A film about the moon, friendship, ambition, and space ice cream. Two young men attempt to create their own independent space program. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 21, 2012.
About this project
—Please watch the video. It's a short followed with an informative lecture by Robert Benfer—
PRODUCTION BLOG —http://moonquestproduction.tumblr.com/
After a breakup, Neil meets Alan, and finds a new enterprise to latch onto. With united ambition, they both know their frontier— the moon. Now they just have to get there. And they will. Why wouldn't they?
Moon Quest is a story set in the new space age of now – the 21st century. Describing things too much ruins them though. Here are the two statements from the video that we feel help compose the atmosphere of what we're going for. As life forms, we really think atmospheres are the way to go.
Statement 1: The boosters of the Saturn V Rocket, the rocket that pushed the Apollo spacecraft out of our atmosphere into orbit, had the same amount of energy in them as the atomic bomb. That's destruction harnessed into momentum with focus, and that's beautiful.
Statement 2: Bill Anders, one of three men to first see the moon up close in orbit from the windows of Apollo 8, and consequently, one of the first men to see our Earth from a distance, had this realization after a long time of staring out at his home planet contrasted with desolate surface of the moon – "We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the earth"
We are Brad Roelandt and Dustin Hamlin. We met online at a young age—a result of a shared interest in silly internet videos. As two years passed, a passion for filmmaking brought us together in capricious collaboration or something. The original Moon Quest made a large event out of what was already our first meet-up. It was shot in 24 hours. The results were rough, but it started a lot in us. Now our idea of the film and its characters has rapidly expanded over the past few years. So we’re making a feature out of it. It was the small step, this is the giant leap.
Our group's current Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/FingerPointSnap
Dustin's Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SillverTree
Brad's Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/deadkenny3000
The thing about meeting your creative kindred spirits online, is that they tend to live everywhere that you don't. Our circle steadily expanded its reach. We’re bringing along a lot of people from around the world to take part in this. Here they are:
Robert Benfer — Austin, TX - United States
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/KnoxsKorner1
Jack Howard — Lincoln - United Kingdom
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/OMFGItsJackAndDean
Sam Campbell — Brisbane - Australia
Standup he does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgcZzjr6sGg
A cartoon he made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya7Ijsm2uYs
Connor Lloyd Crews — Austin, TX - United States
A short he made: http://youtu.be/nDUD1ui_PmY
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HBCLC
Jeremy Medina — Detroit, MI - United States
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/JereMedia01
Nik Oldershaw — Severna Park, MD - United States
A video with Jeremy: http://youtu.be/_XaHVsx8wwc
Michael Hampton — Nashville, TN - United States
A short he made: http://youtu.be/JGxKNjXYXYA
Eric Hamlin — Dayton, OH - United States
A video he's in: http://youtu.be/WI2GySe2Nc8
Gus (Rat) — Detroit, MI - United States
Gus hasn't done anything with his life yet.
The distribution of our expenses will go as follows:
Travel - As you might guess just by browsing through the cast, travel’s going to play a pivotal role in the production of Moon Quest. Getting all of these people together is expensive. We’re estimating 1,500 dollars each for Sam and Jack, though it's hard to give an exact figure with the inconsistency of international airfare. We will also be traveling for the film, carting the equipment and crew in a van around Michigan.
Licensing - We’re hoping to get as close to our imagined vision as possible. We have a composer for the film, and will be using some original material, but ideally, we'd also be able to acquire permission to use a few other songs we have in mind for key scenes. If that proves out of our range, we'll record approximation covers of them, and that still requires purchasing performing rights. Some of them are very attainable positioned on smaller independent labels, and a handful are on larger labels. Whatever amount we raise determines what we'll be able to go for, and how close the film will be to our ideal vision of it.
Equipment - We own a Panasonic HMC-150, an HD camera that the film will be shot on at 24fps. We're going to be buying a Letus Extreme 35mm adapter on our own dime. The main cost here is going to be in renting lights, and professional sound equipment.
Props, Costumes, and Set Design - Moon Quest is going to have a meticulously arranged color palette. We're going to scope out the cheapest available options, but we're still going to have to be buying a very specific set of items. That goes for the costumes and props as well. The primary of which is the spaceship: a hulking mess of metal. We know how we're going to build it, but it's going to call for some welding, which is best done by a welder. We're working on befriending local welders (really), but that could still end up costing us.
If funding is successful, this film will begin shooting July 20th.
$10,000 is the bare minimum. The more money this makes, the closer it’ll resemble our vision of the picture.
With your help, we can make this possible. It'd mean the world to us. We'll even throw the rest of the universe into that phrase. Moon included.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
- (23 days)