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Star Stuff - a short film about Carl Sagan


In search of an answer to that seemingly simple question, Carl, a curious child, sets off on a great voyage of discovery. As one question is answered, more appear. Soon enough, where once stood but a curious boy, a great scientist will rise. "Star Stuff" is inspired by the work and life of Carl Sagan, a man who brought the stars a bit closer to us.

Ratimir Rakuljic writes:


I am a filmmaker from Croatia and I have recently completed production of a short film inspired by the work and life of astronomer and science popularizer, Carl Sagan.

As nearly all of the 3D work for the film was done using Blender and Cycles, I think it's something that the community might enjoy :)

Some more info on the production can be found on my website:, with more to come the following days.

Thank you for your time!

Behind the scenes (no Blender, but fun to watch):

About Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Great work!
    I've always loved Carl Sagan; especially after I read 'Contact'; incidentally, I was wondering if the scene with the hand and the sand from the beach is a reference to the closing scene of the movie 'Contact'? Or was that image used by Sagan elsewhere, too?

    All the best!

    • Thank you, Luthien! I'm glad you liked the film.

      'Contact' was definitely also in mind, but more directly, it's a reference to 'Cosmos: A Personal Journey' - episode 8 ('Journeys in Space and Time').

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