What is Span
about? Not so much the plot, but what is the heart of the film. The answer is
Span is a feature length science fiction film, but at its core,
it’s a mystery/suspense film set against an unusual backdrop and containing
unique characters in extraordinary circumstances. It is a tale of people
charged with executing the most important mission in human history and to what
ends they will go to see it through.
Span is also a tale about what it truly
means to be human. It explores how hard one will fight to hold on to continuing
life. When people ask me what span is about, I often counter with the
questions; if you knew the exact day you were going to die, how would your life
change? Would you make new and different choices every day and what would those
choices be? Most importantly, if you knew not only when you were going to die,
but when you would be reborn, what kind of person would you be? Especially if
you were one of the last five people left alive...
question I often get from people is; why crowd funding? Since we have
traditional investors involved, why would we reach out to fans and supporters.
In a video I recorded for this campaign, I discussed my desire for this to be a
project fueled not just by the passion of the filmmakers, but the passion of
the fans as well. I wanted it to be a film where people could participate in the
process at every step.
As a filmmaker, I am often in the
position of working with a small group of talented individuals as we conceive
and produce projects and then I send them out into the world for audiences to
evaluate and hopefully enjoy. The crowd funding efforts allow us to share the
film at every stage of development. It allows the fans and audience to see every
evolutionary step that the film takes and observe it as it grows from concept
into a full fledged feature film. That is very exciting for us.
In fact, it is that feeling of excitement that brought together the core group of producers, designers and special effects artists that comprise our production company, The Difference Engine. After carving out our individual careers, we all found ourselves in a position to conceive and execute a film that reminds us of why we chose these paths to begin with...
So where does the crowd funding
money go? It goes to assist in two areas of production; set construction and
Anyone who has ever made a film
will tell you that there is a lot of compromise involved. I have the benefit on
this project of working with some extremely talented and experienced VFX
artists, designers and CGI artists. The virtual world created for Span will be
unique and fully realized. Knowing that, I want the physical world of Span to match that level of quality and
The production team is dedicated to
creating sets that are both expansive in their scope, but also capable of being
as fully functional as possible. We do not want our world to be one where
objects and locations feel too “convenient” in their design. We want it to feel
like a space that was constructed by people for people with every detail
realized as though it were our world.
As for casting, I have been
privileged on many to work with both established “Hollywood” talent as well as
relatively unknown actors who are at the beginning of their careers. I want to
continue to bring that mixture of seasoned talent and exciting new faces to Span. There are many actors that we are
considering for the roles in the script and when we find the people that are
right, we don’t want to be forced to compromise.
is a project that is very close to our hearts at Difference Engine Films. It is the project that brought us all
together and has inspired us to try to bring something that is both genuine and
different to fans of the genre. We are committed to making the film that we all
want to see and we are especially thankful to all of you for joining us in that
cause. We look forward to not only sharing the final film with all of you, but
to having you all along every step of the way. Thank you again for all of your
- Paul Moore