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1st Step - From Earth to the Moon

Venice VR Expanded
Jörg Courtial, Maria Courtial
Faber Courtial (Maria Courtial)
Running Time:
German, English
Main Cast:
Christian Jacob, Alexander Waigel, Holger Winter
Gunar Hochheiden
Jörg Courtial, Sean Lovelace
Jörg Courtial
Costume Designer:
Carl Sandberg
Peter John Nickalls, Christopher Whiter, Luc Johansson, Koichi C Sanchez-Imahashi, Matthew Cracknell, Tom Gire, John Sponsler, Robert J. Etoll
Stefan Lupp
Senior 3D artists:Philipp Clermont, Jennie Cox, Daniel Hirschnitz, Nils Rosenow, Michael Schlesinger, Timm Schwehm, Dmitry Yarkov
On-set VFX supervisor:Michael Schlesinger
PLARFORM:Facebook's OculusTV – HTC Viveport Video – Venice VR Expanded platform on VRChat
HEADSET:Facebook's Oculus Quest – Facebook's Oculus GO – VIVE PRO – RiftS – Vive Cosmos – Valve Index – MixedReality


1st Step is at once both a VR documentary and a fairy tale, telling the magical story of a dream come true: the Apollo missions. Experience the elevator ride as you rise up alongside the steaming rocket and then, have a look inside the cramped capsule of the command module. After landing on the moon, viewers find themselves gazing at lunar panoramas in 3D - thoroughly re-created from archive photos of the former Apollo 17 mission. Told from a narrator's perspective who can hardly believe the miraculous nature of this incredible venture. See the missions, from their impressive launch all the way through to their return, in a new way - through the eyes of the astronauts.

Directors’ Statement

Our desire was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions in an extraordinary way. With 1st Step we wanted the missions to be experienced both as they were seen and perceived through the eyes of the Apollo astronauts and as a fairy tale of human achievement - a story of a dream come true.


PRODUCTION: Maria Courtial – Faber Courtial
Rheinstrasse 99
64295 – Darmstadt, Germany
Tel. +49 61515992610
Mob. +49 1709336169

WORLD SALES: Maxime Montagne – WIDE
17 rue cadet – 5 th Floor
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 53 95 04 64
Mob. +33 6 87 75 76 39

PRESS OFFICE: Maria Courtial – Faber Courtial
Rheinstrasse 99
64295 – Darmstadt, Germany
Tel. +49 61515992610
Mob. +49 1709336169

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