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ONE SMALL STEP

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One Small Step Poster

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One Small Step Comic

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SYNOPSIS...

July 24th, 1969, man achieved the ultimate pinnacle of human endeavour in reaching the Moon, only to affirm that it was just a lifeless desert?..Or was it?

ABOUT...

Now making some headway on the festival circuit ?One Small Step' is a short film I started making in late 2002 but abandoned it for other projects. I decided to relaunch the project in 2008 and began more intense predevelopment work. This is the first film I have done completely with out dialogue, which offered new challenges for me with the direction, visual story telling and the use of music to illuminate the story. This is also the first time I have enlisted the skills of another animator for one of my films. Nathan Jones, a 3D animator with experience in the gaming industry, lent his technical skills to bring a high degree of reality to an event which is very familiar to everyone but will now be seen in a new light.

REVIEWS...

Enjoyable, great animation. A bit slow moving but it creates a mood of a moment whose memory will last for decades. Then, we get a little twist as the "rocks" of the moon show their true face. Moody and interesting. Well produced, great background music. It's a perfect little short that can open up a range of discussions. Kids Frist Film Festival, Adult Juror.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker/artist, Damien Slevin, 'Step offers the hypothesis, "When man finally reached the Moon, 600 million people watched. They were not the only ones." The short gives a cute but technically limited look at the idea of inhabitants on the moon who also witnessed that fateful day on July 24th, 1969. Here the computer animation seemed limited and out of date, most likely due to budget restraints, however it does present a fun concept that will most likely be appealing to a lot of children's imaginations and utilizes the 3-D modeling to an immersive effect. Grade: B The Maguffin

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Awards

NOMINEE – Best Foreign Independent Short 5-12, Kids First Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, Sept-Dec 2011-12

NOMINEE – Best Australian Short – Fantastic Planet: Sydney International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, Oct 29-Nov 6, 2010

NOMINEE – Best Animated Short, BFest-Syracuse Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, November 6-8, Syracuse, NY, USA, 2010

NOMINEE – Best Amimated Short – Fantastic Planet: Sydney International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, Oct 29-Nov 6, 2010

FINALIST – Best Animated Science Fiction Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival, Atlanta GA, USA September, 2010

Screenings

Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, USA, December 18-19, 2010

The Mississauga Independent Film Festival, Mississauga, Canada, July 2010

San Diego International Children's Film Festival, San Diego, CA, USA. July 2010

Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival, Atlanta GA, USA September, 2010

Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, Seattle, USA, September 2010

International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, Phoenix AZ, USA, October 2010

BFest-Syracuse Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, November 6-8, Syracuse, NY, USA, 2010

Fantastic Planet: Sydney International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, Oct 29-Nov 6, 2010

Graphation Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, Jan 14-16, 2011

Clermont-Ferrand 26th Short Film Market, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Feb 5-11, 2011

San Francisco International Children's Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, USA. April 2011

Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose, CA, USA. April 2011

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival, San Francisco, June 2nd?17th 2011

The Portobello Film Festival, London, UK, September 2011

Kids First Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, Sept-Dec 2011

Animatou, Geneva, Switzerland. October 1-9 2011

Flatland Film Festival, Lubbock TX USA October 13-15 2011

University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College, in association with Kids First! Screening from 6/1/2012 - 8/15/2012

Children's Museum of Houston, in association with Kids First! Screening from: 2/21/2013 to 5/1/2013

NOTE

There is an unauthorised version of this film that has been floated all over the Internet by the animator. Contrary to listings on the animator's website, this version has NEVER been selected or showcased by ANY film festivals. This poor facsimile is in NO way endorsed by the writer/director or the producers. Nor does this version in any way reflect the vision, tone and intent of the writer, director, composer, editor and designer.

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