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"Dark Moon" - a sci-fi thriller set on the Moon 50 years into the future. An homage to the great, idea-packed features of the 1970's.

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Our company is called Fresh Ground Pictures - a nod to both the spirit of indie filmmaking, and the fuel that drives the motion picture industry (coffee).

We are seeking funds to complete financing for a feature film - "Dark Moon". The film is a sci-fi thriller set on the Moon, about 50 years into the future. After discovering something unusual, a small crew on board a cargo shuttle is tasked with transporting the mysterious shipment through the perpetually dark, frozen shadowland of Shakleton crater at the Lunar South Pole. The "cargo" becomes the object of an intense cat and mouse game when the shuttle is hijacked and the crew is in peril from outside and within.

Shakleton Crater
Shakleton Crater
Concept Art - Cargo Ship in Lunar Darkness
Concept Art - Cargo Ship in Lunar Darkness

I’ve always been interested in stories that place a small group of characters in a confined, difficult space. I like the idea of stories based in fact, but really stretching the boundaries of what’s possible – not just in the environment, but what each character is capable of when pushed to the limit - what their strengths are, but just as important, how they deal with their weaknesses.

Concept Art - Cargo Ship
Concept Art - Cargo Ship
Concept Art - Cargo Bay
Concept Art - Cargo Bay

My goal with this project is to have an outstanding, thought-provoking audience-pleaser that can be released for limited theatrical/festival showings, television/cable broadcast and home video. The movie is an homage to the great, idea-packed sci-fi features of the 1960's and 70's.


Having written, directed and produced another sci-fi feature film - "Ascension" - several years ago, we are confident that this project can be put together with a very limited budget.

 "Despite the shoestring budget, the film looks terrific: it's shot on 35mm and Krawlzik has an extraordinary eye for striking compositions. The moodiness and claustrophobia become almost intolerable as the mysterious tale unfolds." - Jurgen Fauth, ABOUT.COM

Watch the "Ascension" trailer:

My wife and I co-own a film and video production company, so we have most of the technical resources available to us. The movie will be a blend of live-action shot on sets with actors, green-screen shooting, model photography and computer generated animation. The script is finished, and we hope to have our funding by sometime late this Spring. We're proceeding to cast and design the film now, so we can start production late summer of 2013. Our goal is to shoot for 21 days, spread over several months. The post production should be finished by the end of Summer 2014, and festival submissions can begin then.

Concept Art - Ship Interior
Concept Art - Ship Interior
Concept Art - Cockpit
Concept Art - Cockpit
Concept Art - Crew Area
Concept Art - Crew Area
Concept Art - Cargo Ship
Concept Art - Cargo Ship

We need funding for:

  •  set construction
  •  actors
  •  crew
  •  music
  •  sound design
  •  visual effects

Every dollar counts! We make films that look like Hollywood but actually have a brain and a heart.

John Krawlzik
John Krawlzik

To learn more about our unique method of making movies, check out the website from our previous effort: www.ascensionthemovie.com

Interesting tidbits:

  • "Dark Moon" has a total cast of 6 people.
  • "Dark Moon" is set in Shakleton crater on the lunar south pole - the base of the crater never receives sunlight because of it's extreme angle to the sun and the depth of its walls.
  • Most of the film takes place in a lunar cargo ship. Think of "Das Boot" and you have the right feel.
  • We'll probably shoot the movie digitally, but if we end up reaching our stretch goal of $77,000 we can shoot on 35mm film.
  • I have a refrigerator stocked with 35mm film recans and overstock - just about enough for a feature film.
  • My wife wants the refrigerator back.
John Krawlzik
John Krawlzik

I've always had a fondness for films from the 1970's, and I'd like to get that gritty look into the visuals of "Dark Moon". If we reach our stretch goal of $77,000 we can shoot 35mm. If we only reach our basic goal of $57,000, we'll make the digital capture look as "documentary" as we can.

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Our biggest challenge is time. Everyone working on the film has employment obligations outside our project. We need to build sets, models, costumes and props pretty much from scratch. We did this before with "Ascension", so we know it's possible. That project took about two years from start to finish. The scope of this film is smaller, but much more intense.

Virtually the entire movie takes place in a small, cramped space vehicle - kind of like "Das Boat" on the moon. Getting the best performances from our actors is paramount. The tension they feel, their triumphs and tragedies must engage audiences completely.

We intend to build the interior of the moon craft as one set with break-away sections. We'd like to provide our actors with surroundings that feel real, and allow as much interaction as possible. This is a major challenge of low budget film-making.

FAQ

  • No. We need to have our finances in order first. We want the best - not necessarily the best-known.

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  • Of course. The more contributions we receive, the more attention the project gets. We've seen it happen before during the last hours. If we don't reach our goal, your contribution is not charged, and we don't receive any funding.

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  • Not yet, but we have the script, the design, the talent and the know-how to do it. One way or another, DARK MOON will get made. Kickstarter funding will allow us to make the movie we envision.

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