There’s no shortage of archival film footage of the moon landing—arguably one of humanity’s greatest achievements. But graphic designer Christian Stangl didn’t use any of it to create this short film. Instead, Lunar was created by animating thousands of still photos taken from NASA’s Apollo archives.
The process involved assembling multiple photos to create wider panoramic vistas that could be animated, as well as finding images photographed in sequence that could be used to create longer animations by slowing and stretching out the motion. It took around two years to finish the film, including compositing everything together using Adobe After Effects, and the soundtrack, which was composed by Christian’s brother Wolfgang.