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  • LOGLINE

    A woman manning an isolated space station by herself receives mysterious transmissions and must quickly unravel who or what is sending them, or an untold number of lives could be lost.

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  • MEREDITH BERG

    writer/director

    Berg is an award-winning filmmaker who specializes in genre fare with emotional impact and a touch of humor. Her AFI's Directing Workshop for Women short horror film "Void" won festival awards, her action-comedy streaming series "Lana Steele" has over 11 million views, and she has written thrillers for MarVista, Silver Pictures, Dark Castle and The Squid Farm. Before working in film and television, Berg directed theatre productions Off-Broadway as well as in England and Los Angeles. Her favorite side hustle is creating comic books.

    www.meredithberg.com

     

    GEFFRI MAYA

    "Mickie"

    GeffriMaya is an American actress and model who started her career at the age of nine as "Nala" in the touring production of "The Lion King." Since then she has rose to popularity as Taye Digg's daughter "Maya Bennett" in Private Practice. Other noteworthy series include Everybody Hates Chris, Private Practice, All American, East of La Brea, Black-ish, Everybody Hates Chris, Jericho, Finding Carter, and Snowfall.

     

    She currently stars as the lead character "Simone Hicks" in All American: Homecoming on The CW.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    "Captain Lingard of the SMCR Sofala"

    We are in the process of casting Captain Lingard, who presides over the SMCR ship "Sofala" whom Mickie hears and communicates with over the radio from her space station.

     

    "Tether" is a work in progress, please come back in the future for exciting updates! 

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • SAMM LEVINE

    "Captain of the SMCR Rover"

    Levine is perhaps best known for his roles in the cult-classic series Freaks and Geeks and Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

     

    With over 100 additional television and film credits across his 25 year career, he was most recently seen in Starz' Minx, Amazon's Underdeveloped, and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. 

     

     

     

    JOE RUSSELL

    "Conway AI"

    Russell is an accomplished actor and producer, who appeared in films and television series that include The Long Shot, The Wedding Pact and The Pacific. He produced the indie music festival romantic-dramedy XOXO starring Sarah Hyland and short film Laboratory Conditions starring Marisa Tomei and Minnie Driver.

    www.JoeRussellProductions.com

     

     

     

     

    MEENA SINGH

    cinematographer

    Singh is a Los Angeles based Cinematographer whose credits include Netflix romantic comedy Wedding Season [dir. Tom Dey], Hollidaysburg [dir. A.M. Lukas], and Mother's Little Helpers [dir. Kestrin Pantera]. She lensed Showtime pilot Seasoned [dir. Ewen Wright] starring Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody. Meena's documentary credits include 2023 Sundance Film Festival film The Tuba Thieves [dir. Alison O'Daniel], and Oscar winning Twenty Feet From Stardom [additional photography, dir. Morgan Neville]. She is an alum of the Conservatory at the American Film Institute and of Columbia College Chicago.
  • ETHAN ERWIN

    executive producer

    Erwin is a writer and producer with over fifteen years of experience, Ethan Erwin's credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Book of Eli, Unknown, Orphan, Orphan: First Kill and The Nice Guys, as well as the CBS cult hit TV show Moonlight.
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    CAMILLE BROWN

    producer

    Brown is an award-winning filmmaker and producer. Camille started her career producing wrap-arounds for TBS. After her stint at TBS, she produced the director’s cut for Universal’s Vin Diesel starrer, The Chronicles of Riddick and the feature thriller A Perfect Getaway starring Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich. She recently directed three episodes of the hit BounceTV series Finding Happy executive produced by Cedric the Entertainer. Her second feature A Christmas Winter Song, starring Ashanti and Stan Shaw recently aired on Lifetime and was a ratings winner. Her first indie feature, The Nth Ward, is currently playing on Amazon.

    CHELSEA STAEBELL

    costume designer

    Staebell handmade Shang-Chi's superhero outfit and Aquaman's scale armor. She has worked on a slew of visually stunning features and series including Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Charlie's Angels, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings, Aquaman, and The Nice Guys.  
  • DIZ SHARPE

    stunt coordinator

    Sharpe has pulled off some of the most notable stunts in modern Hollywood history, including jumping after Matt Damon through a window while holding a camera to capture an iconic shot in The Bourne Ultimatum.
     
    Sharpe has a wealth of experience with wire-work and zero-gravity stunts, including in films Gravity, Interstellar, Inception, Underwater, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, and the 2024 sequel to Dune.

     

     

     

  • Behind the Scenes

    REHEARSAL

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    Laying the Groundwork

    With such a short shooting schedule, it was imperative to block, rehearse and explore the character and the story like a one-woman play, drawing upon Geffri Maya's years of professional theatrical and film exeperience and Meredith's theater directing background.

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    Technical Rehearsal

    We were very fortunate to be gifted the use of a technocrane for the weekend shoot, which cinematographer Meena Singh is familiarizing herself with here to prepare for the big day(s) following Geffri Maya as she sails through the air.

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    Mastering the Crane

    1st AC Paulina Bryant works with two of the crane technicians, Steve McDonagh and Gilbert Alvarado, as they practice and prepare for an upcoming packed shooting schedule of only two days.

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    Storyboarding

    Meredith and Geffri Maya review storyboards and animatics Meredith created to prepare for the stunts.

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    Choreography

    Meredith and Geffri Maya practice the meditation scene choreography, and multitask some actual meditation.

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    Homework

    Geffri Maya likes to dig deep into the world and character when she prepares and rehearses, using script analysis, discussion and brainstorming to build.

