Film Club: ‘Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible’

How did the discovery of microorganisms change our view of the biological world and our place in it?

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  1. While watching this video I thought about Earth from an outsider’s perspective. Imagine an outsider observing Earth, being amazed at the microorganisms that make up our very being. Humans think we’re center stage though and often forget that we are outnumbered and only alive because of the things that make us up, and they are much smaller than us. I believe humans are very ignorant and see ourselves as of a higher ranking than other inhabitants because it’s in our nature, and see ourselves above things like animals, and sometimes even other people. Ignorance is only a lack of knowledge though, and if we continue to learn about the invisible or overlooked parts of our world we will become more familiar with it. I think this film was a really great example of our curiosity about the world we live in and the parts we don’t see.

  2. Something that stood out to me during this film is how the film was animated of course, and how they told a story of the organisms that cannot be seen by the eye. These stood out to me because I thought that it was so cool how they told the story. A surprise is how they told the audience how the cells become more and more and how they glow in the dark in unison. I did not know how these cells divide and become more. I think the message is how there is so many life that cannot be seen so it is “invisible”. A question I still have is how does the scientists find all this information out?

  3. In the film “Animated life:Seeing The Invisible” by Natalie Proulx, something that surprised me was learning about Leeuwenhoek and all the discoveries he made. It surprises me to know that he was the reason we know about bacterias and all the little creatures that make up our everyday life. This challenged what I knew because I had though some other sort of famous scientist had discovered these creatures. I had also thought that it was more than one person who discovered it, not just one. Emotions I felt when watching this film club include wonder, amusement, and inspiration. I was filled with wonder and amazement when i was able to see all the cool creatures discovered by Leeuwenhoek. I was inspired to know that it all began with a curious mind like me. It showed me that even a small girl like me can discover many new things and change the knowledge of the world.

  4. The film “Animated Life:Seeing the invisible” shows how there is much more to our world than what we see. Leeuwenhoek was a scientist who first brought this to light. He created high magnification lenses that seen the unknown.Yes,there was lenses before but they had nowhere near as much magnification. It's crazy to think that everything we see isn't what it seems. The real world was also unknown for a while because Leeuwenhoek had kept his discoveries to himself for a long period of time. When it was released everyone's perception on Earth changed. People were able to understand more. This film really gets you thinking about the world. It makes me wonder what else there is to discover about our world.

  5. The art style of the film stood out to me. The way they used such simple pictures to present very complex beings and it still looked amazing without having to use any animation or video of the actual organisms.What stood out to me is that microbes are a bigger part of life than what we can see with the naked eye because I think it's weird how ignorant we could be, not knowing that they have bigger part in life than everything we see. The message i took away from the film is that there is more to life than what we can see

  6. What stood out to me in this film is how they portrayed life. It also stood out to me how they spoke different languages. I really enjoyed the creativity and artistic cut outs they used to show what they were talking about. I knew a lot about lenses and microscopes but I did not know the scale of how many small things there was, and how people were so intrigued by it. The emotions I got from it was very inspiring because everyone seemed so happy and interested in the science of microscopic things. It is very amazing how they first found them and how learning about microscopic beings helped us learn about ourselves more. My questions are , the people who are speaking , Are they specialists in microscopic organisms? Are scientists still learning from them today? And if so , what are they learning?

  7. The moments out for me is the moment they discovered there is more invisible life then we can imagine. Yes the fact there is many organisms I didn't know about. I will take the thought that humans are not the center attention of life. Are humans really so focused in themselves they do not realize the life of others around them.

  8. Seeing the Invisible used to be impossible until Leeuwenhoek came and created the microscope. Things that we never could have seen before were actually visible. What we thought would never be possible was actually, indeed possible. Many men contributed to the process of the evolution of the microscope including Robert Hooke. I remember reading about the history of the microscope but it is so cool to see it through a different viewpoint of perspective. Because of the microscope we have many so many new discoveries about the body. Because of these discoveries, we have been able to make changes and learns that bacteria can communicate, and that they were probably the first in the world to communicate together. If you have a new “looking glass” or something where you can view it differently, you can make so many new observations. One question I have is if any women made an impact on the microscope?

