The rugged beauty of Central Oregon’s landscape will serve as a backdrop for the aptly titled Still Moon, an independent short film by director Kevin Huang who plans to cast local talent.
Inspired by science fiction author Ray Bradbury’s 1948 novel The Martian Chronicles – and the Moon Be Still as Bright, the film will showcase the grandeur of Oregon’s panoramic vistas, lush wilderness, and crystalline lakes. Patricia West-Del Ruth, local oregon media and production government rep and creative consultant for independent filmmakers, will be facilitating the casting.
Still Moon is set in the mid 1800s and begins with the arrival of a railroad survey team to Central Oregon. Upon discovering a ravaged Native American campsite, one of the crew members is torn between continuing to chart the map for the railroads and fighting for what he believes in. Sparks Lake, Shevlin Park, Camp Sherman and the caves of Old China Hat Road will be extensively featured. The four-day production begins October 14.
Bend native Daniel Rink is the director of photography for Still Moon. A 2005 graduate of Bend Senior High School, Daniel interned at BendBroadband and Cascade Publications Inc. and earned his bachelors in film from Brooks Institute in Ventura, California. When the opportunity to work on Still Moon was offered, Rink suggested that the Central Oregon area was well suited for the movie’s setting.
Huang, who studied at the University of Kansas and is also a graduate of Brooks Institute, has worked on a number of short films, commercial specs and a music video as both a cinematographer and camera operator. He wrote and directed Ai, a short film about vengeance and honor set in Japan, and Sunset on Cabrillo Blvd, a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary that chronicles the exploits and subsequent downfall of a Hollywood child star.
This particular group of filmmakers has successfully collaborated on several short films: Huang’s Ai, which was nominated this year for the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) student award, Sunset on Cabrillo Blvd, the 2013 winner of the 10-10-10 competition at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California, and For the Birds, a film by Tara Atashgah based on the true story of a 16-year-old Iranian girl executed after being convicted of adultery.
For the Birds will be screened at this year’s Bend Film Festival in October. Huang will submit Still Moon for screening at the 2014 Bend Film Festival and other film festivals around the country.