July 20, 1969 was one of the most memorable days in the history of humanity. 


NASA estimates that 530 million people tuned in on this date to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon for the very first time, making the moon-landing one of the most widely seen television events in history.


The Apollo 11 mission was not only an achievement of NASA or the United States but an achievement of humanity.



‘Apollo 11’, the Documentary


The Apollo 11 documentary is a work of art that allows you to take a step back into 1969. 


The film was pieced together brilliantly by manually scrutinizing and selecting relevant content from nine days worth of 16mm and 35mm archival data that NASA kept in pristine condition for the last 50 years. There were also 177 re-discovered 65mm Panavision reels from the National Archives and Record Administration that were refurbished using modern technology. Each moment in each scene was intentionally interwoven into this 90-minute feature release to be played in traditional theatres.


Jennifer Walden of Sound & Picture states that “The pristine footage contained shots of the launch, the inside of Mission Control, the capsule recovery, and post-mission activities. The 65mm collection was digitized at Final Frame, a post-production facility in New York City that helped create a custom, high dynamic range scanner capable of scanning at resolutions up to 8K. At Final Frame, they also re-scanned the existing Apollo 11 16mm and 35mm materials. Altogether, it’s the highest resolution, the highest quality digital collection of Apollo 11 footage in existence.”.


For an event this monumental, narration would do it an injustice. Todd Douglas Miller brilliantly takes you on a journey through the events of those eight days, three hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds, without words. He weaves the storyline together through nothing more than the meticulous use of visual and audio archival data.


The profound emotions of the millions of people watching the Saturn V rocket ascend into space are felt as Miller invites you to experience the anxious excitement of the crowd through your very own living room.


The entire narrative is solely based on Miller’s ability to edit the audio and visual footage into a comprehensive storyline, which is why the audio is so important. No-one is telling the story for you as it naturally unfolds around you. Like reading a book, your imagination is ignited as you intrinsically experience the depth of each trial and tribulation.



Who Had a Hand in the Film


Todd Douglas Miller was wrapping up the production of 'The Last Steps’, (a documentary about Apollo 17) when British archivist and film editor Stephen Slater planted a seed about a 50th-anniversary film celebrating Apollo 11 in a similar documentary format. CNN Films saw an opportunity to commemorate the historic event and became a partner in the film as they centred it around a direct cinema approach.


The film was edited, produced and directed by Miller. Including many snippets of the 50-year-old archives previously unreleased to the public, it features the original Saturn V rocket and Apollo crew; Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. 


The Apollo program Earth-based operations engineers are featured in the film, as well as the original crowds. All footage is original and refurbished to astonish audiences in the feature film as well as the immersive IMAX format complete with a 12.0 soundtrack.


The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2019, and was released theatrically in the United States by Neon on March 1, 2019. It has received much acclaim from critics and it has grossed $12 million to date.



The Sound Design of Apollo 11


Over 11,000 hours of mission control audio consisted of individual track recordings of 60 key mission personnel throughout every single moment of the mission. None of the original footage from the film contained sound, it had to be re-created. Due to these original mission control recordings, the sound designers had to re-sync the real voices into the film, giving the audience an authentic feel.


At ImagesInSound, we had the great privilege of working alongside Eric Milano of Love Loft Studio (NYC) on this feature film. Eric was tasked to create the sound design for this iconic footage. His sound design was then handed to Brian Eimer to make sure the IMAX release was as immersive as possible, helping to achieve Miller's storytelling vision in allowing audiences to fully experience this iconic historical event.


Milano handled the sound design/editorial and pre-mixing of the film. He states that “Todd [Miller] was still cutting the film when he came to me with the first 20 minutes, saying I had a week to do everything, mix it, and get it good because of an upcoming screening with some big wigs. I didn’t even have time to hire anyone else. I just had to make it happen and make it awesome. Sometimes when the pressure is on like that, great things result.”


Nominations for Apollo 11 


We have a few exciting announcements to make about nominations for Apollo 11!

