An unexpected guest joined up with the cast and creators of HBO’s Westworld at the end of the show’s SXSW panel on Saturday. He joined good friend and Westworld creator Jonathan Nolan to release an epic trailer of the SpaceX Heavy Falcon rocket launch that carried Starman into orbit.
On Friday, Musk announced on Twitter that the short film regarding the Falcon Heavy and Starman is going to be unveiled on Saturday afternoon at the 2018 South by Southwest festival. The highlight reel was made by Nolan, who talked about the significance of inspiration along with the exhilaration he felt growing up when seeing Super 8 footage of Saturn rocket launches — a collective enthusiasm which has apparently dwindled in recent years. “And so I was having a drink last year with a friend, and we were talking about how do you inspire people? How do you get people to talk again, how can you drive the conversation?” said Nolan. The friend turned out to be Musk and the solution they came up with was a red sports car and David Bowie‘s track “Starman.”
The video clip shows the planning, achievements, and failures of the Falcon Heavy launch last month. The big event was covered thoroughly at that time, but the trailer that Nolan cut together contains new footage this is being seen by the public the very first time. Even though the rocket’s two side boosters successfully landed after launch, the center booster did not fare as well, and the trailer provides the very first look at that rocket’s destruction. Additionally, it features several new shots of the prep for the launch, including Musk’s infamous red Tesla Roadster being attached.
“It’s not a trailer for a movie. It’s not a trailer for a TV show,” Nolan added. “What we’re hoping this is is the trailer for one part of the next chapter of the human story.”
“Life cannot just be about solving one miserable problem after another,” Musk said. “That cannot be the only thing. There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity.”