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a short movie about an endless story

Genesis - a short movie about an endless story - ©lifebyondthecamera

The Film


What is it? 

It’s a short documentary entirely filmed in Sicily. The main character is the landscape of the island, shaped by the peculiar geological dynamics over the ages.

How it works? 

The keyword of the movie is “trip”.

Looking at the surrounding with the eye of a stranger,in new territories free from exploration.

Music becomes the guideline for a visual travel through the dimension of geological time.

Think about rocks as frames of the ages, then realize how much are important for the understanding of past, present and future events.


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Why Sicily? 

The largest island of Mediterranean sea is like a small continent: it offers mountain chains, valleys and rivers, colorful hills, beautiful seas, active volcanoes and overall, Sicily is home.

The locations are some of the natural beauties spread all over the regional territory, like Etna, Madonie mountains, the Egadi archipelago and Alcantara and Tiberio river.

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The Project

The natural world filmed with new
technologies developed in cinematography and sound engineering, merging together Arts and Science.

the meeting point between Art and Science - ©lifebeyondthecamera

Science is a filter for the understanding of reality. It’s an extremely powerful cognitive tool: with its support, we’ve been capable of such things as building cities, travel out of Earth’s atmosphere and link people from all over the world with just a click.

with technologic improvements, it has been enhanced our impact on the environment.

As the species with the strongest influence over the planet, we carry on an important responsibility: The safeguard and conservation of nature and of the living being who inhabit Earth, us included.

Our goal is to share with people fundamental knowledge of environmental and life science by the realization of audiovisual products, with new methods of communication.

The ongoing project consists of a series of three documentaries entirely filmed in Sicily: Passing through the principles of science, from basilar concepts of physics and chemistry, the first content of the series mainly concerns Earth dynamics and the concept of time. This chaotic primordial world will be the foundation for the second chapter, that will introduce life in all its aspects, explaining the meaning of evolution and Phylogenesis theories, approaching the extraordinary complexity of Biogeography and Ecology.

Last of all, the third product is the tale of human history, since the first prints found in prehistoric caves, to the highly impactful buildings and activities spread across the island, trying to explain the changes in need, habits and consciousness of nature our species experienced across the epochs.

Chirocephalus_diaphanus ©lifebeyondthecamera

Next Mission


Three keywords:

, Evolution

, Ecology

Next Mission

The Theory

it’s simple: estremophilous bacteria, mosses, octopuses, bees, monkeys, mushrooms, oak trees, all the extinct and extant organisms originated from a common ancestor. Inside the gene code there’s the key for deciphering the success of life: the capability of reproduction and adaptation.

The continue struggle for surviving forced the species to diversificate one another, to compete and cooperate each other. 

boletaceae - ©lifebeyondthecamera

The Environment

fossils of procaryote cells found in precambrian rocks of marine domain date back life origins approximately 3.5 Gyear (Gyear=10^9 years) before present. Since that time (or maybe earlier) the spread of living organisms was possible exclusively in seawater, due to the hostile conditions of the primordial atmosphere, lacking in Oxygen but full of deadly volcanic gasses and permanently pierced by UV rays. 

The vastness and homogeneity of the oceans favored the spread of anaerobic heterotrophic and autotrophic procaryotes. For millions, the biochemical reductive processes induced by these organisms, filled the seas of Oxygen at the point of being injected over into the atmosfere. The rise of photosynthetic organisms exponentially incremented the O2 production of biota. A part of the big amount of Oxygen in the atmosphere generated the layer of ozone responsible of filtering the UV radiation. Only after 3 billion years, the environmental condition became fitted to sustain out of water life.

yew's shadow - ©lifebeyondthecamera

Ecosystems: the cities of nature

the path marked by evolution gave life many different ways of diversification.

The previous uncolonized lands become laboratories for genetic experiments driven by environmental conditions, natural selection and population dynamics.

Organisms use to aggregate and create a web of interaction among them and the surrounding environment: Forests, meadows and coralline reefs are examples of these interactions.

Ecological studies are essential for the comprehension of the relationship between biosphere,atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere but even more to value anthropic influence over natural balance.

crematogaster with aphids ©lifebeyondthecamera
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