Space Forum February 8: Hollywood Goes to Space

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The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum

Thursday, February 8, 2024, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EST

Hollywood Goes to Space

With Special Guest Danica Vallone
Founder and CEO, Red Hen Industries

Danica Vallone

Movies have long been a medium for storytelling and entertainment. For space enthusiasts, a popular genre for us is space movies, which depict exploration and discovery beyond our Earth. Whether these movies have been fact based or science fiction, they face challenges in accurately representing the science and technology involved in space exploration while at the same time meeting our own audience expectations. While filmmakers strive to create a sense of realism, they must also cater to the dramatic effect necessary for an engaging cinematic experience.

Join us for an informative and entertaining Space Forum as Danica Vallone will explore space in the movies. In her presentation, Danica will examine the complex relationship between entertainment, hard science, messy politics, and the court of public opinion — viewed through the lens of our media consumption; past and present.

Several of the questions she will answer include:

  • Why can’t Hollywood just get it right?
  • How do we balance the obligations of truth telling vs storytelling?
  • By how much should we be willing to suspend our disbelief?
  • What can we do to lead the wider public to engage more deeply in a way that resonates and inspires?

Space movies have the power to inspire and shape public perception. Don’t miss this fun space forum as you learn about the challenges filmmakers have in striking the balance between SciFi & SciFact! Register today by using the link below.

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Danica Vallone is founder and CEO of Red Hen Industries, a Los Angeles based design and fabrication firm for film, retail, and large scale experiential activations. In recent years, Red Hen’s rapid prototyping abilities have crossed industries into health and aerospace fields. Danica also serves as Executive Creative Director of Global Effects, the largest and longest standing industry leader in space-related costumes, props, and set pieces. She currently holds a Design Residency at UCSD’s Design Lab, with an emphasis in Bionics and Human Resilience.

Register today to reserve your seat and ask your questions. Use the link below.

Register no later than February 8 at 8 pm EST

Past NSS Space Forums and Town Halls may be viewed here.

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