Nearly 50 years ago three astronauts launched from the Earth and headed towards the Moon for the first time. Astronauts Frank Borman, Bill Anders, and James Lovell were the first people to ever leave the Earth, and we have their story.
In December of 1968, amongst social strife, campus unrest, and a difficult war in Vietnam, these brave men ventured into unknown territory. They were the true pathfinders of the Apollo program.
They brought back with them a photograph known as "Earthrise" photographed by Astronaut Bill Anders. This photo became one of the most printed and viewed photos in history, was immortalized by a US postage stamp, was displayed in the oval office, and changed how we viewed our planet.
In January 2018 we launched a Kickstarter for First to the Moon, requesting $100,000. This campaign was unsuccessful by about $35,000. Because of this we have re-evaluated the budget for the film and will be making some sacrifices and cutbacks in order to get the film made for a lower budget. We are continuing to push forward and need your help to raise as much as possible to get this film funded in time for a December release! It is urgent that we achieve our MINIMUM $50,000 goal as soon as possible so that we can begin ordering film transfers, a process that can sometimes take up to 2 months to complete.
First to the Moon tells the life story of these three men, how they grew up, served in the US Military and eventually became the first people to travel to the Moon. This documentary is told through their own interviews and rare archival photos and film.
If funded, "First to the Moon" will feature exciting photorealistic animations of the Apollo 8 flight, recreating famous moments from the mission, such as the Earthrise photo, the reading of Genesis, TLI and TEI maneuvers.
We are scanning in many never before seen film reels from the National Archives and other sources which show how Apollo 8 really happened. These film reels will be painstakingly cleaned and restored in high definition.
After completion of the film, all NASA archival material will be uploaded and distributed for free on Archive.org.
The stories of these three men have never been fully realized on screen, and the journey of Apollo 8 has never been illustrated in the way that we intend to bring it to life.
First to the Moon looks at how Apollo 8 happened, and how in the year 1968 they were able to bring some hope to a world in chaos.
After Apollo 8, environmental legislation began to appear in ways never before seen. Just two years after this mission Earth Day was created. Congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Air Act, from which came the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As we were still traveling to the Moon in the 70s, the Catalytic Converter was installed in vehicles to help eliminate toxic emissions. The Endangered Species Act is formed, the Clean Water Act is signed, and DDT is banned.
From Apollo 8 spawned the most profound environmental legislation in history. So as Bill Anders says, "We went to the Moon, but we discovered Earth."
We have completed detailed interviews with Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, filmed many original artifacts including the Apollo 8 capsule, and all principal photography of the film is complete.
Research effort has been put into locating rare photographs and film from their personal histories and from the Apollo 8 mission itself.
We are ready to move forward with the edit and post production, but we need your help to fund these steps.
Our goal of $50,000 is the bare minimum that we need to move forward with the film. Any extra funds earned will go directly into the film, more funding means more footage, better quality animation, and better music. It all adds up!
WHAT WE NEED
Filming is complete, we need your funding help to do post-production on the film and get it out in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 flight.
Archival Film: We need funding to transfer over 50 reels of 16mm and 35mm film from the National Archives in Washington DC, all relating to the year 1968 and the Apollo 8 mission.
Color News Clips: Clips from CBS, ABC, and NBC are needed to illustrate what the world was seeing at the time.
Animation: We need funding to pay an animator so we can deliver exciting and photo-realistic animations of the Apollo 8 flight. These animations will help illustrate the journey of Apollo 8 as has never been done before.
Music: We aim to deliver an amazing musical experience to go with you on the journey around the Moon. We need funding to hire our composer, sound crew, and orchestral players to bring the music to life.
- Complete post-production on the film and have it released by December 2018, in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 Mission.
- Deliver all rewards by December 2018.
- Spread awareness of what NASA did in 1968 and could do again if our space program were allowed to thrive like during the Apollo program.
- Upload all Archival film to Archive.org after the completion of the film.
STRETCH GOAL: $100,000
On February 24th we successfully funded our campaign at $50,000. This is the absolute minimum amount required. The closer we get towards our stretch goal, the better our film will be.
This means we won't have to give up scanning precious archival film, ensuring that every piece of historical evidence from this mission makes it's way onto the screen.
We can have our musical score recorded by a live orchestra, relying less on computer generated sounds, and more on the human touch that is synonymous with the mission of Apollo 8.
Our animations can be done better, ensuring that the cinematic experience is ever more timeless.
Risks and challenges
Our only risk is not getting enough funding to complete the film. Kickstarter is all or nothing, we must reach our goal to complete the film. No money, no movie!
Please Note: Shipment of physical rewards may be delayed after the December launch and digital delivery of the film due to production time of physical items.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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