The Bureau of Astonishing Explanations

Episode 18: Apollo 1966

Jim American History, Johnson Space Center, Lunar Exploration, NASA, Project Apollo Leave a Comment

In 1966, NASA created a series of artist’s concept drawings, showing how the upcoming Apollo missions to the Moon would look. The artwork was everywhere from school textbooks to magazines. Unfortunately, the drawings were never animated – – until now.

Production Notes

  • Most of the rocket thrust effects built in RedGiant Trapcode Particular
  • Flame flickers built in 3D with wiggle function along z-axis
  • Post-landing and Earth return animations dropped for time constraints
  • Sound effects from Video Copilot FlightKit and VCP MotionPulse libraries