Without Fear: Fuel your passion and launch your dreams

I want to watch a live space shuttle launch. I want to make an independent film. Now I have my chance to fulfill both goals.  Today, I’m officially launching an independent film project entitled ‘The Space Crowd’ with help from NASA, Tweeps and friends.

The Space Crowd is NASA-approved independent film about NASA fans. It portrays America’s Spirit of exploration, discovery and wonder as expressed through ‘ordinary people’ attending the the final Space Shuttle launch. Most of the movie takes place July 7-8, 2011,  the timespan of the STS-135 NASA Tweetup. It captures personalities, activities and stories surrounding the event, Tweetup ‘houses’ and KSC on event days. Footage is gathered by a 6-10 person movie crew. Movie content will is also being crowdsourced from participants using The Space Crowd website.

Interviews from NASA experts, science fiction authors and celebrities, will be interspersed with content from Tweetup participants.

I had the opportunity to attend the STS-134 NASA Tweetup for Space Shuttle Endeavor, but wasn’t able to attend the delayed launch.  I’m looking forward to the opportunity to return — and to apply my excitement and enthusiasm for attending the launch with the film project.  Although I’ve got experience writing and directing TV commercials and Internet videos, this is the first time I’m producing a feature-length film.  The goal is to create something that will be worthy of release March 9, 2012, at the SXSW® Film Conference and Festival.

These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m not a traditional filmmaker. Nevertheless, I’m approaching the project boldly and without fear. My unwavering confidence, courage and resolve for doing so comes from two places: NASA and my social network. Firstly, there is no better source of courage, inspiration and bravery than the US Space program. And, secondly, I’m surrounded in real life, and online, by extraordinary people that will make the project wildly successful.

I’m also confident about the ‘business’ side of the project.  My experience and passion for digital marketing, social media and marketing will serve the project well. And, I’ve brought in enthusiast from WTN media as a partner. He’s also a NASA enthusiast, NASA Tweetup alum, and friend.  We’re a good balance.

Have no fear — the best is yet to come!

Coming Together

This video has three things I like coming together: quentin tarantino, Comic-Con, and filmmaking. Enjoy!

This post is #12 in a series for #Trust30, a 30-day writing challenge that encourages participants to look within and trust themselves. It’s an opportunity to reflect on ‘now’, and to create direction for the ‘future’. Prompts from inspiring thought-leaders guide participants on the writing journey.