2nd Week Push for Seed & Spark

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[Reblogged from The Spaceship Production Diary]

Hey everyone,

Now that we’re in the middle of our second week of fund raising through Seed & Spark, I thought I’d send in an update and give the project another push. I have been in communication with the high brass over at Seed & Spark about the progress of this campaign. It turns out that their success rate on getting projects funded is 70%. That’s a good ratio (better than Kickstarter). I would hate for us to wind up outside of that 70% – so here is the second push for this particular blog.

Additionally, I wanted to thank everyone who has pledged to the campaign and helped spread it to their contacts. It means a lot. You folks recognize how important this film is for everyone involved and I’m beyond happy to see that. Thank you so  much.

Direct Link URL:  http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/spaceship 

Best,

Eric

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Seed & Spark | The Spaceship

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[Reblogged from The Spaceship Production Diary in its entirety]

Hey everybody,

We’ve launched a campaign to raise finishing resources through the website Seed & Spark. Please help us by contributing and just as improtant, spreading the word about our film and funding efforts. We’ve found the people for a Seed & Spark incredibly helpful and delightful to collaborate with and some of our peers have really jumped on board to get the word out. I hope you join us too!

-Eric

https://www.seedandspark.com/studio/spaceship

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Effective Fictional Spaceships

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The interior set of the original TARDIS from the 1960’s incarnation of Doctor Who. Courtesy BBC.

In this article I have decided to explore my favorite, top ten spaceships from movies and television – at least the top ten spaceships I feel are the most original, kick ass, story friendly designs and fit well within the .

The top ten wasn’t easy to establish and I know for a fact that a lot of hardcore sci-fi lovers will disagree with me, especially since some of my selections are obscure or aren’t considered primary designs.  My choices were made based on originality, functionality (within a fictional world) and technological inspiration.

 

 

tardis10. TARDIS

Time and Relative Dimension in Space is one of the most kick ass spaceships every put on film. The space, time and inter dimensional vessel from the hit BBC series Doctor Who is basically a police box that’s “bigger on the inside”, meaning the inside is a completely different dimension so it can be as big as the captain of the vessel needs it to be. So why does it resemble a 1960’s police box? Well, as Doctor Who lore goes, the TARDIS initially came equipped with  chameleon circuit that broke during one of the Doctor’s adventures in the 1960’s and became stuck in the police box form. The other attraction of the TARDIS is that she is essentially AI and completely in love with her captain – in the case of the TV show, the Doctor. Doctor Who? You ask, well that’s the real question isn’t it?

Futurama_Planet_Express_spaceship09. PLANET EXPRESS

If creating a list of top ten fictional spaceships wasn’t geeky enough, then including the Planet Express spaceship should be.  The primary vessel the main characters use in the show Futurama is an awesome ship, even for a cartoon. To top it off, the Planet Express building where its headquartered in New New York is also a kick ass design.

 

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08. MAX

The clam-like spaceship from Flight of the Navigator is a pretty pretty slick device which also comes readily equipped with an intelligent consciousness named Max, who assists the pilot, David, in navigating to his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The movie is also a good example of a story that deals with the problem of faster than light travel – in that the passenger will inadvertently move into the future and while all the people he or she knows will age, the traveler will essentially return unchanged.  In Flight of the Navigator, the traveler moves eight years into the future, which turns out to be quite a problem.  Although it’s a Disney film, it can be quite scary for children.  The smartest characters in the movie are the children as the adults act like selfish, thoughtless pricks. Yeah, it’s one of those movies. A part of the film that sticks with you is Max’s response whenever the Navigator gives him an order, he’ll say “Compliance” and executes his order.  After one watch, it’s easy to walk away and repeat “compliance” whenever someone asks anything of you.

firefly07. SERENITY

Okay, I’ll admit that this one had to grow on me. I wasn’t a fan of the show at first but am now in that group of people who just can’t seem to get enough of Firefly. The show, aptly titled, circulates around the crew of an old firefly class space freighter named Serenity. The over stylized “space western” might get annoying from time to time, but it’s all worth it to see the spaceship maneuver in the atmospheres of various planets as well as outer space.

Bird of Prey06. KLINGON BIRD OF PREY

The Klingon Bird of Pray is a classic Klingon war vessel which appear in most of the various incarnations of Star Trek.  I fell in love with the design of this ship when it appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. In the film, Captain Kirk and his crew utilize a Bird of Prey to go back in time to the mid 1980’s, in an effort to rescue two humpback whales and thus thwarting their extinction and the eventual destruction of Earth (aka Sector 001).  The ship is best known in Star Trek lore fore having an effective cloaking device thus rendering it invisible to the naked eye and advanced sensors at the whim of its captain.  Aesthetic appreciation note: the feature image from Star Trek IV is actually one of my favorite visual effect shots in cinema history.  The scene is where the Bird of Prey appears hovering over a whaling vessel to thwart an illegal whale hunt.

voyager05. VOYAGER

The Voyger is a class of starship from the Star Trek series that was specifically designed for combat and therefore its design wasn’t featured much outside of the Voyager series, for which it was designed.  This ship safely transported her crew 80,000 light years from the Delta Quadrant and survived some of the worst battles in Star Fleet history. The ship was one of the first to come equipped with bio neural gel packs which increase  the central computer’s processing speeds for all commands given to the ship and support to computer’s isolinear optical chips. Why wouldn’t she end up on this list?

