It’s highly unusual for the Sundance Film Festival to select a science fiction movie. This year they picked three films, including Sam Rockwell’s “Moon”. Connecticut’s The Register Citizen wrote up a nice introduction to science fiction at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and they offer a brief description of the film.
“Moon” is set on the dark side of Earth’s satellite, where Rockwell plays the lone inhabitant, his only pal a clunky but efficient robot voiced by Kevin Spacey.
The film features a bit of CGI effects, but most of it was shot in-camera, with a full-sized set of the moon base interior and old-fashioned miniatures used for structures and vehicles on the lunar surface.
“I think in-camera effects are coming back full-throttle,” said Rockwell, who had been looking for another science-fiction project after co-starring in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” I think people are getting a little sick of the glossiness of CGI and want to see old-school effects like they used to.”
The trailer for “Moon” is available on YouTube:
Independent film projects focus on character and story. Science fiction is really more about the environment or setting of the story. Science fiction’s job is to extrapolate and say, “What if this extreme possibility were realized? How would it affect the human experience?”
A low-budget science fiction film therefore has to take the human experience into a realm that is possible, plausible, and presentable. It’s a worthy challenge for any film-maker, in my opinion.
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