This week’s update is a little thinner because the progress we are making now is in the one area I am not going to be blogging about: the plot. Yes, it’s story time, and while it is coming along fantastically, I cannot really share very much about it. The basics of what we are going to film remain the same- 2 men stuck in space on a secret mission. While the script work is in progress, the research is winding down somewhat and the focus is moving along to funding and preparations.
The planning for the interior of the MOL is shaping up, with basic ideas being laid down for how we will approach both the construction and the filming. We are going to be simulating a zero gravity environment, so there are a lot of big considerations that we have to juggle. The walls all need to either be “wild” (easily removable) or contain access points that we can use to sneak a camera or some rigging through. It is still to be determined exactly what techniques we will be using to fake weightlessness, so far it is looking like the set will be built in several pieces at different orientations. Some vertical, others at an angle or even lying down sideways. As the set building gets started, I will do a much more in-depth look at the technical approaches we are going to be using to make it all look real.
For the Gemini we are exploring all of our options. The capsule in Fresno is really great, but definitely not complete enough to film in. Our concern is that driving everyone up there to dress it with all of the panels and fittings required to look real would cost as much as just renting or building a custom setpiece here in LA and saving the travel. But it is definitely still an option, and the Folks at the Fresno Discovery Center have been fantastic to us so far. Here’s some pictures of it, should you ever be near Fresno you should go see it!
If one of you has some sway with the California Science Center, maybe you can help us convince them to let us crack the airtight seals and use Gemini 11 ;)
We’ve had some progress on several other fronts, but they are still too tentative to talk about, so I’ll save them for a later post. For now, go watch Astro Spies if you haven’t already, it’s a great little doc, full of very inspiring ideas.