01 Starship Enterprise04. Enterprise D (NCC-1701-D)

The flagship of Star Fleet from the TNG series is impressive in every aspect – but mainly because of the way it can make enemies of Star Fleet shake out of fear and scram whenever Picard and his crew show up during a dispute.  I’m hard pressed to list the reasons why this ship is impressive as I’ll likely neglect other amazing aspects, but a few include the saucer separation capabilities, efficient warp technology resulting in smaller nacelles and of course the impeccable crew and command structure is among the best ever portrayed on any televisions series.  It’s clear why the Enterprise D is the flagship of Star Fleet.

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03. Enterprise (NX-01)

Ten years in service, the NX class captained by Jonathan Archer helped get Star Fleet out there and exploring. While it hails from a relatively new show compared to all the other incarnations of Star Trek, the vessel is actually supposed to come before Captian Kirk’s Enterprise (within the Star Trek on-going story line).  Aside from the obvious importance of the vessel in the ST universe, another great thing about this ship is that all of the cool tech advancements it benefits from were designed and built by its crew, while they were away on their missions.  From advanced shields and weaponry to the simplicity of coming up with color coded alerts in the event of an alien attack.

landing02.  TROOP LANDING CRAFT from EPISODE I

The landing craft used to transport troops in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was selected as the only Star Wars universe spaceship because it was one of the few from that universe that actually had, in my opinion, a viable design that could also be useful in our reality.  The ship is not pretty, it is likely not that impressive as far as technology goes, but the design is perfect for its intended use: to transport troops to and from a planet’s surface.

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I remember some years back when the Episode I trailer was first released on the internet.  While all my peers were going ape-shit crazy about the pod race clips or the double edged light saber, I was nuts about the shots of these ships descending into the atmosphere of what I would later know as the planet of Naboo.  It’s too darn cool of a ship to be overlooked.

 

 

xfilesspaceship01.  X-FILES ALIEN SPACESHIP

The spaceship the enemy aliens used in the TV show The X-Files is foreboding and a mystery. It was always shown as a suggestion or implication and whenever it was seen, it was often very briefly and in small sections (an example would be the shot included in this article, where we only see a corner of it at the upper left part of the screen). The impression of enormity and danger whenever this vessel showed up was cleverly executed and therefore, because of the ingenious way it was depicted by the creators of the show, it has earned the number one slot on my list of kick ass fictional spaceships.  The spaceship from the X-Files only appeared at night, it was never really shown in “full” and so the actual design of it is relatively unknown.   I suppose it’s not so much the ship that’s impressive, but how the creators chose to portray it.

Abe – Rob McLellan

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abeI am ecstatic to have discovered an amazing sci-fi movie on youtube – it’s short and sweet and  is a must see for any Asimov fan (or any sci-fi fan for that matter). It seems to be a developing series of entries on Film Anthropology, where I’ve just started sharing some of the more amazing indie films that I’m discovering on the internet.  Not that it’s a bad thing, I quite like it and intend to keep them coming.  If you’ve made a short in the sci-fi genre, send it to me and I’ll give it a gander.

As far as Abe goes, the embed, links and credit info are right below.  I’ve also included a video interview with the director, which was made available via the video description.

Cheers,

-E

Website – abemovie.com
Facebook – facebook.com/abemovie
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rob_Mc1e11an

Direct Link URL:  http://youtu.be/3xovQcEOdg8

Also check out this interview with the filmmaker:

Direct Link URL:  http://youtu.be/RM5uUnRmJQI

Film Credits:

Credits:

Writer/Director – Rob McLellan
Manager – Adam Marshall / Caliber Media 310-786-9210
Agent – Chris Ridenhour / APA 310-888-4209
Facebook – facebook.com/abemovie
Website – abemovie.com
Interview with the director 30/04/13 youtube.com/watch?v=RM5uUnRmJQI
Copyright Zero-G Productions

Produced by
Rob McLellan …. producer
Liz Ridings …. co-producer
Mark Shuterland …. co-producer

