The makers of Planetary Traveler return with another wordless voyage through computer-generated worlds. Infinity's Child, however, leaves behind the recognizable if digitally realized landscapes from that first effort; thi... more »s time, the images border upon the abstract. A brief voice-over at the opening informs us that the Phleig explorers from Planetary Traveler have tracked down one of their spacecraft circling abandoned above a mysterious planet. For the next 40 minutes we hear nothing but an electronic score alternatively droning and bouncing along as images drift by, undergo some transformation, then fade away again. Translucent rocks lazily roll upon a crimson sea; a watery substance ripples with golden light; crystal spires rise up from oceans.These visions can be quite lovely (though some are uselessly busy and crammed with mathematically derived detail--a common problem with this sort of thing), and the film's plotless nature makes it easy to follow the drift of the animator's fancies. Infinity's Child can't match the fresh-eyed wonder of the "Stargate" sequence in 2001, but on its own terms it makes for pleasant viewing. DVD features include access to a demo version of the software used to make the film, for those interested in CGI technologies and techniques. --Bruce Reid« less
"'Infinity's Child', the long awaited sequel to 'Planetary Traveler', is a unique exploration of the animated abstract computer art of Bill Ellsworth. While 'Planetary Traveler' is a fascinating survey of computer generated landscapes from a variety of artists, 'Infinity's Child' is a much more intimately focused and realized work. `Infinity's Child' takes us on a mind-blowing visual journey that absolutely shatters the cliches associated with popular consumption computer animation. We fly through improvisational three-dimensional structures enlarged to the size of cities mutating and shimmering like living creatures. This is heady stuff! The movie works on several levels. There is a sci-fi plot line with narration early on that gives the uninitiated a reference point for appreciating what is about to happen, but it is Ellsworth's recognizable style combined with great editing, and a topnotch electronic music soundtrack that is the conceptual gel that holds things together. You don't have to be a computer-head to enjoy the ride. Anyone with an imagination and a willingness to explore new ideas will find this entertaining. 'Infinity's Child' is an intense visual experience that will stand up to repeated viewing. This one gets my highest recommendation. Get it!"
Good but Definitely Could Have Been Better
Tan Kwan Seng | Singapore | 12/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CGI movie is not for anyone looking for a movie with meaning. As the artist pointed out in the interview, the images "do not have any meaning" and the things are just imaginary images. Also, the movie starts with a commentary that the fleet is moving out to a location which is believed to be a "gateway to realities beyond",.... "a bridge to a shift in consciousness gateway world"... Well, does this make sense? Don't try to make sense, any sense of this movie. This is what this movie is about---simply an imaginary exploration of worlds in space, fancy images, eye-catching colors and reflections... right up to the end of the approx-40-minute movie. The commentary at the end of the movie is just a commentary... try not to make any sense of it... Certainly do not try to debate about the statement that "everything exists".What this movie suffers is perhaps it should have held the idea of travelling more closely than at times producing scenes which doen't quite look like scenes but say, a pattern tesselating at a fixed position on your computer monitor. The effects could be better if the artist make the scene more like a scene---for example moving within or across the tesselation. Unfortunately there are quite a number of scenes that do not seem to be so, only more than tesselating patterns at the center of the computer monitor. Some images look rather 'flat' and nothing of a virtual world in space. These should have been taken out or improved.But on the whole, the imagery was great. Great artwork... lots of reflective surfaces and also "fluid" stuff... The music was nice and suits the images and changes in scenes.Greatly appreciate the work being done but I wouldn't say that it is good to the point of being described as stunning... but it is a good piece of work.The interviews with the 4 persons was a plus. Here they talk about the issues related to the production, etc... and I share the same view as the artist's that the computer is capable of showing an artist's imaginary world and his enthusiasm in CGI.As a final assessment whether you might like this movie, download and watch the trailer at www.inifinityschild.com (over 19 MBytes) which contains quite a number of the better scenes in the movie. If you are not a great "fan" of Computer Graphics Imagery, this sort of movie would be rather boring to you.I would like to give this DVD 3.75 stars... almost 4 stars."
Christopher Moore | Burlington, ON Canada | 04/22/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I love computer graphics and bought this DVD looking for something interesting to put on in the background when I've got people visiting. Unfortunately, although there were a few scenes that were pretty cool the majority of the graphics were boring."
Infinity's Child: staple source for visuals artists
firstname.lastname@example.org | Santa Clara, CA United States | 07/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First off, if you're not into eye candy, CGI, or visuals artistry you will probably not appreciate this video. There is no plot, soundtrack sucks, and overall there is no meaning to this video.However, from a visuals artist's perspective, this is a great video: solid high quailty eye candy from start to finish, lots of movement, consistent all the way through. Similar to Planetary Traveler w/ less cheesy brycescapes and heavier on on textural/morphing CGI. Imagery is much more intricate than regular fractal eye-candy. Great for background ambiance at a house party or for starter/background source imagery for visuals artists.In short, this is like the psychedellic stuff they play on the video screens at raves."
Not as much of a story as Planetary Traveler
A. Burchfield | Conway, Missouri USA | 08/24/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was sort of disappointed with this one. In Planetary Traveler you got the visual flight logs of a star faring race called the Phleig and their search for a world from which they could leap to the next level of existence. In this movie a ship has found it so the others come to explore and in my view the story starts to slip there. You get a short view of mother ships and small exploratory craft leaving them to head for the new world. They very quickly cross over into another realm, it's just a picture show from there on out. Technically Infinity's Child is a great improvement over Planetary Traveler, everything is much more three dimensionally rendered, the colors are great and the fluid effect in some scenes is amazing- too bad it's just a picture show."