NASA


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take an X-ray combined with a telescope into space? Now you can with Steer's short film First Light. Partnering with NASA, we shot this 20-minute documentary for its 20th anniversary. Featuring music by Colin Stetson and was shot on location at the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & the Smithsonian. We also developed practical effects at Steer, and the film premiered at the World Science Festival at NYU in 2019.


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 The images below were provided by NASA archives.


Scientists were shot on location in Boston, MA.

In order:
Visualization & Emerging Tech Lead - Kim Arcand
Flight Operations Manager - Sabina Hurley
Astrophysicist - Dr. Grant Tremblay


We created both visual and practical effects using float tanks to mimic galaxies. This is the same process that Doug Trumbell used in 2001: Space Odessey, which set the standard for future films such as Interstellar and Tree of Life.