Below is a nice article, written by "Light Years" director Maggie Kiley, about the process of translating her short into a feature film. For those just tuning in, this is the feature that hired me to Production Design in New York a few months ago.
Tribeca Takes: Maggie Kiley on Light Years
It's always a gamble when you sign onto a project, no matter what the budget or the people involved. The odds are even worse when you jump into things with a crew you've never met, and a production that can't afford to solve issues with money. It was definitely the most difficult project I've worked on to date, but it was so worth the risk. Also, Maggie's enthusiasm in the article isn't just a matter of hindsight, nor is it some calculated, marketing nonsense. We all felt proud and happy to have accomplished what (on paper, anyway) should have been impossible. I'm quite sure the film will get to where it deserves to go, and it's only the beginning for Maggie.
(Here's Light Years on IMDB)