"Tell me about January 11th, Mrs. Burns."
By the time the credits roll, this simple phrase will have chills running down your spine. They won't be from the claustrophobia. They won't be from the isolation. They won't be from the questions tearing through your mind, and they definitely won't be from the overwhelming intensity. They will be because of an experience. A true nail-biter of an experience. A meticulously crafted puzzle thriller, told in a non-conventional story structure that grips you from the very moment you sit down.
Dr. Emily Burns, renowned Professor of Pharmacology, dedicated wife and mother, wakes up to find herself within the confines of a room. The space feels like that of an old office building, and the only items inside with her are a tattered up, flimsy cot and a red LED countdown, which hangs on the wall. Through the discoveries she makes within this glorified cubbyhole, to the interactions with her captors, this clever woman works tirelessly to solve the mystery of her presence here, but even more desperately, to find a way out alive. Unfortunately for her, the deeper Dr. Burns gets, the more she begins to realize... things are not at all what they seem.
The production team of Breakaway consists of a dynamic group of industry professionals. This team includes a two-time Emmy winner in studio direction, one of the youngest producers in the history of a major television network, a project producer who works alongside high-profile talent on high-profile Hollywood projects, a screenwriter recently featured in The Hollywood Reporter, among many other innovative team members in all areas of production.
This team has countless ties to resources within Michigan, Los Angeles, and New York, which have pledged their time, their skills, their products and support. Our industry experience has designed the budget, and our resources enable us to meet it with the highest possible production value, plus, work to expose it across the many media platforms.
Additionally, this winter, our team shot an eight-and-a-half minute Test Sequence for this feature in ONE day, on a ZERO-dollar budget. This sequence has not only received much praise from high-profile industry members, but general viewers as well.
Please check out the sequence here:
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
This question is best answered with a little background:
Located in the metro-Detroit area, Farmington Public Schools is home to an inspiring and well-supported program called TV-10. For the past 25 years, guided by a husband/wife team, students have taken away remarkable experiences from this program that has nurtured their cinematic, media, and broadcast talents. Each member of the Breakaway team grew in this environment, and like many alumni, who have gone on to work in high-profile creative positions, credit this program for the inspiration that has led to their success.
Unfortunately, the state of Michigan has been struggling economically for a very long time. Over the years, talented young people have been forced to leave the state they love, thinking it was the most practical way to truly "succeed" in creative business. However, today, as times change and the world grows smaller, it's becoming more and more realized that films can be made anywhere, and Michigan is bursting at the seams with the talent needed to do so.
As young filmmakers and Michigan natives ourselves, we're encouraged to be part of the solution. We believe by bringing the team back home, not only will we be able to advance our careers to the next level, but in doing so, highlight the potential and opportunities available within the state.