Fly Me to the Moon: Buzz Aldrin Was at a Special Screening Today in Union Square ~ BrooklynRocks: NYC Music Blog

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fly Me to the Moon: Buzz Aldrin Was at a Special Screening Today in Union Square

Buzz Aldrin Attended a Special Screening of Fly Me to the Moon @ Regal Union SquareI don't think anyone seriously expects to meet people who have been in every history book so it was really cool to see legendary astronaut and the pilot of the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin this afternoon. Buzz was attended a special showing of the movie Fly Me to the Moon at the Regal Cinema in Union Square.

Fly Me to the Moon is a 3-D kids movie that tells the story of three pre-teen flies who live across from Cape Canaveral in 1969 and ultimately accompany the Apollo 11 astronauts into space. Here is part of an interview from The Digital Filmmaker with nWave CEO Ben Stassen that gives some of the details behind the movie:

Ben Stassen: "While I strongly believe that 3D Cinema is about to become a major component of the out-of-home entertainment market, I don’t think every story lends itself to being shot in 3D. So when we decided to make the move from the specialty film to feature film we searched for a story that could actually be enhanced by the 3D. The search took almost 2 years. When I read Domonic Paris’ script “Fly Me To The Moon”, I knew it was perfect for us in terms of both content and form. Most CG features released to-date are quite stylized. I wanted to create a film with cartoon looking characters evolving in an environment that looks real. “Fly Me To The Moon” is the story of three teenage flies hitching a ride on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. It took a monkey to get man into space, but it is going to take three flies to get them back. The environment we are creating is photo realistic, while our character are very stylized flies. Having flies, as are main characters is fantastic when it comes to 3D, and space was the ideal setting. When making a 3D film, I don’t want to use the screen as a window, but rather as a space. Most 3D film released to-date use the screen as a window. The filmmaker creates perspective behind the window and throws things at the audience thorough the window. When you eliminate the window effect (by shooting with parallel camera instead of converging cameras), you create a 3D space and you can actually transport the audience into that space. This is a major distinction in the way you position the viewer. Having flies as main characters enables me to explore this approach in ways I was never able to before. The characters have much less direct interaction with their environment. They fly around a lot, so does the camera. By doing so, I hope the audience will forget there is even a frame around the picture. I want the viewers to be part of the scene. Hopefully the audience will perceive this as a Space Odyssey of the Third Kind."

Buzz Aldrin at Fly Me to the Moon Screening @ Regal Union Square
Fly Me to the Moon is the first film to be shot in 3-D for showing in 3-D so this is bound to look great when it hits the IMAX. The public release of the film is August 15th. Below is the trailer for the film.

Fly Me to the Moon Official Website