In case some people do not read all the way through, I will start with this part which belongs at the end. As I mentioned in the previous update, I have a MAJOR announcement that I could not speak of at the time. Though this project was not fully funded, if anyone wants to purchase discount prints I can send you a link to a temporary hidden gallery on www.ChrisHaber.com where you can choose from over 100 images already completed. You can contact me directly through the Kickstarter system and let me know which image such as "row 2, #3, caption "bla bla bla". You can also reach me through social media and the contact page of www.ChrisHaber.com
The hidden gallery will be removed in a week but I have also completely revamped the public Aerospace gallery on the site with tons of new content, all of which will be in the hidden gallery. This will be the first time anyone other than aerospace industry and Hollywood insiders will see this content. The week that this gallery is online I will be extending my Cyber Monday half off prints sale to backers of this project. There are also digital photo ornaments, camera equipment and more available on my amazon.com store http://www.chrishaber.com/cybermonday-tuesday-50-prints-digital-frames-ornaments-equipment/
I am also working with my local hackerspace trying to secure their laser cutter and if possible I will be sending out clear acrylic NASA meatball and seal logos MADE BY ME cut into Christmas tree ornaments on a laser printer. They look amazing when the light from behind catches the rasterized cuts in the logo. If possible, I will also send out some laser cut and signed logos of my own just to say thanks to everyone for being so awesome. See video below
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Citing creative differences with my book publisher, we decided to part ways last August. Living here on the Space Coast and forgetting others live elsewhere, they felt the shuttle was passe and wanted to strip all the space shuttle retirement photos and narrative from the book, focusing solely on the future while not allowing time or finance to travel around the country to collect the material. To do that, they wanted to turn this art book into a simple narrative using stock public domain NASA photos, destroying the book's original format as fine art. Now that we have parted ways the book will come out with the material originally promised along with some amazing content no one else anywhere in the world will be able to show you. For a while I was without access to NASA Kennedy Space Center as news media, and just living in the area provides a plethora or photographic composition opportunities at every launch as I maintained press access to the other NASA facilities, which you've heard about in previous updates.
Just before I left Kennedy Space Center last August I met a couple independent movie producers working on an alien invasion sci-fi movie with some very big Hollywood names. They were touring KSC for background research for their film as NASA's VIPs. As we were sitting next to each other on the NASA bus waiting to go out to the launch pad we struck up a conversation, and like any proud parent, without knowing who they were, I started showing them some of my pictures on my phone - many of the same pictures that will be in this book. Right there on the spot they decided I was going to shoot the stills for their movie.
Traditionally, stills photographers on movies and TV shows stay near the movie camera to shoot the same scene in a higher quality than can be pulled off a frame of film or digital video.
We have kept in touch this whole time throughout the film's planning process and it just keeps growing bigger and bigger. The main actor and director, both major names, have already been signed, though I am not at liberty to drop names or discuss plot at this time other than what is publicly available. You can find many news articles online by searching "Newcomers XCOR"
The movie will soon be in preproduction and I have been contracted to photograph not only the 4-6 weeks of filming but the entire process from preproduction though release totaling 9 months to a year. I will be covering the entire preproduction, behind the scenes of the entire filming process, post production, location scouting, promotional artwork (for theatrical release posters, DVD and soundtrack artwork, the official web site photos, billboards, bus stop adverts, point of purchase displays, key art image sets released to the press and media as well as other printed and online collateral materials), actor portraits, production meetings and events related to the project such as debut parties, press photos, red carpet photos, photos used as props and set dressing art in the film along with other photography related needs for both production and documentation throughout all filming locations as needed.
The Newcomers 3D is an Action Sci-Fi Thriller. When the Earth comes under attack, humanity's only hope is a down-and-out former NASA Astronaut, who must struggle to save the world in its darkest hour…THE NEWCOMERS 3D sci-fi movie is loaded with plenty of pulse pounding white knuckle out of this world excitement & is a real thrill ride that will knock you out of your seat! A real intergalactic thrill ride! When the Earth comes under attack, humanity's only hope is a down-and-out former NASA Astronaut, who must struggle to save the world in its darkest hour. THE NEWCOMERS 3D sci-fi movie is loaded with plenty of pulse pounding white knuckle out of this world excitement & is a real thrill ride that will knock you out of your seat!
