Mysteries of the Unseen World: What You Can’t See Is All Around You

aphidOur eyes are highly advanced tools honed over millennia to capture much of the world’s extraordinary visual beauty, a priceless evolutionary gift. Even so, layer upon layer of visual information exists that remain hidden to our eyes — mysterious and exotic colors, shapes and textures only visible by creatures whose eyes have evolved to recognize them, such as the infrared field visible to mosquitos or ultraviolet light seen by bees. These layers belong to an unseen world filled with mystery just beyond the curtain of our own world.

For decades, Louie has been quietly pulling back that curtain with his magical cinematography. Whether it’s the slow, sensual dance of a blooming flower captured with time lapse photography and displayed in a moment, or it’s the high speed choreography of a hummingbird’s fluttering wings slowed to show each beat, Louie’s films have always made visible the secret life of the world around us.

With his new film, Mysteries of the Unseen World, Louie brings this amazing hidden view of nature to giant screens, employing an innovative and unusual mix of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology. The 40-minute large format film was produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Days End Pictures, narrated by Forest Whitaker and directed by Louie.

Working with 3-D medical animation, the film delights with the wonders of nanotechnology in a compelling scene that begins with a spider and then zooms closer and closer until the screen is filled with the spider’s DNA.

Louie had the pleasure of visiting the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in his home town of San Diego to celebrate the Nov. 8 film premiere. See Louie talk about his film to the media: San Diego Living TV interview and on Fox 5 News San Diego.

Want to see more video footage from the film: Get a sneak peek here! Tell us what you think – use #unseenworld – what did your kids say?

Other upcoming releases of the film include the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC; the Perot Museum in Dallas on Nov. 13; the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on Jan. 1, 2014; the Carnegie Center in Pittsburgh on Jan. 2, 2014; and the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport, IA in February.

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