A great short science fiction film, “Others Will Follow”, created and directed by Andrew Finch and published on Vimeo, tells the story of a manned Mars mission. An accident occurs and the spacecraft breaks apart, the last survivor (we don’t see what happens to the rest of the crew, but presumably they have died) manages to send an inspirational message back to Earth. A must-watch.
Andrew Finch – Director / Writer / Cine / VFX / Sets / Props / Costumes / Edit / Sound / Score
Greg Cotten – Co-Cinematographer
Bruce Greenwood (voice)
Courtesy Warp Records / Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
The speech in the video echoes the words of the never-broadcast speech by Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994), the American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 until 1974. The speech in the video echoes the words of the never-broadcast speech by President Richard Nixon. NASA knew the Moon landing mission was very risky, so the White House prepared remarks in case the astronauts died. It was written by Nixon’s then speechwriter, William Safire (December 17, 1929 – September 27, 2009), the American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter, to be used in case the crew of Apollo 11, the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon, never made it back to Earth. The speech was sent to President Nixon’s Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman. It was publicly released 30 years later, in 1999.
The title of the movie is also inspired by that speech, the line starting with “Others will follow”.
The speech was sent to President Nixon’s Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman.
The text of William Safire’s speech for President Richard Nixon in the event of a disaster besetting Apollo 11
To: H. R. Haldeman
From: Bill Safire
July 18, 1969.
IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
PRIOR TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT:
The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.
AFTER THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT, AT THE POINT WHEN NASA ENDS COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE MEN:
A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to “the deepest of the deep,” concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.
Andrew Finch also published another video titled “Making
- “The Moon Landing: An Undelivered Nixon Speech” on watergate.info
- “In event of Moon disaster” speech on archives.gov
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