NASA X Steer
“First Light”, a 20-minute visual spectacle from Steer, is a collaborative creation with NASA that delves deep into the pioneering work of the Chandra X-ray Observatory where I contributed as the Production Designer. The film was shot on location at the Center for Astrophysics Harvard & the Smithsonian and has been thoughtfully crafted to celebrate NASA's 20th anniversary.

Steer's adept utilization of practical effects allows "First Light" to lead viewers on a mesmerizing visual odyssey, exposing them to the marvels of the Chandra Observatory. This celestial sentinel, by registering X-ray emissions from various heavenly entities, has radically enhanced our comprehension of black holes, supernovas, and galaxies.

In 2023, "First Light" will make its debut on the newly launched NASA+ channel on Hulu. It beckons audiences to join an exceptional journey across the cosmos, merging breath-taking visuals, riveting practical effects, and the soul-stirring musical renditions of Colin Stetson. Embark with us on a voyage to the cutting edge of scientific investigation, as we explore the profound enigmas unraveled by the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The images below were provided by NASA archives and on location with Steer.

Scientists were shot on location in Boston, MA.

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

Using float tanks, we developed (weird alchemy) visual and practical effects to simulate galaxies. This is a process that emulates Doug Trumbell's technique in 2001: Space Odyssey, which established a benchmark for forthcoming movies like Interstellar and Tree of Life.