As ‘Apollo 13’ Turns 25, VFX Pros Look Back on Creating Key Scenes on the Ron Howard Film

As ‘Apollo 13’ Turns 25, VFX Pros Look Back on Creating Key Scenes on the Ron Howard Film
Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” celebrated its 25th anniversary on June 30. With the help of post house Digital Domain, the 1995 film depicted a 1970 space mission that turned into a fight for survival after an oxygen tank exploded in the service module.

Variety looked up Kelly Port (“Avengers: Endgame”) and Matthew Butler (“Ready Player One”), two VFX supervisors who worked on the film in their junior years at the house.

What are some of the memorable VFX scenes you worked on for “Apollo 13”?

Kelly Port: This was one of the first film projects I ever worked on. I was responsible for the directional thruster effects, floating debris after the explosion and, if I remember correctly, some parts of the moon.

Matthew Butler: This was a time when we were bootstrapping like crazy. Back then, there weren’t any set procedures or mechanisms at Digital Domain to facilitate the workflow, like there are now.
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