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Undergraduate thesis film at the University of Texas-Austin that's all sorts of bad news.

Austin, TX Film & Video
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About this project

It’s a film! It’s personal journey! It’s the culmination of our undergraduate career!

If that heading is not enough, let us tell you more about our short film: 

As the video above says, we are a group of students at the University of Texas-Austin currently producing our undergraduate thesis which will be a 10-12 minute short film, currently titled “HARBINGER”. 

Of course, there are a lot of talented people out there on kickstarter, all vying for your support just like we are. We think this project is the among the best currently in production, but we’re biased, so we’ll let you decide. By all means, take a look at the story, the video, look us up on the google and if you feel inclined to help us produce the short film that we so desperately want to make, we would love your support.

The Story: it’s anything but bad news (even if “Bad News” is what it’s about)

The story revolves around Charlie Harbinger who works for a bad news messaging service, where he is essentially responsible for having those often awkward, mostly uncomfortable and generally unpleasant conversations in which someone is fired, divorced or dying. He acts as a surrogate, delivering the bad news for you so you don’t have to. With a job like that you can imagine how light and whimsical his life is (read: not light or whimsical at all). 

His story changes dramatically when he runs into Miriam Day who sort of forces her way into his life and ruins his perfectly timed, tried and true method of doing his job while avoiding any and all personal connection. When she shows up, a new narrative begins capturing the transformation of a militant isolationist, challenging Charlie to feel many of the things he has so long avoided. 

Of course, we can’t spoil the ending for you, the only thing we can tell you is that the main character isn’t dead the whole time (Or is he? He isn’t). Instead we’ll ask for your patience and provision so that we can make any of it (the end included) happen. There will be comedy, there will be drama, there will be bad news to spare. If you want to see how it all unfolds, now is your chance to make sure you can. Donate above! 

Who are these people and why should I trust them with my money?

Valid question. If you just wanted to hand over your life savings, no questions asked, I’d be a little worried (but I might still take half or so). The way it shakes out, we can only rely on convincing you of our passion and commitment to this project. The idea here is that, with no way to reach through the interwebs and shake your hand, our only recourse to make it very evident what our intentions are so that you can put your trust in us as we try to make our vision come to life.

As stated in the video above, we want this film to be engaging, enjoyable and professional, so that we can leave university with a quality product that represents our hard earned undergraduate degree. So we can submit it to film festivals around the world and compete with the best of the best. And that means: the pressure is on. 

The key members of our team, who will be responsible for delivering on all these things, are as follows: 

MacGregor Greenlee (Writer, Director) – Having written a number of short film scripts and directed a wide range of projects, he is far and away fulfilling a number of dreams by working on this project and overjoyed at the chance to use sayings like “far and away” in regular conversation. 

Sofia Sada (Producer) – As far as schedule handling, location scouting, organizational overlords go, she is superb. Sofia has long been passionate about film and cannot wait to get to work on this particular project, provided we have all the funding (wink). 

Michael Pfister (Director of Photography) – With an eye for detail and a mind for mastery, Michael is using his talents to pursue dual degrees in both film and computer science. Not only does that mean he has all the technological chops we could ask for, but also he will temper any creative insanity prompted by our writer/director. This is key. 

 What will the money be used for? 

Another good question and the simple answer is this: film stuff. That’s a general term but it encapsulates all of the different costs that we will need to cover in order to make this the project of our dreams. This list includes things like: Production design, location fees, insurance, craft services, post-production services, transportation, cast and crew fees as well as all other above and below the line costs. For a more detailed breakdown of the budget, feel free to email us ( 

Are you almost finished? 

Yes, I am. What it comes down to is this: we need your help. That’s it, nothing more nothing less. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we will be happy to clear up any confusion. Beyond that, we look forward to making something together. 

All the best,
The Harbinger Team

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of this project are inherent and we fully expect to run in to a few brick walls in the course of the production. Fortunately we're fantastic climbers. Levity aside, we sincerely appreciate any help you can give us and we will work tirelessly to make sure you get everything you signed up for and more.

We rely on you to give us the tools and from there it is our job to make it all happen and we are absolutely going to make it all happen.

Let's get to work.

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