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Europa Report -- When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery. After a near-catastrophic technical failure leads to loss of ...
Europa Report -- An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.


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Directed by
Sebastián Cordero 
Writing credits
Philip Gelatt (written by)

Produced by
Ben Browning .... producer
Matt Levin .... associate producer
Michael Maher .... executive producer
Jeremy Kipp Walker .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bear McCreary 
Cinematography by
Enrique Chediak 
Film Editing by
Alex Kopit 
Craig McKay 
Livio Sanchez 
Aaron Yanes 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Leeba Zakharov 
Production Design by
Eugenio Caballero 
Art Direction by
Anu Schwartz 
Set Decoration by
Danielle Webb 
Costume Design by
Anna Terrazas 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair designer
David Kalahiki .... key makeup artist
Joseph Whitmeyer .... hair department head
Leo Won .... makeup department head
Amanda Miller .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Evelynda Rivera .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Crozier .... first assistant director: second unit
Dan Gloeckner .... additional second second assistant director
Jessica Hong .... additional second second assistant director
Kevin Pazmino .... second second assistant director
Kamen Velkovsky .... second assistant director
Niccolò Vitelli .... additional second second assistant director
Atilla Salih Yücer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sia Balabanova .... assistant art director
Clayton Beisner .... art department production assistant
Katya Blumenberg .... assistant art director
Tessa Brophy .... art department coordinator
Ipek Celik .... assistant set decorator
Benji Cox .... art department coordinator: set decoration
John Davis .... storyboard artist
Joseph Diaz .... concept artist
Kendall Fleisher .... art department production assistant
Gregory Hill .... illustrator
Daniel Huebbe .... best boy construction grip
Christopher Kay .... scenic artist
Dan-ah Kim .... graphic artist
Aleksandr Lokensgard .... on-set dresser
Aleksandr Lokensgard .... set dressing foreman
Robert Ludemann .... graphic designer: motion graphics
Kathryn C. McGinnis .... camera scenic
Hudson Meredith .... additional graphic artist
Jeff Naparstek .... set dresser: Evel Knish
Ian O'Neill .... construction grip
Rebecca Perrenod .... scenic charge artist
Douglas Poland .... art department coordinator: set decoration
Stephen Powers .... assistant property master
Tim Rossiter .... custom spacecraft chairs
Casey Smith .... assistant art director
Ariel Valsagna .... concept artist
Peter Wright .... leadman
Tim Zydel .... set dresser
Sound Department
Paul Bercovitch .... dialogue editor
Rich Bologna .... sound designer
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Miik Dinko .... adr recordist
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Jesse Flaitz .... adr recordist
Gisela Fulla-Silvestre .... assistant sound editor
Christof Gebert .... sound mixer
John Moros .... foley supervisor
John Moros .... sound editor
Jeff Seelye .... sound editor
Rose Seyfried .... assistant sound editor
Will Volkmann .... adr recordist
Andy Welker .... adr mixer
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Doug Appleton .... designer/animator: PerceptionNYC
John Bair .... visual effects supervisor
Renuka Ballal .... visual effects producer
Igor Boshoer .... pipeline technical director: Method Studios
Seth Brower .... compositor: Look Effects
Cyntia Büll .... compositor
Manda Cheung .... digital compositor
Leslie Chung .... digital compositor
Darrell Claunch .... digital compositor
Brian Cuartero .... digital compositor
Paul DeOliveira .... digital compositor
Aleksandar Djordjevic .... compositing supervisor: method studios
Artur Elson .... visual effects artist
Adam Gandola .... visual effects artist
Dan Giraldo .... digital compositor
Danny Gonzalez .... executive creative/partner: Perception
Rob Holland .... production coordinator: visual effects
Marci Ichimura .... digital compositor
Tara Marie Jacobson .... digital compositor
Nat Jencks .... additional vfx
Kevin Michael Jones .... digital compositor
Alice Kahn .... visual effects coordinator: Method Studios, New York
Alexander Koehl .... digital compositor: Method Studios
Matt Kushner .... visual effects artist
