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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-07-2016 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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'The Last Steps' documentary short offers new look at Apollo 17 moon landing

A new documentary short looks back at the last time humanity ventured beyond low-Earth orbit.

"The Last Steps," which premieres on Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton, New York, chronicles the journey of Apollo 17, the United States' sixth and last moon landing in December 1972.

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posted 10-08-2016 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This looks very interesting — well worth waiting for! Will it be released on Blu-ray?

But I can't help wondering whether there was a moment during the compilation of the photographic record of Apollo 17 when someone said: "The 16mm movie footage on the surface of the moon will look great in this!" and someone else had to say: "Err, they didn't actually take a movie camera out onto the surface..."

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posted 10-08-2016 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the Spacecraft Films set of Apollo 17. The EVA footage is the best quality of whole Apollo missions.

My question is: is possible in future an HD Blu-ray of Apollo 17 EVA with more definition and quality in images, or the top is already reached and any improvement is impossible?

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Originally posted by Blackarrow:
Will it be released on Blu-ray?
As soon as distribution details are able to be shared, they will be posted here.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-08-2016 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last Steps uses rare, heart-pounding footage and audio to retrace the record-setting mission. A film by Todd Douglas Miller.

Remember to check back on November 16th for the launch of the full film, The Last Steps.

Robert Pearlman
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'The Last Steps': Take a trip to the furthest place we've ever been [video]

It has been nearly 44 years since astronauts traveled beyond Earth orbit. "The Last Steps," a documentary short from CNN Films and Great Big Story, provides its viewers a cinéma vérité experience of Apollo 17, the final moon landing mission in 1972.

The film, which debuted online Wednesday (Nov. 16), is comprised entirely of archival footage, some rarely seen outside of NASA.

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Not bad, but the TLI sequence looks suspiciously like Gemini re-entry footage...

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posted 11-16-2016 06:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As identified in the end credits:
All footage captured during the Apollo 17 mission except for the following composite shots:
  • Staging / Apollo 8 and Apollo 4
  • Translunar Injection (TLI) / Gemini 8

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When watching the movie I was sure the TLI footage has been simulated by the Gemini 2 reentry footage - I never saw any other Gemini reentry sequence but from Gemini 2 which is used quite often.

To see at the end that it was actually Geini 8 footage surprised me a lot. I would never think that the Gemini 8 crew had time to shoot the film in the situation they were in. Or was it an automatic camera doing the job?

Robert Pearlman
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Your first impression was correct. The source of that sequence is Gemini 2.

(I should have caught the error in the credits and it will be corrected in future versions of the film.)

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posted 11-16-2016 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the confirmation Robert.

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posted 11-16-2016 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any documentary about Apollo 17 is bound to be spectacular and this one is no exception. Admittedly, to us space geeks it doesn't present a lot of major surprises but still these images never cease to amaze me.

Apollo 11 was obviously historically more significant and thus receives the most attention through documentaries, commemorations and such, but I personally feel that especially the J-missions deserve more public recognition since they best showed, live and in color, the incredible grandeur of the lunar landscape and man's presence there. I hope this documentary will reach as many people as possible to share in that excitement.

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posted 11-16-2016 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful documentary — I look forward to getting my own Blu-ray copy.

There was a brief movie sequence of the fully-lit CSM in lunar orbit. I'm sure I've never seen that shot before.

One small point: I'm pretty certain the S-IVB ignition shot was from an unmanned Saturn 1B mission, not Apollo 4 or 8.

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posted 11-19-2016 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice work and congrats, Robert. Well done short film.

Buel
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Just attempted to watch this whilst eating my lasagna that I had cooked... the end result was cold lasagna due to my being unable to take my eyes of the screen. What a fantastic and moving short film. Lots of footage that I had never seen before too! Congratulations to all those involved.

Any chance of more being made of other missions?

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posted 11-30-2016 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any ideas who this is from the latter stages of the film:

gareth89
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posted 11-30-2016 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome, thoroughly enjoyed that!

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posted 12-01-2016 04:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding piece of work. Well done, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Buel
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posted 12-03-2016 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mystery solved - the man in the picture is Flight Director Pete Frank.

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posted 12-03-2016 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very nice production, congratulations.

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