Moonrise

Austin, Texas | Film Short

Comedy, LGBTQ

Tim Robins

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Moonrise is a short narrative comedy film about Raquel, a werewolf in her early twenties who gets invited to a party by her crush, Kelly. The party is on the night of the full moon, but Raquel decides to attend anyway, and is trapped in a myriad of uncomfortable situations as the moon rises outside.

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Mission Statement

Growing up as a closested queer/trans person in Texas I had an affinity for horror movies and their monsters. Moonrise aims to create something fun and lighthearted that queer people can see themselves in, and that helps broaden both the genres of queer film and comedy.

The Story

Moonrise is a narrative comedy short film about Raquel, a werewolf in her early twenties who gets invited to a party by her crush, Kelly. The party is on the night of the full moon, but Raquel decides to attend anyway, and is trapped in a myriad of uncomfortable situations while the moon rises outside.

The aesthetic of Moonrise is vibrant and campy, but still dark. Almost the entirety of the film takes place at night and in one location. Visually some of our biggest influences are Beetlejuice and What We Do in the Shadows (2019). Our two big stylistic references for the werewolf makeup is the Wolf Man (1941) and the cover of Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London. 

It is important to us to prioritize hiring queer people and non-men for our crew, and have been mostly successful in achieving that. Our hope is to create something fun and lighthearted that queer people can see themselves in and that helps broaden both the genres of queer film and comedy.  

If this sounds like a project that you want to support, but you don't have the extra pocket change in this economy, follow our page here on Seed & Spark! Giving us a follow can be as valuable as a donation, as it lets us know that this project has your support! Sharing our page is also a great way to spread the word about Moonrise, and help this project be the best it can be.

My goal in telling this story is to broaden the scope of queer media. Queer comedies are few and far between, let alone queer fantasy/horror films. It frustrates me that queer media is so limited in scope– that it is essentially its own genre and more often than not has to be serious and sad. I want to create a film that helps expand what queer media includes. The queer experience can be lighthearted. Growing up as a closested queer/trans person in Texas I had an affinity for horror movies and their monsters. At some point I thought that a werewolf would make a perfect allegory for the queer and trans experience. The parallels that can be found in the closeting of a part of yourself, and the ways that people treat you differently when they find out your secret.

 

Development June 2022 - October 2022

Our team has been developing Moonrise since June of this year. We have been thoroughly preparing, creating budgets, drafting the script, budgeting and applying for grants, and even casting. We locked in our primary cast in early September, and have been working with them in preparation for Production.

Pre Production October 2022- January 2023

Our team is currently in pre production, having finalized heads of department and primary cast. Thankfully our makeup artist is experienced in fantasy special effects, specifically hair. At this stage in pre-production we are location scouting and planning a test shoot. This will serve as an opportunity to test out the camera, lenses, sfx makeup, and allow the actors to rehearse in a more immersive setting.

Production February 2023

Production is currently scheduled to begin in early February. It will consist of three days  of shooting, two days at the primary location and a third day to film at various secondary locations. This was planned with efficiency in mind and should allow us to work as a smaller crew and mostly avoid large company moves. This will also allow us to keep the risk of COVID to a minimum. We will also be requiring all personel be vaccinated and that masks be worn by all crew, and cast when they are able to.

Post-Production March 2023-July 2023

After production, we finally get to see all of the pieces coming together! We will be working with an experienced Editor and Sound Mixer to build out the world of the film, and we hope to be able to feature some local music in the final film.

Distribution July 2023-August 2024

We plan on premiering the film in fall of 2023, and seeking first acceptance at Fantastic Fest and NewFest. We plan on primarily submitting the film to queer festivals, like Frameline Film festival, OUTSouth, and comedy festivals like Short Com and Houston Comedy Film Festival. I am also interested in applying to more horror or supernatural oriented festivals like the Philip K Dick Film Festival.

Additionally, if we get 500+ followers here on our Seed & Spark page, we would love the opportunity to get to work with a Distribution consultant to see what other options are available. 

As we are still figuring out our final distribution. please follow our page here and on Instagram @moonriseshortfilm to keep up to date on the progress of Moonrise and it's eventual release!


Funds will go towards production, primarily renting equipment, purchasing special effects makeup and paying our crew. Investing in quality special effects makeup and production design are some of the most important high cost items to help us produce a quality film.

If we exceed our goal, we would spend excess money on paying all of our cast and crew fairly. We are used to working on a shoestring budget, but also want to be able to fairly compensate our crew for the hard work they have been and will be putting into this project. We plan on reaching out to the UT alumni network to help. We are also applying to grants, including the RE:Focus Completion and the Future of Film is Female funds for post production.

 

Leah Ashten as Raquel

Leah Ashten currently attends Southwestern University. The arts have always been present throughout her life. For the past 6 years she has been training professionally at Carol Hickey Acting Studio. She has participated in numerous projects and productions, and is excited to be a part of a film that will add more representation for an under represented genre.

 

Meigan Moncus as Kelly

My name is Meigan! I was adopted from China when I was 8 months old and started my acting debut playing a baby in a local theater production. I got into the film industry when I was about 15, when I signed with the first agency I’ve ever been with! I love being able to bring peoples ideas and visions to life. Every set brings something new to the table and each experience is different and valuable. Also, at 2 am of my 15th birthday, I got a bug stuck in my ear and had to later get it surgically removed.

