ORIGIN is has been on the Illustra Media list of “future productions” for more than a decade. Our interest in the subject began in 2002 during work on one of our most popular films, Unlocking the Mystery of Life.

The origin of the first life on Earth is among the most important and baffling questions faced by science. Today, most researchers believe that life began via a purely materialistic process when a living cell emerged from non-living matter. Confirmation of this hypothesis has been difficult, given the total absence of any physical evidence.

The chemist, George Whitesides, summarized this problem when he observed that: “most chemists believe, as do I, that life emerged spontaneously from mixtures of molecules in the prebiotic Earth. How? I have no idea.”

ORIGIN explores the major tenets of materialism, including the belief that the large, complex molecules required for life (proteins, DNA, and RNA) could have self-assembled on a primordial Earth. Many theories have been offered, yet each fails to explain how these vital components were constructed without purpose or design.

The documentary is highlighted by dozens of spectacular animations that illustrate, in stunning detail, how the biological machinery of life is constructed. These insights showcase the inadequacy of chance--or any other natural process--as a driving force for the origin of the first life.

Instead, like any complex piece of machinery, even the first living cells would have exhibited the unmistakable hallmarks of intelligent design.

The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable event. Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle.” ― Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory In Crisis

Production Credits

Produced & Directed by
Lad Allen

Edited by
Jerry Harned

Written by
W. Peter Allen

Cinematography by
Jerry Harned
Matthew Valentine
Dennis Burkhart

Associate Producers
Paul Nelson
Timothy Standish
David F. Coppedge

Animation by
Joseph Condeelis
Jerry Harned

Narrated by
Alvin Chea

Original Score by
Mark Edward Lewis
Nolan Livesay

Additional Music by
Nolan Livesay

Stereo & 5.1 Surround Mix by
Michael Lehmann Boddicker
Stanley Kastner
Jerry Harned