A Mother Would Go To The Moon To Save Her Daughter’s Life

Expo is a highly emotional short film that brings the human touch into the Sci-fi world, director Joe Sill has always wanted to make a film merging science fiction and human emotions, and wanted to showcase a good story where the visual effects are not the center of attention, but rather a background for the story to sit on.

Lots of VFX movies out there seem to forget the story being what’s most important – I wanted to do something different

The story is about a female astro-miner named Shona, who has been mining under dangerous conditions on the moon for the past two years in order to pay for expensive medical treatments in hopes of saving her bed-ridden daughter Darla. Now that her tour is completed, a younger astronaut has come to replace her. Shona is reluctant to return to the world she once knew, but in meeting her replacement she realizes that returning to Earth isn’t where she’ll find peace – she will have to return home.

Expo falls in the collection of our latest Sci-Fi features on Film Shortage, with Voice Over and Manta, which all show a touch of isolation and human emotion. Expo brings forward these emotions in its own way, accentuating the lunar silence with a stellar performance by lead actress Daniela Flynn.

But even without stunning us with explosions, we must appreciate the extraordinary effort this collegial team brought to the set in terms of costume, set design and VFX.
This short behind the scenes gives you a little peak at the magnitude of this short film.