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A film about the moon, friendship, ambition, and space ice cream. Two young men attempt to create their own independent space program. Read more

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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 21, 2012.

A film about the moon, friendship, ambition, and space ice cream. Two young men attempt to create their own independent space program.

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/

MOON QUEST 

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"

OUR STORY

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 CAST


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.

BUDGET

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.

Thanks,

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    "Thank you!" -- For this, your name will be listed in the closing credits of the film. We will also post a brief message of gratitude for you on our production blog. Be prepared, because the words this incentive promises will be warm.

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    For $15, you will receive a DVD of Moon Quest (see project description for details) along with a thoughtful, public Thank You.

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    $25 will get you a SIGNED 6.5" x 8.5" headshot from our star rat actor, Gus, along with a Moon Quest DVD and a public Thank You.

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    $30 will get you your DVD of Moon Quest signed by Dustin Hamlin, Brad Roelandt, and Robert Benfer. You'll also get the 6.5" x 8.5" signed headshot from our star rat actor, Gus.

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    For $50, you can have one item of mystery clothing (this can be anything from yoga pants to Christmas sweaters or tuxedos) as featured in a colorful scene from the film. This will be provided in addition to Gus's Headshot, a Moon Quest DVD and a Thank You on our blog.

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    "Thank You! (Again!)" -- For a $100 pledge you will receive free access and be officially invited to any screening of the film, (including film festivals--travel costs not included). We will give you a Special Thanks in the credits of the film and on IMDb. And swept up in a fervor of gratitude, we will hand-write a passionate (and possibly romantic) letter of appreciation for your contribution. This will come in addition to an item of mystery clothing, a signed headshot from Gus, a copy of Moon Quest on DVD and a public Thank You.

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    The FIRST FIVE pledges to meet or exceed $100 will have the option to receive a shooting script used on the set of Moon Quest. (Signed by Dustin Hamlin and Brad Roelandt). This comes with all of the incentives listed above.

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    If you submit $200 or more, we will return the favor by providing you with your very own Associate Producer credit on IMDb and in the film, along with an 11" x 7" Moon Quest Poster--these will come in addition to the incentives listed above.

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    Instead of receiving a shooting script signed by the directors, the FIRST FIVE entries of $200 or more will earn one signed by the ENTIRE cast--this will include Dustin and Brad along with Robert Benfer, Jack Howard, Sam Campbell, Jeremy Medina, Connor Lloyd Crews, Nik Oldershaw, Michael Hampton and Eric Hamlin. This comes in addition to every non-limited incentive listed above.

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    Backers who give $250 or more will get their own PROJECT MOON QUEST Crew Uniform, along with each non-limited incentive.

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    The FIRST person to pledge $250 or more will receive the golf flag used in the Kickstarter video in addition to a Crew Uniform and the other non-limited incentives posted above.

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    If you submit a donation of $500 or more, you will be reimbursed with a large 24" x 36" Moon Quest poster, along with every single non-limited incentive above.

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    The FIRST backer to provide $500 or more will get their very own PROJECT MOON QUEST Space Helmet. This item plays a major role in the feature and will be modeled similarly to the helmets seen in the Kickstarter promo.

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    A submission of $1,000 or more will get you an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on IMDb. You will also receive a personalized PROJECT MOON QUEST Crew Uniform that will have your name and position printed on its back.

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    The FIRST submission of $1,000 or more will have a choice between the Rocket Ship featured in this Kickstarter promo or our 100-page pre-production notebook for the film. The SECOND to submit this amount will receive the remaining of the two. (These will come in addition to every non-limited incentive above).

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    For a donation of $2,500 or more, you will be sent an exclusive bonus DVD of raw takes and mishap throughout pre-production and production of the film (which we hope won't be too easy to complete). This incentive will come in addition to every non-limited reward listed above.

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    The FIRST person to donate more than $2,500 will receive the ENTIRE backdrop used in this promotional short. Here's why you want this--chances are, you're currently not living a version of your life in which your living room/bedroom/bathroom looks EXACTLY like the moon. Now, consider this: what if you did? Yeah. That's why we're bringing this possibility to you. Also, in addition to the backdrop, you'll receive every non-limited incentive listed above.

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    You're heroic. In fact, if you donate over five thousand dollars, we will make a brand new film for you and send it on DVD. We hope that you will show this to all of your friends so they can understand how great of a person you are, because that is certainly what the film will aim to express. And, of course, you will receive every listed non-limited incentive.

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    Also, if you're the first to donate $5,000, we'll send you the gorgeous pair of Italian shoes that Alan is seen wearing throughout the film. (See the project description for photos). This will come in addition to every non-limited item above.

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    You're beyond heroic. For this reason, if you donate $7,500 or more, we'll let you take the wheel. Tell us what you want in a movie, and we'll make it and send it to you on DVD. That way if you show it to your friends, they'll understand not only that you're very generous, but that you've also got a great hand at screenwriting. $7,500 will also earn you a promise for adventure. If you donate this much and you live within the continental US or Ontario, we'll fly to your town and give you free fun. This could mean anything, from a day of laser tag to Christmas dinner with your family. We will film the whole experience, too, so you can relive it on DVD when we're gone. We'll hand-deliver all of the non-limited incentives listed above.

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    You look magnificent today. Stunning. If you decide to cut to the chase and fund our ENTIRE project, we'll try to do a lot to make up for it. First, we'll give you every single non-limited incentive: An adventurous hand-delivery of 3 DVDs (Moon Quest, Raw footage and takes, your personalized film), two Moon Quest posters, Gus's signed headshot, two Crew Uniforms (one personalized, one generic), an item of mystery clothing, and a passionate letter of appreciation. All of this happening while the fourth DVD is in progress, a document of the journey. And, well, beyond that point the best way to show our appreciation is to take you to Disneyland. We cannot pay for travel, but if you happen to be in the LA area, we'll buy your admission for a day in the Magic Kingdom. If getting to LA is an issue for you, we'll do the same for any theme park of your choosing, (as long as it is located within the continental US or Ontario). We'll probably hug you too.

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Funding period

- (23 days)