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FILMING STEPHEN HAWKINGS

February 8, 2009

Last December I was lucky enough to document the American billionaire Richard Garriott’s tour of the UK. Richard is a pioneer of computer games programming, creating the first strategy and role playing games as far back as the 1980’s. In October last year he fulfilled his childhood dream of traveling to space with spaceflight Space Adventures. The 30 million dollar trip lasted 11 days where he spent most of his time at the international space station. His trip to the UK involved speaking at the Houses of Parliament, meeting Professor Hawkings at Cambridge and going to the British Space Center in Leicester while me and my small film crew followed him around with a Sony Z1 not missing a moment.

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The highlight of this 3 day shoot was indeed meeting Professor Hawkings; the master of the universe himself. Richard was accompanied by his father, a retired astronaut himself while Stephen’s daughter, Lucy was also there. We documented Richard telling his stories of the trip and showing videos which mostly involved him reading Stephen’s books in his shuttle. At the end Lucy asked if we had any books we wanted signing (thumb printed) by the Professor, however we stupidly forgot to buy one on route and missed out on getting the one thumb print of humanity that may hold the key to the universe and beyond.

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I was afforded this opportunity through my Uncle’s production company in Austin, Texas called Beef and Pie Productions. They traveled with Richard to Russia to film his preparation and launch into space as well as his return. Here is a teaser for the full documentary being made, hopefully it will be screened in the UK but I’m not sure.

http://www.beefandpie.com/client/media/RGteaser_09H264.mov