Based in Los Angeles and Austin, Lunar Door is an independent production company that produces scripted original branded content, feature films, TV series, and graphic novels. We are a creative collective of purposeful, imaginative and socially responsible artists, producing visionary content while addressing controversial, yet essential themes that pervade society.
As filmmakers, we are acutely aware of the intoxicating allure of a story. Humans are sensory beings, and visual stories have the power to inspire, create, and deliver lasting societal change. Good visual content speaks for itself; great content outlives its makers. We strive to make content that engages audiences to consider diverse viewpoints by offering a new lens.
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MICHAEL SCHILF —
A graduate of the USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (MFA in Screenwriting), Schilf has penned ten features, eight TV pilots, numerous shorts, a webisode series, and over 100 advertising campaigns (including Nike, American Express, Volvo, Walmart, Ford, Target, Chrysler, Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes Benz), working with directors such as Jesse Dylan (American Wedding, Kicking & Screaming), James Frost (Radiohead’s “House of Cards”, OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass”), and Steven Tsuchida (Community, New Girl, Sirens).
In 2010, Schilf co-founded The Script Lab, a screenwriting resource and entertainment news outlet, designed for writers, filmmakers, and creators. As President and Editorial Director, he developed content that helped The Script Lab gain brand recognition as an industry leader, providing high-quality E-learning and industry education to millions worldwide. In 2014, The Script Lab was acquired by TSL Media, Inc., and Schilf stayed on as an Educational Consultant.
Schilf is author of The Sins of My Father: A Memoir, which takes an introspective look at growing up with an absentee, alcoholic, mentally ill father; co-creator/writer of LIGHT, a sci-fi, action, crime series; co- creator/writer of SWORN, a fantasy, action, adventure series; and writer/director/producer of the award-winning short The Fixer, co-staring Danny Trejo.
CHASE KUKER —
A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Kuker is a producer and composer with over a decade of experience in songwriting, music production, audio mixing, art directing, and film production.
In 2008, Kuker and his twin brother were signed as recording artists to Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, forming the band ChaseJordan. In 2010, ChaseJordan won KIIS FM's Wango Tango Breakout Star competition, opening for Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. ChaseJordan went on to do a Los Angeles tour, playing shows at The House of Blues, The Roxy, and The Viper Room. Their hit song "Lose Control (Take A Sip)” is still a cult classic.
Starting in 2013, Kuker produced five films in two years with American Film Productions, features including Tell, Echoes of War, and Helicopter Mom. In 2015, Kuker co-founded Chromosomes, composing music for films including Among The Shadows, Death Pool and Mad Genius. Kuker has also composed for commercial clients such as NBC Sports, CBS, and TNT.
In 2016, Kuker began working with Think Up Anger, creating music on movie trailers, including Godzilla: King of Monsters, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Bright, and War For the Planet of the Apes. Kuker is co-creator with Schilf for their SWORN and LIGHT series and producer of The Fixer.
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Ryan D. Wood—
A graduate of UCLA, Wood is a producer and composer with over a decade of experience in songwriting, music production, audio mixing, art directing, and film production.
In 2015, Wood co-founded Chromosomes, composing music for films including Among The Shadows, Death Pool and Mad Genius. Wood has also composed for commercial clients such as NBC Sports, CBS, and TNT.
In 2016, Wood began working with Think Up Anger, creating music on movie trailers, including Godzilla: King of Monsters, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Bright, and War For the Planet of the Apes. Wood is head of post-production services for Lunar Door and producer of The Fixer.
A graduate of The University of Arizona, McKendry is a producer, executive producer, and assistant director. With over a decade of experience in front of and behind the camera, McKendry has worked under VP of Motion Picture Talent Risa Shapiro at ICM as well as under Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum at Spyglass Entertainment, where he was part of the development team, producing the hit theatrical film The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
McKendry also has experience as an assistant director, working on many top brand commercials, including Coca-Cola, Reebok, and Walmart. He was an executive producer on the award-winning short The Fixer. In addition, McKendry is also an actor, having starred with Lucy Lu in the feature film Nomads as well as alongside Beth Behrs on the hit CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls.”
Born in Melbourne, Michael Petersen earned his stripes in the construction industry, where he quickly climbed the ranks into upper management, supervising extensive financial contracts and managing large labor forces. Many of the buildings he worked on pierce the skyline of Melbourne urban city scape.
In 2018, Petersen made a bold career move and left Australia, shifting his focus to entertainment, where he was executive producer for the short The Rat. Since that initial investment, Petersen has been an executive producer on the award-winning films Sworn and The Fixer, where he got back to his roots of “being hands on,” working as second assistant director. Peterson has continued to work in the industry, most recently with the Emmy award winning series, “The Bay” as well as its spinoff show “The Y.A.”
David C. Hernandez—
A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hernandez studied acting, where he discovered a hidden talent and passion for stage combat. An accomplished actor, personal trainer, stunt choreographer, and fight choreographer, Hernandez finds inspiration for movement from his years of training with swords and various bladed weapons, kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, muay thai, Filipino martial arts, and security/law enforcement techniques.
His style spans from gritty realism to elaborate spectacle, whatever the project needs to best compliment the visual narrative. Hernandez’ work spans entertainment formats, including live theatre, commercials, television series such as "Bible Battles" and film, most recently having won several awards for best fight choreography in the action, fantasy film SWORN.