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Riding Light

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

I’ve taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, as well as ignoring the laws of relativity concerning what a photon actually “sees” or how time is experienced at the speed of light, but overall I’ve kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.

Design & Animation: Alphonse Swinehart /
Music: Steve Reich “Music for 18 Musicians”
Performed by: Eighth Blackbird /

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A Sci-Fi, fantasy inspired by anime and classic horror, Dust is set in a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated themselves in an ancient city behind a massive wall. A socially marginalized tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save the society that has rejected his way of life.

This project would not have been possible without the generous support of the Kickstarter community.

Irezumi – Mashasi Odate
Medicine Merchant – Michael Evans Lopez

Written By: Jason Gallaty, Josh Grier & Mike Grier
Director of Photography: Michael Nie
Art Director: Eoin Colgan
Music: Theophany (Jason Gallaty)
VFX Supervisors: Philip McGuire, Hunter Schmidt, Andrew Thompson

Dust is Directed by Mike Grier and is an Ember Lab production. To find out more about the Film and Ember Lab visit:

Dragon Con – Best Film
Hollyshorts – Best Sci-Fi
Filmquest – Best of Fest
Filmquest – Best VFX
Filmquest – Best Art Direction
Filmquest – Best Cinematography
Worldfest – Remi Award Winner

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