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NASA’s New Horizons probe dazzled the world with a detailed photo of Pluto today, but another probe has been beaming back stunning shots of space for over a decade already. The Cassini space probe has captured its fair share of eye-popping photos since launching in 1997 and arriving in Saturn’s orbit in 2004.
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Hi friends, acquaintances, and future enemies!
First of all: yes, this is a crowdfunding post.
That sucks. I know. I’m sorry.
As some of you may know, every year the YouTube Space puts together an amazing set for Halloween and booking time to shoot on it is quite competitive. My wonderful producer friend, wmilam, and I submitted a pitch for a short film and not only got approved to shoot, but also got selected to be a part of an exclusive writing workshop (that we aren’t allowed to talk about in print yet? but if you watch the campaign video, you can find out more about it and who’s behind it) to really make sure our narrative is where it should be, and also to grant us more access to the set and equipment than we would’ve had otherwise.
What we’re making: Basically it’s a dramatic post-apocalyptic short film about three friends who are spending their last night together after one of them got infected by the virus wiping out their world and will die in the morning.
Oh, and it’s pretty gay.
This is our set:
Why we’re making it: Have you seen a lot of gay horror films? I had been tossing around the idea of writing one even before Whitney approached me to come up with something for this set, and we’re pretty psyched to follow through with it.
On a personal level, it’s been a long time since I’ve written something specifically that I wanted to write. If you know me, you probably know me from working on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and that was a lot of fun! we told cool stories! i’m happy with some of it! But it’s always different working on someone else’s vision vs working on your own.
I’m also directing this film, which is something I haven’t done since college, because I let myself fall prey to the “haha women aren’t directors, why try” mindset, and that was really stupid. Fortunately, it’s never too late to correct idiocy, and I’m excited to get back to doing something I actually quite enjoyed.
Okay, so what about the money: We hate crowdfunding. I think everyone does. I LOVE getting people involved and invested in what we’re doing, but asking for money is a bummer. However, getting a free professionally crafted set and access to free equipment saves us literally thousands and thousands of dollars, so this is probably the cheapest we’ll ever be able to make a short film for, unless we straight up don’t pay cast and crew, which is shitty and we’re never doing that. $5k is the absolute minimum we can do this for. It’s underpaying our talent and crew, not getting quite the things we need to make this what we’d like it to be, and just praying nothing goes wrong. Ideally we need a couple thousand more than that, even, but we’re committed to making this, so we’ll do what we can.
But will it really happen: Yes! Being in this writing workshop means we’re on a specific timeline we have to meet. Our script will be basically locked this week. We’re casting next week. We shoot October 8th and 9th. We have to turn in a final cut the week of October 19th. And we go live on YouTube the week of Halloween. So this will be a super fast turn around for a short film, especially one done through crowdfunding. Two months! Hooray! (Yikes……)
Anyway, thank you for reading! Please check out the campaign if you haven’t already. Please share if you feel so inclined! And if you have any additional questions, please feel more than free to contact me directly and I will do my best to answer!
Haha. The irony is strong with this one. Rachel: posting a crowdfunding appeal. Me: contributing to a horror film.
Yet here we are.
Rachel’s writing was my favorite thing about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I’m looking forward to seeing what she does here (and directing! zwounds!). Go Rachel and Whitney! Go Zack!
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We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
(Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses)
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so here’s another of my favorite characterization moments; Angharad and Capable both get out binoculars and we learn that Angharad can identify all the various factions on site, and seems to know which ones are particularly contemptible. Capable also seems to know quite a bit about their modus operandi. and Toast is making a face like “oh goddamn it.”
it’s interesting because these women live in a gilded cage, but they aren’t sequestered from knowledge, necessarily. we know from the art book and some screencaps that the vault is full of books and they’re encouraged to learn. but it also seems like they’re at least a little involved in the citadel’s politics. they’re probably just brought out every so often for symbolic effect on the masses. but they clearly pay attention to everything.
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Thanks so much to everyone who listened to the first season of the Shipwrecked Podcast! We will be returning to you in OCTOBER with spooky tales, ouija board experiments and more. Stay tuned!
I love that they’re standing on an actual shipwreck.
Also, I never realized podcasts had seasons. But it’s cool; it gives me something to look forward to. Closer… :-)
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…and think: Wow. You guys are going to love this stuff.
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A Trick of Perspective
In 1999, two astronomers from the University of Alabama were scanning the sky for overlapping galaxies when they found this intriguing object, subsequently named NGC 3314. It looks as if the two spiral galaxies are smashing into each other in swirling gravitational frenzy, but in fact they’re actually separated by tens of thousands of light-years—they just happen to be stunningly aligned from our vantage point. The pinwheel galaxy in the foreground (NGC 3314A) is 117 million light-years away, and the galaxy in the background (NGC 3314B) is 140 million light-years away, both in the constellation of Hydra. Even if we didn’t know how far apart they are, we could still tell they’re physically independent—interacting galaxies are usually obvious because the enormous gravitational forces involved in such collisions warp and change the galaxies’ shapes. Though the pinwheel galaxy does look a bit deformed, especially in the streams of white-blue stars at the bottom right, that’s probably due to an encounter with a much closer galaxy. This chance alignment isn’t just an interesting bit of celestial trivia, though. It gives astronomers a unique chance to study the dark material in the foreground pinwheel galaxy. The glow of the background galaxy silhouettes these swirling lanes of interstellar dust, making them more prominent, while the glow of the foreground galaxy makes the background galaxy’s dust look faded. Astronomers can use this to study the properties of the interstellar dust, as well as study gravitational microlensing—the phenomenon where a foreground object bends the light of a background object, allowing the study of objects that faint or emit little light. Images like these are fascinating in a broader sense, too, reminding us of what a limited and yet utterly unique vantage point we occupy in the universe.
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answered your question “No black-and-white Fury Road on ‘this release’ of the bluray.
oh nooooo that sucks – you were so happy about the b/w version :/
IT DOES! I WAS! I WANT IT AND KNOWING THAT GEORGE MILLER HAS COMPLETED THE BEAUTIFUL BLACK-AND-WHITE EDIT AND PEOPLE SING ITS PRAISES…AND WE HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE IT MAKES ME SAD AND MAD (as my kids used to say)
(good of you to commiserate, ty :D)
Unless I’m misreading the reviews there won’t be commentary tracks in this release, either. Sigh. Some day…
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