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Distant Moon Hey. We're Distant Moon! A small, feisty production company and collective of directors in NYC and DC. And we'd love to work with you!

Meet Alana! She's our new Production Manager! She comes from a background of recruitment and management for non-profits ...
05/10/2019

Meet Alana! She's our new Production Manager! She comes from a background of recruitment and management for non-profits and is joining Distant Moon to help us take even better care of our clients and contractors!

Chances are, if you work with Distant Moon, you'll be seeing and hearing a lot from Alana, since she'll be one of the main points of contact making sure that Distant Moon's projects, deadlines, and logistics are going on without a hitch!

(Oh, she also snowboards, which Ian says is critical, since it now evens out the percentages of snowboarders and non-snowboarders on the team.)

05/02/2019
THE FALCONER - Trailer

When we found out that filming falcons in the United States is illegal, we knew we had to make this film.

In partnership with the Pacific Legal Foundation, we're thrilled to share this trailer to "The Falconer," in which we captured the story of Peter, his falcon Ares, and the struggle that falconers across the country have endured to carry on this timeless bond between man and animal.

Trailer for the short documentary. Director: Ian Anthony Reid Production Company: Distant Moon Client: Pacific Legal Foundation Trailer Details: Editor: Brandon…

HUSTLE. CREATE. INSPIRE. .....#filmmaking #cinematography #framez #commercial #video #film #story #lifestyle #filmmaker ...
02/08/2019

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#filmmaking #cinematography #framez #commercial #video #film #story #lifestyle #filmmaker #moody #coffee #city #urbanlife #sports #cinematic #storytelling #artists #filmproduction #r3d #anamorphic #productioncompany #distantmoon

Finding the right location to tell your story is everything. .....#filmmaking #cinematography #framez #commercial #video...
02/06/2019

Finding the right location to tell your story is everything. .
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#filmmaking #cinematography #framez #commercial #video #film #story #lifestyle #filmmaker #coffee #city #urbanlife #sports #cinematic #storytelling #artists #filmproduction #r3d #anamorphic #productioncompany #distantmoon

This is a story about a family who feels trapped by the educational system in Connecticut. We wanted to convey a sense o...
02/05/2019

This is a story about a family who feels trapped by the educational system in Connecticut. We wanted to convey a sense of claustrophobia within the frame through lighting, blocking and camera movement. For lighting, we intentionally underexposed many of the shots with small pockets of light that the characters are trapped within. We also composed many of the shots through doorways. By doing this we intentionally shrink the frame around our subjects and limit the space they operate within the shot. Finally, we restricted camera movement throughout the piece (with one exception) to tripod and dolly. Because the family feels immobile, we wanted the camera to feel restricted and unable to move as well. The one time we break that rule is when the family spends time together playing. In the same way that they encourage and give each other a sense of well being, we wanted that scene to be the only scene in which the camera moved freely.
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We love capturing real moments. ...#framez #filmmaking #cinematography #documentary #video #film #story #arri #cinematic...
02/04/2019

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01/30/2019
HARTFORD

Telling stories that help inspire change is one of our foundational purposes at Distant Moon.

So it was an honor and a privilege when Pacific Legal Foundation asked us to partner with them in telling the story of Jarod and his family.

Jarod was at the top of the list for the Hartford Magnet School Lottery three consecutive rounds. He was never selected. This is the story of Jarod and kids like…

New office, who dis?(Come hang with us in our new space!)
01/19/2019

New office, who dis?

(Come hang with us in our new space!)

01/15/2019
AMERICAN CRAFT

Sometimes clients let you take their documentaries in crazy directions. This was one of those times. If you like beer or history, check this one out!

