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The filmmakers behind The Great Conjunction sit down and discuss why they decided to endeavor on making a film about The Dark Crystal.

Co-director JM Prater: Since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with The Dark Crystal. The film opened a portal for me as a child, it was a means of escape from some dark times in my life. As an adult, everything I’ve done as an artist, as a creative person has its roots in The Dark Crystal. When I started thinking about pursuing a documentary surrounding the film, I realized right away that I was interested if there were others, like myself, who had been as moved by the film as I had been.

Director JM Prater courtesy Crosscurrent Media
Director JM Prater courtesy Crosscurrent Media
Co-director Philip Mitchell: I was born in the late 80’s, so I never had the experience of seeing it on the big screen, so I only knew the film from watching it on VHS.

It’s one of those films thats hard to explain what its about to people who have never seen it, its a film you have to see for yourself to understand the world and the age of wonder of The Dark Crystal.

JM Prater: When I approached Philip, who I had met on a fantastic group on Facebook that is devoted to all things Dark Crystal, I knew right away that he was the right person.

Philip Mitchell: In late 2014, I decided to produce a podcast about the cult classic film The Dark Crystal. Months into making the podcast, I was contacted by JM Prater, he just wanted to chat to me about the film, then throughout the conversation he briefly mentioned that he wanted to make a documentary about The Dark Crystal. Then a thought occurred to me. Why hasn’t anyone done this before?

  • JM Prater: I was asking the same questions as Philip. I felt like the time was right. We began discussing the idea between us over Skype calls and instant messenger. It would be a daunting task to be sure. Having released a documentary in 2014 independently, I knew what I was getting involved with would be bigger than anything I had ever approached professionally.

With the announcement of a new Star Wars film (The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams), a new Muppet show in the works, and what seemed to be a re-engagement of practical effects in terms of how films are and were made, I knew that the time was right, and the iron was hot. Fortunately, Philip was on the same page.

For more information please visit the official Facebook page for the documentary at

The filmmakers will be launching their crowd funding campaign through indiegogo within the next two weeks. Stay tuned.


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