Posted on 12. Dec, 2012
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).
Looking for your daily inspiration? Look no further. As a result of the famous Blue Marble photograph, author Frank White coined the term â€˜The Overview Effect.â€™ 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 yearsâ€™ worth of incredible footage is cut with interviews of astronauts who try to explain what itâ€™s like to see our planet from space. Whether itâ€™s timelapse footage, stills, or video that youâ€™re into, youâ€™ll find plenty of each to appreciate here.
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?
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)