Watch on YouTube (Four parts in a YouTube playlist)
This is a Storyboard Animatic (or “Story Reel”) for the Pilot Episode of “Lunatics”, “No Children in Space”.
Our goal is to fully animate this episode and launch the series.
With 18 40-minute episodes per year, this could become the largest free culture/open movie project yet attempted.
This is an experiment in commercial free-culture.
“Lunatics” epsiodes and source material will be free to re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license…
…but we need to pay 3D modelers, animators, and actors for their time.
That’s where YOU come in!
We’ve decided to FAN-FUND this project by pre-selling the videos (and other goodies) through a Kickstarter campaign.
This way we keep creative control. We serve serious fans of the series, rather than the mass market. And Lunatics stays hard science fiction.
Let’s make it happen!
Additional sites and formats are coming.
This is the state of the animatic as of December 24, 2012. This is the first “shot-complete” version. I intend to make additional revisions with more 3D Blender graphics, some updated graphics, and so on. These will be posted on this page as they are uploaded. I also plan to upload these revisions to Vimeo and Internet Archive as well as providing downloads in various video formats. A DVD version is being prepared for the Pre-Production backers who ordered it and we’ll probably make this available as an extra on the final production DVDs and Lib-Ray “Volume 1” releases.
Pre-Production Kickstarter Sponsors & Backers
Special thanks to our Sponsors!
And Thanks to All of our Kickstart Backers!
Pre-Production & Animatic Credits
Series Created by
Rosalyn Hunter & Terry Hancock
Character Design by
(With the Voices of)
Maj. Sergei Titov
It’s hard for me to decide on any order for the principal actors, as their roles are meant to be quite balanced in the series. This order is mostly by order of appearance, and also reflects the size of the parts in this pilot episode — except for Oleinik who is credited last and more-specifically as this is really a “guest” role in this one episode.
I’ll probably re-think this when we prepare the credits for the rest of the series.
Featuring Music by
J. T. Bruce
Additional Music by
Alone in the Chaos
Animatic by Terry Hancock
Synfig Animations by Timothee Giet
Sketches by Terry Hancock
Videos from NASA
Photos from NASA & RosCosmos
It’s possible that I should add an additional credit for Daniel Fu here since I used a lot of his concept art to “sweeten” my sketches in this version. I may add that later, but he is already credited above, of course. Also, he might not want to be associated too-closely with my clumsy mixing of the art with the sketches! Sorry about that.
3D Set & Prop Models created by
3D Character Models by
“No Children in Space” Written by Terry Hancock & Rosalyn Hunter
Melodee M. Spevack
Terry Hancock & Rosalyn Hunter
Russian Translation by
Japanese Translation by
Produced & Directed by
Your Name Here
We will be offering an “Executive Producer” credit as a high-end reward on our Kickstarter. “Executive Producer” is a somewhat honorary title in film-making — it usually means someone who has contributed significantly to the money, but not someone with creative control. As you may know, rewards can’t include equity and this one doesn’t include profit-sharing from the project, so it really is just honorary. We may consider other options outside of our fundraiser, though.
Special Thanks to
ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti
Mark Wade’s Encyclopedia Astronautica
Artemis Society International
The Moon Society
Space Frontier Foundation
National Space Society
For Research Publications & Reference Material
Some specifics: Cristoforetti’s photo-documentation of her Soyuz and Sokol training was extremely useful in resolving questions about the Russian space equipment, which is often hard to find documentation on (especially in English). She also answered a few specific questions about the layout of the trainer and the actual Soyuz spacecraft.
Mark Wade’s Encyclopedia Astronautica is likewise a great resource on Russian and Soviet hardware as well as many “spacecraft that never were” which were useful in considering new designs for Lunatics.
ESA of course, paid for Cristoforetti’s training, without which we wouldn’t have her great photos.
NASA, USGS, and RosCosmos all provide a lot of photographic and video information under suitably-free license terms (the situation with RosCosmos is more-poorly documented, but appears to be compatible with “CC By”, the US government information is “copyright free” by federal statute). The main limitation on this information is with personally-identifiable information that might be interpreted as an endorsement — that’s part of why all the astronaut’s faces are blurred out in the video, although it’s also because they are just placeholders/stand-ins for our characters.
Lockheed-Martin and Boeing have published a number of engineering papers about moon transportation and long-term fuel storage that I consulted in designing the Lunar Transportation System.
The whacky “flop-down” landing system for the LTS was inspired by one of Artemis Society International’s lunar-hotel design studies.
The “alpha-town” vision for the future of the International Space Station (and why we refer to it as “Alpha” in the show) is due largely to articles published by the Space Frontier Foundation.
