Nearly 40 years ago, Carl Sagan imagined an Encyclopaedia Galactica, a “vast repository of the knowledge of many worlds”.
“Imagine” he pondered, “the impact on us if we could study a rich compilation of not merely one world but billions.”
Parallax is a series of video essays that wonders what this Encyclopaedia Galactica might look like. What do we learn when we step outside of our myopic, planetary view and see life from a wider perspective?
Parallax is an ambitious experiment in visual storytelling.
It takes the video essay genre and smashes it with science-fiction, using video in the public domain in a unique and creative way. I wanted to see what would happen if I screwed with the conventions of the documentary/video essay and used a fictional narrator.
I worked with actor, Jennifer Munby, to create a voice for the alien narrator that oozes timeless wisdom.