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Sol tries to send Lunar a Valentines message, but things don't go to plan, leaving the very existence of Night and Day in jeopardy.

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'Lunar Attraction' 

An Independent Stop Motion Animated Short Film

Sol tries to send a message across the Universe to Lunar, the woman of his dreams. However things don't go to plan, leaving the very existence of Night and Day in jeopardy.
- SOL - Guardian of the Sun and - LUNAR - Guardian of the Moon
- SOL - Guardian of the Sun and - LUNAR - Guardian of the Moon

What is 'Lunar Attraction'?                             
'Lunar Attraction' is an independent, stop motion animated short film. It is the collaboration of Writer/Director Michelle Arbon and Artist Mab Graves. 'Lunar Attraction' is a Victoriana/Steampunk tragic romance with a twist. 

'Lunar Attraction' Short Film Synopsis.                             
Set in a Steampunk theater, where the whole world is literally a stage, two lonely Guardians spend their lives creating Day & Night. Sol is Guardian of the Sun, he watches Lunar, Guardian of the Moon, from a distance. He longs to be with her, but the pair are separated by the entire Universe. 

On yet another lonely Valentines Day, Sol decides to take action and send Lunar a Valentines message. With no way to contact her, Sol decides to send a message in the sky with his cloud machine. After several failed attempts, Sol finally creates his message, the perfect heart shaped cloud. As the cloud quickly floats away, it goes too high and gets stuck in the machinery above the stage that controls the Sun and Moon. Suddenly, we see the Moon join the Sun in the sky, causing a Solar Eclipse. The World is plunged into darkness, leaving the very existence of Night and Day in jeopardy. As Sol and Lunar try to fix the problem, the pair meet for the first time above the stage. Will the pair find love beneath the Eclipse and will they sacrifice their happiness to restore Night and Day?

Early Concept Sketches.                             

We want to create a classic Victorian style theater with a Steampunk twist. The theater will be typically Victorian in style and colour, but with the addition of Clockwork and Industrial Revolution style machinery that will control the Sun and Moon. 

Theater Concept Drawings
Theater Concept Drawings
Stage Layout
Stage Layout

We want the balconies to create a strong sense of the isolation that both 'Sol' and 'Lunar' experience. We hope to achieve this by making their rooms very compact and without windows. Even though the pair are both Guardians, we want their world to feel very small and their rooms will reflect this. 

Balcony Room Concept Drawings
Balcony Room Concept Drawings

Both of their rooms will be filled with items relating to their jobs as creators of Day & Night. We want a constant reminder that beyond their work as Guardians of the Sun & Moon, 'Sol' & 'Lunar' have nothing. Their rooms will have lots of Clocks, Alarms, Calendars and Time Tables, reminding us that their lives are constantly ruled by the Calendar.

Why are we trying to raise £18,000?                             
Everybody loves sock puppets...obviously, but for 'Lunar Attraction' we want to create something really special and unique. A film that we would all love to watch and a film that you would love to be part of. 

• Before filming can begin we will need to build a fully functional miniature Victoriana/Steampunk theater set. We will also need to build the miniature Earth, Sun and Moon. 

• Lunar and Sol have been beautifully designed by the Artist Mab Graves. We're hoping to get legendary puppet makers 'Mackinnon & Saunders' to make our characters and bring Mab's designs to life. 

• We will need to hire a studio space for the duration of the shoot. The film will take four months to shoot from start to finish, we will shoot 6 second per day...!!

• Phil Wood our Director of Photography will need to use very specialist lighting to create the conditions needed for the Night and Day scenes and of course the Solar Eclipse. 

• We  hire in the latest Dragon Stop Motion capture software.

• We have two very experienced Animators to help bring our characters to life. We will need to cover there expenses for the duration of the shoot.

• We will then edit and grade the film on Adobe Premiere software.

• Enos Desjardins will add the sound design and music to the film, to give that final flare.

• The title sequence and finishing touches will be added (including animating our lovely hand drawn audience members!) 

The film will then be complete and ready for your viewing pleasure!

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The Rewards!

What is in it for me if I donate?
The feel-good factor of supporting independent film and of course one of the awesome incentives! 

We're offering a great selection of incentives, please see some of these below......

Our Latest Incentive....

THE 'GEPPETTO' INCENTIVE

Fancy spending a day in the Studio and Animating part of the set? You'll get to be part of the 'Lunar Attraction' Crew for a day and work alongside our incredibly talented Animators and Crew members. This is a great way to enjoy the full film making experience and really give you hands on experience of being on a set.

