Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Aurora Centauri project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$881 pledged of $50,000 goal
backers
By Kiley Butler
$881 pledged of $50,000 goal
backers

About this project

WELCOME ALL GEEKS!

Imagine the cinematic fusion of C.S. Lewis and Joss Whedon. What you’ll get is an epic, live-action sci-fi adventure reminiscent of Firefly and the Space Trilogy brought to you by AreaOne and Timid Monster Productions.

...and there’s a little something for everybody:

  • SCI-FI GEEKS: Still mad that Firefly got canceled? We are too! $10 buys you a copy of Aurora Centauri, a proper sci-fi adventure in a world of danger, legends, and survival.
  • FILM GEEKS: For $25, get the film and learn how it was made in the the Behind the Scenes Film School. A collection of interviews and tutorials with the cast and crew will show you how to get the most out of the gear you already have.
  • YOUTH LEADERSHIP GEEKS: Take your program to another world... literally! Get your hands on the Leadership Kit for $75. Use Aurora Centauri with the 4-week curriculum and accompanying media assets to speak to your youth in an entirely new language.

THE FILM

A dark nebula slowly forms in the far reaches of the ‘verse, engulfing a group of asteroids known to their inhabitants as New Liberty.

Aurora, a shuttle courier for the colonies, has built a bunker to endure the destruction of her world. But she needs one more part. A risky yet lucrative Priority One job saddles her with two siblings and a choice. Complete the job and survive in isolation? Or take a chance on myths and legends that might save the kids and herself for a better world...

Written and produced by the award-winning Timid Monster team, the Aurora Centauri series takes you into a live-action sci-fi adventure, a world where disgruntled settlers have left their planetary system for a better life, only to find destruction and hardship. In four short episodes, a world, and its dangers and mysteries, will unfold before Aurora... and you.

SCREEN OUR OTHER FILMS!

Get to know the Timid Monster team and catch exclusive screenings of our other films, Avarice and John Gray. And of course, get exclusive updates on Aurora Centauri...

THE BEHIND THE SCENES FILM SCHOOL

...a complete dissection and presentation of the making of a sci-fi film. Behind the scenes featurettes will show you how we did it and how you can do it too. Here are only a few of the award-winning crew you’ll hear from:

We'll also include production documents like the screenplay, shot list, and storyboards so you can study how this film was made from the ground up.

THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TOOLS

AreaOne Ministries has been working in hands-on youth leadership for over 20 years, and we know how important (and difficult) it is to have high-quality curriculum and media for youth events. So we're taking our experience as youth leaders and creating a 4-part message series that communicates the timeless value of selflessness in a way that will impact youth all over the world.

The curriculum will follow Aurora through her adventure with a study that introduces youth to questions like:

  • What does it look like to be selfish? What does it look like to be selfless?
  • What stops us from being selfless?
  • What is culture telling us and how is it influencing our priorities?
  • What does God and His Word say about selflessness in my relationship with God? What does that look like in my life?

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE...

Along with the curriculum, your Leadership Kit will come with all the media assets a modern youth event needs: jump-backs, backgrounds, lower 3rds, graphics, animations, message intros, promo clips, and more.

Our multi-media team has traveled internationally teaching multi-media production and has worked for media savvy organizations.  You’ll receive easy to edit project files and media in multiple resolutions and formats.

SEE A SAMPLE OF OUR WORK...

THE TEAM

Kiley has ministered to youth through various ministries, bands and churches for over 20 years. He has served as President of AreaOne since 2002 and is chief architect of all AreaOne events. He also heads up the TechLifeLine education and live production divisions.

SEE AREAONE IN ACTION...

Dan works out his social anxieties by producing and directing films (and he's been fortunate enough to win a couple awards in the process). He's a proud New Mexican and prefers green over red.

WATCH DAN'S REEL...

After writing short films for six years (two of them award-winning), Jess had the opportunity to intern with The JESUS Film Project, writing short films and mini-series for ministry application. Some tried to draw fresh attention to New Testament stories by setting them in a fantasy present day. Others taught basic Campus Crusade discipleship principles in a first century setting. She now freelances in Orlando, FL and often writes specifically for ministry application.

LEARN MORE ABOUT JESS...