Jeremy Lasky .... executive creative/partner: Perception
John LePore .... creative director
John LePore .... lead designer/animator: Perception
Mark Lieberman .... digital compositor
David Marte .... rotoscope supervisor: Method Studios
Michael McDougall .... digital effects
Vance Miller .... lead cg artist: Phosphene
Andrew Paulus .... designer/animator: PerceptionNYC
Eddie Porter .... lead digital artist: Phosphene
Greg Radcliffe .... digital compositor
Aaron Raff .... visual effects artist
Jim Rider .... visual effects supervisor: method studios
Mark Russell .... visual effects consultant
Wendy Seddon .... digital compositor
Naz Shams .... visual effects coordinator
Raven Sia .... visual effects producer: method studios
Greg M. Silverman .... visual effects artist
Tonya Smay .... digital compositor
Jesse Spielman .... digital compositor
Bindy St.Leger .... visual effects coordinator
Ted Stryk .... digital artist
Ben Sumner .... digital compositor
Brendan Taylor .... digital compositor
Mark Thomas-Stubbs .... digital compositor
Jamie Tracey .... visual effects coordinator
Bryan Wengroff .... visual effects coordinator
Scott Winston .... digital compositor
Jörg Wohnsiedler .... roto artist
Caius Wong .... CG artist
Jeff Wozniak .... visual effects supervisor: LOOK! Effects
Jd Yepes .... digital compositor
Dave Zeevalk .... cgi supervisor
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts
Gene Harrison .... stunts
Stephen Mann .... assistant stunt coordinator
Victor Paguia .... stunt double: Daniel Wu
Brian Smyj .... stunt coordinator
Stephanie Stokes .... stunts
Aaron Vexler .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Ethan Borsuk .... first assistant camera
J. Eric Camp .... digital imaging technician
Elizabeth Jane Cavanagh .... second assistant camera
Estefania Guarderas .... camera intern
Douglas K. Horton .... digital imaging technician
John McEnerney .... key grip
Dan Merrill .... second assistant camera
Robin Pontbriand .... video assist
Joseph Quirk .... gaffer
Jacob Stahlman .... loader
Toshiro Yamaguchi .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Jon Goracy .... casting assistant
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monika Darby .... set costumer
Robin Fitzgerald .... set costumer
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan .... assistant costume designer (as Deidra E. Govan)
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan .... costume supervisor (as Deidra E. Govan)
Estella Marie .... additional tailor
Randy Pike .... space suit technician
Editorial Department
David Andalman .... assistant editor
Nat Jencks .... digital intermediate editor
Alec Styborski .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michael Beach .... scoring assistant
Neal Desby .... conductor
Dan Evans Farkas .... music editor
Jessica Rae Huber .... scoring assistant
Steve Kaplan .... scoring engineer
Neli Nikolaeva .... musician: violin
Jonathan Ortega .... scoring assistant
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Edward Trybek .... orchestrator
Henri Wilkinson .... orchestrator
Raya Yarbrough .... musician: vocals
Laurence Schwarz .... additional score engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Stephanie Blackwood .... assistant production coordinator
Steven Brower .... technical consultant
Rebecca Cammarata .... set production intern
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... production legal services
Clementine Cayrol .... production intern
Wendy Cohen .... production resources
Scott Friedman .... paperwork production assistant
Kevin Hand .... scientific advisor
Leigh Janiak .... assistant to producer
Albert Krause .... production accountant
Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti .... office production assistant
Jasmine Matos .... production secretary
Jess Platt .... dialect coach
Javier Rojas .... craft service
Matthew Roper .... set medic
Kelsey Schuyler .... assistant post-production accountant
Kristina Siska .... craft service
Steve Vance .... scientific advisor
Niccolò Vitelli .... key production assistant
Zach Warsavage .... production assistant: first team
Randii Wessen .... science advisor (as Randi Wessen)
Michael Woody .... first assistant accountant
Joanna Lara Zuppardi .... production coordinator (as Joanna Lara)

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and peril
USA:90 min | 97 min (Extended Version)
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Did You Know?

