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PREMIUM HARMONY: A SHORT FILM BASED ON A STORY BY STEPHEN KING

When you think of Stephen King fright and horror come to mind, but when you really examine his body of work, there are a huge number of stories that aren’t all about shock and awe. He’s a prolific writer because he writes, A LOT.

In 2009 I read a story in the New Yorker that captivated me. It was about a young couple who were probably in love at one time, but did not quite seem to be in love any more. They argued, they saw things differently, they were not the fun, outgoing couple that they once were. Yes, the story was somewhat sad, but that’s not what got my attention. Instead, it was the raw, vulnerable characters that seemed to jump off the page. After finishing the story, I looked at the by line and saw the recognizable author. This was written by Stephen King?

I couldn’t stop thinking about it. As a filmmaker, I’m always approaching and digesting material in a visual way. Not only did this story have vibrant, raw characters, but I thought the world in which they lived would be a great setting for a film. I decided to adapt the story into a screenplay. I changed a few things here and there, but I tried to keep as true to the story as I could. And then it sat in a drawer. What could I do with it? I didn’t have the rights to produce it.

That’s when I saw an opening.

My talented cousin Sam, who is the co-creator and writer on the hit SYFY show Haven, was in the middle of the first season when he told me that Haven was based on another Stephen King story. I immediately thought about Premium Harmony and asked him if there was any way of getting in touch with Stephen’s people. He said he would try. Next thing I knew, I received an email from Stephen’s manager that he would look into getting the rights for me to produce the story. A few weeks later I got a response that Stephen read the script and did in fact grant me the rights.

It has been 3 years since I read the story, but there is no time like the present. It is now time to bring this project to life. I have brought on a number of talented filmmakers to make it happen. We are currently in development and looking to raise enough money to produce the film. At the moment we are in talks with a few notable actors to play the lead roles.

To read the original short story written by Stephen King follow this link: http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2009/…

BRING THE PROJECT TO LIFE

We are looking to raise $12,000 to produce this film. Below you can find a list of how the money will be spent. Our main focus is going to be on finding the right actors for the roles, with the goal of attaching some recognizable names.

  • Actors (Leads, Extras, etc.)
  • Crew (Director of Photography, Casting Director, Location Sound, Script Supervisor, Grips, Gaffers, Editor, Colorist, Sound Designer, Mixer, etc.)
  • Equipment (Arri Alexa, Lenses, Grip Truck, Dolly, Audio, Drives etc.)
  • Location Fees
  • Props
  • Costuming
  • Kraft Services

THE FILMMAKERS

The team putting Premium Harmony together have all had separate, yet impressive experiences in the entertainment industry.

Toby Louie (Writer, Producer, Co-Director) got his start at National Geographic Television in Washington, DC, working on documentary projects both domestically and internationally. Since then he has moved to LA where he works as a producer in the commercial world. In 2010 Toby co-wrote, produced, and directed a short film that was an official selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. Visit http://tobylouie.com/ for more information.

Daniel Algarin (Producer, Co-Director) is a director/editor raised in New York, currently living in LA. He attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has made a variety of visual works ranging from short films to advertisements, and music videos. His most recent music video for artist Benoit Pioulard just premiered on the front page of pitchfork.com. Visit http://www.danielalgarin.com/ for more information.

Lowell A. Meyer (Director of Photography) graduated from Emerson College with a BA in Film Production and a minor in Photography. He has worked on set alongside cinematographers including Lance Accord (Being John Malkovich), Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale), and Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan). Recently, he has shot numerous music videos and short films, including “10 Rounds” by Dumbfoundead and “Elko”, the latter of which won four awards and screened at over twenty festivals worldwide including AFI Fest. Visit http://lowellameyer.com/ for more information.
Nate Gross (Editor) is a graduate of Emerson College. He worked at Finish Editorial in Boston before moving to LA to join the well-respected editorial team at Rock Paper Scissors. He currently works under academy award winning editor Kirk Baxter as an assistant editor.

DISTRIBUTION

Once the film is complete there are a number of avenues we plan to go with it. Film festivals are a great way to get exposure and also a fun way to screen the film. We plan to submit the film to all the big festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, South by Southwest, as well as some smaller festivals.
We also want to fully explore digital distribution. We have connections at Netflix that could help with this. Hulu and iTunes are great outlets for short films as well. We plan to make a strong push for Premium Harmony to find a home on one of these sites.

