How They Brought Disney+’s Crater To The Moon


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In an age when traveling to space, the moon, and possibly further screenwriter John Griffin has brought us a coming-of-age story titled, “Crater”, now available to stream exclusively on Disney+.

In this story, we follow Caleb Channing, played by Isaiah Russell-Bailey, raised in a lunar mining colony. But he is about to move to another planet after his father’s death. But before he goes, Caleb and his friends will try to fulfill his father’s last wish of exploring a mysterious crater.

While “Crater” uses a classic coming-of-age story, it takes place on the moon. A place that has one-sixth gravity. Not to mention they would need to create suites and technology to make the environment as grounded as possible.

During a recent press event, we learned all about the process of making these young actors look like they were really on the moon.

“For the last two weeks, we worked with Dave McCumber and his stunt team to help us look like real astronauts and perform like real astronauts in low gravity. Most of that was actually harness work. They made sure our spacewalk looked as realistic as possible. And I feel like we’ve accomplished that,” said Russell-Bailey.

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Also, they had to look like they were on the moon.

“Six weeks of prep to get this spacesuit fittings and the harness stunt training as well. Like, for four of those weeks, we worked with the team at Legacy to help build our spacesuits. And so make sure they looked like real, functional spacesuits and as realistic as they possibly can look,” said Russell-Bailey.

The actors had to get used to using the designed space suits that had been designed by Ane Crabtree. They each had practical elements that worked on set. For example, the lights worked on the suits and they had a built-in communications system so they could communicate with the director. Also, a body camera that recorded the actor’s point-of-view so it could be used by the visual effects team.

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Producer Shawn Levy says, “We needed that suit to do a lot of heavy lifting for us and in every frame. It had to have a wish-fulfi lling appeal, but not [be] so futuristic that it pulls you out of the story.”

The actors were very well taken care of on set. They were maintained at around 60 degrees to help them from overheating while in their suits.

These were just a couple of the many things that the production team did to make “Crater” that much more grounded.

“Crater” is now available to stream exclusively on Disney+.

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