My newest film “To the Moon just finished principle photography.
To The Moon tells the story of Emette, a 17-year-old girl who struggles to make connections in her everyday life. One night, while stargazing, she sees something in her telescope — a boy living on the moon. The boy, Benjamin, has a telescope, too, and the pair begins communicating through hand-written signs. Eventually, Emette decides to build a rocketship so she can visit Benjamin; however, a lack of communication threatens to end their relationship before it has even begun.
A mixture of Dr. Seuss fantasy and sci-fi, To The Moon is about the longest-distance relationship in the solar system, and one girl’s attempt to make it work against all odds.
To the moon was shot on super 16mm with the Panavised SR3 from Panavision. The primary stocks were 7213 and 7207. In color timing the film will be graded from color to black and white. This was a visual choice the director and I came up with in pre production. From my experience shooting black and white stocks are very limiting in the amount of type of stocks available. Also, I found that the black and white stocks tend to be very grainy in low light.
We also chose to shoot 2:40. We wanted the extreme wide feel of their environments,so that the characters would feel small and alone in a big world. This made it very difficult to frame because of how skinny 2:40 is and how little space we had in the studio. The landscape of the moon will be put in later in post but it was still a challenge to get a full body wide shot.
This was both a fun and challenging shoot but because of how great the crew was it made it easier.
Thanks to my crew for all the hard work and long hours on this movie.
Adyn Wood as Emette
Todd Gaebe as Benjamin
Director – Andrew Richards
Assistant Director – Patrick Bosworth
Producer – Casey Golden
Editor – Bruce Meyers
Sound Designer – Andres de la Torre
Cinematographer – Ryan Broomberg
1st Assistant Camera -Doug Potts
2nd Assistant Camera – Max Siegal
Gaffer – Charlie Gibson
Key Grip - Farisai Kambarami