The SWITCH Story:
A father in financial straits must pay a visit to his trenchant mother, but his troublemaking son puts his parenting abilities into question. He is left with the dilemma: to strike his son and earn his mother's respect or maintain his son's love but let his family down.
The 15 minute film is told in real time - from the arrival to the house to the final decision without any jumps in time. It is an in-your-face, family drama, driven by strong characters and true to life hardship.
Learn more about the story, the characters, and the production of Switch on the film's website: sarahcharleeharrison.com
At the heart of who I am is a storyteller. I believe that so many films get caught up in gimmicks and cliches, leaving them lacking a solid story foundation. A great film begins and ends with a great story.
Born and raised in Durham North Carolina, I come from a loud, vivacious, southern family who taught me the importance of family values and respect. Most of my scripts follow this theme and focus on the idea that we will inevitably inherit traits, good and bad, from our parents. I am fascinated by these binding characteristics that connect us to our ancestors and the possibilities of breaking the chain.
This project has become my greatest passion and I have fallen in love with the story and the characters. It is my promise to you to follow the life of this production through to the end and deliver an amazing film to all those who support me and this story.
Meet the Characters:
Michael Thomas is a father of one with twins on the way. As a rebellious artist, Michael made many mistakes along his journey but has finally found himself. At this point in his life, he is trying to get his act together and be a good father to his children. With the weight of his family on his shoulders, Michael returns to the place he fears most – his childhood home.
Jacob Thomas is a wide eyed and curious little boy who can’t sit still for a minute. Constantly poking his nose into everything, Jacob loves to play and explore. As the adults get serious, Jacob’s adventurous spirit gets him into trouble and he embarrasses the person he loves most – his father.
Ruth Thomas is a strong, intelligent woman who demands respect. Hardened by a challenging life of raising her younger siblings, serving in the military, and being discriminated as a female, Ruth radiates power and independence. In the story she is a force to be reckoned with, manipulating her son to become the greatest person she knows – herself.
Meet the Team:
Writer & Director /// Sarah Charlee Harrison
Sarah Harrison is a writer/director with a focus on visual storytelling. Her black & white photography portfolio earned her a National Silver Medal at the Scholastic Arts Awards and a scholarship to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Sarah has focused on all aspects of filmmaking, studying screenwriting and editing at The University of Pennsylvania, cinematography and directing at NYU and sound design at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School in Sydney. Sarah was recently nominated for a writing award in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television with the submission of Switch.
Producer /// YiYi Han
YiYi Han is a senior studying film and television at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has been passionate for storytelling ever since she was a child. During her time at NYU, YiYi has written and directed many of her own films. When she's not directing, YiYi spends her time working on other projects and interning at MTV IGGY. Having produced and assistant directed numerous student films, YiYi has mastered the craft of guiding a film through production.
Assistant Director /// Carlos Zoyaza
Carlos Zozaya is an ambitious filmmaker, currently completing his studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he’s had the chance to work on multiple short films. Other film studies include courses taken in Mexico City’s Centro Universitario de Capacitación Cinematográfica and the London Film Academy. Awards include Third place at an international Latin-American contest “Caminos de la Libertad” where a short film he co-directed was televised nationally in Mexico City. He and his team also received an Honorable mention for ‘Best Original Audio Drama” for the Tony Hawkins Award.
Director of Photography /// Justin Ayers
Justin Ayers is a NY-based cinematographer and graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Justin’s eye for lighting and movement is supported by a detailed technical knowledge of filmmaking developed through an active career in television and commercials. His recent cinematography credits include the Playbill.com web series, "The Devil's Bitch," the short film, "Fin," and regular content for "The Daily Show" and "Bon Appétit" magazine. Justin's work has garnered such recognition as a national Silver Medal at the Scholastic Arts Awards and ‘Best Cinematography’ at the Creative Alliance Film Festival.
Concept Artists /// Katie Miller & Jacob Streilien
Katie Miller is a graphic design artist with a focus in human form. She is currently entering her senior year at UNC Asheville in North Carolina and plans to pursue a career in the arts after graduation.
Jacob Streilien is currently studying character animation at CalArts. He has made a few short animated films that have been selected for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Producers' Shows at Calarts, and hopes to continue making original work in the future.
Learn more about the Team and keep up to date with new members at; sarahcharleeharrison.com
Switch shoots for six days of principal photography, October 10th through the 16th, in Randolf, New Jersey. This summer, the team is in pre-production mode - casting, scheduling, location scouting, budgeting, and building a crew. Our goal is to have everything in place when the Kickstarter wraps in September so that we have a full month before the shoot to perfect the final touches.
Switch will go directly into post-production on the 16th and pass through the many stages of finishing a movie: editing, sound design, color grading, composing, and visual effects. Switch will be completed by May 1st, 2014 and enter the short film festival circuit that summer.
Risks and challenges
We have budgeted a full year of preproduction to plan for the six day shoot, aiming to work out every tiny detail and ensure a flawless production. However, every film presents its own unique set of obstacles. YiYi, Justin, Carlos, and Sarah recently worked together to complete Sarah's last short film, FIN, and in the process learned to view every challenge as an opportunity to find creative solutions. We have an unwavering love for the project so that come what may, we will never give up on completing our goal.
When the campaign is over, we will keep you up to date with the production, post production and delivery of SWITCH along with fulfilling all Kickstarter reward tiers. If you have any questions along the way, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can follow all of the excitement through our twitter page, facebook page, and website.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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