Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 12, 2011.

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ASTERNAUTS is a sci-fi comedy about two estranged brothers who come together when a mysterious object crash-lands in their pasture.

Meet the amazing MovieBrats Team....

THE STORY

For EARL, a man of the earth and his brother JOEL, whose head is literally in the clouds,  life on the farm is pretty uneventful: wake up, feed the cows, and sit on the porch until its time to turn in... that is until one night when something crash-lands in their pasture killing their best milkin' cow and stud bull.

Through this comic adventure, two estranged brothers come together to ward off an impeding Armageddon, a gaggle of sinister government agents, and the truth behind this mysterious object.

In the end, Earl realizes that even he is capable of believing incredible things, even if it’s just for a moment. And, in such a rote and predictable existence as ours, maybe having a little bit of wonder is a good thing after all.

Here is one of our concept art illustrations by the wonderful Tobias Trebeljahr...

HOW THIS FILM CAME TO BE

In February 2011, ASTERNAUTS was selected as a finalist for the Berlin Today Award at the Berlin Talent Campus (a section of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival for up-and-coming filmmakers). It was there while pitching ASTERNAUTS to 10 Berlin-based production companies that she met Alex Weimer and Esther Friedrich of MovieBrats, an award-winning production company with a specialty in 3D, visual effects, and animation.

Alex and Esther fell in love with the project and because of their extensive experience shooting in the U.S., they jumped right on board as producers of the film! Their amazing creative team over at MovieBrats will be working in-kind providing all the post-production we will need for the film including concept art, animation, special effects, and sound design.

Here is another one of our concept art illustrations by the amazing Tom Schirdewahn...

EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!

As you can imagine, making a movie like ASTERNAUTS is quite costly. Every dollar we raise on Kickstarter will help pay for:

  • The man power and machinery to dig a huge crater
  • A local Special Effects person to help us with everything from making the porch shake to drenching the area in fog and smoke.
  • A Stunt Coordinator
  • A small herd of cows, and a professional Animal Handler
  • Supplies to build a radio receptor tower perched on top of the roof and a "mysterious object" imbedded in the crater
  • Funds to rent a fleet of cars for our sinister government agents
  • Overall set design, props and wardrobe
  • Location Fees
  • A big generator to power all our lights out in the field
  • Accommodations for our out-of-town crew and cast
  • And enough food to feed a cast and crew of about 30 people for 6 days of shooting.

CAN WE RAISE MORE THAN $20,000?

Yes! Absolutely! And we hope we do because making the film is just part of the battle. Then we need to be able to get it out to the world and that requires press kits, publicity, paying for expensive festival entries and traveling with the film. Being present at the different festivals not only increases our chances of finding a distributor but also enables us as filmmakers to network and find future investors to greenlight our next project (which will hopefully be a feature film).

Funding on Kickstarter is always all or nothing. If we don't reach our funding goal, we will not get any of your thoughtful donations so please donate what you can and more importantly, please spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers!

ONE LAST BIG THANK YOU!

Again, thank you so much for your donation!! We REALLY appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. If you find yourself unable to make a financial contribution -- there are plenty of other ways you can help such as:

  • Word of mouth - share this project with friends and family. Tweet us, Facebook us... pretty much just anything to help get the word out there!
  • Be a Production Assistant on set
  • Volunteer to help shoot behind-the-scenes footage!
  • Offer to cook a meal or two for the crew
  • Help us secure sponsorships from local companies
  • Have a spare bedroom or second home? Perhaps you could host some of our out-of-town guests and become an Associate Producer in the process!

Really the sky is the limit and we could really use any and all help!

OUR AMAZING TEAM

By making an investment in ASTERNAUTS, you are making an investment in ALL OF OUR professional careers and helping us showcase our collective talents.

Much Love, The ASTERNAUTS CREW...

Marta Masferrer :: Director/Producer

Raven Burnett :: Writer

Alex Weimer :: Producer

Esther Friedrich :: Producer

Paul Knaus :: Co-Producer, Production Manager, and Locations Manager

Chelsea Kujawa :: Co-Producer

Vicky Boone :: Casting Director

Xiaosu Han and Andreas Thalhammer :: Cinematographers

Marcus LaPorte :: Production Designer

Javier Bonafont :: Art Director

Tom Schirdewahn and Tobias Trebeljahr :: Concept Artists

Stephany Baskin :: Costume Designer

Adrian Sieber :: Composer

Moritz Bock and David Henning :: Visual Effects

Jack Westerman :: Website Designer

OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS

We are delighted to share that Greystar Management has come on board to provide rehearsal space for the director and actors! Thank you so much!!

We are excited to announce that GREYSTAR ...

THINKING OF BECOMING A SPONSOR???