  9. I found their visually chose to be quite unique. I know that there was a lot of bacteria in the world but I didn't realize how much different types and how important it actually was. To think such small organisms set up the way for much larger things while still ensuring they're important. I wonder why Leeuwenhoek was so interested in microscopes. I also wonder why they chose to make cardboard versions of different things. That was a creative decision on the production crew. Did they get all this information from Leeuwenhoek's book "Micrography"? I also wonder why they used three different speakers to talk over the animations. I can understand why one person spoke English while the other had a thick German accent but why was their a 3 person speaking in English. All in all, I found the world of bacteria to be very interesting and it seems like a cool thing to study and or watch about.

  10. This week's film, "Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible," interested me because I learned a bit more about biology as a whole, especially its history in terms of microbiology. For one, I had no idea Antonie van Leeuwenhoek's microscope was lost to time because he barely showed anyone his invention and no one knew how he made the lenses. Secondly, It was surprising that microscopic life was actually most likely the first form of life to be able to communicate clearly with one another. This film also connects back with prior knowledge, with Leeuwenhoek's discoveries in the microscopic world contributing to the cell theory later on. Another piece of prior knowledge I had was that microscopic life is a majority of life on Earth, but I had no idea it was on the scale shown in the video, with visible life taking up a very small portion of the diagram shown.

  11. In the film the "Animated Life" what stood out to me was the determination and passion that Leeuwenhoek had towards seeing this upclose be a microscope.What surprise me was that still to this day they are still arguing the fact of who created the first microscope.What I learned in this film was to be driven and focused in our goal because you could never imagine what great you can or will do. My goal in life is to leave an impact on people's heart and to leave something that can affect the world.

  12. What stood out to me was how Leeuwenhoek had made a microscope and one of the first things he looked at, he had seen something that people have never looked at ever. This stood out to me because Leeuwenhoek was the person who discovered some organisms that might have never been discovered later in the future. Yes i was surprised that some of the organisms would have never been discovered if Leeuwenhoek had not done the experiment he had done. One message you can take from this film is that curiosity can lead to many exciting and confusing discoveries and may make your life and others lifes way less complicated. Some questions that I still have are what caused Leeuwenhoek to experiment with the water instead of something else? What convinced him to make a microscope in the first place instead of making some other piece of lab equipment that might be useful?

  13. When I first saw “Seeing the Invisible”, I thought of “The Night Witch” because of how similar the style of video was. I think it is very visibly appealing. The video “Seeing the Invisible” takes an interesting and simple take to portray something that can be difficult to explain and show. They also showcased how the scientist Leeuwenhoek was Dutch by having someone Dutch talk as him which is also very intriguing. Without Leeuwenhoek creating the microscope and studying these microorganisms, we wouldn't be this far in science. He had lenses that magnify things allowing him to see things that can’t be seen with the naked eye. This invention alone can skyrocketed him to fame, but he didn’t tell anyone how he made it. This tells me that he dedicated himself to know and understand the world he lives in more not the fame or money. I think the fact that the science organization didn’t fully believed Leeuwenhoek shows how new this information was for that time period. A question I have is, what if….. What if he didn’t create the lenses and what we never shared what he found with the organization?

  14. The film was very interesting. I was shocked that Leeuwenhoek took so long to show other people how he used his microscope and how he made his lenses. It was cool the experiments he did. The visuals and background music was very interesting and really tied in the whole film. I’m curious on why they used so many different speakers. If Leeuwenhoek has shared his telescope sooner than we might have might more process but he still did his experiments and showed what he found. I’m curious on how Leeuwenhoek first created the microscope. What was he doing that he thought to make a microscope? How did his invention impact other telescope creations? How did his findings impact the way people view the world and how did it impact future experiments involving microorganisms. Overall the film was very interesting and the overall film was very unique on how they did it.

  15. In the film “Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible” by Natalie Proulx what stood out to me the most was the visuals the authors of this film used to portray this story overall I thought it was a very creative film. What surprised me during this film was how Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was the first person to discover sperm, red blood cells, protozoa, and bacteria. Also during this film I found it really cool that if we did have bacteria around us then we wouldn’t be alive today and what was also fascinating is how bacteria is able to communicate with each other. When watching this film I was thinking it was really cool on how if Antonie van Leeuwenhoek didn’t find out these things then we wouldn’t know a lot about biology that we know today.

