A Rough Sketch of a Proposed Film Dealing With the Powers of Ten and the Relative Size of Things in the Universe (1968)

16 Dec
Director  Charles and Ray Eames
Producer  Office of Charles and Ray Eames. Distributed by Pyramid Films.
Contributors  Producers, Antti Paatero, Tadus Zilius, and Ted Organ ; research and development, Judith Bronowski
Length  8 min
B&W/Color  color
UO Library Catalog description:  Uses things in the universe to illustrate the meaning of positive and negative powers of ten.
Call # FILM Ma41
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  fair
Oregon-related  no


A preliminary version of the famous Powers of Ten (1977). It shares the approach of a massive zoom out/zoom in on the universe, but has an “analog” display rather than a subtitle to indicate distance, simpler graphics and a female narrator. The Eames‘ foundation maintains a website where you can see the final film. We also have the Eames’ films House: After Five Years of Living and Toccata forToy Trains. There are two copies of this “sketch” in the library; both are in similar condition (though one jumps in a few moments into the film) and both are simply labelled Powers of Ten.

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