 

Beo Lerman, Writer/Director

Beo Lerman is a recent graduate from UT Austin, with a bachelors in Radio-Television-Film and a minor in Anthropology. They have been writing film scripts since middle school, where they made their first film, a sci fi movie about the “robo-apocalypse.” Beo enjoys writing horror-comedies and loves colorful lighting. They are passionate about creating queer and diverse films, and specifically promoting trans voices in the film community. Their films have been featured in festivals including Scream it Off Screen and Texas Union Film Festival. Beo does not believe in werewolves, but does believe in Bigfoot.


Ana Lorant, Director of Photography

Ana Lorant is a senior at UT Austin majoring in Radio-Television-Film. Her favorite films to work on are intimate comedy dramas. She is passionate about creating an enthusiastic and collaborative workspace on set. Ana has been DPing for three years, and enjoys working closely with the lighting department. Her most recent work is currently being featured in ATX Short Film Festival and Houston Comedy Film Festival. She strives to use storytelling to connect with her Mexican American identity. Ana does not believe in werewolves.

 

Timothy Robins, Producer

Timothy Robins is an alum of the Moody College of Communications at UT Austin. Having graduated with a bachelors in Radio-Television-Film and a minor in Business in 2021, he has continued to produce independent short films while freelancing throughout Texas. Tim has worked on numerous award winning films that have shown at SXSW, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, and the Austin After Dark Film Festival. He likes working on off-kilter comedies and more experimental projects. Tim has seen multiple werewolves.

 

Madison King, Producer

Madison King is a recent graduate of the Radio-Television-Film program at UT Austin, with a minor in Philosophy. They have always loved the arts, experimenting with photography, music, and design from a young age. Madison began learning filmmaking five years ago, within that time producing live-comedy shows at Texas Student Television before serving as Station Manager, and writing, directing, and producing many short films and music videos. For her, filmmaking has become not just about making films, but focusing on uplifting people and stories that have been suppressed in our past media so that we can build a better, more educated and empathic future. Madison’s grandmother was eaten by a pack of werewolves.

 

We are excited to be able to feature music from some very talented Austin artists. It's an honor to be able to share some awesome music from some awesome people, starting with Homemade Bangs!

Homemade Bangs, based in Austin, TX/Richmond, VA, describes their music as teenage boy guitar pop, and music about bugs.

 

Thank you for your interest in our project, please follow our page here on Seed and Spark to support us and stay informed on future updates!

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Locations

Costs $1,000

Location fees for the three days of production.

Sound Package

Costs $450

Sound package for the three days of production.

Lunch - Day 1

Costs $300

Lunch and craft services for the cast and crew on day 1 of production.

Lunch - Day 2

Costs $300

Lunch and craft services for the cast and crew on day 2 of production.

Lunch - Day 3

Costs $300

Lunch and craft services for the cast and crew on day 3 of production.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Grip Package

Costs $600

Grip package for the three days of production.

Camera Package

Costs $400

Camera package rental for a camera test and three days of production.

Lighting Package

Costs $300

Lighting package for the three days of production.

About This Team

Beo Lerman, Writer/Director

Beo Lerman is a recent graduate from UT Austin, with a bachelors in Radio-Television-Film and a minor in Anthropology. They have been writing film scripts since middle school, where they made their first film, a sci fi movie about the “robo-apocalypse.” Beo enjoys writing horror-comedies and loves colorful lighting. They are passionate about creating queer and diverse films, and specifically promoting trans voices in the film community. Their films have been featured in festivals including Scream it Off Screen and Texas Union Film Festival. Beo does not believe in werewolves, but does believe in Bigfoot.

 


Ana Lorant, Director of Photography

Ana Lorant is a senior at UT Austin majoring in Radio-Television-Film. Her favorite films to work on are intimate comedy dramas. She is passionate about creating an enthusiastic and collaborative workspace on set. Ana has been DPing for three years, and enjoys working closely with the lighting department. Her most recent work is currently being featured in ATX Short Film Festival and Houston Comedy Film Festival. She strives to use storytelling to connect with her Mexican American identity. Ana does not believe in werewolves.


Timothy Robins, Producer

Timothy Robins is an alum of the Moody College of Communications at UT Austin. Having graduated with a bachelors in Radio-Television-Film and a minor in Business in 2021, he has continued to produce independent short films while freelancing throughout Texas. Tim has worked on numerous award winning films that have shown at SXSW, Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, and the Austin After Dark Film Festival. He likes working on off-kilter comedies and more experimental projects. Tim has seen multiple werewolves.


Madison King, Producer

Madison King is a recent graduate of the Radio-Television-Film program at UT Austin, with a minor in Philosophy. They have always loved the arts, experimenting with photography, music, and design from a young age. Madison began learning filmmaking five years ago, within that time producing live-comedy shows at Texas Student Television before serving as Station Manager, and writing, directing, and producing many short films and music videos. For her, filmmaking has become not just about making films, but focusing on uplifting people and stories that have been suppressed in our past media so that we can build a better, more educated and empathic future. Madison’s grandmother was eaten by a pack of werewolves.

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