One person who may be of interest to all the Spectacular Sciences team is French biologist turned filmmaker Jean Painleve. Science turned into art:
“Poetic pioneer of astonishingly beautiful science films, Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) explored a twilight realm of vampire bats, seahorses, octopuses, and liquid crystals. In collaboration with his partner, Genevieve Hamon, Painlevé made more than 200 science and nature films and was an early champion of the genre. In the process he won over surrealists and avant-gardists and counted amongst his friends Antonin Artaud, Sergei Eisenstein, Jean Vigo, and Luis Buñuel. Painlevé's astonishing documentaries – and their incredible soundtracks – witness a genuinely 'magic realism', whose appeal remains stronger than ever."