Huge thanks to The Federalist Society, Matt Wood, and Motivo Media, and countless others for this crazy, fun collaboration and for trusting us with some hair-brained ideas.

https://vimeo.com/311503758

A doc about beer. - - - Production Companies: Distant Moon, Motivo Media Client: Federalist Society Director: Matt Wood Director of Photography: Ian Anthony Reid Writers:…

We're so excited to announce that Distant Moon is adding a new member to our team!Meet Brandon DeTraglia. Brandon is a m...
12/18/2018

We're so excited to announce that Distant Moon is adding a new member to our team!

Meet Brandon DeTraglia. Brandon is a multi-talented filmmaker with specialties in cinematography and editing. Hailing from Cape Cod, MA, he's making the trek down to the mid-atlantic to join Distant Moon as a full-time editor in our DC offices.

But he won't just be editing. Keep a lookout on Distant Moon projects to see him working in various departments, bringing his talent and skills to make our shoots as amazing as they can possibly be.

As you may have noticed, we're changing and growing a bit. We're in a new office space (pics coming REALLY soon), we're ...
12/04/2018

As you may have noticed, we're changing and growing a bit. We're in a new office space (pics coming REALLY soon), we're expanding our company size (announcement coming pretty soon), and we now have a new logo to represent the new Distant Moon. We have so much to share with you all in 2019, but for now, here's our new logo!

11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving! We’ve grown a lot this year and have a lot to be thankful for. One of the biggest things we’re constantly thankful for is all of you, our friends and family, clients and collaborators.

Hope all of you have a fantastic holiday this week with people you love!

This week we'll be celebrating with director Patrick Mason at the Nightmares Film Festival 18 on Friday, Oct 19 for the ...
10/16/2018

This week we'll be celebrating with director Patrick Mason at the Nightmares Film Festival 18 on Friday, Oct 19 for the release of our movie, Ayuda Film. Then stay tuned for the release of the short film online on Monday, Oct. 22.

Who's ready for Halloween? 🧟‍♂️

Sunrise Prep in Turlock, CA. Shotlists/story beats being tweaked and finessed before we begin filming in a few hours!
09/26/2018

Sunrise Prep in Turlock, CA. Shotlists/story beats being tweaked and finessed before we begin filming in a few hours!

09/21/2018
BUTLER: LOOKING DOWN - DM Music Spotlight

Regardless of the shape it takes, all of us have dealt with loss in some form or another. Our hope is that this video will encourage some of you out there.

This song, by Butler captures the pain and healing perfectly. From the artist: "In 2014, my father passed away from cancer, and four years later God has brought me to a place of peace with the loss. I’ve learned to face what happened and continually move forward. The feeling is bittersweet but hopeful. That's what 'Looking Down' is about."

Want more content like this? Distant Moon will be creating more indie-spotlight music videos for up-and-coming bands and musicians. Let us know who we should feature next!

09/18/2018
HILLSDALE COLLEGE. CONGRESS.

NEW WORK: Check out the trailer to our newest collaboration with Hillsdale College on the rebranding and launch of their new online courses. First course up: Congress.

Distant Moon did full production from early planning through delivery of the final masters. It was quite a ride and we're so glad that Hillsdale chose to partner with us!

https://vimeo.com/290564292

Trailer for an 11-part (6 hour) online course Distant Moon produced for Hillsdale College as a part of the rebrand and launch of Hillsdale's new Online Courses. Client:…

07/05/2018
Hillsdale College

NEW WORK for our friends at Hillsdale College in collaboration with the amazing people at Handshake Studios. Despite its hardships and despite the struggles we've faced as a nation, we love this country and can't wait to see what the next 250 years have in store.

Hope you all had a great Independence Day!

Rising above disaster;
Affirming that “all men are created equal”;
Daring to explore the unknown;
Defending our freedom
Pursuing liberty in America;
Fighting for equal rights;
Establishing independence.

This is our American story.

Happy Independence Day from Hillsdale College!

