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Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies
Metamorphosis is part of the Illustra Media Design of Life video series. Each episode explores a different realm of the animal kingdom and the remarkable biological systems that make life on Earth possible.
Throughout history butterflies have fascinated artists and philosophers, scientists and school children with their profound mystery and beauty. In Metamorphosis you will explore their remarkable world as few ever have before.
Spectacular photography, computer animation and magnetic resonance imaging open once hidden doors to every stage of a butterfly's life-cycle. From an egg the size of a pinhead…to a magnificent flying insect. It is a transformation so incredible biologists have called it "butterfly magic."
The superbly engineered body of a butterfly is magnified hundreds of times to reveal compound eyes made of thousands of individual lenses, wings covered with microscopic solar panels that warm the insect's muscles for flight, and navigational systems that unerringly guide Monarch butterflies on their annual migration from Canada to Mexico.
How did these extraordinary creatures come into being? Are they the products of a blind, undirected process? Or, were they designed by an intelligence that transcends the material world?
Filmed in the rain forests of Ecuador, Mexico's Trans-Volcanic mountain range, and leading research centers, Metamorphosis is an unforgettable documentary filled with the joys of discovery and wonder.
"Metamorphosis is dazzling, insightful, and thought-provoking, with the power to open closed minds. For those of us who love science but decry scientism, this film affirms what we see everywhere from the latest discoveries in molecular biology to the long-understood twenty universal constants that, in their exquisite balance, make life possible: intention, meaning, and an intricacy that confounds all theories portraying nature as a consequence of dumb forces."
(Dean Koontz - Best Selling Author)
"METAMORPHOSIS: THE BEAUTY & DESIGN OF BUTTERFLIES is a fascinating, inspiring, eye-opening investigation into the unique life of the butterfly, a perfect example of Intelligent Design. Reviewing METAMORPHOSIS doesn’t do it justice. You must see it. It is that good."
(Ted Baehr - Movieguide)
"What an achievement-- artistically, scientifically, musically, inspirationally. The film is stunning, spectacular, and convincing. The photography and music are outstanding. It's going to be a joy to watch this case for intelligent design spread around the world."
(D. C. - CA)
"I'll admit I’ve never paid much attention to butterflies. At most, maybe I've noticed an especially pretty specimen wafting by, or spent a few minutes reflecting how amazing it is that a crawling caterpillar should become a winged wonder. But the other night, I gathered my whole family around and watched Illustra Media's brilliant DVD Metamorphosis. Not only will I never look at a butterfly the same way again, I was wholly unprepared for my own powerful emotional response to the truth about these tiny creatures. First, of course, we were all riveted as the program recounted, with vibrant video footage and meticulous scientific detail, the whole astounding life cycle of the butterfly. I can assure you, unless you're a lepidopterist yourself, you’ve never imagined the mystery and majesty of God's creation as expressed in these miniature marvels — insects that actually, in a very real sense, die to be reborn as almost completely new and glorious creatures. The evidence presented for Intelligent Design in the DVD is compelling. I was left believing the butterfly may be the single best proof in the natural world of the existence of a divine Creator. And as I watched the last few minutes of Metamorphosis, unexpectedly my heart was gripped by the thought, "It's true after all ...resurrection is a reality ...one day I will experience metamorphosis ...it's true after all!" Now, you're probably thinking, "Hank, you already knew resurrection is a reality — you've written a whole book about it!" And that's true. Since I explored the hard evidence for Jesus' resurrection over thirty years ago, intellectually I've never doubted my own coming metamorphosis. But in that moment, watching the awe-inspiring way God has dealt so graciously and beautifully with a humble insect, the emotional reality of resurrection fluttered deeply into my soul on the wings of a butterfly."
(Hank Hanegraaff. - Christian Research Institute)
"This is a stunning production which is certain to be a best seller!! The visuals are amazing and the research behind the presentation is very interesting. I learned lots of things that I did not know."
(M. H. - Canada)
"Having had a copy of this shipped to my brilliant brother in Michigan--who claims he has never, in his 73 years, seen or experienced anything in life that required a Supreme Being or Intelligence to account for it-- I tensed up as the transition came, from the "what" to the "how." My brother is easily turned off by arguments for design. But I needn't have worried. That too was magnificent. The scholarship, the reasoning, the wording, the just plain classiness of every aspect of the presentation, both visual and audio, blew me away. What hath God wrought!"
(J. R. – CA)
"I bought the DVD Metamorphosis, The Beauty and Design of Butterflieslast week and it was amazing. I live in Gainesville FL and we have the Butterfly Rainforest at the Univ of Florida; we have visited there a few times with my family. On one of our visits, I bought the Eyewitness DVD, Butterfly & Moth, for the kids to watch. As I watched with them, I was displeased with all the references to evolution throughout the production... I just wanted my children to have an idea about the process of metamorphosis in the butterfly. Additionally, I was wishing that there was a alternative version of the movie that did not use evolutionary terms to describe something so amazing as the butterfly and moth; these creatures were obviously designed by an intelligence beyond our imagination. So, just a couple weeks later, you answered my wish and had apparently the same intent months or years earlier.... All I have to say is "Wow." I am so glad you made this awesome film and explained! How impossible it is for any other alternative to its creation. Your butterfly film is a beautiful production and will be shown in my home often!!! Thanks so much and eagerly anticipate your future film releases." (C.H. - FL)
"For what it's worth, I have both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in biology, and have been a professional scientist for almost 15 years. I was not really raised a Christian, and was taught to be a Darwinian evolutionist/atheist in the secular universities that I attended (all scientific theories were to be questioned... except for Darwin's - his theory was off-limits). I now fully understand that Darwin's theory has been "protected" from rigorous scientific scrutiny - because if it were not, it would completely collapse due to lack scientific support for its most basic and fundamental principles. Your productions have played a major role in my understanding of this issue, and my personal journey in discovering the TRUE "origin of species". A weak, pseudo-science challenge to evolution would not have convinced me - but, the science behind your productions is first-rate, and would absolutely survive rigorous scrutiny (it definitely survived mine). Please don't underestimate the impact of your work. You guys are changing minds and hearts. Thank you for what you're doing, and please keep the productions coming...I look forward to adding the next one to my collection. "
(D.S. - CA)
"This is just a quick note to let you know how happy I am, and praising God! The film is simply outstanding. I love the photography, the animation, the story, the music and the way they all came together."
(P. N. - Chicago, IL)
"This is the BEST Illustra Media film ever!!!!! I just love it! The music made hairs stand up on my arms. The story was very intriguing (my kids keep wowing over the beautiful butterflies and chrysalis). The cinematography was the best ever. Thanks for all the blood, sweet and tears you put into this show. It truly paid off!"
(C. S. - NC)
"Woah....Wowee!!! Oh, that's great stuff. Such fantastic photography, and I loved the animation. Bravo to all involved with Metamorphosis."
(C. A. - CA)
"What an extraordinary piece of work this is. It's simply amazing and so well done! It was one WOW after another, as we watched, with bated-breath, clear through the end of the credits. We congratulate you all."
(J. H. - CA)
"Today, we showed Metamorphosis to our entire staff. Everyone was so excited. It's a gorgeous film. The photography, music, and story are wonderful. We're looking forward to helping promote it any way we can. Fabulous job."
(J. W. - Seattle, WA)
Creation Biology is the study of biological processes and organisms, while operating under the assumption that God created life on Earth. The discipline is premised on the idea that God created a finite number of discrete created kinds or baramin. While these forms of life have the ability to vary and even undergo speciation, they cannot arise spontaneously from non-life, cannot interbreed outside of their kind, and cannot increase in genetic complexity.