"Moondance"is a unique tale about DESIRE, ASPIRATION & LOVE.
young woman imprisoned by a lifetime allergy to sunlight, comes to close grasp
of fulfilling a lifelong dream but an imprudent choice intertwines her plan with
Present day, Malta. ALPHA, mid-twenties finally stands
in close grasp of fulfilling her lifelong dream after long years of waiting for
the right moment. At a very young age she was diagnosed with XP; a rare skin
condition, which forbids her to be exposed to sunlight and any form of
ultraviolet light. She is imprisoned in the darkness of a house that belongs to
her grandmother; an overzealous woman who exerts suffocating control and
believes that ALPHA was brought to this world as an abomination.
ALPHA desires to achieve social acceptance by the very
people who despise her. She follows the music from her dancing doll and floats
in harmony, as she rehearses in the benign light that shines from the moon
through her bedroom window. She loses balance and falls repeatedly, her face
grows worried. She wants to scream as she struggles to overcome her fear and
doubt. The Moon, her only companion, had assured her that on one particular day
he will make her dream a reality. The stakes are high and ALPHA cannot afford
to miss her only chance to escape.
On the eve of the big day ALPHA’s excitement gets to
her head. Her behaviour drives Grandma to the point where she locks her up. The confusion in her mind intensifies since her only chance is doomed. The moon
waits hovering in the dull skies. Time is running out, but her obstinate need
to reach her ambition fires her determination. ALPHA breaks out into a silent
house but her escape comes for a price.
Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP)
We made it our mission to tell a ground breaking story that everyone can relate to, and deliver it in the best way possible, even though our resources are very limited. Our aim is to deliver the message that despite the many conflicts one is forced to face in life, a true fighter will never give up in achieving the lifelong dream, regardless of how challenging it may seem.
We are taking advantage to exploit to the fullest, the rich historic heritage, cultural ambience and natural colourful properties that the island of Malta has to offer.
We aim to lure anyone interested to collaborate and build a community
of supporters from the beginning of the project, by inviting them to
participate and/or involve themselves in the process of the making of the film.
“Moondance” is close to my heart for many reasons, but mostly because it will open eyes and inspire people of all ages. I believe this film will target a wide audience, as even though the TOPIC of the story is specific to that of a young woman suffering from XP, the CONCEPT is that of a universal nature; The beautiful tale is the thought of you and me, but, the voice of the special people who most of us might perceive as being trapped in darkness for their whole life, but these are the people who look beyond their obstacle and won’t stop short to em-better their life.
The film will deliver a valued message that today’s society needs to hear, will raise awareness and will hopefully make a better you and me.
To date “Moondance” has convinced and excited several professional artists from different countries around the world to come on board and all have agreed to the motive behind this lovable tale. In this endeavour, we aim to excel our own expectations and not only communicate with our audiences but make a film with a good cause. Together, we are ready to take risks by investing an enormous amount of our time, life and hard work to be ground breaking and innovative in everything we do.
As a team we bring human values before any monetary gain and therefore 360 Pictures Ltd. will support all XP organisations that have endorsed the project. We will use this film to support them in fighting the light and finding a cure for XP. The film will also help alleviate the present sufferings of those people who are affected by XP. Many of these around the world are simply left to live in darkness without help, due to poverty, ignorance, taboos and lack of awareness.
The final result won’t differ to the quality of a conventional film. A measured economic production, the total commitment of the artists and our audience, and a clever use of the resources, will make each minute seem that the film was shot with a much higher budget.
As a team we aim to garner recognition in at least one of the top international film festivals. The whole process of making this film will leave us with a unique experience. This should help us qualify for further educational training and funding opportunities.
Since November 2011 (the time when the financing of the project started), we have achieved:
- “Moodance” is a short film produced by independent film makers under the umbrella of 360 Pictures Ltd.
- “Moondance” has earned the support of the Maltese Government and The Malta Film Commission and granted the MALTA FILM FUND 2011 for production.
- AC MARINE LTD. on behalf of BAVARIA YACHTS and KREA (Malta) LTD. are sponsoring “Moondance” with a total of 6000 euros in products we can utilize for a raffle in aid of the film.
- So far (Monday, 30 January 2012) 47 COLLABORATORS have donated a total of $2,290 from our Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign.
- CONSTANT APPEARANCES in online and offline media (both national and international).
What have they said about us?
· Mr. Phil Gladwin (Screenwriter, Script Editor) (2011) stated that, "The script is very, very interesting. There is a real vision at work here. It’s an interesting premise, and quite a stylish take on it. There are some nice visuals, and it’s got a real ambition, which sets it aside from so much of the conventional urban naturalist stuff that floods every reader’s desk at the moment".
· Mr. Constantine De Goguel (Actor, Writer) (2011) points out, "I wish you all well with this most worthwhile project, and applaud your efforts! We older veterans of the business know how hard it is".
Robert Azzopardi (Associate Producer) (2011), "It's a pleasure for me! I immediately like the whole concept of the movie. I'm sure its going to be well done!"·
At what point is the film now?
"Moondance" has been in development for the past year and a half and started with zero budget but to date has achieved a total of €6433 (18.4% of the total budget) and will soon go into production. We are planning to lock the budget within the next month although we already got the ball rolling and will be starting pre-production in the next few days.
360 Pictures Ltd. has so far applied for another two funds; The Commonwealth Film Fund & the Good Cause Fund for another possible €20K and also looking into the possibility of a co-production with another successful production company in the UK.
As a team we are working hard and exploiting every possibility to make this dream a reality. In order to reach the stars we cannot only depend on one single engine and that is why we are not concentrating on one single resource to finance this project.
From as little as one dollar, anyone can support "Moondance" in exchange for innovative incentives we have prepared to make your donations work. This plan will hit several targets with just one stone; it will not only reach a wide audience from very early stages of the process, but will help promote the film and the great team behind it, raise awareness and support XP together with the organisations that have been battling the illness for years and open eyes.
“You cannot change the situation but you can change how you deal with it.”
**Our perk packages are designed in a specific way to make your donation work. We want to get YOU involved in the making of this film, as every crewmember on this team landed their break after finding a gap in the industry. WE want to help YOU find YOUR gap. And you can do that by meeting one of the members of the team, and setting a good impression to begin networking and ultimately GET YOUR FILM MAKING SKILLS SEEN**
**Those of you who have donated to the '$33 Fan Pack', please submit your mobile number so that the director can send you the thank you text! Otherwise you will recieve it by email!**