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How do you fight zombies in zero gravity? An astronaut exhibits scary behavior after accidentally inhaling microbes from Martian soil.
How do you fight zombies in zero gravity? An astronaut exhibits scary behavior after accidentally inhaling microbes from Martian soil.
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MICROBE is a 3D short film about a near-future mission to Mars that goes awry after an accident releases soil containing alien microbes into the ship’s atmosphere.

We have shot Microbe and now it's time to finish! Kickstarter has been there for us from the beginning, now we need one final push to get us over the finish line.

On Set of Microbe
On Set of Microbe

The Story - How do you fight a zombie in zero gravity?

Three astronauts – Duncan Pike (Scott Peat), the classic tough-guy leader, Miranda Foley (Joan Farrell), pretty and a bit goofy, and Ellen Madison (Amy Dallen), the dorky but loveable scientist – are on the long return voyage from Mars. While studying soil samples, Madison discovers living microbes. It is our first encounter with verifiable extraterrestrial life. During the ensuing celebration, one of the containers breaks open, spraying Foley with particles. A short time later, Pike discovers Foley curled in a fetal position. Chaos is about to break loose on the ship. This is a thriller that will force the characters to confront the question of what it means to be human.

The Vision

The goal is to create an extremely realistic vision of what a manned mission to Mars would actually look like. In other words, there will be no “artificial gravity.” We will use green screen and digital effects to simulate zero gravity. The 3D will enhance this effect by pulling the audience into a world with no up or down. We have actual scientists involved in space exploration as technical advisers to help us maintain the realism. We want to use this environment to create a thriller unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Where Your Money Will Go

Pulling off a film like this, even a short one, requires lots of highly technical equipment. We funded production with a grant, a previous Kickstarter campaign, and, naturally, some of our own money. Now we need money to finish the film Some of the major outstanding budget items include:

-Renting facilities for ADR and mixing.

-Costs associated with scoring.

-Costs associated with visual effects.

-Facilities for color timing and other film finishing.

-Various miscellaneous costs such as producing DVDs and film festival submissions.

We need $2,000 to finish the film, but that won't cover all of the outstanding costs. We're hoping to reach at least $3,000 to help us get the film out into the world. As a stretch reward, if we get $3000, we will host a "virtual premiere," streaming the film and offering a Q&A with filmmakers and cast!

What else can you do to help? Spread the word! Let your friends know about the Microbe Kickstarter campaign.

The People

Many, many people are involved in the production of Microbe. Here are a few that you might be interested in.

Doug checking the monitor
Doug checking the monitor

Doug Eboch (writer/director) is best known for writing the original script for the movie Sweet Home Alabama. While very proud of this film, it has typecast him as a romantic comedy writer. He’s hoping Microbe will be the first step in pursuing stories closer to his true passions. Doug has degrees in screenwriting and film production from USC film school. He’s written and directed for stage (Prank Monkeys, Sleepover at the Stable) and games (Nightmare Cove).

Amy getting into focus
Amy getting into focus

Amy Dallen (Madison) hosts the Geek & Sundry vlog Talking Comics, and starred in several shorts, including Moon Cycles.

Scott on Set
Scott on Set

Scott Peat (Pike) was the star of the zombie movie Dead Season. He has also starred in over 70 national TV commercials and done guest roles on shows like NYPD Blue and Monk.

Joan having fun on wires in her "diseased" make up
Joan having fun on wires in her "diseased" make up

Joan Farrell (Foley) has had roles in a handful of films including Killing Frisco, White T and Death Tunnel. She also performed on stage in Prank Monkeys, directed by Doug Eboch. 

Andrew behind the camera
Andrew behind the camera

Andrew Shuford is an LA based Cinematographer who's skills have earned him a long list of clients including Hollywood celebrities and even The President of The United States. He excels in both narrative formats and documentary, and has worked for the likes of: HBO, The Discovery Channel, The Obama Campaign, ESPN, and HGTV amongst many others.

Chesney Hawkes (composer) is a successful pop singer and songwriter (http://www.chesneyhawkes.com). He will score Microbe.

Roxy Shih (producer) has produced many films, including the award winning Seahorses and Deadly Revisions.

Reed Johns (production designer) has designed such films as Seahorses and Beyond the Mat. He even worked on Sharknado!

Tim Hendrix (visual effects supervisor) is a recent Art Center College of Design graduate who has already won an Emmy and an Addy.

Howard Heard (editor) has had divergent interests in filmmaking, creative writing, and math and sciences. He has been a film editor for more than thirty years, working on forty-six features, more than fifty hours of prime time episodic television, pilots, miniseries, four documentaries, and other short films and commercials. He co-edited the Emmy Award-winning episode of St. Elsewhere entitled, "Afterlife," and the Eddie-Award-winning MOW, Women of Valor for CBS.

Many more people worked on the film, and we are grateful for their talent and effort!

First Time Using Kickstarter?

Don’t worry, it’s easy. If you’ve ever bought anything on Amazon, it works much like that. Amazon processes the payments to Kickstarter. You simply select what level you wish to give at. If Microbe raises $2,000 or more, you will be charged at the end of the fundraising campaign. If Microbe does not raise the full $2,000, you will not be charged anything. None of your financial information will be given to the filmmakers, though your contact information will be provided so we can fulfill your rewards.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is delay. If you look back at our original Kickstarter, it took us much longer to finish production than anticipated. We had trouble getting a great crew that was all available at the same time. Plus, some of our funding fell through requiring us to raise additional money after the Kickstarter finished.

The risk for post-production is much less since we already have the footage. Delay could still happen if people who have offered services become unavailable, but there are many fewer moving parts at this point. If we reach our goal, we are confident we can finish the movie in a timely fashion.

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