  16. There were multiple things that stuck to me while watching the short film, "Seeing The Invisible", by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck. For instance, I was very intrigued by the fact that so many things were discovered by just one man: Leeuwenhoek. Just one person was able to discover sperm, red blood cells and bacteria. Something else that I found very interesting, was his discovery of what makes up algae. I have always been curious as to what makes up algae, and I was surprised to learn that there are like, tiny animals, making up algae. Something that one of the narrators said also stuck out to me, "...driven by our ignorance..." This was a very intriguing quote, in that it made me look at ignorance in a different way. I always thought of ignorance as a trait for people who are too lazy to be informed in what they are ignorant in. But this quote makes me think of ignorance not as a bad thing, but rather, a reason to want to push forward into making new discoveries.

  17. In this short animated film, "Animated life: Seeing the invisible" I think it's really cool that Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek was the first to see the life on this earth thats is invisible to the naked human eyes. It's also amazing that he was able to accomplish such a task. He's looking through a piece of 'glass' if you didn't know or understand what he made especially back in those times people would probably think he's crazy walking around looking at things through a piece of glass. His discovery changed our view on the biological world. Leeuwenhoek gave us the first glimpse into an invisible world which lead to many discoveries. Like how human thinks that they are center stage, well sorry people but that's not true. There are 10,000 times more microbes in our intestines than human beings on the planet. If there are that many in are intestines alone imagine how many there are in the world as a whole. Another thing I think is crazy but cool is that these tiny organisms keep us alive and learned to communicate with each other long before we did.

  18. In the film “Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible” by Natalie Proulx, there were multiple things that stuck out to me. In the video it says that Leeuwenhoek discovered multiple things that we learn about today for example, sperm, bacteria, and red blood cells. Without these things we would not know as much about biology as we do today. We usually learn that Hooke did all the discovering but we come to find out that it was not Hooke it was Leeuwenhoek. I think it would be amazing to be the first person to be able to see microorganisms that no one else can see. He build the microscope himself. Without his discoveries we would not be as knowledgeable as we are no. We probably would not have cures for certain bacterias if we did not know they were there.

  19. Something that stuck out to me while watching this video was the visuals and the way things were portrayed. I think it was very interesting and beautiful, and the way the characters were modeled and the story was told was very interesting to me. An emotion I got from this film was a feeling of happiness and wonder, knowing that he was able to achieve so much with a simple microscope he built himself, and he was able to make amazing discoveries, even in his own home. Something that surprised me was the way that the scientists denied him at first, and the way they talked about him without even considering his theory. I think that this can teach a good lesson on hearing people out, and listening to other people's thoughts and ideas instead of staying in your own bubble. This video made me think of when I looked through microscopes and saw all the different things, and it reminds me of the wonder and awe I felt at that time as well. I do wonder how long it really took to get the other scientists on board, and the reactions of the public when they made this discovery.

  20. In this film I was surprised to know that Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was able to see things that no one has ever seen for 50 years. He was able to see many things like blood cells, white cells, bacteria, etc. With Leeuwenhoek people were able to use his evidence for biology. I was also very surprised to find out that it took so long for people to know about Leeuwenhoek's discoveries. I had no idea that out of all the living things in the world, the things we see are such a small portion because we can not see everything. I still have questions about the narrator like does this person know about history? Does this person know about science like biology?

  21. Film Club 11/12/18 The things that I found interesting in the film is that how Leeuwenhoek invented his own microscope. Another thing that I found interesting is how he discovered the microorganisms as he bottled some water then he looked at it with his microscope. The things I still have a question about is how he would now how if every living things should have these microorganisms. To know that he would need to check every living thing on earth, which is basically impossible because there are millions of living things on earth. I also have a question of how fast word got out to other people in the world of Leeuwenhoek discovery and the invention of his microscope as well as how other scientists helped his discovery.

  22. The film “Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible” talks about Leeuwenhoek and how he discovered microorganisms through microscopes. After watching the film, something that stood out to me was the film’s style. This is because the video was completely animated. This makes it very unique, engaging, and beautiful, similar to another film, “The Night Witch.” Something that surprised me was Leeuwenhoek and his discovery. Only one person in the entire world managed to find something we have never seen before, and it’s invisible to our eyes. Thinking about it, it’s incredible that he managed to do this with the technology at the time. Without a doubt, if Leeuwenhoek didn’t make this discovery, science would be a lot less advanced. A message I got from the film is to keep trying and don’t give up. There is more to life than what it seems, and you may even discover something massive and beneficial.

