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The making of Apollo 13

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Media Coursework The making of Apollo 13 When making Apollo 13, Ron Howard's intention was to make his film as exciting as possible. He wanted to make a chemistry on set that would show throughout the film. Ron wanted Apollo 13 to be realistic, as well as exciting and enjoyable. Within the characters, Ron wanted to capture their real personalities. This was done by the actors (Tom Hanks and Kathleen Quinlan) meeting the real-life Jim and Marilyn Lovell. They each spent a day in their home to help capture the right characteristics and get a real idea how they felt. To make the film realistic and scientifically correct, actors and the film crew went to NASA in Florida and watched real Apollo 13 footage. Apollo 13 is faithful to the real life story. ...read more.


Marilyn Lovell did only cry when she was all alone in her bedroom. She wouldn't let others see how she really felt; she wanted to be strong in front of her family. Fred Haise did say the phrase 'sure was a good ship' when they landed in the Pacific Ocean, Ron used this to help portray Fred's feelings and character. The layout of mission control in the film is very similar to the real layout of mission control in Houston. Ron and the actors also met the real crew and used the astronaut's descriptions to help make the scenes more realistic. They spoke to the astronauts and spent time with them so they could learn, use and understand the terminology they had to use. Ron made the film accurate by researching facts, using real events and phrases, talking to NASA and astronauts. ...read more.


Ron Howard used computer generated imagery in scenes of Apollo 13 to make the film visually exciting. Most of the effects were when filming the lift-off. Ron had cameras on cranes swinging around to create a spacious feel, so you can see the huge scale. To create the thrust scene where once the rocket has launched, there is smoke sucked back in; they just filmed the lift-off and reversed the film. Shakes were added to cameras to make it more dramatic. Model spaceships, photographers and 3D computer effects were all used and then put together to create realism. All the footage used in Apollo 13 was generated by the film crew themselves. Ron makes you believe his scenes are the real thing when you watch them. Although Ron's scenes are dramatic and look realistic, we as an audience are put in impossible positions. It is not possible to be that close to a spaceship at lift-off or when it is space. ...read more.

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