About this project
Hello and Welcome!
We're a team of filmmakers who love science and science fiction, and were inspired to share the story of the space elevator after learning that a group of scientists were working to make it a reality. People often ask us where the idea of a space elevator came from, how it works (or how could it?), and what it's like for people to work on a project that is seemingly impossible-- all of which is covered in our film. We're in post-production now, and are asking for your help to cover finishing costs, so we can share this fascinating story with the world!
Driven by mankind's inherent urge to explore, and often by a desire to make the world a better place, a group of scientists and entrepreneurs endeavor to build an elevator to space.
For the past several years, the SKY LINE team has been following the space elevator community as they pursue a seemingly impossible vision. From attending various scientific gatherings, to covering NASA’s high-stakes Space Elevator Games, we got to know the major players and watch their successes and struggles, both personal and professional. As we wrap up filming and head into post-production, we're asking for your help with finishing funds, so we can bring this fascinating story to life.
In the world of Arthur C. Clarke and other sci-fi giants, the concept of a space elevator is not new. What most people don’t know is that scientists around the world are working hard to figure out how to build it. Some believe it will solve the energy crisis, some want easier access to raw materials in space, and others just want to travel to the heavens and gaze upon Earth. For most of them, the space elevator is more than just science fiction, it is a goal that can actually be achieved.
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INSPIRED BY SCIENCE FICTION:
The space elevator has a rich history in science fiction. In that spirit, we are fortunate enough to have support from several prominent artists. By donating at the corresponding level, you can receive the following autographed works of art:
SPACE IS THE PLACE by musician Jesse Gelaznik
Inspired by Sky Line, Jesse has created this stunning work of art exclusively for the film's backers.
A FALL OF MOONDUST by David A. Hardy
In 1994 Hardy produced a number of production paintings for a film version of Arthur C. Clarke's A Fall of Moondust. Sadly, as so often happens with movies, it failed to raise enough money to go ahead. This is the scene where two 'dust skis' leave the shadow of lunar base Port Roris at dawn to find the area where the Selene has sunk in a sea of dust.
SPACE ELEVATOR by Richard Bizley
Richard is a fellow of the Association of Astronomical Artists, and his work has been published in a series of magazines and books, as well as been exhibited around the country. His creations are so precise that it is sometimes thought he works digitally. That couldn’t be further from the truth -- he meticulously paints everything by hand.
SPACE HOTEL by David A. Hardy
The space station was originally painted when Hardy was Consultant on Space Tourism for Thomas Cook, which followed publication of his book with Bob Shaw, Galactic Tours: Thomas Cook Out of This World Holidays (Vacations in USA) in 1981. It consists of a 'wheel', rotating to produce artificial gravity by centripetal force, and a 'zero-G stadium' in which tourists can engage in games and sports, and even fly using strap-on wings in weightless conditions. He produced the digital version, with the ISS in the distance, for Futures in 2004.
FLOATING CITY by David A. Hardy
Also for Galactic Tours: the inhabitants of Pharonia built 'flying cities' to cope with a population explosion. But the polar caps began to melt, causing a rise in sea-level, so they had to build more aerial cities. Then it was found that it was the anti-gravity fields themselves that were causing this 'global warming'.
MUSIC LEVEL: WOLF IN A SPACESUIT
Artist and composer Algebra Huxley's music has been called a "catalogue of pain, set to beautiful melodies, but it’s also a coded recipe for hope." We were so lucky to have WiaS provide a lot of the music for our soundtrack, while generously donating one-of-a-kind sketches and a full discography for use in the Sky Line campaign. (Check out www.wolfinaspacesuit.com)
With your help, we can finish telling this amazing story…
Risks and challenges
While production delays can often occur on film projects, we feel confident we can meet our deadlines. In the event of a delay, we will adjust accordingly, and keep you updated along the way. Another common challenge with independent films is getting distribution, which is why we plan on using film festivals to showcase the project, in an effort to secure a deal that allows as many people as possible to see the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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