A virtual teen refuses to download in an artificially grown human body, at the risk of being deleted by his parents...
WHAT IS ‘HAPPY DOWNLOADDAY ’?
HAPPY DOWNLOADDAY is a live action sci-fi drama about a virtual teenager who, on his eighteenth birthday, refuses to download into an artificially grown human body, at the risk of being deleted by his parents. The whole story is set in a universe where resources are so scarce that children are raised as software programs until they turn 18, a time at which they are expected to become productive members of society.
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#1 We're very excited to share the following behind-the-scenes with you. It will give you more insight into the making of our film and the passion driving us all to bring this story to life. By the way, a higher-res version of this clip will be included on the DVD ($35 pledge) and Blu-Ray ($65 pledge) editions of the film.
#2 We'll also be including video interviews of our fantastic cast. The first clip that follows is an interview of Nick Eversman sharing his passion for the project. Nick plays Sam, the protagonist of our story. In the second video, Emily Jordan, who plays Sam's sister, tells us all about her experience working on the set of Happy Downloadday.
#3 This next interview of Alberto Gonzalez-Reyna, our production designer, will also be featured on the DVD and Blu-Ray sets. Here, Alberto discusses the challenges of building a futuristic set with a very limited budget.
#4 Here's a fun timelapse video made from still pictures taken during the build of one of our sets.
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Much as in THE HUNGER GAMES, where unwilling youth are thrown into a ruthless and dangerous world for the entertainment of cynical adults, the main character of HAPPY DOWNLOADDAY lives in a universe where he can be erased at the push of a button. Our story universe is a mix of two worlds (one real, one virtual) fashioned by adults for adults in which a teenager can only hope to escape an arbitrary fate and subvert the system if armed with a ferocious will and incredible smarts.
In a society like ours, focused on productivity, where hope, innocence and optimism are at risk, the young need to know it is their energy and resourcefulness that will show us the way to a new and better world.
WHO IS MAKING THIS FILM?
Sophie Leclerc, a Paris native, moved to the United States in 1985 where she completed a Master of Arts in Broadcasting at San Francisco State University and began her filmmaking journey shooting, editing, and directing documentaries. In 1993, she relocated to Los Angeles to start a successful career as a visual effects producer. Her visual effects producer credits include titles such as Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm”, Andrew Dominik’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford”, and recently Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey”. In 2004, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries called “Dreamkeeper”, directed by Steve Barron. Sophie lives in Hollywood, CA.
WHO IS IN OUR FILM?
We are extremely fortunate to have Nick Eversman (‘NCIS’, ‘House M.D.’, ‘Ghost Whisperer’) play Sam Meyers, an 18-year-old who refuses to conform to society’s expectations. Nick brings a lot of depth and humor to the part and is a perfect match for the role. He played opposite Ashley Judd on ABC’s TV series ‘Missing’ earlier this year.
Emily Jordan plays Kate Meyers, Sam’s sister, and provides the perfect foil to Nick’s rebellious Sam; she hates being a teenager and cannot wait to be treated like a regular adult.
Emil-Bastien Bouffard plays the role of Sam’s little brother, Teddy.
Rounding the cast are Caroline Rich as Sam’s loving but conflicted mother, and Chris Gann who plays Sam’s hard-working, stern father.
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING ?
Great sci-fi is expensive. Our story brings together characters that live in a real and a virtual world. As you can imagine, the only way to make this integration seamless is through impeccable visual effects which require significant machine-time and a number of skilled professionals.
Every dollar we raise will go towards the finishing costs of the film, including editing, visual effects, sound mixing, an original soundtrack, lab services for color correction, and more.
If we exceed our funding goal, please note that any additional money raised will be used to improve the look of the film and will end up on screen.
Donate. As you probably know, if we don’t reach our funding goal by the end of this Kickstarter campaign we won’t receive any of the pledged money. Every little bit you can contribute will help us reach our goal. No contribution is too small!
Let others know about our project and this campaign. Please tell your friends, coworkers, family – everyone! - about what brought you here in the first place. You may be reading this page because you’re a supporter of the arts, a filmmaker, a fan of sci-fi –- whatever it is, please share this page with your like-minded friends.
Like. Tweet. Share! If you’re into social media, please make sure to Like our page and Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll keep you posted on our progress and will be sharing cool and original content about our project. You can also visit to our website for more news and details about our film.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT!!!
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Jul 13, 2012 - Aug 13, 2012
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