Apollo 13
Promo Film
2016

"THE SUCCESSFUL FAILURE"

Not many know that OMEGA was directly involved in returning the Apollo 13 crew to safety. After an explosion on the command module crippled the mission, the astronauts relied on a Speedmaster to time a series of engine burns which corrected their course back to Earth.

This procedure had to be done manually so the slightest imprecision could cause them to either burn up while entering the Earth's atmosphere or bouncing off into space. For the 45th anniversary of this mission, OMEGA released a special edition Speedmaster to commemorate the event.

Using archive footage from NASA, some CGI and a bit of ingenuity, we put together a short promo film recounting Apollo 13's extraordinary events. We gave the piece a retro-technical style which modernises the 70's footage yet doesn't distract from the emotion of the event. A few of the key shots were generated from scratch and we added a layer of (factually correct) info-graphics so that the piece is interesting to watch more than once.

Editing: Dario Nucci  
Motion gfx: Brett McManus  
Music: Simon Ringrose  
Voice: Byron Levey

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