Learn more about our American story: hillsdale.edu/american-story

12/20/2017
Chelsea Clocks (Directors cut)

Check out our work for the oldest remaining clockmaker in the United States: Chelsea Clocks.

https://vimeo.com/248038989

Directed by Patrick Mason and shot by Ian Reid.

This is "Chelsea Clocks (Directors cut)" by Patrick Mason on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

We love the people we work with. From G&E crew to VFX artists and everyone in between. Here's a screenshot from an upcom...
11/14/2017

We love the people we work with. From G&E crew to VFX artists and everyone in between. Here's a screenshot from an upcoming project, created by director and vfx artist extraordinaire, Zach Zombek.

11/01/2017
SUNNIVA SUPER COFFEE.

New Work with director Max Haben!

Our whole team had a blast creating this piece for the cool people at Sunniva Super Coffee. Check it out!

Director: Max Haben DOP: Ian Anthony Reid Gaffer: John Paul Summers AC: Brandon Habuda Edit/Sound Design: Max Haben and Ian Anthony Reid Production Company:…

10/03/2017
IRA WOLF. SUNSCREEN.

We love Music. And we love film. So when we're able to create pieces that blend beautiful music with tear-jearking stories. We're all in. Check out Director Patrick Mason's new collaboration with Ira Wolf!

An old man wakes up alone. Music video for Ira Wolf's "Sunscreen" http://irawolfmusic.com/

Distant Moon and Patrick Mason are casting for a short film: "Swift Shoals". The film is set in the American south so we...
08/23/2017

Distant Moon and Patrick Mason are casting for a short film: "Swift Shoals". The film is set in the American south so we are especially looking for actors and non-actors with genuine southern accents. Everyone is welcome to apply regardless of experience level. Email [email protected] with headshot, resume and reel if available.

Summary: Two brothers struggle to keep a shocking secret from their family.

SEEKING:
Karen: Female 30-40 A small town southern police officer. Allen and Declan's aunt.
Allen: 16-18 Karen's nephew.
Declan: 8-11 Allen's younger brother.
Ruth 40-50 Allen and Declan's mom.
Gary 50-60 Grizzled, working class man. Non-speaking role.

08/09/2017

Looking for a Storyboard artist who can start immediately.

08/09/2017
Freethink

New Work by director Ian Reid and shot by DP Matt Batchelor. Really proud to be partnering with Freethink on telling these important stories!

Click for SOUND!

Inmate turned zookeeper? At an exotic zoo in Key West, that’s exactly what’s happening. Jeanne Selander runs the zoo that’s staffed almost entirely by prisoners, and she has seen firsthand how the work can have a transformative effect on them.

Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. This project was 3-years in the making for Patrick Mason. Check out hi...
07/28/2017
The Deadmen – “55 Days”

Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. This project was 3-years in the making for Patrick Mason. Check out his recent music video that just got picked up by Booooooom.com

https://tv.booooooom.com/2017/07/28/the-deadmen-55-days/

A young man struggles to return home after breaking out of jail in this beautifully shot short film for The Deadmen by filmmaker Patrick Mason (previously featured here). Dir./DP/Editor: Patrick Mason Actor: Daniel Hyland Supporting: Dugan Schmid, Haley Hodges, Joel Oliver … Continue reading →

07/05/2017

Casting call for a short film/music video in Northern VA/Washington DC (travel covered if needed).

70-80 year old male.

Shoot dates: July 14-15
Any race or ethnicity.
Paid.

DM us or email [email protected] with headshots. We are looking for actors and non-actors alike so no previous experience required!

04/13/2017
The Siberian

NEW WORK: This project was a blast for our team. Beautiful Locations. Amazing Subject. Fun Crew.

Director: Patrick Mason
Cinematographer: Ian Reid

Running has a rhythm. Growing up on a farm, Illyich Efimov uses that rhythm to connect with his nomadic ancestors, the Nenets. Produced by: Distant Moon Director…

04/06/2017
Sila Solutions Group

A Teaser from a recent project, directed by the Patrick Mason, and shot by Ian Reid. Director's Cut is going live real soon!

