"We wanted to tell a story that very few people have heard of, one that comes from the depths of the Kremlin vaults. At Out Of This World Pictures we strive to shed light on untold stories from a time when secrecy and espionage were top priority."
The story of Lone Cosmonaut focuses on a young test pilot name of – Ivan Orlov – who has been given the gracious honour by his Soviet government to be the first man on the moon, or at least attempt to be. His journey is met with extreme danger and conspiracy as the whole world listens and watches a man who is slowly coming to terms with his grim fate.
The film is based on real conspiracies about the USSR potentially sending men and women up into space in extremely poorly made capsules in an attempt to be the first country to put a man on the moon. Those who failed had their names erased from history to try and cover up their failures. Our film tells the ‘What If’ story of a man left for dead by his country who may have truly existed.
Who are we?
Out of this world Pictures is a Newport based production company comprised of seven-grad year student from Newport Film School.
Producer Ava Martina, Editor Tia Parkins, Scriptwriter Elliot Baker, Director Jack D’Souza-Toulson, Cinematographer William Maas, Sound Design, Christopher Hannan, Gaffer Damian Boyd
How will it look?
We have various locations at which we are shooting. Our exterior locations juxtapose the majority of the film that is set in the claustrophobic environment of the capsule and concentrate on Ivan’s personal story. Whilst our interior locations show how Ivan’s situation plays out on a political level, affecting those back on earth.
“As this movie is much more challenging than those that I have previously worked on and is allowing me more creative freedom then through the use of lighting aesthetically I would like to create a wide and varied colour palette through the use of multiple lighting set ups and a wide range of gels that draw on cold war era influences. Although the space inside the capsule is limited and will be a large obstacle to overcome, I plan to alter the light throughout the film as though IVAN was actually moving through space.” Damo Boyd
“Inside the capsule we want to create the sense of isolation by using close ups and negative space to show how alone he is as well as showing how much Ivan depends on what’s in the capsule around him. With my knowledge of cinematography I will achieve some of the more ambitious parts of the film, such as zero gravity. I intend to accomplish this with the use of the camera to give the feel and look of zero gravity by framing the subject with dutch angles and fluid camera movements, using tracking and Steadicam shots. We also intend to film on a high-speed camera to make Ivan and the props around him appear weightless, to name but a few of our approaches.” Will Maas
We are working in partnership with Art department students from our Treforest campus, Helen Shortland and Holly Payne.
They will be dressing the capsule set we are having built for us up in London by our Senior SFX technician Peter Toulson. Over the past few months we have been working with the designers developing the interior and finding simple yet effective ways of making a realistic and practical set, complete with camera traps for our complex zero gravity shots.
For Lone Cosmonaut, the music will take influence from traditional Russian music, while maintaining my cinematic, orchestral style. It will incorporate several middle eastern instruments to achieve this, such as the Duduk or the Oud. It will be strongly thematic and emotive, centered entirely around the main character, Ivan. His theme will be simple and proud, and as the film progressed this theme will grow and change with his situation. Once the score is complete I will be working closely with Christopher to ensure maximum impact of the score whilst sustaining a good balance between the music and sound design
Why we need you?
We are trying to raise a total of £2,500 towards the costs of the production, in addition to the money we are already investing ourselves. Here is a rough breakdown of where your money would be going:
-Acting fees, we're paying our actors for their time and covering their travel expenses which all adds up.
-Set design and Props, our capsule set is being built from scratch using strong materials to add in fixtures upon completion.
-Locations, to film in our at our gorgeous locations we require funding to pay for hire costs and filming permits.
-Travel expenses, To move our star studded cast, crew and heavy equipment around requires use of a minibus for each day of shooting on location which, as you can imagine, gets quite costly.
Formerly a test pilot for the Soviet Union, Ivan is a young ambitious man with his dreams and sights set for the stars. With a War Hero for a father and an entire life of Soviet propaganda embellished into his mind, Ivan is prepared to do anything and everything to reach the same honour and respect as his father. His naiveté will land him in the biggest threat to his life, and his methodical nature must prove to be his only source of salvation when facing death.
Borislav has strained and worked for years under the Soviet government to work as the head of the Soviet Space program – The mission to the moon has now become his baby. In his old age, Borislav has become sloppy in his work and garnered a liking for the finer things in life. He is the Communist who much prefers a Capitalists lifestyle. With his silver tongue, he dishes out a banquet of inspiration if only to cover up his more outdated skills as an engineer.
A lieutenant for the US Army and a Counter-Intelligence Spy for the CIA, Jeff Lockwood leads a team of radio analysts intercepting transmissions to get word on what the silent enemy is up to. Lockwood has had a frivolous career across Italy and Indochina and is the guy in charge of making the tough choices for his country, even when human lives are at stake.
The youngest and brightest of the American Radio Analysts, Hank is fluent in Russian and still riding the honeymoon of his recent newlywed status. Bounding with energy and desire to succeed, he is responsible for intercepting Ivan’s distress signal but must also fight against the more stubborn Lockwood in an attempt to adhere to the cosmonauts dying wishes – or even better, saving his life.
The abandoned fiancé of Ivan, Natalia has spent her life in high optimism over her soon-to-be husband’s success. She’s full of life and supportive of her fiancé, even in his more vain moments and still retains that the day he proposed was the best day of her life. In Ivan’s final moments, Natalia manifests herself as a representation from his memory to give her final goodbyes to the man she still loves.
Over the past few weeks we have hosted a series of auditions and call backs, where we saw talent coming from all over the UK, from London and Cardiff to Manchester and Porthcawl. A portion of the funds raised will go towards covering actors travel expenses and paying them for their time.
Our fantastic cast of 5 really shone through and made a lasting impression. We have really enjoyed working with the cast so far and look forward to rehearsals where we will be developing the characters together. Here’s a still from our most recent rehearsal where we were trying out some on-script improvisation.
Risks and challenges
This project requires the teams full knowledge and experience in order to accomplish the more challenging aspects. The main difficulties we face include the lack of space with which we have to film in, accomplishing zero gravity and creating realistic and accurate sets and costumes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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