Private Project

Shoot the Moon

Brothers Sam and Max can't agree on anything, but when Max's ambitions to fly to the moon in a cardboard box put them both in grave danger, it's up to older brother Sam to get them home safe.

  • William Rowe
  • William Rowe
  • William Rowe
  • William Rowe
    Key Cast
  • Henry Pollitt
    Key Cast
  • Michael Bryan Stein
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    adventure, action, animation, family, kids
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • KCET Fine Cut Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 3, 2019
    Best Animation
  • UCLA Director's Spotlight
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 12, 2019
    North American Premiere
    Best of the Year
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 8, 2019
  • Palm Springs Animation Festival
    Palm Springs
    United States
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, NC
    United States
Director Biography - William Rowe

My first introduction to the power of storytelling was watching the New Year's Twilight Zone marathon on the Sci-Fi channel with my dad and younger brother. Those black and white tales of morality and choice inspired me to study screenwriting and filmmaking at the University of North Carolina (about 30 minutes from my home city of Raleigh). After moving to Los Angeles, I began taking night classes at the Animation Guild while working during the day at a local grocery chain. Animation allowed me to tell any zanny, absurd story I could think of, and most unexpectedly, taught me the importance of believable, honest characters.
My parents are social justice lawyers who work with groups like the NAACP and Southern Poverty Law Center to help change the world, and that's what I wanted to do with my films. My first grad school film was about feeling invisible and insignificant to the world, told through the struggles of a homeless mother. I am currently finishing up my MFA at the UCLA Film School in Animation and Screenwriting.
My motto has always been, if you want to do something, do it. Animation has allowed me to tell the stories personal to me, and in a way that I can be honest with my vision. I look forward to sharing my work with anyone and everyone and hope that they will add a bit of light to the world.

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Director Statement

My thesis film at UCLA - metaphorically about the relationship between me and my younger brother; philosophically about achieving your dreams, not being cynical, and how best to protect the ones we love; literally about two cats trying to fly to the moon in a cardboard box - Written, animated directed by me, made in TV Paint - big thank you to Michael Stein, Bronze Radio Return, and of course, my younger brother, Henry Pollitt