THE STORY BEGINS in 1985:  I was a grad student in MIT's Film/Video Section, getting ready to shoot my thesis film, called GRAVITY, about an MIT experimental astrophysics lab.

 

     The scientists asked me, "What's the story?"  I said I didn't know since I hadn't started filming yet.  This seemed to satisfy everyone, so I carried on for five months, filming four grad students: 

 

     Dan Dewey and Jeff Livas,

building a prototype gravity wave antenna,

 

and 

 

Andy Cumming and Lyman Page,

preparing for their general Phd exams. 

 

     And, finally, I filmed Rainer Weiss (known, familiarly as 'Rai') dashing around the lab, overseeing the whole operation.