Original Music by
Vanessa James

Cinematography by
Kate Reid

Film Editing by
Rob McLellan

Production Design by
Kiera Tudway

Set Decoration by
Sven Hornsey
Mark Sutherland

Costume Design by
Faye Fillingham

Makeup Department
Fay Booth …. assistant makeup artist
Karen Fundell …. makeup designer
Rebecca Johnson …. assistant makeup artist

Visual Effects by
Rob McLellan …. visual effects
Craig Stiff …. visual effects supervisor
Craig Stiff …. visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department
Kyle Mann …. gaffer
Nick Menniss …. second assistant camera
Sonia R. Serrano …. first assistant camera
Ricardo Williams …. electrician

R’Ha

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shortscifiytKaleb Lechowski, is the creator of a short film called R’Ha.  The short film is featured on Kaleb’s Vimeo Channel and since then a lot seems to be happening with Kaleb and a possible feature length version of the film.

Star Wars Producer Rick McCallum, the former head of Lucasfilm, will be jumping on board as Producer.

More info is available at the following websites:

http://www.facebook.com/rha.movie

Tumblr:  kaleblechowski.tumblr.com

Hartmut Zeller – Sound
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Dave Masterson – Voice acting
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Scott Glassgold / IAM Entertainment – Representation
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<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/57148705″>R´ha [short movie]</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user15732347″>Kaleb Lechowski</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

Direct Link URL: http://vimeo.com/57148705

-E

Manhattan Film Festival Submission Testimonials

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mffavatarThe Manhattan Film Festival has released a video of filmmaker testimonials, featuring selected filmmakers from the 2012 season. Included are: Phil Nelson (Festival Director), Eric Norcross (Caroline of Virginia), Mark Blackman (Welcome to Harlem), Kristina Harris (Diminished Chords), Erik Peter Carlson (Transatlantic Coffee) and Chloe Elaine Sharf (Nora).

The video was produced to build support among the independent filmmaking community in the hopes of discovering works that would otherwise not be submitted to the festival. MFF’s regular deadline ends February 25th, 2013 so filmmakers have time. The late deadline is March 18th and WithoutABox users can submit up until April 8th.  For more information visit MFF’s website at: http://www.ManhattanFilmFestival.org and find them on Facebook & Twitter.

Direct Link URL: http://youtu.be/3Hv-dsVutFY

Lipstick Lies | Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Festival Photos

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pkd2Last night LIPSTICK LIES screened with the PHILIP K DICK SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL at IndieScreen in New York City and Film Anthropology was there to support the filmmakers. Here is a link to some of the photos from the screening, including movie director Eric Norcross with the film cast: Samantha Rivers Cole, Gerard Adimando and Bill Woods among other attendees including Manhattan Film Festival Director Phil Nelson and actor Dan Shor (Tron, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).  All showed up for the PKD exhibition of this film.

Direct Link URL to Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcrossmedia/sets/72157632214894945/

 

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Filmmaker Profile: BJ Barretta

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BJ BarrettaBJ talked with us in Washington Square Park – NYC to discuss his film SURVIVING DEATH which will screen with us at the PHILIP K DICK FILM FESTIVAL at IndieScreen on December 8th. 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Filmmaker Profiles are produced by Eric Norcross for film festivals around the globe. For more information, visit his website: http://www.FilmAnthropology.com

For more information please visit the Philip K. Dick Film Festival website at:
http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/

And connect with us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/ThePhilipKDickFilmFestival

Soul… consciousness… what happens when we die? Is exploring the afterlife the purview of science, faith, or reality TV? Do we have the ability to know what lies beyond? The capacity to understand? And should we even dare?This award winning documentary by BJ Barretta explores objectively both sides of the debate providing insights into a possible solution. The viewer however needs to reach his own conclusion about the outcome.Insightful and entertaining.

Direct Link URL: http://youtu.be/TsAak6e86Qg

LIPSTICK LIES | Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival

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LIPSTICK LIES - One Sheet Oct 31 2012My friends,

I am excited to announce that my film LIPSTICK LIES is an official selection of the PHILIP K. DICK SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL and will screen with them in Williamsburg Brooklyn in December. The festival will be taking place at IndieScreen which is a phenomenal venue for independent film. We hope to see you all there, for those who cannot make it, rest assured I’ll be writing up on the events right here on this blog. So please check back for more updates.

We don’t have the screening schedule as of yet, but in the meantime, I ask that you make sure you like our film and the film festival on Facebook and pay a visit to both their website and our film’s Festival Portal. All these pages have relevant information and are generally kept up to date (especially the Facebook pages).

LIPSTICK LIES Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/lipsticklies

LIPSTICK LIES Festival Portal: http://www.norcrossmedia.com/lipsticklies

FESTIVAL Facebook Pagehttp://www.facebook.com/ThePhilipKDickFilmFestival

FESTIVAL Main Websitehttp://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/

INDIESCREEN Main Websitehttp://www.indiescreen.us/

PKD 2012 Laurels Celestial