This video commemorates the Apollo 8 mission. It's a little late for Christmas, I know, but I'll share it anyway. I have not posted it before because it's a little, shall we say, personal to my family. My father does the narration, and he is not a professional narrator (neither were the astronauts!) But, since it's the 50th anniversary of the flight, I'll post it.
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.https://youtu.be/08Hc3A78yOE