 

Our Film

Adaptation

‘Everything You Love Will Be Carried Away’ is a short film adapted from the Stephen King short story of the same name and published in King’s collection, Everything’s Eventual in 2002. However, there are no haunted hotels or killer clowns in this story. Instead this is a tragic and darkly comic tale, taking the audience inside the mind of someone as they prepare to destroy themselves.

The Film

The film tells the story of Alice through her repeated attempts to draft and re-draft her own suicide note. Sat at a little desk in an anonymous hotel room, she tries to express her motivations and sum-up her life and pending death with equally comic and bleak outcomes.

Intercut with her macabre physical preparations and absurdist flashbacks, the film grows into a powerful study of a desperate woman at a moment of despair. Through each draft and re-draft, her character is revealed like layers of an onion and we begin to understand who she is and how she got here.

As the film races towards its surprising conclusion we explore themes of loss, mental illness and the tragic blank space that is left after someone has passed away.

The film’s experimental and theatrically inspired structure is a bold and unconventional way of telling a cinematic story. Most of the action takes place in a single location as we slip between fantasy and reality, the past and present. Throughout the drafting of the suicide notes acts as a natural soliloquy allowing us to understand Alice in a way rarely afforded in modern cinema.

Despite the subject matter, the film is not overly portentous or even gloomy. Instead it hovers at the strange and moving intersection between the comic and the tragic.

The Role of Alice

Finally, the role of Alice offers an extraordinary opportunity for a female lead to take center stage and tackle a performance that is both dramatic and psychologically rich. This complex role is at the very heart of the narrative and Alice is the only character we meet, it represents an opportunity to do something quite extraordinary and moving.

 

Our Team:

Director

Tom Barber is a director and writer usually specialising in blue chip documentary. He’s made everything from feature docs to adverts, having created some of the most memorable campaigns in recent years. His work has been both commercially and critically successful across the world and has been recognised with multiple awards and nominations in both the UK and the US. He’s made films all over the world from Siberia to Africa, from Peru to Taiwan, and from LA to Dunstable.

He prides himself on bringing cinematic instincts to his work with a dramatic approach to narrative and a focus on powerful aesthetics and emotional character development. He also likes it when things are funny and move people. He genuinely believes in the power of cinema to impact the world and reach audiences in the most profound and extraordinary way. He considers doing his job a bloody massive privilege and can’t quite get over the fact that he has been able to make a living out of telling stories. ‘Everything You Love Will Be Carried Away’ represents another step for him towards narrative cinema. He prides himself on bringing the inventiveness and authenticity of documentary to his fiction work.

You can check out some of his work at here.

 

The Production Company

Iracundus Pictures was founded to support and champion the work of talented film-makers across the World and help them find practical and well-informed ways of developing, packaging and producing scripted projects.

Iracundus Pictures works with that talent to bring exciting new projects to the screen – whether it’s a short film for the web or more ambitious film and television opportunities. We have an outstanding network of contacts and advisors in London, New York and LA who can help us place great projects in front of the right people. As well as more traditional funding routes, Iracundus is building expertise in crowd-funding and brand-financed production, providing new and innovative ways to pay for production and ensure strong distribution.

The Producer

The company was set up by Amelia Baker, a young producer who was frustrated by the lack of practical support for talent to get their projects to the screen.

From 15 years old, Amelia has been interning, shadowing and reading scripts for various production companies in London and Los Angeles. After being hugely inspired by her work experience, Amelia decided to set up her own production company and garner the rights to a Stephen King short story…

 

 

A month ago started the shooting of a ‘The doctor’s case’, a very expected Dollar Baby based on a short story by Stephen King and directed by James Douglas.

The cast and crew they were in the Craigdarroch Castle from 6:30 PM on April, 21st until very late recreating the event leading up to the murder of Lord Albert Hull. A lot of takes will be filmed inside of this awesome mansion of Canada.

We are waiting to know some news about one of the most incredible Dollar Baby Films in the last years. In the meantime, may we introduce you to the Hull family.

 

    

Lord Albert Hull                                               Lady Rebecca Hull                                       William Hull

  

Jory Hull                                                          Tabitha Hull

 

 

Don’t go up that road to ‘Salem’s Lot.

‘Salem’s Lot is a place locals will not travel to. One night, an out-of-towner – Gerard Lumley – experiences a slight accident on the rural road into the Lot. Desperate to save his family, he enlist’s the help of Herb ‘Tookey’ Tooklander, owner of Loony’s Brew, and Booth, Tookey’s close family friend.

Together, the three venture into the night, only to come face-to-face with the evil that resides in ‘Salem’s Lot.

