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Let’s ask for the Moon...

Gerry An­der­son wanted UFO to be as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially when it came to the de­pic­tion of the Moon. NASA sup­plied pho­to­graphic ref­er­ence, which the spe­cial ef­fects team set about repli­cat­ing in minia­ture. An­der­son cir­cu­lated a memo to the pro­duc­tion team ex­plain­ing in de­tail about con­di­tions on the lu­nar sur­face and how it should be de­picted on screen. In July 1969 the crew held its breath and awaited the first pic­tures from the Moon land­ing. Would their ef­fects live up to re­al­ity? Most of the team breathed a sigh of re­lief. But An­der­son, ever the per­fec­tion­ist, lamented: “I wish we’d filmed the scenes in slow mo­tion to sim­u­late low grav­ity.”

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