STARDANCE PROJECT UPDATE: Launch Rescheduled
By Jeanne Robinson
January 1, 2007
With the arrival of a new year, it’s time to update you on the Stardance Project.
A premiere at the Heinlein Centennial is no longer an option. We are currently re-evaluating how to achieve the dream of a realistic depiction of zero-gravity dance using the latest digital and artistic tools. Although we are on the cusp of a new era of space tourism, it's still hard to convince the space business community of the need for art to sustain their business model. We have been in discussion with the Heinlein Trust as well as others, but we still haven't found a major funding partner to help us make the vision of the Stardance a reality.
The good news is that thanks to the people who share our vision and have contributed to the Stardance Project, we will be putting together a short proof of concept demo this spring which will hopefully give us something concrete to proudly show when someone asks us what we are all about. If the stars and the muses align, we hope to show our concept demo at the Heinlein Centennial.
In the meantime we are deeply grateful for your support and faith in us. We are working daily trying to make this vision of ours a reality. It's all there in our hearts and minds. All we need to do is find the financing needed to capture it on film. Know anyone with half a million dollars and good taste? That’s what it will cost—minimum. CGI is expensive…and required in every frame.
In the coming months we will regularly update you on our ongoing fundraising and production adventures, so please stay tuned. Naturally, we welcome your feedback.
Without the generous support of all of the Honorary Stardancers listed above, we would not have made it this far. With the help of future contributors who also share our dream, we will bring this unique vision to the world.
My heartfelt thanks to you all. May we all continue to imagine and co-create our visions of a world we know to be possible.
Here's to Stardancing in 2007!
RAH'S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
By Jeanne Robinson
June 22, 2007
Kansas City here we come!
In a matter of days Spider and I will be on our way to Kansas City to join in a celebration of Robert A. Heinlein's life and work at his Centennial. <http://www.heinleincentennial.com>
I've been invited to make a presentation about the Stardance Project during the Gala event on 7/7/07, Robert's 100 th birthday. I've been creating a PowerPoint presentation with the help of a talented friend, Steph Herman, which I'll use to accompany my progress report. It will incorporate new images by the great space artist Ron Miller, and original music by composer James Raymond (keyboardist for CSN&Y). After I get home from Kansas City I'll post the whole 2-minute presentation including the new images and music here on the site.
My strong ongoing thanks to all Honorary Stardancers whose contributions to date have taken us this far; your support is appreciated more than I can say. May we all continue to imagine and co-create our visions of a world we know to be possible.
RAH’S GALA EVENT SPEECH
By Jeanne Robinson with PowerPoint by Steph Herman
Here is the speech I gave at Robert’s Hundredth Birthday Party in Kansas City, Missouri on 7/7/07. It got me, and our Stardancer, Kathleen McDonagh, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to go weightless on a Zero Gravity Corporation parabolic flight http://www.gozerog.com/index.htm, compliments of company Founder and CEO, Dr. Peter Diamandis. I’ll keep you up to date on our zero-gee flight plans as they unfold.
Read the Speech
OCTOBER 21, 2007 UPDATE:
Jeanne Robinson and her co-producer James Sposto have launched a new website to promote the Stardance project as a large-format IMAX feature film. www.stardancemovie.com
DECEMBER 23, 2007 UPDATE:
Jeanne has started a blog to record her impressions and experiences in microgravity this weekend during her December 30th flight with Zero-Gravity Corporation. Read her up-to-the minute entries at http://stardancemovie.blogspot.com/