 

 

 

 

 

CHARACTER ART

 

 

STORYBOARDS

 

 

 

Don’t stop for anything in The Lot. Especially after dark…

My imagination never stops. I drive through old Oregon lumber towns imagining the stories that lurk behind long forgotten communities. I see old ghosts wandering the forests of mountain passes. I’m drawn to the blurring of that line between the supernatural and our emotional reality.

Stephen King has often toyed with this idea and crafted tales stretching the boundaries of fear and belief. I’ve wanted to make his short story “One for the Road” into a film since I first started writing. With a few small changes, I’ve taken Stephen King’s original idea and updated it for a modern retelling set in the gloomy Pacific Northwest.

“For the Road” focuses on the locals who drink away their sorrows and superstitions at Took’s Tavern. It follows Alex Booth as she recalls her last night in Jerusalem’s Lot, a small ghost town inhabited by vampires where visitors are lucky to make it out alive. Booth and her friend, Herb Tooklander, brave the dark to help Gerry Lumley, an out of towner whose family is stranded in The Lot during a storm.

 

Why make this movie?

“One for the Road”, the original King short, has stuck with me since I first read it years ago. The threat facing its characters played right into my childhood fears of the dark, and its wooded atmosphere always felt like home. I fell in love with the tension between locals and out of towners and the struggle between superstition and rationality that permeates this terrifying tale.

I love this story, and I believe that with my team, I can give it the treatment it deserves for the small screen.

 

Won’t the author be upset?

Mr. King generously offers aspiring filmmakers, like myself, the opportunity to make a non-commercial film adaptation of some of his short stories. Non-commercial means we can’t sell it or make a profit, which keeps the focus on the art. I can’t tell you how incredibly honored and grateful I am that I’m able to adapt my favorite short story with the author’s permission.

Why should you donate?

For us to make the film you want to see – a quality piece worthy of film festival submission – we need your help. Funds raised for this film will go toward:

  • Securing the right cast and crew
  • Props, wardrobe, and equipment rental
  • Closing a road to shoot safely at night
  • Renting a bar that has the right atmosphere to bring this story to life
  • Post production costs – colorist, data storage, sound mixing & score, and film festival submission fees.

So help us make this film the right way, with the right people and equipment, and we’ll deliver something you can be proud to say you supported.

What happens if you don’t make your goal?

If we fail in this fundraiser, the film likely doesn’t get made. While my co-producer and I are contributing to the budget of the film, we simply don’t have enough on our own.

What happens if you exceed your fundraising goal?

We celebrate! Any money raised beyond our goal will allow us to give you a better product. All funds raised with this campaign are required to go into the development of the film.

All films face any number of unforeseen challenges that can set back the production schedule. Locations fall through, cast/crew get sick, and unexpected delays happen. Successful filmmakers roll with the punches and figure out how to keep things moving and adapt to the changing conditions. This is what I did on my last short film, and we were able to complete it on schedule.

We’ll face any number of obstacles on this shoot, not the least of which is shooting outdoors in the winter and having to contend with cold, rainy conditions. I’m lucky to have a very experienced team to help keep us on track and deal with these challenges as they come up. I have the patience, empathy, and perseverance to see this through, and I have full faith and trust in the people I’m working with to get this project done.

A new short film is being shot in Romeo and the director is a Detroiter himself.

But he’s bringing along some friends from Hollywood that he’s met along the way and by this time next year, you could hear about this film on the festival circuit.

Director Luke Jaden says he’s excited to be back home, back behind a camera and back to bring a story to life.

On Thursday, the crew was shooting what we call B-ROLL: Filler, and scene setters that will later be added to the film based on the short-story “My Pretty Pony” originally written by Stephen King.

“It’s about a grandfather and a grandson, and really just about this beautiful moment… this rich moment they have together in an apple orchard,” said Jaden.

The backdrop will be an old farm house in Romeo that Jaden scouted himself. Soon, it will host actors Tobin Bell and Noah Jupe.

Bell is a veteran actor from movies like “In the Line of Fire” and “Saw.”

Jupe is an up-and-comer from a recent George Clooney flick.

The crew also plans to shoot at Blake’s Apple Orchard.

Two-and-a-half years ago, Bricker-Down Productions shot a short film in downtown Estacada.

Since its screening at the Estacada Public Library, “The Man Who Loved Flowers” has traveled far, making appearances in more than 20 film festivals in three different countries.

Writer and director Justin Zimmerman believes filming in Estacada brought something special to the movie, which is based on a Stephen King short story of the same name. Broadway Street and other nearby locations can be seen throughout the six minute film.

