Movies


This is Lars Lindberg Christensen’s filmography. Also see IMDB.



In the Shadow of the Black Hole
This 17-minute film explores the efforts that led to this historic image, from the science of Einstein and Schwarzschild to the struggles and successes of the EHT collaboration.
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.

17 minutes
HD/25 FPS
Director: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Executive Producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Script: Sarah Leach, Laura Hiscott, Lars Lindberg Christensen and Calum Turner
Translated to more than 20 languages
Viewed more than 3/4 million times
Produced by ESO
Free online distribution through ESO’s Content Distribution Network


La Silla Total Solar Eclipse 2019 live webcast
On 2 July 2019 the European Southern Observatory (ESO) provided a 4-hour live webcast of the 2019 La Silla Total Solar Eclipse. This was a unique opportunity to be part of the only total solar eclipse visible from an ESO Observatory for the next 212 years. The webcast was a “raw” feed without commentary switching between sources regularly, featuring views from three small telescopes and two camera views of spectators at the Observatory. The webcast finishes with a beautiful view of the Sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. A nice way to end a spectacular day at La Silla.

  • 4 hours 17 minutes
  • HD
  • Director: Lars Lindberg Christensen
  • Production: Francois Glasser (APICAL)
  • Engineering: Lionel Gauze (APICAL) & Francois Glasser (APICAL)
  • Cinematography: Francois Glasser (APICAL) & Alexandre Santerne (Aix-Marseille University/LAM)



Black Hole First Picture (fulldome)
Black Hole First Picture is a fulldome planetarium film currently in production featuring the human attempt to create the very first picture of a black hole with the Event Horizon Telescope. The Event Horizon Telescope consists of a network of 8 Radio telescopes at 6 remote locations in the world ranging from Europe, North and South America, Hawaii to Antarctica.

25 minutes
Fulldome 8k/30 FPS
Director: Robin Sip
Thanks: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Script and scientific advice: Lars Lindberg Christensen
In production for March 2020
Produced in partnership with ESO



Unseen Universe (fulldome)
Unseen Universe, made by Evans & Sutherland in association with ESO and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This 8k fulldome show explores the Universe far beyond our human senses. Featuring the Event Horizon Telescope and the first ever image of a black hole it is bang up to date with its striking visual portrayal of the wondrous new era of Multi Messenger Astronomy.

24 minutes
Fulldome 8k/30 FPS
Director: Terence Murtagh
Thanks: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Script and scientific advice: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Produced in partnership with ESO




Europe to the Stars (fulldome)
Europe to the Stars takes the viewer on an epic journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory in the world, revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people.

32 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Executive Producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Script and Scientific Advice: Govert Schilling, Lars Lindberg Christensen & Nicky Guttridge
Translated to many languages
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide
Produced by ESO
Free online distribution through ESO’s Content Distribution Network



The Sun, Our Living Star (fulldome)
The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.

25 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Theofanis N. Matsopoulos
Executive Producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Script and Scientific Advice: Lars Lindberg Christensen, Ryan Wyatt, Nicolas Matsopoulos, Adam Hadhazy, Rebecca Davies, Carl Mundy & Paola Amico
Translated to many languages
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide
Produced by ESO
Free online distribution through ESO’s Content Distribution Network





From Earth to the Universe (fulldome)

From Earth to the Universe is the world’s first full-length fulldome planetarium movie freely available for planetarium use. It is released here in high-resolution 4k fulldome format, for the worldwide planetarium community to download and use.

30 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Theofanis N. Matsopoulos
Executive Producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Script and Scientific Advice: Nicolas Matsopoulos, Lars Lindberg Christensen & Anne Rhodes
Translated to 30+ languages
Shown in hundreds of planetariums world-wide
Produced by ESO
Free online distribution through ESO’s Content Distribution Network





Mexica Archaeoastronomy

Through impressive immersive scenarios, “Mexica Archaeoastronomy: between space and time” illustrates the important role played by astronomical observation for the evolution of pre-Hispanic cultures in central Mexico. The Mexicans used the calendrical and astronomical knowledge inherited by their predecessor cultures to found the capital of their empire: Tenochtitlan. Vibrant colours, shapes and sounds transport the viewer to one of the most important cultures that, to this day, still lives in the heart and skin of the Mexican people.

