacy campaigns I’ve ever seen. And it was produced by a 25-year-old Canadian who decided one day to try his hand at video storytelling.
“For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallabilities, we humans are capable of greatness,” Sagan says in one film. This series is the perfect example of that.
There are 9 sub-pages in this post dedicated to each video (with subtitles). Enjoy and don’t forget to comment!
Chapter 1: The Frontier Is Everywhere
Chapter 2: Life Looks for Life
Chapter 3: A Reassuring Fable
Chapter 4: Per Aspera Ad Astra
Chapter 5: Decide To Listen
Chapter 6: End of an Era: The Final Shuttle Launch
Chapter 7: The Long Astronomical Perspective
Chapter 8: Gift of Apollo
Chapter 9: The Humans
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