Though King’s short story is originally set in New York, Zimmerman believes switching the setting to Estacada helps enhance the film’s themes. In the story, a young man buys flowers for his beloved as various people notice him, but things eventually take a darker turn.

“(The film initially showcases) the ideas of love, community and people coming together,” he said. “It’s a tranquil place that got shattered. Estacada really brought that idea alive.”

Zimmerman added that the film’s team also enjoyed working in Estacada because of the people who live in the town. He and other crew members enjoyed interacting with community members and stayed with local hosts during filming, which lasted a week.

“Estacada was part of the production in an organic way,” Zimmerman said. “The film is really a partnership.”

Since its creation in Estacada, the film has been showcased in festivals across three countries. At the 2015 Northwest Comic/Film Festival, it won best horror film, and was crowned the micro-horror winner at the 2016 International Horror Hotel.

The film isn’t available for viewing online, so you’ll have to catch it at a film festival. The trailer, which showcases downtown Estacada, is available at www.brickerdown.com/films.

Recently, Zimmerman also compiled a behind-the-scenes video titled “On Set With The Man Who Loved Flowers.” The video features clips and photos from the project’s filming and is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6NZrkeYM3U.

“It’s a neat way to see how production differs from the end product,” Zimmerman said.

He added that his favorite memory related to “The Man Who Loved Flowers” is one that highlights the film’s sharp turn in tone. He recounted a crowded screening of the film, during which the audience was “really reacting to it.”

“People were laughing, having fun and in love with the main character and Estacada, and then the turn happened,” he recalled. “People just started loudly talking and screaming. It was such a contrast.”

Though it’s been several years since “The Man Who Loved Flowers” wrapped filming, Estacada is still on Zimmerman’s mind.

“I would like to return to Estacada for a larger film project,” he said.

 

A villain from television’s The X-Files is joining the cast of a short film with ties to Sault Ste. Marie.

William B. Davis, who appeared as Cigarette Smoking Man in the science fiction series, will appear as Dr. John Watson in The Doctor’s Case.

Based on a short story by American horror writer Stephen King, The Doctor’s Case begins shooting in British Columbia on Thursday.

Director is James Douglas, son of former Sault Star reporter and Shopper News editor Tom Douglas.

(Davis) is a world-class theatre and film professional with more varied international artistic experience than the rest of us combined,” said James in an email to The Sault Star. “He has been a gifted and totally committed teacher and mentor to generations of aspiring actors and directors, and will no doubt continue to be for our motley gang of filmmakers and performers.”

Davis, Douglas adds, “also brings a whole new level of ‘geek cred’ to our production.”

The X-Files, which aired on Fox from 1993 to 2002, “is a genre show that made a huge impact on our cultural zeitgeist in North America – and probably the world,” he said.

To be able to pair William Davis with Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) not only make my heart sing at the opportunity as a director, the science fiction fan in me is jumping for joy,” he said. “As will, I hope, Stephen King’s.”

In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked Cigarette Smoking Man No. 21 in a list of 40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time.

Played with weathered gravitas by William B. Davis, he is perhaps the prime example of the mastermind model of TV villainy,” Rolling Stone said.

Douglas anticipates Davis will “bring a level of authenticity and gravitas to the role of older Watson that will be of tremendous benefit not only to the production as a whole, but specifically to our young Watson, Michael Coleman, who has both the very exciting, albeit slightly daunting task, of creating his own character for John Watson, while at the same time benefiting from/living up to Mr. Davis’s performance.”

Douglas has viewed every episode of The X-Files “at least twice.”

The Doctor’s Case alternates between Victorian England and 1940 during the Blitz in Great Britain.

King’s story first appeared in The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of stories celebrating the centennial of Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation of the private detective. The Doctor’s Case centres on the one case solved by Holmes’ assistant, Dr. Watson.

The film’s cast also features Sault Ste. Marie native Joanna Douglas (Being Erica, Happy Town).

Davis, 79, made his big-screen debut in another film based on a King book, The Dead Zone, in 1983.

“Saw” star Tobin Bell and child actor Noah Jupe will star in the drama “My Pretty Pony,” a short film set to start shooting in Michigan this spring. The story follows an elderly man on his deathbed who gives his young grandson a pocket watch and warns the boy against the dangers of letting time slip away.

Luke Jaden is directing the from a script he adapted based on a short story by Stephen King. Phil Wurtzel of Friel Films is producing. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) and Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”) are executive producing.

 

 

Interviews

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