Published on Apr 11, 2013
This is a original trailer for "Nanocam. Trip to a biodevercity" fulldome show produced by El Exilio Productions. Show distributed by Fulldome Film Society. Please visit the official website: www.fulldomefilm.org.
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The two protagonists are looking for information about biodiversity on the Internet for an assignment they have to hand in at school. They finally discover NANOCAM and unknowingly start operating some microcameras that are located on different spots of the planet.
Their trip starts with the Bacteria Kingdom. They were the first inhabitants of the earth and origin of the other kingdoms and can be characterised as ubiquitous, dangerous and indispensable.
The first Nanocam is directed at a sewing box where there doesn't seem to be any life. However, by zooming in, achieving a magnification of more than a million X, we discover that thousands of bacteria can be found on a small part of a needle.
We can observe the different groups of bacteria, their classification, their morphology and characteristics and we are able to realize how small they really are thanks to a scale that constantly indicates the size of these micro-organisms.
The second Nanocam is focused on a puddle, looking for animals, but suddenly we are inside a drop of water, observing how thousands of small micro-organisms are floating all around us; we are in the Protist Kingdom.
This kingdom, probably the one we are least familiar with, includes living things that differ greatly, such as algae, protozoa, slime moulds and other groups.
Here we learn about the wide range of organisms that are included in this kingdom. It is probably the most multifaceted group as it includes organisms of different origins.
We then see paramecia above our heads, slithering amoebae in search of food, flagellates moving at high speed, vorticellae that are anchored onto the substrate capturing small particles of food and we are even inside the shell of a Rhizopoda.
When surfing the Fungi Kingdom, our young learners expect to find mushrooms, but they find out that this kingdom is much bigger. Here they observe moulds, yeasts and structures that they'd never have thought to belong to this kingdom.
The Nanocam travels inside the hyphae structure of a fungus, showing us that these are much more than a mushroom. We can also explore edible fungi, such as those of blue cheese, and parasites that can be found on feet. It is surprising for how many different processes this wide group can actually be used.
We are also told how fungi have symbiotic relationships with other groups and how they help them to survive, like in the example of plants. What's more, together with algae they form lichens which are completely different organisms. But we also see that fungi can function as parasites and cause diseases of plants and animals.
Due to their size, we are quite familiar with plants. However, by magnifying them with the Nanocam, we are able to get a view on them that we would never have imagined before. We travel on the surface of a leaf, looking at the cells of its epidermis and the stomata with their odd shape; we float past hairs and drops of essences, slip inside a flower and fly with the pollen grains.
The trip into the Animal kingdom starts off with a surprising discovery. While the Nanocam is inside a young girl's hair, an unexpected visitor appears: a louse with its sharp and intimidating extremities. Afterwards, we look at other insects and fly beside the limbs of a plant louse or the antennae of an ant.
In every journey through each kingdom, the viewers are provided with additional information, computer animations and photographs on pop-up windows in order to complement the explanations given by the Nanovoice.
To sum up, a Nanocam presents the relationship between different groups of living things: we see how plant lice feed on a plant and at the same time feed ants that fight off their predators, but on the ant we can find mites as parasites that have a bacterial infection caused by a virus...
NANOCAM is an invitation to think about what life is.