20 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Milagros Varguez
English script: Alejandro Izquierdo López, Nicola Shearer, Lars Lindberg Christensen & Rosa Jesse
Thanks: Jesús Mendoza Álvarez & Lars Lindberg Christensen
Translated to many languages
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide
Produced in partnership with ESO
Free online distribution through ESO’s Content Distribution Network



Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe
Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe is unique among planetarium shows, intertwining science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history. The visuals are stunning, giving the viewer the impression of being inside a beautifully stylistic painting. This artistic interpretation of the Universe makes for a journey that will not be forgotten.

20 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Milagros Varguez
English script: Carolina Collao, Eleanor Spring, Lars Lindberg Christensen & Ivan Ramos Morales
Thanks: Jesús Mendoza Álvarez & Lars Lindberg Christensen
Translated to many languages
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide
Produced in partnership with ESO
Free online distribution through ESO’s Content Distribution Network



I, the Earth

20 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Milagros Varguez
English script: Carolina Collao, Lars Lindberg Christensen
Thanks: Jesús Mendoza Álvarez & Lars Lindberg Christensen
Produced in partnership with ESO
Translated to several languages

The Planets – Expedition into the Solar System

In recent years, space probes have been sent to explore the planets of our Solar System, such as Mars and Jupiter. In The Planets — Expedition into the Solar System you will be taken on a trip to discover for yourself the wonders of our cosmic neighbours through the eyes of these space voyagers.

50 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Production: Gerhard Cerny, Lars Lindberg Christensen … Bjorn Voss.
Translated to many languages
Produced in partnership with ESO
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide



The Secrets of Gravity — In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein
Why do things fall to the ground without magic? The young magician apprentice Luke is far more interested in the Universe and its secrets than boring magic spells. He is fascinated by the stars, the Universe and the laws of nature. So, one night he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum, where he meets ALBYX3, a small, clever, but rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories.

45 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Peter Popp
Special thanks: Gerhard Hartl, … Lars Lindberg Christensen, ….
Translated to many languages
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide




Hidden Universe
An extraordinary journey deep into space offering fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the Universe.

36 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Russell Scott
Special thanks: … Lars Lindberg Christensen, ….
Translated to many languages
Produced in partnership with ESO
Shown in dozens of large screen cinemas and planetariums world-wide




Water – A Cosmic Story

25 minutes
Director: Agnes Acker
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Advisors: Thomas Kraupe & Lars Lindberg Christensen
Translated to many languages
Produced in partnership with ESO
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide




Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
Out There — The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds will transport viewers from this world to entirely new and foreign ones. The show features the primitive science fiction of early civilisations, to the future space missions that will observe the Universe in greater-than-ever detail and travel to the surfaces and oceans of moons in our Solar System.

30 minutes
Fulldome 4k/30 FPS
Director: Marc Horat
Production Support: Ueli Theilmann, Lars Lindberg Christensen, Guido Schwarz, Willy Benz & Pierre Bratsch
Script and translation: Tom Barratt, Lars Lindberg Christensen & Paola Amico, Marc Horat
Translated to many languages
Shown in dozens of planetariums world-wide
Produced in partnership with ESO
Free online distribution through ESO’s Content Distribution Network



Europe to the Stars
The movie taking the reader behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory of the world.

HD 1080p/25 FPS, also available as standard DVD and Blu-ray format

60 minutes running time
Soundtrack by movetwo
Directed by Lars Lindberg Christensen
Written by Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen
Presenter: Dr. J aka Dr. Joe Liske from ESO, host of the Hubblecast video podcast
Narration: English
Produced by ESO
Subtitles in many different languages



ALMA — In Search of our Cosmic Origins
This 16-minute video presents the history of ALMA from the origins of the project several decades ago to the recent first science results. Illustrated by dramatic helicopter footage, the movie takes you on a journey to the 5000-metre-high Chajnantor Plateau, where ALMA stands, in the unique environment of the Atacama Desert of Chile. The movie was released by ESO, with its international partners to mark the occasion of the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) on 13 March 2013.

Full HD 1080p/25
16 minutes running time
Directed by Lars Lindberg Christensen
Executive Producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Narration: English
Produced by ESO
Subtitles in 13+ languages




Eyes on the Skies – 400 Years of Telescopic Discoveries

The International Astronomical Union’s movie celebrating the 400th anniversary of the telescope.
THE INVENTION OF THE TELESCOPE has been by far the most revolutionary development in the history of astronomy. For thousands of years, astronomers had to rely on their eyes in unravelling the mysteries of the Universe. The telescope revealed an embarrassment of astronomical riches, and led to a dramatic increase of knowledge about the wider world we live in.