Hydrazine has been used for decades in spacecraft as thruster propellant and as fuel for auxiliary power units. It is corrosive and extremely toxic.See more »
Factual errors: The probe shows shimmering daylight, even though Europa is five times as far removed from the sun as Earth, and in the movie the ice sheet is at least 2800m thick, both of which combined should result in darkness at that depth.See more »
[first lines]
Dr. Daniel Luxembourg:Hey, everybody. Space is great, um... I miss you guys. We're a long way away now. I can't even see, uh, I can't even see Earth anymore.
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Movie Connections:
References Stranded (2001)See more »
Patch of Sky (Feat. Barbie Hatch)See more »


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216 out of 261 people found the following review useful.
Strong little indie sci-fi you should see, 29 June 2013
Author: Far-Sky from United States

Europa Report is one of those low-budget sci-fi films that crops up occasionally and starts making the rounds on genre websites (my own first blush with the film was on to create a buzz. Since Hollywood has depressingly sworn off any films that aren't megabudget tentpoles with an already-established audience anticipation index (read: sequels, remakes, or pre-existing properties), low-budget genre films are a rarity at best.

In the film, six astronauts embark on a mission of discovery, planning to land on (as one would expect) Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, after recent discoveries showed a possibility of microbial life underneath its icy oceans. What we see is the recorded video from their ship's cameras (yes, it's a found footage film) that tell the story of their ill-fated voyage.

It's a simplistic premise, and director Sebastián Cordero seems to be a bit unsure of himself at the outset. The film refuses to follow a linear narrative; even before the main title appears, we join the crew many months into their trip, and are given the knowledge that there's obviously been an incident onboard already, one that's robbed the journey of one of their intrepid space explorers.

Two things worried me at the outset of the film: one: the much-ballyhooed attention to detail (the filmmakers even brought on NASA to make sure the film was meticulously designed and scientifically accurate) and two: that constantly-shifting timeline of the film. The first point was worrisome because most films that lean so heavily on their technical accuracy forget to be dramatically compelling, and the second (similarly) because an over-reliance on storytelling gimmicks often betrays a weak story.

Happily, neither caused the film to fail: the attention to detail enhanced rather than detracted, and while the unnecessary nonlinearity of the storytelling didn't go away until the end, it did finally calm down enough for the audience to orient themselves. Given that I know now how the story unfolds, I can say that it would have actually been more dramatically compelling for the audience if the film had just told itself in a more straightforward manner, but ultimately it works fine (if weaker than it could have).

The bare-bones plot is aided by some smart writing that refuses to dip into easy characterizations and instead defines its astronauts by their mission, rather than clichéd, singular personality traits. While refreshing to see, it does leave some of the characters as relative cyphers, but strong performances all around (including District 9's Sharlto Copley and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Michael Nyqvist) get the film over that slight bump.

What's most gratifying about the film, however, is that it never loses its sense of awe. The film refuses to give in to the cynical pessimism of standard sci-fi fare, and its astronauts recognize the immense importance of their mission, particularly when things start to go south. Cordero keeps the tension ratcheted up, never forgetting how innately tenuous the safety of space travel is. The performances are all good, and Copley in particular is a standout.

But what I appreciated most about the film was its tactile nature, a by-product of its low budget. The difference between models and fully CGI creations is literally tangible. A week or so ago, I watched Disney's 1979 film The Black Hole for the first time, and while the green-screening is terribly shoddy, the film's effects stand miles taller than most of the genre fare produced today, if only by virtue of the fact that being real, they informed the cinematography and performances around them.

Europa Report fits in comfortably beside Duncan Jones' fantastic low-budget Moon, and while not perfect, compares favorably to that modern classic. This class of film can either be a failure (see: Apollo 18) or a classic (the aforementioned Moon); Europa Report isn't flawless, but it's a great entry in the canon of smart, well-made sci-fi.

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