During the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, I sat down with Apollo 11 director Todd Douglas Miller and space historian Robert Pearlman.
This is a film that I fell in love with from the moment that I saw it during the world premiere at the Ray during Sundance. While I regret that I was unable to see the film on an IMAX screen, Apollo 11 is one of those films that you must experience on the biggest screen you can find. It’s not often that a documentary crosses over into the editing category during awards ceremonies, Apollo 11 is one of those films that I hope people strongly consider for Best Editing.
Here’s my interview with Miller and Pearlman, where we dig into how this massive undertaking came together.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch one of Aquaman‘s best fight sequence recreated in a classic 16-bit style video game. Plus, watch a scene breakdown from the moon-landing documentary Apollo 11, and watch as Captain Marvel star Brie Larson plays with a bunch of cute puppies while she answers questions from fans. Read More »
David and Devindra launch to the Moon in Apollo 11 while Jeff climbs to Yosemite’s El Capitan in Free Solo. The cast is then joined by Hoai-Tran Bui of Slashfilm.com to talk about the Japanese film Shoplifters, winner of the Palme d’Or at 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
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It feels appropriate that Todd Douglas Miller’s documentary Apollo 11 would come out on the heels of First Man, Damien Chazelle’s drama about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing. Chazelle’s film highlighted the stakes felt by otherwise ordinary people as they worked toward an extraordinary goal. Miller’s documentary, made up entirely of NASA archival footage and broadcast news clips, works as a perfect companion, using historical footage to create a fittingly tense account of the mission. The gathered footage shows plenty of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins, but it focuses just as much on the hardworking people on the ground, as well as those who gathered to watch the launch.
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Peter Jackson is not the only filmmaker to create breathtaking documentaries out of restored footage. Director Todd Douglas Miller crafts a gorgeous documentary Apollo 11 out of never-before-seen NASA footage, restoring the 50-year-old footage into what the director has called “the highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.”
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