Searching for Skylab
We are a fully independent project, born out of passion, expert knowledge and great interest in sharing knowledge with others. Over the years, the story of Skylab has been relegated to space experts and enthusiasts and our goal is to bring the importance of its missions back to the forefront of public memory.
Writer & Film Director
Award-winning author of Live TV from the Moon, Live TV from Orbit, and editor of Skylab 1 & 2: The NASA Mission Reports, Skylab 3: The NASA Mission Reports, and Skylab 4: The NASA Mission Reports, Dwight returns to the art of film making. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of Skylab, he presents the largely forgotten Skylab Program in a detail on film not seen since 1973.
Dwight was born in Sydney, Australia and became an international broadcasting professional. After studying television theory at North Sydney Technical College he moved to San Diego, USA. He returned to Australia and worked in TV before heading back to university where he majored in Psychology. Following his studies he decided that television was where he truly wanted to be and returned to the TV industry. From there he heard about the expansion on satellite TV in Eastern Europe and jumped on a plane to work in Europe: first in Great Britain, and then in Germany - where he still works today as a transmission engineer.
Today, we are relying on your help to promote our film of this incredible American achievement and keep it alive in memory of the human race worldwide! Why? Because like experts agree: "It changed the way we live on this planet!" - Glen Nagle, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex
Your donation supports our post-production, our licensing, marketing, and the publicity expenses needed to make the film an undeniable success. We need your help to achieve our absolute bare minimum of £15,000.
America's Forgotten Triumph
Searching for Skylab is the first ever feature-length documentary about this forgotten era of NASA’s space program, which falls under the immediate shadow of the historic Apollo missions.
We have interviewed many people involved in the outstanding Skylab program, including most of the original astronauts who flew the missions.
On every significant Skylab Anniversary the Team of Searching for Skylab made video files available in their entirety for you to enjoy. Our audio requests to JSC have resulted in comprehensive PAO Audio files from each of the 3 missions being made available on the Internet Archive. In many cases these tapes have gone through a process called “baking” in order to bring them to an acceptable level of quality. In the majority of cases these tapes have not been played since 1973/4! With your help, we are looking to make Skylab a household name again.
Indeed, we are well on our way as information about Skylab is now more available to the general public than ever before.
No further filming is required, but we need to still complete the post-production.
The colour grading and final edit are the crucial phase in the film-making process. We require the expertise of an experienced colour grader to ease the burden of getting the film ready for its July 2018 launch date at the Spacefest in Arizona.
Acquisition of the 16mm footage
We need to acquire archival NASA footage. We are working from watermarked screeners, but will need to pay the costs of getting the clean footage delivered to us for use in the film, once the rough cut is completed.
Marketing & Promoting of the Film
Being independent, we need a strong and robust marketing and promotion campaign to make sure our potential audience knows about the film and sees/purchases it. We already have a solid social media base, but good publicity will help people learn about Skylab.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge would be not achieving the much needed public support. Nevertheless, we are determined to make this film a success and will continue to do our absolute best with what is available to us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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