Thanks for watching, Others Will Follow was inspired by this speech
written for President Nixon to deliver in the event that the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon. Fortunately they never used it, so I figured I would.
NASA has parked its space ships in museums in the decades since the contingency speech was written. Most humans alive today didn't exist the last time humanity left low earth orbit. I wanted to make something that would outline the importance of human space flight by imagining a brute-force mission to Mars in the early 2000s that, despite disastrous circumstances still manages to pass the torch of inspiration.
I spent 4.5 years making this short and attempted to do every aspect of its creation myself, from pyrotechnics to music composition. Many of the disciplines were completely new to me like designing and building the space ship and constructing the space suit, others like VFX and cinematography I had a background in.
I had a lot of help from friends and cast whose skill and generosity I tested by dragging them to the middle of the Mojave desert and using a gas-powered fan to blow diatomaceous earth in their faces… for example. I learned a lot and I hope the final product feels authentic. Also big thanks to Home Depot
for selling space ship parts.
- Andrew Finch