“Apollo 11” documentary (original footage, etc.)

JeppUpdater

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I’m sure more of this will be forthcoming this year for the 50th anniversary.


The film relies entirely on archival footage and audio to tell the story of the July 1969 Apollo 11 mission, which landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on moon while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit.

Miller and his team collaborated with NASA and the National Archives (NARA) to locate all of the existing footage from the Apollo 11 mission. In the course of sourcing all of the known imagery, NARA staff members made a discovery that changed the course of the project — an unprocessed collection of 65mm footage, never before seen by the public. Unbeknownst to even the NARA archivists, the reels contained wide format scenes of the Saturn V launch, the inside of the Launch Control Center and post-mission activities aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier.

The find resulted in the project evolving from one of only filmmaking to one of also film curation and historic preservation. The resulting transfer — from which the documentary was cut — is the highest resolution, highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.

 

JeppUpdater

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Bump - we went and saw this today.

It is excellent - footage restored into excellent IMAX quality with portions of particularly bad footage or lack thereof covered with excellent ground footage and high quality pictures. Lots of stuff I’ve never seen and I consider myself a pretty big fan of the early space program. Zero CGI, modern audio overlay, politics, etc. The only ‘new’ material is basic vector diagrams of different events that the non-space fan viewer might not understand (TLI, etc).

The footage of the launch and the (in-real time from the start of powered descent) landing is awe-inspiring.
 

USMCmech

Well-Known Member
Bump - we went and saw this today.

It is excellent - footage restored into excellent IMAX quality with portions of particularly bad footage or lack thereof covered with excellent ground footage and high quality pictures. Lots of stuff I’ve never seen and I consider myself a pretty big fan of the early space program. Zero CGI, modern audio overlay, politics, etc. The only ‘new’ material is basic vector diagrams of different events that the non-space fan viewer might not understand (TLI, etc).

The footage of the launch and the (in-real time from the start of powered descent) landing is awe-inspiring.
Took my boys to see it this weekend as well. It showed just how big an operation the Apollo program was.

I also liked "First Man" that came out in October. For some reason, this was the first film where I really grasped the reality of the EVA being in a total vacuum. The sound editing really sells that fact. The claustrophobic effects of being in a pressure suit in an environment where a suit failure is instant death dawned on me. Deep scuba diving was similar, but even then you could (in theory) break for the surface, not so on the moon.
 

PeanuckleCRJ

Poodle Wrangler
Took my boys to see it this weekend as well. It showed just how big an operation the Apollo program was.

I also liked "First Man" that came out in October. For some reason, this was the first film where I really grasped the reality of the EVA being in a total vacuum. The sound editing really sells that fact. The claustrophobic effects of being in a pressure suit in an environment where a suit failure is instant death dawned on me. Deep scuba diving was similar, but even then you could (in theory) break for the surface, not so on the moon.
This is firmly on my radar. Totally agreed on First Man, too... while not super realistic with the effects, it really well portray how they were just on life support in a supremely unforgiving environment.
 

Hacker15e

Dunning–Kruger Observer
The 70mm footage was originally shot for the project that ended up becoming the movie Moonwalk One. It was downgraded to 35mm for its theatrical release. Nearly all of the "stock" footage you see in every History Channel program about Apollo came from this movie.


 
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