With this incentive you'll also get a Guest Animator Credit on the Film, IMDB and the 'Lunar Attraction' website.

To remember your experience, you will also receive a framed photograph of yourself with the Character and you will be part of our 'Behind the Scenes' Video.

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AN ORIGINAL 'SUN & MOON' CAMEO by THE MAGNIFICENT ARTIST MAB GRAVES. 

We have just two of these incredible 'SUN & MOON' Cameo Necklaces up for grabs. Designed by the amazing Artist Mab Graves, these enchanting Cameos are beautifully adorned by the Sun and Moon. Mab is an incredible Artist with an amazing eye for detail and these wonderful cameo's are truly stunning.

'SUN & MOON' Cameo by Mab Graves
'SUN & MOON' Cameo by Mab Graves

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Everyone who donates will be added to our 'Special Thanks' list on the 'Lunar Attraction' website!

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AN OFFICIAL 'THANK YOU' POSTCARD.

One of our Official 'Lunar Attraction' Thank You Postcards could be yours. We have 2 designs for you to choose from. These will be sent out in July.

  • Postcard 1 - Lunar Attraction Ticket Stub Design. 
  • Postcard 2 - Special Thanks Poster Design (Personalise this and add your name.) 
Postcard 1 - Ticket Stub Design
Postcard 1 - Ticket Stub Design
Postcard 2 - Special Thanks Poster Design
Postcard 2 - Special Thanks Poster Design

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AN ORIGINAL 'LUNAR' ILLUSTRATION by MAB GRAVES.

- IT'S GONE - (This incentive has been snapped up, but we still have plenty of fantastic incentives for you to choose from).

We have one 5"x7" Original 'Lunar' illustration by the Artist Mab Graves up for grabs. This is a one off illustration and no prints will ever be made. Take home this beautiful illustration, she's original, she's unique and she can be yours! This incentive also comes with an Executive Producer Film Credit, a Credit on our Website and an IMDB Credit!

Original 'Lunar' illustration by Mab Graves
Original 'Lunar' illustration by Mab Graves

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BE A CHARACTER IN THE END CREDIT SEQUENCE.

You can become a Character in the end Credit Sequence, as part of the Audience. We have 40 of these "seats" available. All you need to do is send us a photo of yourself (or a loved one) and we'll create a hand drawn character to be part of the Audience in our Steampunk Theater. We will send you a seating plan so that you can choose your seat. You'll also get a personalised postcard, printed with your very own Character design. Along with this you will also get a Film Credit, a Credit on our Website and an IMDB Credit for your starring role!

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A 'LUNAR ATTRACTION' DVD.

We are offering DVDs of the completed film for you to enjoy! The DVD also includes Special Features - 'Behind the Scenes' Video and Stills, Interviews with Key Crew Members, 'Bringing Lunar and Sol to Life' video and much more! (This will only be available to 'Lunar Attraction' supporters and will not be on general release). 

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AN OFFICIAL 'LUNAR ATTRACTION' POSTER.

The Official 'Lunar Attraction' A4 Poster will be designed using the iconic Lunar and Sol Eclipse image. Once the Puppets and Theater Set have been built, we will then create the final image of the film which will also be used on your Official 'Lunar Attraction' Poster. The Poster will be sent out to you just before we begin filming! This Poster will only be available to our film supporters.

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LIMITED EDITION 'LUNAR & SOL' PRINTS by MAB GRAVES.

We have 25 sets of beautiful Limited Edition 'Lunar and Sol' prints, designed by the wonderful Artist Mab Graves. Take home this adorable couple! There will only ever be 25 of these printed, so get them while you can! 

25 Limited Edition prints of 'Lunar and Sol' by Mab Graves
25 Limited Edition prints of 'Lunar and Sol' by Mab Graves

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ONLINE FILM SCREENINGS & 'BEHIND THE SCENES' VIDEO PASSES.

We have online screenings of the film and 'Behind the Scenes' video passes available.

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AN ORIGINAL 'LUNAR & SOL' ILLUSTRATION by MAB GRAVES.

- IT'S GONE - (This incentive has been snapped up, but we still have plenty of incredible incentives for you to choose from). 

We have one 5"x7" Original 'Lunar & Sol' illustration by the Artist Mab Graves. This is a one off illustration and no prints will ever be made. Take home this beautiful illustration of our characters to adorn your wall. This incentive also comes with an Executive Producer Film Credit, a Credit on our Website and an IMDB Credit!

Original illustration of 'Lunar and Sol' by Mab Graves.
Original illustration of 'Lunar and Sol' by Mab Graves.

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Who are the 'Lunar Attraction' Team?   