The Moon Society is the current host of the “Moon Miner’s Manifesto” and other material about lunar colony construction and design. It was a past article from this publication that suggested the idea for the periscope-like “Earth windows” in the ISF-1 colony. The National Space Society is credited for general space advocacy and many of the people I have met in the community.
All of these space organizations are real-life models for how the “International Space Foundation” itself might function, although it is obviously highly-fictionalized.
Naturally, these are only a few of the most important materials we looked at in the art design and conception of Lunatics.
Rosalyn Hunter (Writer)
Rosalyn Hunter has been writing science-fiction and fantasy as a hobby for decades, although she has only recently published any. She also writes verywell-received online fan fiction under aliases which shall remain undisclosed.
Her writing features excellent character development and dialog in a clean,clear style.
She also brings to this project her extensive scientific background in botanyand molecular biology. Rosalyn was the first graduate from the University ofTexas with a B.S. in Botany. She went on to do research on E. Coli DNA repairmechanisms in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program at the Universityof Arizona where she received her Master’s degree.
She has since worked as a laboratory manager at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), as a commuity-collegeprofessor at Tarrant County Junior College, Navarro College, and Hill College in Texas, as well as teaching high-schoolscience classes (Biology and Chemistry) for four years.
She is also a fan of Japanese “Anime” animation, and has been involved in a number of online fan communities, including”The Anime Cafe” where she acted as a reviewer, moderator, and administrator for several of the site’s most active years.She has also been a space advocate, active in the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and theNational Space Society.
Terry Hancock (Director & Producer)
Terry received a BA from The University of Texas, with a major in Astronomy and a great deal of additional coursework spanning several natural sciences, aerospace engineering, and film production.
He went on to work for such projects as the McDonald Observatory Planet Search program in Texas and testing of the NICMOS infrared imaging chips for the Hubble Space Telescope. Later he worked with data from that same camera for astronomical research at Extrasolar Research Corporation in Pasadena, California as well as working for Caltech/JPL’s Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) until 2003.
A space advocate since childhood, Terry Hancock has been an active member of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and of the National Space Society and of local chapters in Texas and California. He has been a member of The Moon Society since 2012.
Terry Hancock is an advocate not only of using free-licensed open-source software but also of applying its free-licensing methodologies to other areas, including the arts, electronic and mechanical design, and space development. In 2009, he wrote and published a book in cooperation with Free Software Magazine, called Achieving Impossible Things with Free Culture and Commons-Based Enterprise.
Lunatics has provided Terry with the unusual opportunity to merge many of these experiences into a single project.
2011-2012 Pre-Production Kickstarter Downloads
Posters and Wallpaper Art
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|Character Line-Up Poster/SVG 13MB
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|Lunatics Silhouettes Teaser (New Version)
Silhouettes graphic updated to match Daniel Fu’s character concept art
Finger puppets of Lerner family and Sarah Allison arranged for printing on ‘US Letter’ paper (SVG)
Finger puppets of Farmer family and Allen Emerson arranged for printing on ‘US Letter’ paper (SVG)
Art Book and Writer’s Guide
All of these have been re-rendered after editing and proofreading, so you’ll want to get the updated versions, even if you previously downloaded the earlier chapters.
You can also download the ENTIRE BOOK as one PDF (325 MB, 172 pages).
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- Front Matter (PDF 9.5 MB, 4 pages)
- Prospectus and Production Design (PDF 12.3 MB, 12 pages)
- Characters (Introduction) (PDF 11.2 MB, 2 pages)
- Credits (PDF 0.9 MP, 2 pages)
This is a collection of original SVG drawings we’ve created in this process.
These are direct links to the SVG files — on most systems, right click and select the option to download the file. They are best viewed in Inkscape.
Vehicles and Sets
Space Station Alpha
“Alpha” is the evolution of the present-day Space Station, with additional modules and the Lunar Transportation System docking complex and fuel depot.
Lunar Transportation System
Lander (Master SVG Drawing),
Lander (TOP view),
Lander (STARBOARD view),
Lander (FRONT view),
Lander (AFT view),
Lander Un-Lading Sequence (SVG),
Service Module – Cutaway View,
LTS Initial Launch Sequence,
LTS Initial Deployment,
LTS Logistics & Reference Mission (LEFT),
On September 8, 2012 we held our first cast reading. This is a meeting via conference call in which our actors (in Los Angeles, Dallas, Glasgow, London, and Moscow in this case) get a chance to read together, work out issues with the script, and decide on how to play their lines. It’s not exactly fully dramatized, but it’s a basis for them to record their lines afterwards. This is equivalent to a “table read” in conventional filmmaking.
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