Uprising takes place in a world where necromancy - using magic to temporarily bring the dead back to life - is common, but feared. The skill is surrounded by heavy regulation and mistrust. Many necromancers find themselves at a disadvantage in society because of this ability that they were born with.
Riley and Cassie are two of the many necromancers who live in the sleepy town of Andover. Riley keeps her head down and rejects the idea that necromancers are treated as anything less than full citizens. Her girlfriend Cassie is passionate and reckless with her belief that not everything is as it appears. Of course, none of this is made easier with their roommate and best friend Nick being an officer in with the local police.
Everything comes to a head when Seth Freeman - a necromancer accused of the crime of reanimating human corpses - is shot while resisting arrest. Cassie's determination to find the truth leads both herself and Riley down a dangerous path.
Uprising is director Jennifer Zemke’s honors thesis film. This film is the creative accompaniment of her written thesis, which explores the lack of racial representation in science fiction and fantasy media. Science fiction and fantasy media often explore matters of discrimination faced by minorities—without actually featuring any minority characters. Uprising subverts this, because while it does use the fictional device of necromancy to discuss the very real problems of racism, it does this while featuring a main cast of color.
Racism, discrimination, and the protests against it are getting real mainstream media attention for the first time since the sixties. The internet and social media have made sharing information and organizing protests and movements easier than it's ever been before. It is often questioned whether art shapes society of reflects it - with Uprising, we are attempting to do both.
Meet the Cast
A Memphis, TN native, Jessica has been a performer since the age of five. She started dancing and singing in her local church choir. In junior high, she was introduced to the world of acting. In high school, she was giving the opportunity to perform with a theatre production company fir the city of Memphis. In college, her performance experience increased through dance, acting, and producing her own theatre shows and film documentaries. With years of experience and professional training, Jessica will climb the professional ladder to promising career.
Emerson College ‘17 BA Writing, Literature and Publishing. Ashley is thrilled to be bringing Cassie to life in "Uprising". Within the Emerson community she has done extensive television work, originating numerous roles and hosting shows for the Emerson Channel and EIV. Favorite theatre credits include Spring Awakening, The Crucible, Into the Woods, and Macbeth.
29 years old, was born in Yonkers NY, studied Finance at UMass Amherst and graduated in 2007. He's have been interested in Film since he was a teenager. He used to write scripts, generally of the horror/suspense genre. He started acting just for fun a few years ago but have gotten a little bit more serious over the past 12 months. He has done 6 student films where he was either lead or part of an ensemble of leads within the past year. His favorite films are Braveheart, Vanilla Sky, Crash, Silver Lining Playbook and Drive. Mark's goal is to move to NY once he can start acting full time and give up his Finance job.
He's 22 years old, and he's been acting for about a year now. He really enjoys the creative process of building on a character and the relationships they have with other characters. He wants to one day become a full time, established actor in the future.
MEET THE CREW
Shana grew up in rural New Hampshire before she moved to Boston to attend Emerson College. She’s majoring in screenwriting, but has a passion for producing. After completing her BA degree, Shana plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue her MFA in Screenwriting and her JD in Entertainment Law. Most everything she owns is some shade of pink or purple, and is watching (and behind on) at least four tv shows at any given time.
Born and raised in Dubai, Syrian artist Nizar Al Sibai began his freelance career as a photographer in 2009 which has familiarised him with the many different aspects of photography as a medium of art. Driven by his infatuation with visual storytelling, Nizar sought to study film production on an academic level. He graduated in 2012 from the SAE Institute with a Diploma of Film Production. In 2014, Nizar began studying Cinematography & Film Production at Emerson College in Boston.
Ryn has been a production designer on multiple films and is so excited to be a part of this project. Her past experiences include working for three years as a graphic designer and studying formal art techniques that will allow her to help create the world that is "Uprising". In her free time she loves to watch digital painting time lapses as well as painting herself in war paint and running around her apartment calling herself the "Mother of Dragons"...which she is.
Born in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 24th, 1994 and was raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She discovered her passion for filmmaking and film editing after being brought up watching the original Star Wars trilogy (and other such quality films). After graduating Magna Cum Laude from High School (S.E.S.O), she enrolled at Emerson College and is pursuing a degree in Film Production. She loves Crocs and One Direction, but still manages to be accepted by the general public. She also hates feet.
Pre Production: $350
Make Up: $825
Equipment Transport: $300
Festival Submissions: $535
Kickstarter/Amazon Percentage: $465
·Cast Lead Roles
·Hire Key Crew
·Film and Edit Kickstarter Video
·Launch Uprising Twitter
·Launch Uprising Facebook Page
·Submit Insurance and Permit Paperwork
·General Crew Call
·Background Actors Casting Call
·End of Kickstarter
·Lock Shooting Schedule
- February 21st, 27th, 28th and March 1st
·Rough cut of picture
·Premiere of Film
·Submit to film festivals
Risks and challenges
Making a film is not an easy process. Even before we begin shooting, a huge amount of effort has to go into budgeting, securing location permits, casting, hiring crew members, and of course, finding funding. Going through rigorous pre-production insures that our time on set will go as smoothly as possible. A well prepared crew is absolutely necessary for shooting some of our more ambitious scenes, some of which include practical effects or large crowds. Uprising’s greatest challenge will be creating these large scale action sequences and bringing them to life on screen.
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