Matter transforms under changing temperatures, causing a saltwater mixture to create a kaleidoscope of crystals.
Series: PHENOMENA, Episode 2: MATTER, Runtime: 04:57
The shape of matter is temporary. Matter transforms under changing temperatures to reveal it’s shape-shifting properties. A variety of salts are mixed into water, creating a supersaturated solution. First boiled, then poured over a glass plate where it begins to rapidly cool and evaporate. In this new environment the salt molecules begin to organize, building on each other, and replicating their structure outwards to form as crystals. A variety of techniques such as slow motion, macro cinematography, and time-lapse photography shot over hours reveal the crystallization.
Throughout weeks of experimenting, and teaming up with visual artist Emme Orbach who specialises in crystal work, we captured incredible vision and colour that reveals the formation of matter.
A FILM BY JOSEF GATTI
PRODUCED BY ROB INNES
MUSIC BY KIM MOYES
NARRATED BY FREYA STAFFORD
CINEMATOGRAPHY (SETUP SCENES) ALICE STEPHENS
SEM MICROSCOPIST ALAN PICKHAVER
DRONE OPERATOR DALE COCHRANE
CO-PRODUCER JOSEPH NIZETI
SCIENCE CONSULTANT DR. NIRAJ LAL, AIP, IEEE, ASC
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER INES GUARDA
AUDIO POST PRODUCTION PAUL BAXTER FROM BAXTER SOUND
ABC EXECUTIVE PRODUCER LEO FABER
EARTH IMAGERY COURTESY OF NASA
SEM MICROSCOPY PRODUCED AT THE RMMF WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF RMIT UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE
“Phenomena Original Score”
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