Moon Landing: Fiction, or Fiction?

Satire Edition


Darien Hamilton, Staff Writer

We all know how advanced CGI can be, even to the point of stripping people of all senses of reality. With the incredibly realistic portrayals in movies such as  Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure(1989) to Godzilla(1984). What if one of the most important achievements in history was faked using the very same technologies we see on the big screen? That’s right, the moon landing was faked using some advanced film techniques such as Cuco Loris, Color manipulation, and Green Screens.

Cuco Loris is the art of positioning cut sheets of paper, fabric or other semi-translucent objects to create shaped shadows. Cuco Loris can be used to emphasize facial features, show someone looking through a pair of blinds with light coming through the slits, or even to portray someone under water. If one inspects the original footage of the moon landing, it is quite obvious that there is an unnatural shadow circling the scene. The light from the sun “conveniently only shines on the astronauts, and nothing else. Not only was this faked, it was done poorly. Generally, when making Cookie Cutters(the name of the plate that goes in front of the light source) it is best to allow some light through other ways then the holes, so the shot is not pitch black. However, whoever shot this footage seemed  to use an opaque board causing it to be poorly lit. 

Another technique that is used to control what people see is the manipulation of color in a film. Some famous instances are an orange tint to places such as Mexico, blue to European countries, and grey to snowy places. In the supposedly official video of the landing, it is pale and grainy, with the gradients being worse than other movies at its time. It was also black and white, but there is no reason for it to be. Color was invented in 1704 by Isaac Newton, more than an hour before the moon landing took place. Any good director makes use of this tool when filming movies, and yet there was none on the moon landing. Does that mean space is black and white?

Lastly, green screens and set building were utilized in this circumstance. There is no reason to build an entire backdrop for the shot when a green screen is available. Green screens are backdrops of a solid color that help computers differentiate what the directors want and don’t want in a scene. The unwanted parts are later digitally removed with a special program. Looking up in the night sky anyone with an IQ above 200 could notice the white specks of dust in the sky. However, this bright dust was accidentally left out in the final cut, with just a hazy black backdrop being used. 

Overall, the evidence seems to add up, but the question still stands. Was the Moon Landing faked? “What no, get out of my office” says famed Astro-Physicist Neil Degrasse-Tyson. “I don’t know, you should ask Neil Degrasse-Tyson” says Carter Owens. “Sheeeee” says Tanner Sosa. Obviously, if NASA wanted the moon landing to be more believable, they should have hired a better director like Steven Spielberg or Mr. Clark.