Documentary

Operation Avalanche

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We go behind the scenes of Operation Avalanche, a faux-documentary narrative following CIA agents tasked with faking the 1967 moon landing. As part of the research and creating a believable fake, the agents visit the set of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, blurring all boundaries between film and reality. By framing their film as a period documentary, these filmmakers created a unique challenge for themselves: How to have their characters interacting with the real Kubrick in archival footage. Here, we see how director Matt Johnson and his team were able re-create this ultra meta world from archival stills with amazing ingenuity and creativity, virtual space, 3D projections, and green screens.

Synopsis & Trailer:

In 1967, during the height of the Cold War, two young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) go undercover at NASA to investigate a possible Russian mole. In disguise as documentary filmmakers, they tap phones and break into offices while purporting to learn more about the Apollo project. But when they end up uncovering a shocking NASA secret — and a major government cover-up — they decide to embark on a new mission that may put their own lives at risk.

Categories: Documentary

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