In the visionary sci-fi short film Wanderers, we visit a future where the greatest adventure humanity may ever undertake has already begun — our migration to the stars.
The stars have fascinated and intrigued us from time immemorial. Instinctively, we know the day will come when we will have to leave Mother Earth in order to ensure our survival as a species. Wanderers captures the wonder and the science of space travel beautifully.
Using real photographs, maps, and archival footage from NASA, filmmaker Erik Wernquist has created dazzling digital recreations of actual locations within our solar system. The film also depicts real scientific theories and concepts, such as space elevators, interplanetary way stations, and domed base camps to imagine how we might live on and explore neighboring planets in the future.
Besides its breathtaking visuals, the film’s other exceptional hallmark is the posthumous contribution of famed astronomer Carl Sagan.
Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan gave Wernquist permission to use excerpts of him reading from his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision Of The Human Future In Space as narration for the film. This was an inspired choice by Wernquist, as the book’s selected passages and Sagan’s assured dulcet tones give the film a verisimilitude that makes it seem as if it is a documentary received from the future.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention the majestic musical score by Cristian Sandquist. It perfectly complements Sagan’s narration, and helps imbue the film with a sense of cosmic grandeur.
The end result is that Wanderers is a stirring, awe-inspiring depiction of humanity’s fate out among the stars. Watch it now.
Film reviewer Rod T. Faulkner is the founder of The7thMatrix.com, a website dedicated to promoting the best genre web series and short films. He also is the author of 200 Best Online Sci-Fi Short Films, a compilation of exceptional SF&F short films.