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

—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 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. 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

Robert Benfer — Austin, TX - United States

Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/KnoxsKorner1

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:

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. Salvage yards will be used to acquire this, and we're going to be buying a good amount. Enough to add up.

Travel - The final section of the film will be shot in northern michigan, which require a migration of a bunch of people and equipment in a van and a few supplementary vehicles. 

Licensing - We hope to be able to acquire permission for a set of songs all on small labels that we've already begun exchanging emails with.

As for everything else, the equipment we either already own or will be purchasing on our own dime. The film will be shot on a Panasonic HMC-150 in 1080p HD at 24fps, with a Letus Extreme 35mm adapter. Original music will be composed by musician and friend, Rob Duffy, who will be working with us to create a soundtrack inspired by Joe Meek, best known for his 1962 hit, "Telstar". A galloping celebration of the burgeoning space age in the 60's.

If funding is successful, this film will begin shooting July 20th. 

$1500 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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