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Birth of Planet Earth

Suitable for: College, General Audiences, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Available languages: Czech, English, German, Mandarin, Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian

Covered subject areas: Cosmology, Earth Science, Life Science & Nature, Solar System, Space Science & Astronomy

Runtime: 24 minutes

Release date: 2019

Narrated by Richard Dormer.

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins.

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum.  This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; funded in part by the National Science Foundation.


· Official Selection, DTLA Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

· Official Selection, Immersive Film Festival, Espinho, Portugal, 2019

· Official Selection, Astra Film Festival, Romania, 2019

· Director’s Award, Fulldome Festival Brno 2019

· SIGGRAPH 2019 Electronic Theater, Official Selection: Photosynthesis in a Chromatophore, Excerpt from “Birth of Planet Earth”

· Best Astronomical Visualizations, Reflections of the Universe Fulldome Festival, Yaroslavl 2019

· Official Selection, Macon Film Festival 2019


Official Show Announcements

Spitz Press Release

NCSA Press Release

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NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab

Birth of Planet Earth: Premiere

Birth of Planet Earth: Feature Story