By pairing a series of beautiful images with just a few lines of poetry, Heliotropes shows how patterns repeat themselves at different levels of nature, whether we know it or not. Sunflower seeds and petals are known to follow the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical formula that makes their structure maximally efficient, but they don’t do it consciously. Likewise, humans go to great lengths to mathematically optimise flight patterns to maximise profit for airlines. And yet, we sometimes get too caught up in talk of data and the algorithms. We don’t always realise that we are acting on an impulse common to many of nature’s organisms: a desire to stay in the light.
- Director Biography:
Michael Langan is an award-winning American filmmaker. His short films have screened at more than 100 film festivals worldwide garnering top awards, including a Student Academy Award nomination for Doxology (2007). Langan’s innovation at the boundary of live action and animation has been praised as ‘confounding and fascinating’ by The New York Times and ‘inventive’ by The Atlantic. He is an IFC Icon and was featured as one of ‘10 animators poised to become household names’ by Variety. He has directed commercials for Nike, Samsung, and Pepsi.
- Director: Michael Langan
- Writer: Based on the poem by Brian Christian
- Narrated by: Michael Hanson
- Running Time: 3 minutes
- Language: English
- Website: langanfilms.com