Movies are a way for us to tell stories and explore the sometimes impossible. The 2015 movies so far have brought some great adventures that have seemed completely fictional and fantasy like Jurassic Park, Mad Max: Fury Road, Chappie, Inside Out and Tomorrowland.
But are the big sci-fi breakthroughs, high tech or strange science really achievable in real life?
GE’s Sally Le Page, Creator-in-Residence explores the science and real-world possibilities behind some of 2015’s biggest blockbuster movies:
When Neil Blomkamp released his latest movie, called Chappie everyone immediately wanted their very own Chappie robot. This reliable and adorable droid has been reprogrammed to think, decide and feel for himself.
Sally Le Page looks at the technology used to make the movie come alive and whether we will one day have our own Chappie:
Perhaps we all share in Doctor John Hammond’s dream to live in a world where dinosaurs have not yet become extinct.
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye sit down with Sally Le Page to explore the possibilities of cloning and genetic modification.
Mad Max: Fury Road
One of the most badass movies this year, Mad Max: Fury Road showcased some insane vehicle, gadgets and weapons. It’s all doom and gloom as the people struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
But is the end near and could this happen to us? Sally Le Page explores renewable energy sources and gets a desalination demo from YouTuber Brittani Louise Taylor.
After consulting with StarTalk’s Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, Sally realizes that thanks to advancements in science and technology, the Mad Max world is unlikely to be the future here on Earth.
It’s probably one of the saddest Disney Pixar movies to date and rightfully so as it is a movie about emotions after all.
The movie shows how our emotions work and how we’re controlled by them. Sally Le Page visits Pixar Animations Studios where she speaks to the creative minds behind Disney and Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out.
Sally investigates the role emotion has played in human evolution, and explores the connection between emotions and the mind. Writer and director Pete Docter (Toy Story, Wall-E, Monsters Inc.) also shares the unique creative process behind bringing intangible things like emotions to life on the big screen.
Sally Le Page embarks upon a quest to find Tomorrowland: city of the future.
On her journey she meets with experts, including Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, to discuss how invention and technology shape the world around us. But if invention inspires invention, will technology one day surpass human potential? Her travels take her from Walt Disney’s spirit of optimism to Ray Kurzweil’s Theory of Singularity, as she explores the possibilities in director Brad Bird’s vision of the tomorrow.