To the Moon Productions was founded after Director / Producer, Angela Snow, quit her job in Los Angeles and drove up the California coast with the blind determination to leave the country, make a little money and continue filmmaking. Coincidently, after returning from a shoot in Lebanon, Cinematographer, Josh Gibson, emailed Angela with a preview to his new documentary. Needing a technically savvy partner with equipment, Angela proposed the idea of To the Moon Productions. Josh replied, "Hell yes, do you need me to move to LA?"
Before this time Josh and Angela were not close and had only known of each other while attending Columbia College in Chicago. Angela knew Josh as the talented cinematographer who bought a van and drove across the US after graduation.
Three days after the initial emails, Josh created the To the Moon Productions website and a month later two jobs were booked. On To the Moon’s one-year anniversary in December 2007, Josh and Angela had completed four videos, spent a month in Greece, a month in Vermont and two weeks in Peru. To the Moon Productions will return to Peru for the next 2-3 years to continue on the company’s first feature documentary.
It is through travel that we learn, through films that we share and through collaboration that we effect.
ANGELA SNOW, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER (based in LA)
Based in New York City and working often in Los Angeles, I stay busy in freelance Production on award shows, reality TV, and independent films. I have worked/interned in Vermont, Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Denver, and Los Angeles.
I graduated in three years from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Film/Video Directing. While at Columbia, I directed my own short films and was involved in the production of over twenty others. I also was as a Teacher’s Assistant for a Directing Class.
Originally from Vermont, I went to high school in St. Louis, where after graduating I immediately took off to backpack through France and Spain. I have lived and attended school in Barcelona, have traveled elsewhere, and cannot wait to explore more of the world, always along side my camera. I love, as a filmmaker, to have the power to take something, some other world, living in my head and show it to others, and just maybe somewhere along the line make a difference. In addition to the narrative work living in my head, I want to show others the reality that lives around us in other cultures, personal stories and places not seen by everyday eyes.
- Off the Streets - A build for Humanity (Short Doc) - Field Producer & Cinematographer
- Winner: 1st Place Short Doc & Best Cinematography Los Angeles Reel Film Festival
- Some Assembly Required (Short, 16mm film) - Director
- Official Selection: St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase & DC short Film Festival
- Winner: Ourstage.com December short film Artist Access
- New Recipe (Short) - Director
- Official Selection: Humboldt Park Film Festival & winner of best Actress
Production work: (extensive TV & Film work)
- 2009, 2010, 2011 Prism Awards - Supervising Producer
- Entertainment Industries Council - Director of Production.
- "Ready on the S.E.T." Public Service Announcement
- Deadliest Catch, Original Productions / Discovery Channel
- Inauguration of Barack Obama, Neighborhood Inaugural Ball
- Feature Film Assistant Director & 2nd Assistant Director:
- “What Do I Do Now?” & “Second Coming of Mary”
- 80th, 81st, & 83rd Academy Awards
- Interloper Films, (Documentaries such as DIG! & We Life in Public)
- Florentine Films, Ken Burn’s Documentaries
- The War, Unforgivable Blackness, & Horatio’s Drive
- Columbia College Chicago, B.A. Film/ Video Directing
- Attended Pampeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain
- Conversational Spanish
JOSH GIBSON, CINEMATOGRAPHER
In my hometown of Peoria, Illinois, I studied theatre and television production at Illinois Central College. After three years of working for a steel factory, I left my job to take a position at a local NBC affiliated television station. A year later, I moved to Chicago to study film. In the Spring of 2006, I graduated with a BA in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago.
I have a variety of local, national and international clients that keep me traveling. When I am not on the road, I keep busy with my own projects. Currently, I am the Director of Photography for Comanche, a new webseries shooting in Chicago. In it's first season, Comanche made the cover of Chicago's RedEye and has been featured on WGN News.
- Beta: a short documentary (footage aired on NBC, CBS, and featured in Best Friends Magazine and Chicagoland Tails Magazine)
- Chicago Public Housing (Ronit Bezalel)
- House of Suh
- Message from the East: The story of Muhammed Iqbal
- Tree House Animal Foundation
JWT, Karyns, The Second City, Towers Productions, Dreaming Tree Films, Walking Shadows Productions, Starcom MediaVest, Get Fave!, Ki + Edit Design, Think or Swim, Creative Media Consultants, Inc
Ian Issitt, Cinematographer (Chicago based)
Ian Issitt has lived in Chicago for the past 8 years and has come to call it home. But the urge to travel, see new places, and meet new cultures has been rising to the surface more and more. Whether it is traveling the US in a wildly painted bus headed west on 40 picking people up along the way, sleeping outside with more stars than I have ever seen in a remote town in Southern Sudan, or driving my Vespa through three states in one day, travel and adventure have come to the forefront of my endeavors. Originally from Tennessee I moved to Chicago to attend college where I graduated with a BA in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago. Two years ago I started my own production company, New Bound Media, LLC, and have continued working as a cinematographer and creative director on many projects throughout the Midwest. I have made a very strong client base, and hope to continue meeting new people, traveling to new locations, and documenting it a along the way.
Bryan Yokomi, Editor (La based)
Ersellia Ferron, Producer/COORDINATOR (Paris) / Cinematographer (LA BASED)
Eric Smith, Cinematographer / assistant camera (LA BASED)
I.A.T.S.E. Local 600