Risks and challenges

There are dozens of little things that can catastrophically trip up and delay a production of this size. Here are some of our common risks and challenges and ways we've learned to mitigate them:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Screenplay: what if it's not compelling, or you can't complete it before production begins?

Good writing is difficult. It's not something you can force. That's why it's important to rely on experienced writers that are familiar with genre conventions and audience expectations. Jess and Dan have been writing screenplays long enough to know when to seek outside help, and when not to, when to hole themselves up and push, and when to take a day off.

We also plan to take time to do table readings in order to better gauge audience reactions before production begins.

Worst case scenario, a rewrite could delay production, causing us to miss our rewards deadlines by a month or so. It makes no sense to put an enormous amount of time and effort into shooting this project if the story isn't solid.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Cast: you're not in LA or New York, where are you going to get professional actors?

Believe it or not, there is a wealth of talent in the Mid-South. Memphis and Nashville both have healthy film scenes, and we've been fortunate enough to build great working relationships with the major talent agencies.

Included in the budget are funds to hire professional cast, and who knows, if we wind up raising more than our goal, it would be entirely possible to hire a named actor.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Inclement Weather: The weather in the Mid-South can be wacky in the spring, what if you get rained out?

Bad weather is not a big threat so long as the production is scheduled correctly. All of our outdoor shoots will be scheduled at the beginning of production, while indoor shoots will be scheduled for the end. That way, if we get rained out at the beginning, we can just pick up and move indoors and keep shooting. We'll save those outdoor scenes for later in the production when the weather clears up again.

Granted, non-stop rain for weeks on end could delay production. We will make sure to communicate any weather related delays.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Injury or Equipment Damage: What if the lead actor gets injured or the camera breaks?

These things do happen and will cause delays. While we can't control the unforeseen, we can prepare for it. A strict and professionally run set will keep cast, crew, and equipment safe, and in the case of an unfortunate accident, the budget includes funds for a comprehensive insurance policy that will help keep things moving.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Visual Effects: That all sounds very ambitious for the timeframe you have in mind, can you really do it?

It's true, it's an ambitious project, but here's why we're confident:

-We're intentionally planning on doing the majority of visual effects on set, which will save enormous amounts of time in post production.

-Included in the budget are funds to hire outside help. That's key. If all the visual effects work bottlenecked on one person, it would never get finished.

-We carefully weighed this project against what we've been able to accomplish in the past. In 2009 with $4000 and less than two months time, we turned around a richly detailed steampunk short-film called John Gray. The timeframe on that project was insane, but the team held together, and the final product went on to win awards at festivals for three years straight.

All that said, there are always delay-causing hiccups; a delay of a month or two past deadline is not uncommon on films like these. One way to deal with that is to deliver a simpler, stripped down version of the film by the deadline, so that those depending on it for events and services will have it. We would then take another month or two and refine the finished product further.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Loss of Data or Equipment: What if lightning strikes and fries our hard drives and we lose the footage?

Redundancy, redundancy, redundancy! We've learned the hard way to never rely on a single point of failure. The budget includes funds to purchase primary and backup storage devices, and all backups will be kept off-site.

Between our team we have 3 working computers with all the software we need to see the project through. Also, included in the budget are funds to hire outside help.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

What if you grab the money and make a break for Mexico?

Our cars are pretty run down, you could probably catch us without much effort.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS: and a high-five next time we see each other.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A digital copy of Aurora Centauri and your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    BEHIND THE SCENES FILM SCHOOL: a copy of Aurora Centauri and all the behind the scenes goodies as a digital download, plus your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    PUBLIC SCREENING LICENCE: a public screening license and copy of Aurora Centauri, and the behind-the-scenes film school featurettes, all available as digital downloads. Plus, your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP KIT: a public screening license and copy of Aurora Centauri, the accompanying curriculum and multi-media assets, the behind-the-scenes film school featurettes, all available as digital downloads. Plus, your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    BROADCAST LICENSE: use Aurora Centauri and its accompanying curriculum and multi-media assets in your event's broadcast. Includes a copy of Aurora Centauri, the accompanying curriculum and multi-media assets, the behind-the-scenes film school featurettes, all available as digital downloads. Plus your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT: Plus all of the above rewards.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS, PLUS: to the highest donor, our team will come out to your event personally to screen the film and hold discussions or workshops (travel costs outside the Memphis area are the sole responsibility of the contributor).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)