Moonbot Studios


Moonbot Studios is a secret, zero-gravity colony inhabited by interstellar beings in Shreveport, La. Their mission is to create the best books, films, apps, games and entertainment in the galaxy. Award-winning artists and filmmakers William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg and Lampton Enochs co-founded Moonbot Studios in 2009. Since then, the studio has won an Academy Award for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an iTunes Hall of Fame iPad app and New York Times best-selling hard copy book.

Moonbot’s latest multi-platform story is The Numberlys, released as a Webby Award-winning app, best-selling book and Academy Award shortlisted animated film. In 2013, the studio made a mark in publishing by establishing Moonbot Books, a publishing imprint with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

On March 31, Silent, an animated short film collaboration between Moonbot Studios, Dolby Laboratories and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) received five Daytime Emmy nominations, including:

  • Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
  • Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program (Directors, Brandon Oldenburg, Limbert Fabian)
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation (Re-Recording Mixer, Jurgen Scharpf)
  • Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation (Sound Editor, Steve Boeddeker)
  • Outstanding Music Direction and Composition (Composer, John Hunter)

Silent is a three-minute animated short film featuring Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios’s Academy Award-winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Lessmore and his fellow street performer dream of bringing their Picture and Sound Show to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound, traveling through movie history to find the audience they always wanted. The collaboration celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic.

“It’s an honor for our work to receive recognition from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It’s led to one amazing crescendo of celebration here at Moonbot,” said Limbert Fabian, who co-directed the animated short film with Moonbot partner Brandon Oldenburg. The pair previously received honors at the Emmy Awards for their work on a collaboration with Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Scarecrow.

Watch the incredible short film Silent here. Also, see a full list of nominations here. And for more information about Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, La please visit their website here.

Source: shreveporttimes




Sync Up Cinema Schedule

by Jenny Bravo on April 23, 2012

In the upcoming two weeks of Jazz Fest fun, Louisiana filmmakers join in on the excitement. The state celebrates its year of film accomplishments with a presentation by locals at the Sync Up Cinema conference, held on Monday, April 30, and Tuesday, May 1. The film showcasing takes place at the Stern Auditorium at the New Orleans Museum of Art with free admission. Below is the conference schedule.

Monday, April 30: Mardi Gras Indians:
2:30 PM The Black Indians of New Orleans
4:00 PM All On a Mardi Gras Day
5:30 PM Bury the Hatchet

Tuesday, May 1: New Orleans Films:
11:30 AM “A Legend in the Classrooom: The Life Story of Ms. Yvonne Busch”
12:30 PM “King of Oak Street”
2:00 PM “Big Easy Express”
3:30 PM “Live From Preservation Hall: A Louisiana Fairytale”
5:00 PM “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”
6:30 PM Excerpts from “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
7:00 PM “Tchoupitoulas”
8:30 PM “More to Live For”




LIFE gets a new name

by Jenny Bravo on February 29, 2012

The Louisiana Industry for Film and Entertainment recently stepped back to evaluate their goals, resulting in the adoption of a new title: The Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association (LFEA). The process included the votes of industry leaders, who agreed that the new direction reflected well on the preservation of Louisiana’s booming film business.

Louisiana currently occupies the third seat in film and entertainment production nationwide behind only California and New York. In January, industry publication P3 Update listed Louisiana as the top spot for movie-making. In 2011, more than 100 movies wrapped with over 50 percent of production by LA companies.

The quality of Louisiana business is also gaining a high reputation. This year, 23 Grammy nominations went to Louisiana-related artists. The animated film Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Norris Lessmore, produced entirely by Moonbot Studios of Shreveport, won an Academy Award. The Academy also recognized New Orleans homeowner Brad Pitt with a nomination for Best Actor in the film Moneyball.

The new LFEA intends to act as the hub for entertainment activity in Louisiana, bringing together all members of the industry. It will provide services such as industry updates, reporting and monitoring of legislation as well as networking opportunities. There are several levels of membership for individuals as well as business to involve themselves.