The Eyes on the Skies DVD movie explore the many facets of the telescope — the historical development, the scientific importance, the technological breakthroughs, and also the people behind this ground-breaking invention, their triumphs and failures…

It is presented by Dr. J aka Dr. Joe Liske from ESO, host of the Hubblecast video podcast. The DVD runs for 60 minutes and contains subtitles 23l languages.

The Eyes on the Skies is a movie produced as standard DVD and Blu-ray format, freely available to TV broadcasters (contact us for further information). It explores the many facets of the telescope — the historical development, the scientific importance, the technological breakthroughs, and also the people behind this ground-breaking invention, their triumphs and failures. It is presented by Dr. J, aka Dr. Joe Liske, a professional astronomer from the European Southern Observatory and host of the Hubblecast video podcast. The DVD runs for 60 minutes and contains subtitles in several languages. Features:

Full HD 1080p/25 FPS, also available as standard DVD and Blu-ray format


This is an official movie for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the International Astronomical Union
60 minutes running time, with narrated text, comments from experts, and one program host
Visual elements: animations, computer simulations, science results, footage from observatories, interviewees
Soundtrack by movetwo
Produced by ESA/Hubble (the same team as behind the widely distributed movie “Hubble — 15 Years of Discovery)
Director: Lars Lindberg Christensen
Visual Design: Martin Kornmesser
Written by Govert Schilling and Lars Lindberg Christensen
Presenter: Dr. J aka Dr. Joe Liske from ESO, host of the Hubblecast video podcast
Produced by the IAU and ESO
Narration: English
Subtitles in 21 different languages: БЪЛГАРСКИ , Bosanski, Česky, Deutsch, ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ, English, Español, Français, עִבְרִית, íslenska, Italiano, Latviešu Valoda, Magyar, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Português – Brasil, Slovenčina, Slovenski Jezik, Suomi, Kiswahili
Movie Chapters Subtitles in English*
1. New Views of the Skies [txt]
2. Bigger is Better [txt]
3. Technology to the Rescue [txt]
4. From Silver to Silicon [txt]
5. Seeing the Invisible [txt]
6. Beyond Earth [txt]
7. What’s Next? [txt]
(*) for translations, save using UTF-8 encoding

Script in English
PDF format (2.58 MB)


HUBBLE — 15 YEARS OF DISCOVERY



ESA’s anniversary DVD film “Hubble — 15 years of discovery” covers all aspects of the Hubble Space Telescope project – a journey through the history, the troubled early life and the ultimate scientific successes of Hubble. This portrait, directed by Lars Lindberg Christensen, contains large amounts of previously unpublished footage of superb quality. With more than 800,000 copies distributed, this DVD movie is probably the most widely available science documentary ever.

Hubble’s spectacular visual images make a stunning backdrop throughout the film, bringing an immediacy and vitality as the narrative reveals the new insights Hubble has inspired in all fields of astronomy from exoplanets to black holes. Complex though the science behind the telescope’s images often is, Art Director Martin Kornmesser has developed a unique style of elaborate 3D animation – some of which are seen in these screenshots – that enhances and vividly clarifies the underlying science.

The movie is presented by an ESA scientist, Dr. Robert (Bob) Fosbury, who has himself used Hubble for his own research on many occasions.

PAL
Running time 83 minutes
Produced by ESA/Hubble
DVD contains more than 60 minutes of bonus material
Narration in four languages: English, German, Italian and Greek.
Subtitles in 21 languages including: Bulgarian, Danish, English, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Finnish, Chinese, Czech, and Swedish.




ESOCAST & ESOCAST HD

ESOcast is a video podcast series dedicated to bringing you the latest news and research from ESO – Astronomy made on planet Earth. Here we explore the Universe’s ultimate frontier with our host Doctor J, a.k.a. Dr. Joe Liske.

Produced by ESO


HUBBLECAST & HUBBLECAST HD
WIth the Hubblecst anyone can follow the hottest and coolest discoveries from the near and far Universe – anywhere, anytime, for free! The Hubblecast is a Video Podcast, or Vodcast. Read more about it ST-ECF Newsletter 42.

Produced by ESA/Hubble

Episodes.



ASTROPHYSICAL VIRTUAL OBSERVATORY

This movie is a 13 min. documentary produced in 2002 together with space artist, Martin Kornmesser. The movie takes you from the earliest times in astronomy to the forefront of scientific discovery — the Virtual Observatories.

Produced by ESA/Hubble