This is a little documentary that I feel everyone should just watch – maybe I’m very partial to it because I grew up watching NASA send people into space and to the moon and I remember with great entheusasm the moon landings and Apollo 8 being the first to round the moon.

But this documentary really hits home with me and I hope it resonates with you as well. It has virtually nothing to do with cameras and gear, but it rings so emotionally with me that I wanted to share. It does have some amazing video from the last 5 decades of space travel – as well as a few things that might be considered cinematography boo-boos (see below).


Overview: Overview

Looking for your daily inspiration? Look no further. As a result of the famous Blue Marble photograph, author Frank White coined the term ‘The Overview Effect.’ The Overview Effect is the reaction most astronauts have to seeing the Earth from space: common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. In This documentary, over fifty years’ worth of incredible footage is cut with interviews of astronauts who try to explain what it’s like to see our planet from space. Whether it’s timelapse footage, stills, or video that you’re into, you’ll find plenty of each to appreciate here.

Cinematography boo-boos?

Hey, did you see anything that you’d consider a mistake in the documentary? I noticed that in the background of one of the interviews was a round plate or something right behind the head of the astronaut – it looked like a halo at some points (Jeff Hoffman – see 2:56 for example) and distracted me. I also didn’t care for the lighting on Edgar Mitchell towards the end of the short (see 14:37 for example) – his face and the reflection in his glasses seemed blown a bit.

Am I too picky?

via OVERVIEW: An Incredible Mini-Doc Featuring Five Decades Of Extraterrestrial Photography And Cinematography | Fstoppers.

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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