Through macro cinematography, the structure of a soap bubble reveals the colours of the rainbow.
Series: PHENOMENA, Episode 4: LIGHT, Runtime: 05:16
Light not only illuminates, but gives colour and shape to the universe. It’s magnificent properties are revealed through a soap bubble. Macro lenses and a powerful white light source are used to magnify the intricate details of it’s fluctuating surface. In this process the bubble acts like a swirling prism, splitting the white light into all the colours of the rainbow.
Shot entirely in macro, the bubble surface reveals light in it’s purest form. Where the bubble is thickest, the white light source is reflected, revealing the light’s full spectrum. As the bubble becomes thinner, the light reflects through the bubble surface, canceling certain wavelengths through thin-film interference, and producing the colours of the visible spectrum. As the bubble becomes so thin it cannot reflect light, it turns black, visualizing the absence of light.
A FILM BY JOSEF GATTI
PRODUCED BY ROB INNES
MUSIC BY KIM MOYES
NARRATED BY FREYA STAFFORD
CINEMATOGRAPHY (SETUP SCENES) ALICE STEPHENS
CO-PRODUCER JOSEPH NIZETI
SCIENCE CONSULTANT NIRAJ LAL, AIP, IEEE, ASC
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER INES GUARDA
SOUND POST-PRODUCTION PAUL BAXTER AT BAXTER SOUND
ABC EXECUTIVE PRODUCER LEO FABER
“Phenomena Original Score”
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