I got the idea for this show on Christmas Day, five years ago, when, remembering the flight, I had my father read the beginning of Genesis. Silent Night was playing in the background. It sounded good. Of course, Apollo 8 famously read Genesis on Christmas Eve from the Moon.
That broadcast from the Moon gets to me still.
And then of course, Apollo 8 took the Earthrise photograph. Bring those two things together, and you've got a slideshow.
I've tinkered with the show over the years. I've added an introduction, which sets the scene, for anyone who does not know much about Apollo 8.
There's a lot going on technically in this show. I won't go into the details here, except to say that originally, the last shot was a panning, tilting move up to the horizon. But I could not get the different elements to move in sync (or rather, slightly out of sync) like a wanted, so I've had to change it to a static horizon. I guess it could be done with modifiers, but that is beyond me, given the time I have.
I hope you enjoy. It is about 3:15.
If I understand what you're saying about that last shot...that sounds like a good candidate for a 3D program like BluffTitler. It's nearly impossible to sync layers like that unless you have a camera layer. Then it's just a matter of lining up your layers and moving the camera as if it was in the same place as the lunar orbiter.
In any case, here is what I was trying to achieve--almost. Except when the camera movement stops, the horizon should stay in about the same place. I was not able to do that. The stars go down with the horizon (but not as fast as the horizon) as the camera pans up. But as the camera stops panning, the stars reverse course and start to rise. But this needs to be smooth. I found the stars would lurch and jerk, if I wasn't careful.
Also, the moon surface has to be coordinated with the horizon. It moves down, simulating in 2D what you would see if you were in orbit motion.
I wish I could get it to work because I think the show is more effective with the panning slide than the static slide. It's a better "reveal". But then, I've already spent too much time on this.
This demo is about a minute.
The perspective might be off. After I did this I was thinking the moon should be rotating, but stationary in the frame, and the Earth should rise from behind the moon. But I wanted to show you what I had in mind.
https://vimeo.com/308721350 (deleted 1-2-19)
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