To read more about the team please visit the 'Lunar Attraction' website. Here you'll find more information, crew bios and links to our personal website and showreels. WEBSITE: http://www.lunarattraction.com/                   

Michelle Arbon (Writer/Director) 

Sarah Senior (Producer) 

Mab Graves (Character Designer) 

Phil Wood (Director of Photography) 

Helen Watson (Set Designer) 

Enos Desjardins (Sound Mix and Edit) 

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Will this film be any good?                             
We certainly hope so... the team are going to spend a lot of time and effort to make this film a reality. We have a really incredible and talented crew onboard and we are working with some of the best people in the film industry.  

  • The script has been developed with Sue Breen. Sue is an independent Producer and Script Consultant, who has an incredible CV, including four years as Head of Feature Development at Aardman Animations and Producer of TV Series 'The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby.' 
  • The characters have been beautifully designed by the Artist Mab Graves. Mab is a world renowned Artist and was the 2009 Art vs. Art Champion Winner, where she also Won the Butler Scion Grand Prize.  
  • The film is being produced by award winning Producer, Sarah Senior. Sarah is a graduate of the NFTS, where she gained an MA in Producing. She also runs her own production company. 
  • Phil Wood our Director of Photography shoots commercials, short and feature films. He shot this years BAFTA nominated short film 'The Voorman Problem' and has previously been nominated for Best Cinematography at the Cork Film Festival.
  • The set will be designed by Helen Watson. Helen is a Production Designer for TV and Film Productions. She has worked on many award winning short films, including one of this years BAFTA nominated short films.  
  • The sound design will be completed by Enos Desjardins. Enos has worked on many short and feature films including feature film 'The Sweeney'.  

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We now need your help to complete 'Lunar Attraction'. Please pledge whatever you can afford. If you can't afford to pledge, you can still help by sharing this page, liking us on Facebook or following 'Lunar Attraction' on Twitter.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/lunarattraction

FACEBOOK: https://en-gb.facebook.com/lunarattraction.shortfilm

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COMPETITIONS

- THE MAGNIFICENT MAB GRAVES ORIGINAL ‘LUNAR’ CAMEO COMPETITION -

Our wonderful Character Designer, Artist Mab Graves, is offering an exclusive ORIGINAL ‘LUNAR’ CAMEO to one of our lovely film supporters. Everyone that makes a £10 pledge towards ‘Lunar Attraction’ will be entered into a Prize Draw to WIN a wonderful Original Cameo by the Amazing Artist MAB GRAVES! If you pledge £10 your name goes into the box once, if you pledge £20 then your name goes into the box twice etc.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize is make at least a £10 pledge on our Kickstarter page. (We’re offering some fantastic incentives to all of our lovely film backers).

Original 'LUNAR' Cameo by Mab Graves
Original 'LUNAR' Cameo by Mab Graves

The Winner will be drawn at random from a box containing all of the names of those who have made a £10 (or more) pledge towards ‘Lunar Attraction’ on the Kickstarter Page. Names are drawn at random. There is no cash alternative. Each entry into the box requires a £10 pledge.

- THE AMAZING HEART SHAPED CLOUD PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION -

We are looking for the best Heart Shaped Cloud Photograph!
The WINNING Heart Shaped Cloud will be the design used for our Heart Shaped Cloud in the film. You will also get a Cloud Designer Film Credit, an IMDB Credit & a Credit on the 'Lunar Attraction' Website. We will also send you a personalised 'Lunar Attraction' Thank You Postcard on completion of the film, showcasing your Heart Shaped Cloud.
Send your name, contact details & photographs to:-
info@lunarattraction.com 

We love clouds!
We love clouds!

You must be the owner of the photograph and therefore hold the copyright for any photograph taken. You must agree that you would be happy for your design to be used for ‘Lunar Attraction’ in all formats and sign a contract stating so. The Thank You Postcard will be sent out on completion of the film and Credits given accordingly. There is no cash alternative.

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Where can I learn more about the project?
Please visit our website, here you will find more information about the film and characters, as well as updates about how we are getting on, crew bios and the names of all of our lovely supporters.

You can find all of our latest 'Lunar Attraction' news and updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

WEBSITE: http://www.lunarattraction.com/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/lunarattraction

FACEBOOK: https://en-gb.facebook.com/lunarattraction.shortfilm

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What happens if you don’t reach your target?                             
Kickstarter is an all or nothing model! If we don’t reach our target no-one gets charged and we don’t make the film. That’s why we need you and your family and friends! So please, even if you can’t donate, help us by spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook or by word of mouth. 

