The Martian — ARES: live | Farewell

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Departure (7 June 2015) — Turning on a video camera (GoPro) without understanding its instructions (written in Armenian), NASA astronaut Mark Watney begins broadcasting live from the Hermes space station, introducing the crew before leaving the Earth’s orbit for destination Mars. Informal tones, jokes, curses and ironies respect the original novel by Andy Weir (2011) and anticipate the comic-dramatic atmosphere present in the film story.

1. Introduction

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2. Analysis

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Visualization and synthesis of Ares: live promotional materials in order of publication (June-October 2015) and in narrative order (2034–2035/2036)
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“Just remember. What we’ll do up there, we will doing it for everyone on Earth. This gonna be an amazing journey. For all of us. We’re all in together.” — Mark Watney

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Farewell: visual development synthesis — 1) On the Hermes space station, Watney turns on a GoPro and starts recording, broadcasting the video live on the Net; 2) Mark presents his astronaut colleagues (Martinez, Lewis, Beck, Vogel, Johanssen) exploring the different environments of the station; 3) The colleagues and Watney say greet the public shortly before starting the maneuver operations to leave the Earth’s orbit and head towards Mars; 4) In concluding, Mark affectionately says goodbye to his parents and ends the broadcast. Note: the reading order is lateral, starting from the top left. The number of frames shown does not represent the exact visual development of the video.

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