Before the Apollo 11 mission to land the first astronauts on the moon, NASA secretly sent a spacecraft there.
It’s just one of the stories in director Richard Linklater’s new film, “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood,” currently streaming on Netflix. In the film, Linklater takes viewers back to 1969, taking them on a nostalgia -driven journey to not only see, but see the moon set as he did – Old age living in Houston, Texas.
“It was a lot of fun to live then, there were more kids,” Linklater said in an interview with collectSPACE.com. “I’ve seen a lot of movies coming from the astronaut scene, right, but if you really do the math, there were 12 people who went on the moon but hundreds of millions watched them. going to the moon. “
“So I think it’s a good idea to try to capture that information from the bottom up, the consumer awareness of the joy of living at that time,” he said.
Linklater spoke with collectSPACE about the ideas behind the film, casting a real -life child of the Apollo project and getting a boost in vintage home videos. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Just because of the spoilers.
collectSPACE (cS): When the movie opens, NASA delegates come to a local elementary school to pick up a student, Stan, for a trip to the moon.
“We visited you on the kickball field, we talked to your teachers, we appreciated some of your scientific evidence and we wish you had received a Physical Fitness President’s Award in three years,” Kranz said. (voiced by Zachary Levi). “In short, we have selected you as a suitable candidate for this missionary.”
Why did NASA want a child?
“Time is of the essence here, so we’re going to say very badly: We’ve damaged the lunar module in a very small way,” Bostick (Glen Powell) said. “But we won’t let that bring us back.”
Richard Linklater: It was just a stupid thought I had, at least in the first grade. Every kid wanted to be an Astronaut. I remember having that dream.
I thought of weaving that childhood dream [into the film] for it is the time of his youth. Childhood is over when you see how the world really works and your tiny space within. The fact that I remember those years later, I thought it was worth pursuing.
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cS: Speaking of memories, in 2017 you sent a phone call to Houston residents sharing their home movies and photos from the time of the new moon . Did you use any of it in making the movie?
Linklater: We were able to make little use of the film. It is inspired by the images we see in the film and it is a good message. It’s hard to describe to animators in Amsterdam what the Black Dragon looks like [a ride at the former Astroworld theme park in Houston] similar, but you can show them a Super 8 image to give them an idea.
We’re doing this fun right of the moment, so the more pictures we can get, the more directions, the better. So having that community is very helpful. We have a lot of home movies and movies.
We’ve got a lot of archives from the city and NASA, so while the film is thought -provoking, it results in a huge historical research project at every level we’re experimenting with.
cS: Milo Coy voiced Stan as a child, but the film was narrated by Stan’s parents, played by Jack Black. There’s a true meme being published recently about how Black’s mother was one of the engineers who developed the abort guidance system used on the Apollo aircraft. Maybe that’s the only thing you threw at Black, given his family history?
Linklater: It’s not a compromise, really. As long as I’ve known Jack, I think I’ve seen him and that’s one of the reasons he wanted to make the movie. He was like, ‘Yes, my mother is an engineer’ and he was always amazed at her and what she did.
He said he couldn’t relate, his brain wouldn’t work the same.
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cS: “Apollo 10 1/2” is powered with a rotoscope, the same style you used before in your 2006 movie “A Scanner Darkly.” What intrigued you to use it again for this film? (For those unfamiliar, rotoscoping is a form of artificial intelligence that explores live images.)
Linklater: At first, I thought it was a live movie, but the reality of live action is that it touches a serious thinker, while the inspiration takes your brain to that place where it’s more thoughtful, thinking … all kinds of eyes. And to sum up I think I can pull off this story.
I’ve done two animated films before and that’s a technology that has evolved a bit since then. So this is not the same as the others. It has some of those things, in capturing the action, but it’s more of a traditional film.
It’s a 2D and 3D version of the mash up styles in this 60’s book, the multi-textured features we’re going through; Kind of cinematic time zone aa.
cS: The “Apollo 10 1/2” is more of a story about a child flying to the moon. It also records the landing of the real moon and, perhaps more poignantly, Houston in the 1960s. Anyone who lived close to NASA then, or today, will see the many of the scenes and voices you capture and bring back to life in this film.
Because you are raised in and around the country, you may feel that it is unique to see the first new moon in Houston, as opposed to the rest of the country or the rest of the world. the world?
Linklater: You can enjoy him anywhere in the world. It’s just fun to go. And it was well covered, televised and in the media, so it was seen by everyone.
The difference between living in Houston and East Houston near NASA, which is the local store, is the manufacturer. All the parents of your friends worked there, which was the local business. There are rumors of flyers on the road. You’ve always seen what an astronaut sees – and astronauts are just the tip of the iceberg.
To my mind, it was like “Hidden Figures.” I want to enlighten all the 400,000 people behind the astronauts, the people for [the space program] They just have to do their best.
Written and directed by Richard Linklater, “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood” starring Glen Powell, Zachary Levi and Jack Black. streaming on Netflix.
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