Noah Headley - Escape Velocity

Noah Headley in Escape Velocity – Short Film

A young boy struggles to find beauty in the world around him. From pollution, to landfills, to grey skies and alleyways covered in graffiti, the Earth is ugly in the eyes of this boy. He wants to escape from Earth and travel to the far reaches of the beautiful universe. He calculates the escape velocity to leave Earth and imagines a journey into the heavens. It is not until his imagination comes back to Earth (when he sees the globe on his desk) that he realizes beauty was around him all along.

Scientific background: Escape velocity is the minimum speed an object must travel to escape a gravitating body. To escape Earth, an object must travel at about 25,053.686 MPH.

All images of nebulae and galaxies in the movie are actual photographs taken by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope that have then been 3-dimensionally edited by director, James Tralie (all the original photos are royalty-free). All music is royalty-free from Bensound and MachinimaSound. All aerial footage and historical video is royalty-free from All other content is original and owned by James Tralie

Director: James Tralie
Editor/Cinematographer: James Tralie
Producer: Yiheng “Intel” Chen
Actor: Noah Headley

-WHYY Youth Media Awards: First Place Judges Award for Best Film (shown on television)
-WHYY Youth Media Awards: First Place Open Category
-Montclair Film Festival: Best Picture
-Alhambra Theatre Film Festival: Official Selection
-Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival: Official Selection
-Topanga Film Festival: Official Selection
-Greenfield Youth Film Festival: Winner
-Green Film Festival in Seoul: Official Selection
-All-American High School Film Festival: Official Selection
-Heart of the Pines Film Festival: Official Selection/On Tour
-Marbella International Film Festival: Official Selection
-Novella Film Showcase: Official Selection/On Tour
-Tassie Eco Film Fest: Official Selection/On Tour
-Enimation Little Elephant: Official Selection
-Lahore International Children’s Film Festival
-Zero Plus International Children’s and Youth Film Festival: Official Selection
-Arlington International Film Festival: Official Selection