First of all, we’d like to extend our warmest congratulations to Eric Milano on his nomination for a Golden Reel award for his impeccable sound design on this film. What an incredible and well-deserved achievement! We wish you all the best with this nomination, Eric.

Secondly, we have recently been notified that Apollo 11 is on the shortlist for the 2020 Oscars! We are extremely eager for the final nominations to be released later this month. Last but not least, mark your calendars for January 25th to check out the 56th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards. We are ecstatic to announce that Eric Milano and our very own Brian Eimer have been nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures by the Cinema Audio Society, USA. 

To everyone who was involved in the process of creating this film, we must extend our deepest gratitude, for working on this film was truly an honour and a privilege.

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Hello Toronto and surrounding area!


We’re excited to announce that we’re starting up a bi-weekly blog to keep you up-to-date with all of the exciting happenings at ImagesInSound!


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Let Us Introduce Ourselves


For those of you who are new to ImagesInSound, let us first introduce ourselves.

We’re a boutique operation that was founded in 2004 by our 30-year industry veteran, Brian Eimer.


Brian has devoted his entire career to driving creative excellence in audio post-production for TV, feature film, large format (IMAX) and special venue.


Brian and our team of talented creatives carefully craft each audio post-production feature to its greatest potential.


We serve clients across the globe from our home in the core of Toronto’s entertainment district. Our work is considered to be the highest level of creativity and technical quality in audio post-production.



We pride ourselves on offering the perfect blend of creativity, experience, and flexibility that makes us a top creative force in the industry. Our audio-house uses the latest technology to enhance our creative ability that gives our clients the edge that they’re looking for.


Our clients choose to work with us because we offer an experience that’s much more personal than what they might receive by working with a multi-national corporation. We’re a tight-knit, honest company that represents our business on every level. Our culture and attitude cultivate trust and loyalty, which our clients appreciate as they depend on us to deliver our best.


Television


We have worked in all genres of television including drama, MOWs, documentaries, lifestyle shows, and comedies. With award-winning sound designers, editors, Foley artists and re-recording mixers, we turn audio into sound that tells a story. Our studios are dedicated to creating exceptional television.


Theatre B - Our Largest Television Mix Studio


Theatre C - Television Mix Studio

Large Format Film


We’ve worked closely with many talented filmmakers. We design soundtracks that are as unique as the stories they tell, and it's this commitment that makes our films timeless. Our Theatre A is designed for all the latest formats including IMAX 12.0 and Dolby Atmos. We also use this studio to create soundtracks for the more traditional IMAX 6.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1 features.


Theatre A

Special Venue


Many of our clients require custom audio for unique attractions that far surpass the scope of television and film. Our work in audio post-production isn’t limited to more traditional soundtracks. We also create exceptional soundtracks for special venues worldwide.

We’ve created custom audio for multiple museums and cultural attractions, theme parks, and 4D ride simulators. Each location requires unique technical specifications and audio configurations and we’re capable of simulating these different environments within our studios.


Awards and Accomplishments in 2019


We’re honoured to win awards for original sound design as a result of injecting our experience, creativity and technical proficiency into the soundtrack of our large format (IMAX) films.


In September of 2019, we won the award for Best Sound at the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) for Apollo 11, the 2019 American documentary film by Todd Douglas Miller.


September was a great month for us! We were also nominated for Best Sound at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for ‘Epic Yellowstone’, a series produced by Grizzly Creek Films exploring the world’s first national park.


In October of 2019, we were nominated for Best Sound Editing at the Directors of Guild awards for Lifetime’s 'Believe Me’, a harrowing tale of survival drawn from the decades-old case of Lisa McVey.


‘Epic Yellowstone’ was also submitted to the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel awards, and ‘Believe Me’ was submitted to the Canadian Screen Awards, so stay tuned for upcoming nominations and awards for these titles in the blogs to come!


Thank You!


Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better! We look forward to sharing more about ImagesInSound and our industry with you in the blogs to come.

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