We’re all curious about production details when a different looking movie comes out. The same applies to Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood, the new Netflix animated film that uses the rotoscoping technique to give it a unique style. In a new featurette, the streamer invited the film’s crew to delve deep into the making of the story – which revolves around a kid who believes he’s been invited by NASA to crew a mission to the moon.
The making-of video shows that the Houston atmosphere of 1969 was evoked through the use of verbal accounts from people who lived there at the time. And because the team didn’t want any connection to modern technology in the film’s look and feel, the art was hand-drawn and handcrafted to give it a retro vibe and make it look timeless.
The featurette also reveals that 150 people worked on several elements of the animation, and that’s why Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood is not just a style, but rather a compilation of crafts drawn from artists’ visions, archival footage, home video and even photographs that helped bring it all to life.
Even if this combination may sound like it would result in something far too imaginative, sir Richard Linklater reveals he didn’t want it to look real: the idea of the film is to play out like a fading memory, as it is told from an adult character’s memory of that time. He also spoke about his personal connection to the story, which he wrote himself:
“[…] 600 million people watched [Apollo 11’s launch] on TV. It was a great experience for the world and when I was thinking about this film I tried to capture this phenomenon. I think that’s what I’ve always tried to achieve with my films, what it feels like to be alive, what it feels like to be human at a certain point in history. Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood is both a sophisticated recreation of 1969, when we set out for the moon, and a recreation of a child’s fantasy of being a part of it all. […] The film is too personal for me, almost like a childhood memory. That was a fantasy I actually had. […] I wanted to make a film that really captures what it’s like to live in Houston in this moment.”
You can stream Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood now on Netflix.
Check out the behind-the-scenes featurette below:
Here is the official synopsis for the film:
Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two intertwined perspectives – from the astronaut and mission control perspective of the triumphant moment and from the perspective of a child growing up in Houston, Texas who has intergalactic dreams of his own . Inspired by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater’s own life, Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood is a snapshot of American life in the 1960s that’s part coming of age, part social commentary, and part beyond. world adventure.
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