Do The Impossible.

Full video coming tomorrow! #Sila #ShapeYourWorld #AmericanNinjaWarrior

04/04/2017
Free Speech on Campus - JCCF

NEW WORK on our portfolio!

We had a blast producing this piece for our friends at JCCF. Huge shoutout to our whole cast and crew who brought this piece to life!

Client: CampusFreedomIndex.com Client Producer: Michael Kennedy Production Company: Distant Moon Director/DP: Ian Reid Producer/AD: Patrick Mason 1AC: Ian…

03/28/2017
Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

We had a lot of fun producing this little spot for our good Canadian friends at JCCF.

If you like unorthodox approaches to discussing serious issues, give the video a little look-through!

We recorded students' reactions to some of the most outrageous cases of campus censorship in Canada.

Visit www.CampusFreedomIndex.ca to find out how your school stacks up.

LIKE and SHARE to help us reach students across the country!

This week, we shot two projects - one in DC and one in Pittsburgh. On both of them, we got to work with old friends and ...
01/27/2017

This week, we shot two projects - one in DC and one in Pittsburgh. On both of them, we got to work with old friends and new ones and were reminded that best think about our job is the people. If we haven't worked with you yet, we hope to soon, because at the end of the day, we just love meeting/working with/and befriending all you amazing people out there.

Over the past few months, we've been at work on something VERY different from the usual. Can't wait to share it with you...
12/12/2016

Over the past few months, we've been at work on something VERY different from the usual. Can't wait to share it with you all in early 2017! (hint: it's animated)

12/06/2016
Stella Artois - Every Detail

NEW WORK: Stella Artois - "Every Detail"

Our team had a blast on this one (The free beer helped).

Director's Cut. Production Company: Distant Moon Director/Cinematographer: Ian Anthony Reid Executive Producer: Jeff Piper AD: Patrick Mason Gaffer:…

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11/29/2016

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CASTING CALL: Casting a VO Actor for a commercial for the oldest clock company in the US. Must have or be able to perform with a realistic Boston accent. PAID.

To submit, reply here or PM us.

CASTING CALL: Casting a VO Actor for a commercial for the oldest clock company in the US. Must have or be able to perfor...
11/29/2016

CASTING CALL: Casting a VO Actor for a commercial for the oldest clock company in the US. Must have or be able to perform with a realistic Boston accent. PAID.

To submit, reply here or PM us.

We're trying reeaaally hard not to play Christmas music until after thanksgiving. So in the meantime, we're looking thro...
11/05/2016

We're trying reeaaally hard not to play Christmas music until after thanksgiving. So in the meantime, we're looking through "autumny" campfire scene shots from our recent shoot in the Sawtooth Mountains.

10/04/2016
James TW "When you Love Someone"

Our music video with James TW just recently passed 1 million views on youtube and we couldn't be prouder of James. He was a class act and we wish him all the best.

Check out the Directors Cut here: https://vimeo.com/162397726

Back when James was teaching guitar lessons to young students, he found out that the parents of one student were getting divorced. The catch: the student didn't…

We've been quiet for a while because we've been jumping all over the place, and we decided we should let you all know wh...
09/21/2016

We've been quiet for a while because we've been jumping all over the place, and we decided we should let you all know what we've been up to.

In the past few weeks, we've directed a branded chevy ad, finished cutting a 10 minute documentary for a DC nonprofit, shot and edited (and created vfx) for a George Mason University spot, shot a music video for the incredible Faceless Ones, and now Patrick and Zach are in Colorado prepping the next shoot, while Ian is preparing to meet his new son (expected this week).

So, we're having a blast. And we just want to thank you all for the support, work, and friendship that have made this scrappy little production company possible. Here's to finishing out 2016 with a bang!

(And for fun, here are a few stills from various projects we've been working on...)

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