Credits from First Man
Logical Innovations employee Matthew Miller, Program/Project Coordinator from Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Institutional Support Services (KISS) IV contract, had the exciting opportunity to consult on First Man. To share another exciting employee opportunity, we have asked Mr. Miller to tell us about his unique experience.
“NASA HQ was approached by the producers for a Neil Armstrong biopic called First Man to air in October 2018. To get the actors ‘in character,’ our HQ counterparts asked us to tour the director, producers, and actors as a familiarization in the spring and fall of 2017. Initially, most of the filming was to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, but after seeing everything that Kennedy had to offer, they requested shooting two scenes on Kennedy Space Center grounds. A co-worker and myself are responsible for all KSC media projects, they also include feature films. We were ultimately their points of contact for helping creating their vision for these scenes.
We spent a few days with their art department prior to the filming day to recreate what those areas looked like as they did during the Apollo era. Very little was needed as much of the infrastructure still stands since the 1960s. Beginning at 4:00 am, we begun operations for the first scene that would take place outside the Vehicle Assembly building. The scene consisted of four to five astronauts speaking about the upcoming mission as the crawler drives by. It’s amazing how much time goes into a scene that will only last 20 seconds on film. After a few hours of filming, we moved our base camp to the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout building. At this location, they filmed the crew walking out into the Astrovan on their way to the Launchpad. They were two very unique scenes, and it was very interesting to see how a production of the magnitude gets accomplished. It was nice to see it unfold on the big screen.”
Thank you for sharing your awesome experience in being part of a NASA-related film, Mr. Miller! Logical Innovations is proud of your achievements for the Agency!
-The Logical Blogger