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    MICHAEL GABLER

    "Lunar" - Short Film Made Using Only NASA Apollo Photos...

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    1957 was a year when the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was relocated from Earth to the outer space. In order to do that, Americans established a space agency (NASA) which was to enable us to become the leaders of space exploration. Unfortunately, the Soviet Union was the first one to send Sputnik into a low Earth orbit, making it at the same time the first satellite. The next great success was also the one of the Soviet Union – it was sending the first man, Yuri Gagarin, into the outer space.
     

    In 1961, President Kennedy promised that until the end of the decade the United States would send an American astronaut to the Moon and let him safely come back, and in this way they would become the leader of the race, which they finally managed to do.

     

    During the Apollo Missions, NASA took hundreds of thousands of photographs and audio files which were published by the government on the websites flickr.com and archive.org in September 2015.
     

    Two Austrians, Christian Stangl and his brother Wolfgang Stangl (who is a composer) used these photos (yes!) and audio files in order to create possibly the most beautiful short film from this expedition to the Moon that I've ever seen.


    Christian used panoramic stitching (several photographs which were taken in sequences) and stop motion sequences (photographs in which the camera is moving) and, as a result, created something which looks like an animated collage. It took him 18 months.

     

     


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