If you weren't familiar with the work of British filmmaker Rob Whitworth, this awe-inspiring flow motion video of Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre will guarantee you keep an eye out for his work from now on.
The video kicks off with an aerial shot of the desert close to Dubai, following a falcon as it flies to its trainers, then mesmerisingly merging the shot into a literal bird’s eye view as the raptor lands on its owner’s arm.
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As a young Emirati boy holds up a toy model of a spacecraft, the flow motion effect goes into full throttle as a CGI-inspired sprint take us to the labs of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre.
We then witness the marvels of flow motion videography, which in layman’s terms involves detaching the viewer’s perception of time and space from reality.
Rob Whitworth takes us on a speedy journey through the space centre, putting us in the shoes of different scientists and astrophysicists as they work away.
In a blink of an eye, we’re on more familiar territory - Dubai Metro - rushing down the tracks and taking us to Burj Khalifa.
As the camera climbs up the world’s tallest building, the structure transforms into a UAE spaceship in extraordinary fashion.
And we have lift off! Time stands still as we watch Planet Earth from above, floating in space as this incredible piece of cinematography draws to a close.
EIGHT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOHAMMED BIN RASHID SPACE CENTRE
1. The centre is located on Al Warqaa Road, behind Mushrif Park, and flanked by several large ground-mounted satellite dishes.
2. Alongside Emirates Mission, the MBRSC will launch Hope Probe to Mars in 2021, in line with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates.
3. It was originally established in 2006 as the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology (EIAST).
4. It's first launch was the DubaiSat-1 in 2009, followed by DubaiSat-2 four years later.
5. Next out of the blocks is Nayif-1, a ground-controlled satellite created by seven engineering students from the American University of Sharjah.
6. When it launches in 2018, KhalifaSat will be the most technologically advanced satellite owned by the UAE, providing advanced satellite imaging services for both government and commercial use.
7. The Establishment Decree says it will be as much a brilliant educational centre as it is an operational lab.
8. Anyone interested in joining the team can submit an application through the website mbrsc.ae
AND HERE'S ROB'S ORIGINAL FLOW MOTION VIDEO. See more of his work on his official website