A total solar eclipse occurs during the precise alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun. During this time, the Moon’s shadow traverses the Earth, and for those lucky enough to be standing in that shadow, will experience what is known as “totality”.
Unlike most eclipse documentaries which merely focus on the science behind solar eclipses, “Chasing Shadows” aims to capture the entire experience of an eclipse chase.
It includes the planning, preparation and execution of a dedicated eclipse photography expedition. In addition, it will show the environment and general emotions associated with totality: the eerie darkness; the bizarre feeling you get; and subsequent reaction of local communities…
Awarded for Best Directing and Editing at LA Independent Film Festival, this documentary follows Geoff Sims, an astronomer from Sydney, Australia, who has been chasing total solar eclipses since 2002. The expedition was later followed by the documentary director Nelson Quan.