In Saturn’s Rings

Fly through Space and explore the wonders of the Universe as science meets art on the giant screen. Created from over 7.5 real photographs from space missions and historical sources, all animated to full motion, audiences will journey from the Big Bang to the awe-inspiring rings of Saturn.

Narrated by LeVar Burton


In Saturn’s Rings is a grand tour of the universe starring Saturn.

From the earliest images after the Big Bang to the final photographs Cassini, In Saturn’s Rings, is a journey of the heart, mind and spirit that moves audiences with some of the most amazing space images ever seen.

Over 7.5 million real images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Telescope Milky Way time lapses, and more are brilliantly brought to life in this ground-breaking and immersive crossing space and time.

In Saturn’s Rings was not produced with computer-generated images. Instead, the filmmaker painstakingly employed multiplane photo animation created entirely in Adobe After Effects with image processing by over fifty volunteers in Adobe Photoshop, GIMP and custom Java/ImageJ programming tools.

The film is set to powerful music composed and performed by Pieter Schlosser and “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber performed by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky.


In Saturn’s Rings makes a great classroom field trip as it engages students on multiple levels – from the beauty of our universe to the uniqueness of our Earth.

The Educator Guide is appropriate for all intermediate grades (4 to 8) and most useful when used as a companion to the film, but also valuable as a resource on its own.

Download the Guide HERE for hands-on lessons, experiments, and observational activities designed to educate about space exploration, environmental concerns on Earth, as well as digital photography and other resources.

It’s not imaginary; this film is created entirely from real images transmitted to Earth from our spacecraft. We built these machines to extend our knowledge beyond our own world. It makes you part of our species’ extraordinary extraterrestrial journeys. Bill Nye – The Science Guy

Official Film Website

Production Company: SV2 Studio Productions –

Director & Writer: Stephen van Vuuren

Executive and Co-Producers: James Toh, Don Cline, Nathalie A. Cabrol, Edmond A. Grin
Co-Producers: Michael Malaska, Kevin McAbee, David & Laura van Vuuren Music: Ferry Corsten, William Orbit, Samuel Barber

Scientific Advisors: Andrew Chaikin, Bill Nye, Dr. Steve Danford, Professor Tom English

Image Sources: Cassini-Huygens, Apollo 8-17, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Hubble Space Telescope, Colin Legg Astrophotography (111k photos), Axel Mellinger Astrophotography (8k photos), Unmanned Spaceflight image processors, Messenger Mission, Suomi HPP (VIIRS), Galileo, Voyager 1 & 2, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Venus Express (VEX), Rosetta, Dawn, US Library of Congress

Available in 2D
Release formats: Digital 4K DCP and 4K/8K Fulldome
Release dates:
May 4, 2018 – Giant Screen Theaters
Spring 2019 – Transformed Fulldome
Summer 2019 – Native Fulldome – 24 Minutes
Run Times: 38 and 24 Minutes

Theater Support

The creative team is excited to be developing a comprehensive and stunning Marketing Campaign including:

  • Print Ads
  • Outdoor
  • Banners
  • Rack Card
  • Postcards
  • Web Banner Ads
  • :15 and :30 TV Spots
  • :30 and :60 Radio Spots
  • Educator’s Guide
  • Official Film Website
More Information

For information or access to In Saturn’s Rings Campaign Materials and Press Kit, please click here.