Stephen Hawking: Inside His Head… it’s the 1980s

Many of us may have wondered what goes on inside the massive brain of Professor Stephen Hawking. According to a film by Aardman director Will Studd for the BBC, it involves a lot of kitsch futurism

Inside His Head is a short film commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to coincide with Hawking’s upcoming Reith Lecture which will cover the theory of black holes, Hawking Radiation and thermodynamics.

According to Aardman, “The idea behind the animation was to [travel] inside the Professor’s head and explore his early interest in physics [which] would hopefully inspire the audience the same way.”

Studd says: “I wanted to create a stylised version of the graphics I grew up with in the 80s. I loved the kitsch futurism of the BBC’s TV version of Hitchhiker’s Guide graphics, or the weird spacey covers of Omni magazine (read our post on the design of Omni here); I wanted to bring a bit of this back to explore Stephen’s thoughts.” The film features features the voices of Carl Sagan, Professor Brian Cox, Hawking and US theoretical physicist Andrew Strominger.

The soundtrack was created by Max Halstead using 70s/80s synthesisers “to try and capture a sense of that retro futuristic feeling,” Studd says.

Inside His Head, and a second film on black holes, can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer

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