  23. What in this film stood out to me was that I didn’t realize how much life we can’t see with the naked eye and how much we do see. Another thing that surprised me in the film was that it is cool that Antonie van Leeuwenhoek found so much bacteria that no one had ever seen so he was the first person to see all of that bacteria. Something that I learned was that we see only about 1 branch of life while the other branches of life we can only see through a microscope. One branch contains a marine bacterium called vibrio harveyi, if you watch it it will go from a single cell to a number of cells and unite with those cells to glow in the dark. Questions that I have would be if Antonie van Leeuwenhoek knew that he was the only person to see the bacteria for the first time ever?

  24. In the film, “Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible”, by Natalie Proulx, one message that I took away from this film was that being curious can emerge different, and thrilling discoveries. One thing that stood out to me was that Leeuwenhoek was the first person to ever look through the microscope, and he has seen things that other scientists have not even thought of before. Another thing that stood out to me was, that Leeuwenhoek first looked at Robert Hooke’s book. One thing in the short film that surprised me was that, if Leeuwenhoek never invented the microscope, a great number of organisms that we know how today, would have never been discovered. Some questions I thought during the video, was “What inspired Leeuwenhoek to create and use the microscope?” , “and “ How did the microscope spread across the world so quickly?” To conclude, I was very intrigued about Leeuwenhoek’s ideas and theories.

  25. The way that the documentary is animated and how the organisms are portrayed is really creative. Although I learned about the discovery of cells in my biology class, I never learned the full story of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s discovery. I never realized how these microbes are so important and essential to life. It’s possible that because I’ve never seen microbes with my own eyes, I’ve thought that humans were the most important, for they have done a lot of important things. After watching the documentary, I realized that humans wouldn’t be able to do these important things without these microbes. I do wonder: What would happen if we have never discovered these microbes? Would science and how we think about life be the same as it is now?

  26. Somethings that stood out to me in the film “Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible” was how there is still many organisms we still haven’t discovered yet and the amount of precision and determination Leeuwenhoek must’ve had to have made his own microscope. Somethings that surprised me is how far we have come since we first discovered microorganisms and how far we still have yet to go and how there’s practically an entire world of microorganisms we still don’t know about. The message I had gotten from this film is how curiosity can motivate you to do things you never thought were possible. Some questions I still have are “If we had discovered these microorganisms earlier on would we still have the same amount of research or would we have more than we do now?” and “What motivated Leeuwenhoek to create his own microscope?”

  27. The the thing that stood out to me in the film "Animated Life:Seeing the Invisible" is the fact that there are things that I could never see with my naked eye.This film was very significant to my life because i learn about these things everyday in Biology.The only question I have is what if Leeuwenhoek never discovered the microbes, what would life be like ? Another thing that surprised me in the film is the fact that we've only seen one branch of life without a microscope ,which means that without the microscope we would have never learned about these microorganism.This also makes me think about how much life there is besides what we see everyday.I am also very thankful for the fact that the technological advancement of the microscope had even happened because without it we would know little bout ourselves and surroundings.The message I took from the film is that you should keep trying to accomplish your goal no matter what.

  28. The thing that stood out to me the most in this video was how everything was put together and how it was filmed because it was done using cutouts which looked hard to make and not only that, they also had to synchronize the cutouts to make the video make sense and look good, I can’t contemplate how much time and effort went into that. When I heard that Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was the only person to see this for 50 years, that was the biggest surprise to me. What I pulled out of this film is that even when you think everything has been found there is still more to conquer. The biggest question that this film made me think about was if there is still more microscopic animals that we have not found yet and, if so how many? Seeing this film reminds me of my biology class, though we did not learn about Antonie van Leeuwenhoek we did learn about Robert Hooke who was the first person to see a cell.

  29. The short animated film "Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible" explains how one man's curiosity eventually started many scientific discoveries. In many situations I have noticed that scientific discoveries, like this one, were found just out of curiosity. It is surprising how one man found a whole different world that was living within his; I can't imagine how Hooke was thinking and feeling when he saw these organisms. Something that I learned was the marine bacterium Vibrio harveyi can go from a single cell to a number of cells and glow in the dark. With the discovery of these microorganisms we have learned so much about their behavior, which then explained different things that occur in the human body. A message that could be learned from this film is that the key to new and great discoveries is to act on your curiosity; as the video states that the world that we can see is such a small part of what’s actually there.

