HARPER

A drama/sci-fi film that inspires young women to pursue a career in the sciences, while creating opportunity for diverse filmmakers in the Detroit area.

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Updates

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  • 9/14/2018 Harper is officially GREENLIT for Production, following a successful campaign on Seed&Spark. Production is slated for October 13-16.

  • 9/17/2018 Towards the end of our campaign, I took a poll - in the event we reach 80% funding on Seed&Spark, I gave people the option of either shaving my head or dying my hair pink. Result to the right.

  • 10/16/2018 Harper is officially wrapped with principal photography! One more day of pickups to go and we’re totally wrapped.

 

Project Synopsis

Jane is a thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail, who spends her days fixing cars for her host, in exchange for a place to stay.  Or at least, that's how she hopes it would appear.  But her host has begun to notice the strange broadcasts she sends at night and the mysterious device she moves from hiding spot to hiding spot.  Hesitant to trust anyone with her secret, Jane denies knowledge of all questionable suggestions.  But when an unexpected visitor comes knocking on the front door, Jane must act fast and smart to prevent to consequences of her secret from harming her host.

Director's Statement

Bradley Michael  - Writer and Director on  Harper .

Bradley Michael - Writer and Director on Harper.

I'm in a constant state of searching for inspiration and fulfillment, two attributes that I achieve through working in film.  It was always what I knew I could do to change the world, somehow.  My drive for telling quality stories began when I was 9 years old, and over my years in university as well as my career to date in the professional world, I've made it my goal to refine this passion into a plan.  It's my goal to work towards sustaining myself as a professional filmmaker.  

One of my favorite things to do in the world is to talk to people.  I love a good conversation - finding out things about a new person, hearing other people's thought processes and value systems and why they feel the way they do about what they do.  In my work as a moviemaker, I emulate that.  I like stories that explore a human connection; stories or characters that touch on some idea of what it really means to be a human being.  I like stories that spark good conversation between inspired people.

Harper is the next step for me because I think that now, more than ever, people need to be pushed.  Our story highlights a woman from a future not so far away from ours, who is responsible for a major technological breakthrough that has changed the world as we know it.  

This story needs to be told because people need to be reminded that we as human beings are capable of great things.  The subtext of this story is encouraging.  Harper is a woman from a foreseeable, not to distant future, who makes a major scientific contribution to the world.  She is an intelligent, resourceful woman and a hero by many definitions; the most important of which being that she is an idol of our time - we want to emulate her.  The subtext of Harper’s background is that she comes from a better time, and I think that time is still to come - that’s why this film matters.

An Exclusive look at 'Harper'

Project Background

The first draft of the screenplay for Harper was written in January of 2017, and has since undergone 4 major re-writes.  Bradley and Melissa have been developing the project since August 2017.  In June, 2018, casting for select characters involved in a short series of teaser videos brought new members to the team, including Angie Kane Ferrante.  The same month, core crew members were brought onto the team - Michael Bessom, Production Designer; Matthew von Dayton, Director of Photography; and Andrew Wecht, Editor.  This team has been working together since in development meetings, test shoots, location scouting and in building the crowdfunding campaign for the film.

 

Unarchived Teaser Videos

Seven teaser videos were released in July, 2018.  These videos provide some insight that informs the plot of the short film.  They also serve as an introduction to our central character.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7


Development and PreProduction Photos

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