October 20, 2018
The spacesuits in director Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” look crazy authentic.
Crafting a spacesuit from scratch is a unique art, especially if it’s going to be used in a biopic or docudrama that demands that all props, locations, and events be as true to life as possible. This was the challenge prop maker and artist Ryan Nagata faced when he was approached to help design and build the spacesuits used in First Man, Damien Chazelle’s biographic drama about American astronaut Neil Armstrong. Adam Savage got the chance to catch up with Nagata for a recent episode of Tested to ask the designer about his unique approach to replicating the complex, intricate, and expensive pieces of wearable equipment of NASA, as well as what he had to do in order to ensure that they were as true to life as possible. Check it out below:
Before he was approached to work on First Man, Nagata was already an experienced spacesuit designer and had been posting pictures of his designs on his Instagram account. In fact, his Instagram posts played a big role in costume designer Mary Zophres asking him to participate in the project.