FEATURED VIDEO: The Quest for Another Earth
(science documentary)

The Quest for Another Earth was featured at the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) fall meeting on December 12 and 16, 2016 in San Francisco, CA at the Moscone Convention Center in room, Moscone West - 2001.

Photo on right: Introducing The Quest for Another Earth at AGU on December 12, 2016. 

AGU is the largest worldwide conference in the geophysical sciences and brings in more than 24,000 Earth and space scientists, educators, and students.
-From AGU's website

Synopsis: In 2009, the Kepler space telescope launched into space to search for planets orbiting stars outside of our solar system. These planets, called exoplanets, had no data to prove their existence until 20 years ago. Currently, because of exciting developments in astronomy, data shows that planets actually outnumber the estimated 200 billion stars in our galaxy. This 3D computer animation serves to highlight the importance of this cutting edge science.

This short film, entitled, The Quest for Another Earth (2014), spotlights the Allegheny Observatory where members of the research team, STEPUP (Survey of Transiting Extrasolar Planets at the University of Pittsburgh), actually perform astronomical observations of exoplanets.

To ponder the wonders of the age old question of whether we are alone in the Universe, the animation also explores a recently discovered exoplanet, Kepler-186f, which is 500 light years from Earth and has been called an “Earth-cousin” by astronomers because of its similarity to Earth.

Brought to you by ACCIAC
All Direction, Production, Filming, Animation, and Writing by Daniel Peluso
Narrated by Mike Boyer
Film Score by Jordan Wood
Science Advisor Arthur Kosowsky
Animation Consultant Dean Mougianis


"Frantic" Music Video, by Falling Andes


Synopsis: Music video for the song, "Frantic", by Falling Andes, from the EP, "Frantic". 2011. Concept by Jordan Wood. Editing and post-production by Daniel Peluso. 



The 80s Fanatic


Synopsis: The 80s Fanatic character is so obsessed with 80’s movies that everywhere he goes he dresses like one of his favorite 80’s movie characters. The character, simply referred to as the “fanatic,” wants to become an actor, but shows up at every film audition dressed like an 80’s movie character. Each audition he goes to is a blunder. Will he ever find solace? 2014. 



"Rabbit Hole" Music Video, by Dan Peluso Band


Synopsis: My first professional song and video. Stop animation music video for "Rabbit Hole", by Daniel Peluso! Song written by Daniel Peluso, Daniel Ross, and Frank Soriano. Produced by Chris Olszewski. 2008. 



Highland Park Super 8
(student project)


Synopsis: Final film project for my introductory film class at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Shot with a Super 8 camera. Hand processed. 2014.