We have some fantastic perks for our corporate sponsors including:

  • Your corporate logo on our website, Facebook Page, end film credits, and ALL marketing materials
  • ALL-ACCESS badges to the set of Asternauts
  • Tickets to the premiere of the film!
  • A chance to be an extra in the movie!
  • Invitation to our wrap party so you can mingle with the cast and crew!

Please contact Marta Masferrer at marta@sandboxhero.com for more information.

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    Thank you SO MUCH for your support. Every dollar helps!!! As a supporter of our film you will get an honorary shout-out on our Facebook page, letting everyone know how much we appreciate your help!

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    FIRST PEEK: Along with a shout-out on our FB page you'll get a password protected link to the finished film PLUS your name will be posted on our official website as one of our supporters!

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    ESPERANTO! Along with a shout-out on our Facebook page you'll get a password protected link to the finished film WITH Esperanto subtitles... PLUS your name will be posted on our official website as one of our supporters!

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    FILM LOVER: In addition to the password protected link, you'll get a Special Edition Signed DVD with bonus features including a commentary track with the filmmakers and actors, behind-the-scenes documentary on the set of Asternauts and tons of post-production goodies on how we achieved the special look and feel of the film through production design, visual effects, sound design and score. You will also get a SPECIAL THANKS on our website! (Canada shipping please add $2, International please add $4)

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    FILM LOVER BONUS (DVD): In addition to the password protected link, you'll get a Special Edition Signed DVD with all the bonus features, PLUS a limited edition autographed MOVIE POSTER and a SPECIAL THANKS MENTION in the films end credits. (Canada shipping please add $6, International please add $8)

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    FILM LOVER BONUS (BLU-RAY): In addition to the password protected link, you'll get a Special Edition Signed BLU-RAY with all the bonus features, PLUS a limited edition autographed MOVIE POSTER and a SPECIAL THANKS MENTION in the films end credits. (Canada shipping please add $6, International please add $8)

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    DIRECTOR CIRCLE: Want to talk to the director about the creative process of bringing the film to screen? Receive all the benefits of the FILM LOVER BONUS pledge plus 30 minutes with the director on SKYPE or PHONE to answer all your questions personally. (Canada shipping please add $6, International please add $8)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Congratulations and thank you SO MUCH!!!!!! Your name will appear during the end credits under "Associate Producer" and on IMDB (the official Internet Movie Database). Also included is a 30 minute conversation with the director via SKYPE or PHONE, the password protected link, a Special Edition DVD or BLU-RAY (your choice) and an autographed MOVIE POSTER. (Canada shipping please add $6, International please add $8).

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    Become an ART COLLECTOR! Receive all the rewards of the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER level plus get 1 exclusive high-quality color art print of one of the film's concept art paintings (approx. size of 12x17’’/Din A3), signed by the artist along with a PRODUCTION STILL of how the scene actually came out! You can choose between 5 paintings, each with a limited edition of 3. So, there will be only 3 other people in the world to own the same print as you! And these prints won't ever be available anywhere else. That's a promise! You’ll also get a DVD and autographed MOVIE POSTER. (Shipping included)

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    Receive all the rewards of the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER level, PLUS 2 tickets to any festival screening of your choice, PLUS 1 of the concept art prints mentioned above BUT BIGGER (approx. size of 24x33’’/Din A1), signed by the artist along with a PRODUCTION STILL of how the scene actually came out! Each of the 5 concept art paintings has a limited edition of only 1 with these dimensions.

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    CO-PRODUCER: Wow! We are so thrilled to have you a part of the Producer's inner circle! Receive all the benefits of the Associate Producer level including two tickets to the festival screening of your choice (travel and accommodations not provided), and an exclusive opportunity to JOIN US IN BERLIN, Germany this Fall, 2011 (travel & accommodation not provided), to the live recording of the score of the film by the amazing composer Adrian Sieber and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the post-production process at MovieBrats production company. PLUS your name will appear during the film’s title sequence under the heading “Co-Producers” pretty close to the credit screen for the producers, so pretty much up front! And of course, on IMDB.

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    PRODUCER: You're in the big leagues now! Receive all the rewards of a Co-Producer PLUS an ALL-ACCESS badge to be on set during the shooting of ASTERNAUTS. Your name will appear during the film's opening title sequence under the heading "Produced by" -- just like us!

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    WALK THE CROISETTE! You should know, that the finished film is going to be registered with the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. This provides great exposure, screening options for buyers and more. Also, it comes with two accreditation badges for the Cannes Film Festival, one for the director, and… ONE FOR YOU! You will get access to festival screenings, gala premieres, the Marché du Film, go to parties and meet filmmakers from around the globe. You might even party with the stars ☺ (Travel and accommodation not provided). You will also get a PRODUCER credit, plus all the rewards at the Producer Level.

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