  30. Watching this video reminded me a lot about my biology class because some of the things that were mentioned in the video are some of the things we’ve learned in the past or we went over briefly. In the video there was a part where on the screen it said amoeba and in my biology class we watch videos that are called amoeba sisters and they make lessons on science topics. I thought it was really cool how the vibrio harveyi glow in the dark when they communicate due to the bacteria and that’s how it was discovered that bacteria can communicate. It fascinates me how bacteria are probably the first organisms to communicate. Leeuwenhoek seen things Robert hooke couldn’t see because he had better lenses than him, what if it was the other way around? Would science be different? I wonder what was going through his mind and his reaction when he made that discovery.

  31. In the film “Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible” one thing that stood out to me was that they had more than one voice in the background even though it wasn’t like a dialogue based video. Something else that stood out to me was when they opened the book and had pop out creatures, I imagine in might have been a little difficult to complete that. I also noticed how much the scenery changed and how they added simple details so it didn’t look empty which also probably took a bit of effort. I also noticed that they had a lot of moving parts. Something that surprised me was that he was the first person to see bacteria and he would put the microscope up to almost everything he could find to inspect it. A message I got from this was that you should always look for the answers to things because you might find the answer that nobody else could.

  32. In the film, " Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible", the thing that stood out to me the most was when the book was a pop out book that contained creatures, because I have never even seen a pop out book with that many details before. I also noticed that the amount of times the scenery changed in the video, which it looked effortless but was probably a lot of hard work. However, there was something that surprised me, because I had learned that he was the very first person to discover any bacteria , and he would use microscopes to see objects up close, in order to inspect them. The most important lesson that I got from watching this was that you should always look for the answers even when no one else can, because you might look where another person did not. secure for themselves the full blessings of American life.

  33. In the film, " Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible", the thing that stood out to me the most was how curiosity eventually started many scientific discoveries. This was interesting to me because my aunt is a scientist and she always tells me to be curious because you never know what you might discover one day. This is a prime example of what she is talking about. Another thing that I liked about the video is that many of the concepts are being discussed in my biology class, or have been discussed this year. This is very interesting to me because the occupation that I plan to be in the new future. Because i want to become an obstetrician & gynecologist I will have to major in human biology due to it dealing with woman health. This film was very well written.

  34. In the film “Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible” one thing that stood out to me was all the life we couldn’t see without a microscope. I thought the way the visuals were interesting and they reminded me of puppets.I found the part when Leeuwenhoek collected the water in his glass vessel and examined the water interesting because he saw green streaks and tiny animals. I’ve always been curious about the world and all the things that we don’t know are out there, like life in space and animal/ creatures that live in the deep in the ocean. This film reminds me about all the things we don’t know about the world and the interesting things that have been discovered. One question I still have is if there is more life that we still don’t see?

  35. In the Film Club “Seeing the invisible” the part that stood out to me the most was the visual showing the amount of life that is visible to us compared to the amount of life that is “invisible” to the human eye. In addition, The other part that stood out to me was the way that the bacteria called Vibrio harveyi were believed to be communicating on a molecular level with a bioluminescent light. This part stood out to me because I never even thought of bacteria being able to communicate let alone being the first organism to ever communicate. One question I have is why didn’t Leeuwenhoek want to share his findings. Usually, when somebody finds something that interests them their first reaction is to share it with their peers so that they can all share the same feeling of amazement. I understand that something might be special to someone but it was sort of selfish of him to not share his incredible discoveries with the rest of the world.

  36. What stood out to me the most in the "Seeing the Invisible" film was that there is so much more living organisms then whta the eye can see. I knew that there were organisms that are living that cant be seen with the human eye but, I didnt reliace that it was so much. When they showed the picture of the tree of life are showed the little amount of lige that is visble is was suprised. Another thing that supproised me was that there is a bacteria that could be the first thing to ever communicate. That also had me supprised because when I think of communication I think that it is unually wordsd and I never would have thpugh that bacteria could communicate. A question that I have is how doees scientist know about that much living organisms. I know that they have been doing research for years and years but I don't understand how they found that out.

  37. @Emily D. I can really understand what you mean by this, it really truely amazes me too how much there is that we can't see with the naked eye. All these microbes, there are just too many of them for us to even count them. I really am in shock of this life-changing discovery Antonie van Leewenhoek made, that impacted our lives so much in modern society.