What do you
do when you have access to moon rocks and need money? You plan a
heist, with three other friends and commit “The Great American
Moon Rock Caper” in this feature comedy motion picture by Director
by true events and written by Travis Ammons, “The Great American
Moon Rock Caper” tells the story of Tucker (played by Shawn Cook),
a NASA intern in charge of cataloging Moon rocks, his girlfriend
Stevie (played by Katrina Ellsworth), a stripper by night and NASA
intern by day who is trying to make ends meet, Mouse (played by
Kristin Chaumont) an independent security consultant (safe-cracker)
and NASA intern and her boyfriend Dean (played by Travis Ammons) a
small time hood in charge of finding a buyer for the rocks.
mastermind, details a plan to take the rocks, not for money but for
the rocks, MOON ROCKS. With full access to the rocks, Tucker finds
problems with his plan when access codes are, inadvertently,
changed. When Mouse’s attempts to break-in the safe are
unsuccessful and within time parameters, Tucker decides to take the
refuge at a hotel room and getting away with stealing the safe from
NASA, Mouse finally gains access to the safe and find more than moon
rocks and the reason why the codes where changed.
now this group of geniuses now has to devise a way to sell the
rocks. Not being “real” criminals, Dean suggests using
Craigslist, an Internet selling site, as a means of finding a buyer.
But, moon rocks are priceless. What do you sell them for and
who will buy them?
Travis Ammons, “The Great American Moon Rock Caper” is a fun
movie to watch and thoroughly entertaining. The humor is subtle but
very effective when combined with facial and body movements. The
interaction between the characters and how they relate with each
other is believable. This was an outstanding cast of talented actors
that complimented each other in an ensemble group of characters. Of
special note was the interjection of Dr. Garfield (played by David
Maldonado) Tucker’s supervisor at NASA. Dr. Garfield was your
Typical NASA administrator and sometimes just a plain “nerd”.
Mr. Maldonado’s performance came across very naturally on the
screen. He did a really good job, as did all the actors in this
good, smooth and seamless.
drawback with this feature motion picture was sound. Although,
consistent throughout the entirety of the movie, (meaning tone and
level) there was that independent, low budget sound quality that
seems to permeate indie movies. There was that echo and canned
sound, that reverberation that distinguishes studio movies from
independent movies. And this, of course, was an independent movie.
itself was interesting. There were some scenes that could have been
tightened and some of the acting was a little forced, but otherwise,
the director was able to tell a good visual story that made sense
and was coherent from beginning to the end. We are not going defend
or attack the fine points of the story as we have seen worse stories
from studio films. Let’s just say that Travis told a good story.
soundtrack for “The Great American Moon Rock Caper” was
outstanding. It kind of reminded me of the “Ocean’s 11”
soundtrack and conducive to performing a “heist” and a
“caper”. It was upbeat, methodical and fun to listen to as you
tapped your feet. Music flowed and pushed the movie smoothly from
one scene to another and the genre was consistent in that there was
a theme to the music as it moved through different scenes and
different atmospheres. Well done.
however, did jump around a bit from scene to scene and could have
been a little more dramatic.
“The Great American Moon Rock Caper” is a good movie to pop into
your player when you want see a movie on those rainy kind of days.
yourself, pick up the movie and watch it. Also, help movie makers
make Movies and help fund them by becoming a Producer.
rating: C47Houston gives this movie a 4.4 out of 5 on the TSIRS
was at the Houston premiere of “The Great American Moon Rock
Caper”. You can see the pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2152459610553.2134667.1218281768&l=992560f07f
The Production company held a fundraising event for the movie
and you can see those pictures at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1170366938850.2027710.1218281768&type=1&l=06405a20a6
C47Houston News & Entertainment magazine was able to grab
Director Travis Ammons for our quick video cutin. You can see it at
our YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBDSSFTGZzU
Great American Moonrock Caper
company: Flock on a Wire Productions, Environmental Earth-Wise, Inc.
and TickTickBang Productions, DixieScouse Productions, Melancholy
Producer: Marlene Sarres
Rick Boyd, Cass Carlyle, Travis Ammons, Wes Linnenbank
by: Evil Steve, Clayton Grisso, Sherri Moberg, Deacon Delluci
Producer: David Chaumont
Producer: Katrina Ellsworth
Casting by: Joe Grisaffi
by: Pennie Vincent
props by: Aubrey Harding
photography: Bill Mactavish
Clayton Miller, Deacon Dellucci
Shawn Cook, Katrina Ellsworth, Kristin Chaumont, Travis Ammons, Dave
Maldonado, Wes Linnenbank, Wayne Dehart