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    Stunt Prep

    Before training Geffri Maya in a stunt, Diz and his team, including Arona Spader, Marie Fink and Kevin Gomez, rehearse all the moves Meredith and Diz plotted out using animatics, storyboards and good old human flailing about.

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    Locking the Stunt

    Meredith and Diz review the stunts as performed by stunt double Arona to refine the movements before putting Geffri Maya up in the wires.

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    Leaving the Ground

    Diz Sharpe, a consummate expert who honed his skills in such blockbusters as "Gravity," "Intersellar," and "Inception," trained Geffri Maya over the course of a few days' rehearsal on the stage while the spaceship was built. All wirework in the film was performed by Geffri Maya!

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    Stunts in (the) Space

    Geffri Maya and Joe Russell practice a scene, with Geffri trying out the stunt and Joe cueing her as the AI voice of the space station, "Conway."

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    Double Duty

    In between rehearsing as an actor, Joe co-produced, wrangling equipment, essential crew members and even more essential memes to keep up morale.

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    Getting excited

    Meredith and Geffri Maya watch the set and stunt truss come together on the last day of rehearsal before shooting.

  • Behind the Scenes

    BUILDING THE WORLD OF TETHER

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    Planning the Set

    Meredith and Production Designer Jeremy White plotted dimensions with tape, paper and a very helpful action figure of Rose Tico from The Last Jedi.

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    Storyboarding

    Meredith used the Storyboarder app to build boards that communicated the blocking to all department heads, and refined them with Meena, Jeremy and Diz.

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    Building the Ship

    The spaceship interior was built in only four days by Jeremy (at the desk) and his amazing team, with retractable walls and ceiling for the sliding stunt truss and wires. Meena's lighting design was incorporated into the walls of the set.

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    Raising the Truss

    The stunt truss, which was the grid that Geffri Maya dangled from for all of her stunts, was 23 feet high and 50 feet across, so it could straddle the entire spaceship set. It took lots of muscles and an F150 to hoist it up into the air.

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    Easter Eggs

    Jeremy put amusing easter eggs into the ship design, including sneaking Meredith's birthday month and day into a few choice areas. The main desk also has Meredith's initials, but that is purely by chance! It was a rented prop!

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    Finishing Touches

    MariaSara Santoro is seen here putting aging paintwork onto the walls to give the ship a more metallic and lived-in look. Jess Gonzales led the art direction, positioning every button panel, row of switches and interface display for Geffri Maya to "control" the ship with!

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    Costuming

    Chelsea Staebell zips the sleeve onto Geffri Maya's nearly finished costume while Meena checks out the colors.

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    Designing

    Jess Gonzales mounts switchboards, cables, panels and more to fully round out the interior of the spaceship.

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    Last looks

    Meredith approves final placement of lights, screens, props, and the desk.

  • Behind the Scenes

    SHOOTING THE SHORT

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    GEFFRI MAYA

     

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    CO-PRODUCER TRACI CARR

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    TECHNOCRANE SETUP

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    MEENA SINGH AND GEFFRI MAYA

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    GEFFRI MAYA AND DIZ SHARPE'S ARMS

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    GEFFRI MAYA AND NETSUKI BLACKWELDER

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    GEFFRI MAYA AND NETSUKI BLACKWELDER

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    MEREDITH AND MEENA

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    GEFFRI MAYA AND DIZ

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    DIZ, MEREDITH AND GEFFRI

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    MEREDITH AND GEFFRI

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    GEFFRI AND MEREDITH

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    GEFFRI AND DIZ

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    GEFFRI MAYA

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    GEFFRI MAYA

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    A. TAD CHAMBERLAIN, SOUND

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    GEFFRI MAYA ON THE CEILING

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    GILBERT ALVARADO, ETHAN ERWIN, MEREDITH AND MEENA

     

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    JOE RUSSELL, MEREDITH AND GEFFRI MAYA

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    GEFFRI AND MEREDITH

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    GEFFRI, DIZ AND MEREDITH'S THUMBS UP

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  • CREW

     

    MEREDITH BERG

    WRITER/DIRECTOR
     

    CAMILLE BROWN

    PRODUCER

     

    PHILIP HORRELL

    EDITOR

     

    MATTHEW GEDDES

    3D MODELING

     

    ETHAN ERWIN

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

     

    MEENA SINGH

    CINEMATOGRAPHER

     

    HUW BOWEN

    VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR

     

    JEREMY WHITE

    PRODUCTION DESIGNER

     

    DIZ SHARPE

    STUNT COORDINATOR

     

    TRACI CARR

    CO-PRODUCER

     

    RYAN BURRELL

    HAIR DESIGNER

     

    NETSUKI BLACKWELDER

    MAKE-UP ARTIST

     

    FREDERIK WIEDMANN

    COMPOSER

     

    HEATHER LANDIS

    POSTER DESIGN

     

    AMANDA BONN

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

     

    GAUTAM SOOD

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

     

    CAROLYN ERWIN

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

     

    BRIAN JOINES

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

     

    JESS GONZALES

    SET DECORATOR

     

    PAULINA BRYANT

    1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA

     

    LUIS AVILES

    BTS PHOTOGRAPHY

     

    FRANKIE INFANTE

    SCRIPT SUPERVISOR

     

    TAD CHAMBERLAIN

    SOUND MIXER

     

    ARONA SPADER

    STUNTS

     

    MARIE FINK

    STUNTS

     

    KEVIN GOMEZ

    STUNTS
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