BLAST! on The Colbert Report

One of my claims to fame: Stephen Colbert playing a clip of my movie on his show. He almost never played clips on The Colbert Report.  Oh, and also getting my brother on the show – he’s the astrophysicist who stars in BLAST! (I extended the excerpt in this edited clip to show off the entire opening).

After arriving home from Antarctica, the first thing I cut was the incredible climax out on the barren ice. Once I had that done, I knew we had a movie, no matter how difficult the rest of the edit would be.

Editing BLAST! required balancing the science with the adventure. Luckily the story had such natural suspense and spectacular cliffhangers that we were able to engage even audiences who would not have otherwise been interested in science. “I finally understand what a light year is!” commented a colleague – one of my most gratifying reviews, except for maybe this one:

“In a rare combination of content and storytelling, BLAST! treats the viewer not only to the fruits of cosmic discovery but to the fits and starts of dedicated scientists who navigate paths of research that enable it.”  – Neil deGrasse Tyson