What is this?
We're raising money for our new horror/mystery movie, The Harvesters!
What's it about?
Jane wants to change the world with old-fashioned, hard-hitting journalism, but instead she's covering the Founder's Day Bake Sale for her hometown newspaper, The Baileyville Times.
She has a way out: a plane ticket to New York City.
But on the morning of Halloween, a young couple goes missing, and Jane sets off on an investigation that will draw her closer to her hometown -- and its secrets -- than she could have ever imagined.
You can even watch the teaser trailer to get a feel for the tone here!
Why should I care?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Are you doing it?
Jane wants her answer to be “yes, I am a newspaper reporter,” but with print dying and her 20s behind her, she fears her opportunities are slipping away.
It’s a fear we can all relate to: the fear of not living our dreams because we never took the chance.
Jane is on the precipice of taking that chance when tragedy strikes: people in her hometown start dying, and her mantra of “objective reporting” is put to the test.
Ultimately, she has to make a choice: does she do what’s best for her and pursue her dreams, or do what’s best for the people of her hometown, who aren’t always on her side?
What can I expect?
We’re glad you asked! We’ve actually put together the first scene, which you can view right here:
As for the rest of it, we want to invoke the feeling of movies from the ‘70s: your Jaws and Halloween and Poltergeist and Alien, where the setting and atmosphere are as much members of the cast as the people running around on-screen.
That’s not to say we’re wanting to bank on your nostalgia. We simply want to take the things that have worked and inspired us in the past and do something new and fresh with them.
Writer/director Nick Sanford discusses the influences and inspirations behind The Harvesters in the video below:
Who is involved?
Alissa Rose (JANE) - Reporter at The Baileyville Times
Laurie Cummings (BRENDA) - Owner/Operator of The Baileyville Times
Adam Hampton - (RICHIE) - Father and auto-shop teacher at Baileyville High
Lucas Ross (CHARLIE) - Deputy Chief of the Baileyville PD
Andrew McDonald (LARRY) - Is present at The Baileyville Times
Additional casting ongoing.
Matt Bauske - Director of Photography
Jonathan Paulsen - Composer
Andrew McDonald - Editor
These are all wonderfully talented people that we're excited to have on this project, and you can hear their thoughts for yourself right here!
We're not stopping here. We'll update the project regularly with new videos and content for your infotainment. Contribute to our Kickstarter and you'll receive these updates automatically, and like us on Facebook to get even more of The Harvesters!
Risks and challenges
Like any movie, there’s a good chance things could go wrong during production. A location could not work out or an actor could get sick or the director could get arrested for doing donuts in a farmer’s off-season pumpkin patch.
The point is, things happen.
Sometimes, they’ll be out of our control, such as an outdoor location getting rained out. Since we’ll be filming this in Oklahoma in the spring time, there’s a good possibility this one will happen. That’s why we’re scheduling for “cover sets” — indoor locations we’ll be able to use instead. This way we ensure everything keeps moving and we don’t get behind schedule.
Other times, things could happen that could have been prevented, such as a crew member dropping and breaking a lens (yikes). We’re prepared for that, too: we have insurance budgeted into our Kickstarter goal, so, in the very unfortunate event something like this happens, we’ll be covered.
What if we need a particular shot and run out of time on set for that day? We’ve budgeted in two extra days into the schedule so we can go back and get those shots if necessary.
This is a very ambitious project on a small budget and a tight schedule, so things could go wrong, but we are doing everything in our power to be prepared for any of these issues in case they arise. And for things we can’t see coming, like an alien invasion, we’ll forsake our own families and continue to do everything in our power to ensure this movie gets finished and into your generous hands — without getting any shots of the mothership in the background, of course.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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