The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is expected to be complete by 2018 and will launch to replace the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Hubble Space Telescope. The new technology will better enable scientists to investigate and understand some of the most profound questions about the origin and development of the universe and other galaxies. It will help to delve more deeply into the formation and constitution of other planets and might even be responsible in revealing the existence of life on other planets.
To help to raise awareness of the potential benefits that may evolve with the new telescope, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) is engaging in a collaboration with NASA and Northrop Grumman, who are involved in the design-build of aspects of the project, in an effort to visually document the stages of the project in an anecdotal fashion. The aim is not only to participate in the recording of this significant enterprise but also to generate more public interest through public service announcements, interactive content through both e-books and video kiosks and to create intricate animated depictions of the expected observations that may be made with the JWST by scientists. With the in-depth production capacity at the NYFA and the creative minds of the teams that will be engaged in the project, the expected benefit to all parties will be immense.
The Webb Telescope be equipped with angular resolution and near-infrared technology, as well as numerous other innovative technologically advanced elements, that will enable it to strive to meet its four science goals: The End of the Dark Ages: First Light and Reionization, The Assembly of Galaxies, The Birth of Stars and Protoplanetary Systems, and Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life.
Astrophysicist and NYFA Director of STEAM Education Initiatives, Rajiv Uttamchandi believes that the partnership will be an outstanding opportunity to present students with a unique and engaging environment that will excite them about the visual arts. Not only will they be afforded a once in a lifetime chance to be a part of something of this magnitude but it will also create an exceptional situation for the project partners to harness the brilliance of some of the best and brightest up and comers in the visual arts industry.
NYFA has long enjoyed a reputation as a leader in international film and performing arts education. The institution takes a participatory approach to learning and offers degree programs for BA, BFA, MA, MFA and AFA as well as conservatory programs that focus on acting for film as well as photography and most other spectrums in this field. . They attract and educate some of the most talented and engaged students with the ability to produce high quality materials. The project will be led by faculty members, guiding the participants in a collaborative manner. All the partners feel that the relationship will provide a new perspective for those on the science side and on the artistic side, marrying the two disciplines to bring about an exceptional outcome. Most significantly, it will portray the JWST in a way that is compelling for the public and will garner widespread support.