By Alex Moss

It’s the cornerstone of religion and all great sci-fi; it’s the age old question that humanity’s entire existential wrangling is based on: where did we come from?

We [used] a super high-speed camera that could capture the world’s smallest precision cut crystals shooting across the screen.

Visionary design outfit Studio Swine has partnered with Swarovski to make a film that speculates on the future of humanity while simultaneously opening the door to the past.

The process of Terraforming

Terraforming is the process of transforming a hostile environment into one suitable for human life. It was the basis for James Cameron’s Aliens but Studio Swine has imagined something altogether more beautiful.

 

Azusa & Alex of Studio Swine say, “It has always been our dream to make a Sci-Fi movie and the collaboration with Swarovski presented a great opportunity. We took on the challenges of shooting in a studio with a green screen with a super high-speed camera that could capture the world’s smallest precision cut crystals shooting across the screen.”

There’s this planet Cancri e which scientists speculate has a diamond crust.

In the film we see a man waking from ‘cryosleep’ to begin terraforming a moon-like planet. Studio Swine conjures images of the future that juxtapose with those of the past.

Alex says, “There’s this planet Cancri e which is sometimes called a Super Earth and which scientists speculate has a diamond crust. So…who better to terraform this planet than Swarovski because they really know how to cut crystal.”

In the film, we see the first man-designed object: the flint hand axe which is then off-set with images of the latest products in crystal technology, Xero chaton, the world’s smallest precision-cut crystal, which is smaller than a grain of sand.

The sustainable designers of the future

There is plenty of ambiguity wrapped into the film but there is a hint that advanced man could well have terraformed planet Earth before leaving it to allow us to naturally evolve. Who knows, perhaps one day they will return, it’s the kind of topic that science fiction writers from Philip K. Dick to Arthur C. Clarke have seeded into the human consciousness for many years. Is it fair to speculate that, like Studio Swine, these authors had a glimpse into our own future? Either way, it’s a staggering piece of filmmaking.

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