Grig's journey to Asteroids

Grig’s journey started “Good, Bad and Ugly”

412 views January 25, 2016 asteroidday 3

Welcome to our new website!

We expanded our Educational area and are going to provide you with much more in-depth, scientific and regular content. The content will be provided to us by our Partners, 100Xers and our Expert Panel. I will try to write this new blog “Grig’s journey to Asteroids” when I have the time. It’s a bit more informal and non-scientific (I am no scientist, nor am I an asteroid expert). This is a place where I can share my personal thoughts and tell you about my journey from being a German (half Czech) filmmaker to co-founding Asteroid Day and working with some of the smartest and coolest individuals of our time! If you want to learn more about my background then please click here.

This GIF shows two brilliant filmmakers I admire: Akira Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola.


My journey to Asteroids started in 2010. I just moved back to London from New York City. I was making a good living filming commercials and corporate videos. I wasn’t satisfied, though. There was nothing creative about my job. Trust me, trying to please ungrateful corporate clients who know nothing about the art of movie making (and who don’t care) is not satisfying even if you earn a decent living. Me and my German actor friend Moritz von Zeddelmann were tossing ideas for a feature film back and forth. Nothing really stuck until one day, my then assistant and now close friend, Elliot Taylor sent me this BBC Horizon documentary: Asteroids The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Not sure how long this link will survive. Only copy I could find online.


Watching the documentary changed my life. I know how this sounds but it’s true. Before watching it, I had a very basic understanding of asteroids thanks to movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact. I always assumed that Governments would have a handle on the issue. I don’t think I ever lost much sleep over asteroids. Watching the documentary was an eye opener and after a few days of obsessive research i.e. Googling the word “asteroid” a thousand times and emailing most of the scientists featured in the film, I received an email reply from Prof David Jewitt (100X Signatory). The man who “along with Jane Luu (100X Signatory), discovered the first Kuiper belt object other than Pluto and its largest moon Charon in 1992 and subsequently identified dozens of additional belt members in a series of pioneering wide field surveys.”

I knew of him from the documentary and I was so thrilled that he took the time to reply to my trivial questions and he inspired me (I don’t think I ever told him) to make a movie about asteroids which later became 51 Degrees North – but we’ll talk about that next time.

That’s it for today. I know it’s not the longest post in the Universe but it’s a start and I will write these informal notes or posts or whatever you want to call them when I find the time.

Warmest wishes from asteroid central,


p.s. Here is the trailer of 51 Degrees North.

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