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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.

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