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Director Theofanis Matsopoulos

Theofanis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1991. He specialises in astrophotography, digital image and video processing, 3D animation and video production for digital planetariums. He collaborates with the National Observatory of Athens, taking astronomical photographs with the historical R. S. Newall refractor and the 2.3-metre Carl Zeiss Aristarchus Telescope. He has directed and produced documentary series for local television, promotional videos and documentaries for the Visitor Centre of the National Observatory of Athens and for the Greek GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Office.

In 2015 he presented his debut 45-minute planetarium documentary A Journey to the Universe in the 24.5-metre dome of the Eugenides Digital Planetarium in Athens. Some of his planetarium videos are distributed for free on the European Southern Observatory (ESO) website and the ESA webpage for the Hubble Space Telescope.

His photos have been published in various astronomical magazines and websites such as TWAN, LPOD, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy. He has presented two photography and astrophotography exhibitions entitled: The Greece of the Stars and Between Heaven and Earth at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens and elsewhere in Greece. He has also participated in global photography festivals and documentary festivals for planetariums.

Web page: http://matsopoulos.blogspot.gr/


 

Composer Johan B. Monell

Johan B. Monell is a Norwegian composer. He has contributed music to everything from American feature films, high-profile documentaries, commercials, video games, ESO and ESA vodcasts, documentaries and fulldome feature films.

Johan started playing music at the age of seven and has been composing music since the age of ten. He has played in over 14 bands, from pop bands to metal bands giving concerts and touring nationally and internationally. He plays the drums, guitar, bass, piano, synth and keyboard, and has been doing so for more than 25 years. He has several albums and singles releases from his former career as a touring musician.

He has worked freelance as a front-of-house sound technician for seven years, and as a scene technician for ten years. He has a long career as a professional arranger and song instructor for theatre and plays. Johan has also composed, recorded and produced songs in many different genres throughout the years.

Johan has studied jazz harmony, music theory, music history, sound techniques and sound design.

Living near the immense forests of central and eastern Norway, he draws inspiration from that environment daily to fully express himself in all of his music. His particular speciality is music for TV and film.

Web page: http://www.johanmonell.com/


 

Executive Producer Lars Lindberg Christensen

Lars is a science communication specialist heading the ESO education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) in Munich, Germany. He is responsible for public outreach and education for the La Silla-Paranal Observatory, for ESO's part of ALMA (the largest and most expensive ground-based astronomical project currently under construction), for the European Extremely Large Telescope (the largest optical telescope in planning), for ESA’s part of the Hubble Space Telescope and for the International Astronomical Union Press Office.

Web page: https://www.eso.org/~lchriste


 

Script writer Nicolas T. Matsopoulos

Nicolas T. Matsopoulos has degrees in Shipbuilding (BEng), Natural Sciences (BSc), Science Communication (MSc) and in Education (MEd). His interest started as an amateur astronomer in early adolescence. During the period 1973‒1978 he worked as a volunteer observer at the Astronomical Institute of the National Observatory of Athens. In 1979 he joined its permanent staff observing variable and binary stars, the major planets and the Sun, in collaboration with the US Air Force personnel who run the Solar Observatory at the Penteli Astronomical Centre.

Furthermore, he developed a deep interest in the History of Science and Science Communication. In 1995 he developed the Visitor Centre at Penteli Observatory, financed by EU funds. Since then, and until his retirement at the end of 2014, he was in charge of the Visitor Centre and dedicated himself to science communication. During this period he gave tours to about a quarter of a million visitors, hundreds of lectures all over the country, he established the first amateur astronomy society in Greece, and has produced several astronomical documentaries for the needs of the Visitor Centre and for local TV channels. He has written or co-written more than 270 articles, conference presentations and papers and eight books.