Cosmic Vistas wins Gold & Special Jury Award

Today I got some amazing news.  Cosmic Vistas, the astronomy series I worked on last year, won a couple of major awards at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival for best television or cable documentary. 

Episode 3 is an action-packed adrenaline-filled exploration of Mars.   This episode really exemplifies the thrill of sending spacecraft to another planet.  It’s incredible that engineers here on Earth are able to get these pieces of machinery that act as our senses to land safely on a planet other than Earth.  And the images they send back from orbit and from their explorations on the ground are breathtaking.  This episode won the highest award for creative excellence that Worldfest gives out – a Special Jury Award.

Episode 5 is an awe-inspiring look at the moons orbiting our solar system’s two largest planets – Jupiter and Saturn.  This episode is the most alien of all six of the Cosmic Vistas episodes we produced.  This is where we get an intimate portrayal of these strange and wondrous moons such as Io, Callisto, Ganymede, Europa, Titan, Iapetus, Enceladus, and many more.  This episode won a Gold Remi.

The entire series uses the most beautiful high definition images taken by spacecraft around our solar system.  Cosmic Vistas is a beautiful and entertaining way to explore our solar system.  For three of us, Cosmic Vistas was a labour of love.  Ivan Semeniuk‘s writing captures our fascination with his informative and poetic prose.  Derek Reid used his creative genius to bring the gorgeous HD visuals to life in the edit suite.   And I, the Series Producer & Director, was just happy to make it all happen.  (Thanks to Craig Colby and the High Fidelity HDTV team for all your support on this project.)

To see Cosmic Vistas, check out Oasis HD