The visuals for the One Planet film were created by researching the NASA and ESA archives for photographs where mankind’s impact was clearly visible from space. These included deforestation and forest fires, water usage, agriculture, smog, coastal pollution and the impacts of climate change on glaciers and polar ice. The images were then ‘nudged’ into human footprint shapes digitally, with care taken not to exaggerate the impacts but to emphasize their human origin.
The images were then layered and animated to give the impression they were being observed through windows of the International Space Station or other orbiting craft. A shallow depth-of-field both focused the viewer’s attention on the details and gave the feeling of miniature photography – lending the sense that this is a small planet, on which we should ‘tread’ lightly.