Can you exceed the goal?                                                                
YES! This would be fantastic. Exceeding our goal would allow us to make an ever better film. Kickstarter allows projects to go over their targets. If we do go over our target, every penny will still go into making the film as good as possible. 

Is my pledge amount publicly displayed?                                          
Nope. Only you and the project creator will be able to see your pledge amount. 

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?                                                                 
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

Can I gift a reward?                                                                            
YES! Definitely. In fact we tried hard to create rewards that would make brilliant gifts. Donate through all the normal processes of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send you a message. We will request things like your address from you at that time. Please reply with all the recipient’s information and let us know it’s a gift and we'll send you a gift certificate.

I'm not in the UK, can I still pledge?                             
Yes. You can pledge from anywhere in the world. All you need is a debit or credit card. 

What is the money going to be used for?                                                
If we raise our target we can shoot and deliver the completed film. 

Will all the money be used for the film?                             
Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly into the 'Lunar Attraction' budget - i.e. your money goes directly into the funding of this film. 

How do we contact you?                             
There are many ways to contact us, you can email info@lunarattraction.com, via the Kickstarter comments, or contact us using our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you have any questions or suggestions for rewards that you would like, please just leave us a comment.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are always risks and challenges when creating any project, but we will work very hard to ensure that these do not effect production in any way. We are working with a truly fantastic crew, who are incredibly talented and know their jobs inside out and we are confident that we can deliver 'Lunar Attraction' to a professional standard.
We will be keeping you constantly updated with 'Lunar Attraction' and how production is coming along, we will do this via Facebook, Twitter and the 'Lunar Attraction' website. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our film.
Michelle Arbon

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    BE A CHARACTER! Star in the 'Lunar Attraction' credit sequence. At the start of the credit sequence we will have a hand drawn animation of the 'Audience'. You can be part of this and have your very own character designed and animated! You will also receive a personalised postcard, printed with your Character, together with a Film Credit, a Credit on the 'Lunar Attraction' website and an IMDB Credit for your starring role! You will also receive an Official DVD copy of 'Lunar Attraction' on completion of the film, and of course a 'Lunar Attraction' Thank You Postcard and A4 Poster.

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    THE GEPPETTO REWARD. (UK BASED) Fancy spending a day in the Studio and Animating part of the set? You'll get to be part of the 'Lunar Attraction' Crew for a day and work alongside our incredibly talented Animators and Crew members. This is a great way to enjoy the full film making experience and really give you hands on experience of being on a set. With this incentive you'll also get a Guest Animator Credit on the Film, IMDB and the 'Lunar Attraction' website. To remember your experience, you will also receive a framed photograph of yourself with the Character and you will be part of our 'Behind the Scenes' Video.

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    TWO LIMITED EDITION CHARACTER PRINTS. Get two Limited Edition A4 Prints, one of each of our characters, Lunar and Sol. These have been designed by the wonderful artist MAB GRAVES. There will only ever be 25 Limited Edition Prints of each of the characters and you'll be the proud owner of a pair of these. Take home this adorable couple! You will also receive an Official DVD copy of the film on completion. The Official A4 Poster will be sent out to you just before we begin filming! Until then, an Official 'Lunar Attraction' Thank You Postcard is on its way to you. Your name will be added to our 'Special Thanks' list on the 'Lunar Attraction' website!

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    AN ORIGINAL FRAMED 'LUNAR' ILLUSTRATION by MAB GRAVES and receive AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT. An original 5"x7" illustration of Lunar, designed and signed by the artist MAB GRAVES. This is the original illustration and no prints will ever be made. You will be the able to take this beautiful illustration home with you. You will also get a Executive Producer Film Credit, a Credit on the 'Lunar Attraction' website and an IMDB Credit. You will also receive an Official DVD copy of the film on completion. The Official A4 Poster will be sent out to you just before we begin filming! Until then, an Official 'Lunar Attraction' Thank You Postcard is on its way to you.

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    AN ORIGINAL FRAMED 'LUNAR & SOL' PAINTING by MAB GRAVES and receive AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT. An original 5"x7" painting of Lunar & Sol, designed and signed by the artist MAB GRAVES. This is the original painting and no prints will ever be made. You will be the able to take this wonderful painting home with you. You will also get a Executive Producer Film Credit, a Credit on the 'Lunar Attraction' website and an IMDB Credit. You will also receive an Official DVD copy of the film on completion. The Official A4 Poster will be sent out to you just before we begin filming! Until then, an Official 'Lunar Attraction' Thank You Postcard is on its way to you.

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