American upstart XCOR Aerospace, a private space tourism company, will feature its spacecraft, the Lynx Suborbital Vehicle, in the movie!!! I will have unprecedented access to photograph this unique spacecraft which will take off and land horizontally like an airplane, offering passengers suborbital flights in space for under $100,000 per seat. It looks like a plane, it flies like a plane, and it is going to help make suborbital travel as routine as commercial air travel. Last year XCOR leased the Shuttle Landing Facility at KSC, the longest longest runway in the world. Imagine flying to the other side of the world in an hour or two. But their real business is taking private citizens into space as tourists.
Bigelow Aerospace, another whale in the space industry, is signing on for the movie as well. Some years ago, Bigelow leased an inflatable space station technology from NASA. NASA paid for the technology to be developed by ILC Dover, who makes the EVA (Spacewalk) suits, the airbag landing devices used on Mars, and many other technologies NASA uses. However NASA did not feel the technology was fully developed, and allowed Bigelow to lease and finish developing the technology. Bigelow will be building a private space station open to anyone in the world to use for peaceful science. NASA has since ordered new modules for the International Space Station. With trips to Mars taking 6-9 months each way, options are in development for modules that can be attached and inflated to Orion to give astronauts extra room to move around. There are currently talks to include a Bigelow space station with logo in the movie. You can see the interior of a couple of the ILC Dover inflatables which will be used by NASA to build a base on the moon in the gallery mentioned earlier.
For The Newcomers 3D, the Lyxn will be featured as our hero's spacecraft to fight off the alien invaders. This is another historic first, a real spacecraft being used in a movie, and I will be bringing you looks at everything from my personal creative perspective from the kind of inside access that only a $25,000,000 movie can bring you. In another MAJOR first, several cameras are going to be attached to the Lynx and the news media is already clamoring about how this will be the first movie in history to use real footage that was shot in outer space!!! There is even a chance I will become the first artist to fly in space while I am covering this. Several astronauts have been artists, but they were professional astronauts who did art, not professional artists who flew for the sole reason of creating art.
Real life American hero Mike Massimino, one of the NASA astronauts who saved the Hubble Space Telescope by performing a series of spacewalks during which nearly impossible repairs were made, will be in the movie, playing our hero's best friend. He has been seen lately in The Big Bang Theory.
A Space Act Agreement with Congress gives us full access to Kennedy Space Center and all other NASA facilities, and well-known retired NASA Scientist Lewis Peach is acting as scientific adviser over the script to ensure it will adhere to the highest levels of scientific plausibility.
"Prior to joining USRA, Mr. Peach spent nearly twenty-five years serving the nation's space agency, serving in a number of positions at NASA Headquarters and the NASA Ames Research Center. His most recent NASA post was Director of Advanced Projects in the Office of Space Flight at NASA Headquarters. In his current duties, Mr. Peach will have operational responsibility for all of USRA's involvement in the activities of NASA's Exploration Systems Management Directorate." http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lewis-peach-robert-senter-appointed-as-vice-presidents-at-usra-58608617.html
Over this last year and a half I have acted as a consulting subject matter expert for the company producing The Newcomers 3D. That relationship has grown over time and through negations with the production studio I will maintain the ability to take the images I shoot for them and use them in the book! These negotiations led to discussions of tie-ins with their movie and reality show which turned into their hiring me to produce a video documentary to parallel the book which I am currently developing with Ray Cannella, formerly the man who decided what played on ScyFy network. This will mean access to the kind of hardware and areas people only dream of.
Throughout this last year and a half as all of this was taking place, the very worst case scenario after parting ways with with my old publisher was always that I would do the full production of the book myself, guaranteeing my investors (you) got what you invested in. I've been working nonstop editing the artwork for the book I've collected in the last couple years, showing it to industry people and looking for opportunities to add to it. Currently the plan is to self publish but if another door opens I'll gladly walk through it. Either way, you get what was promised.
As you can tell, I've found a major ally. This is extremely exciting! NASA has always worked closely with Hollywood because they understand the importance of sci-fi to create interest in youth in perusing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in order to work in the aerospace industry when they grow up. People on this level have access I could not previously imagine covering NASA as a reporter with news media access. Now I will get to show you all this behind the scenes as well as a good portion of the movie being filmed on location at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the movie premier at either KSC's IMAX or The Smithsonian's.
Though these projects could delay the release of the book a year or more as I gather this extremely rare material (I will try my hardest to keep the delay as short as possible, working on the book when I am not working on the movie) it will be immeasurably well worth the extra wait to let you see things NO ONE else in the world can or will show you!
If you want to order prints now, just let me know and I'll get them out as quickly as possible so you can gift them if you like.
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