What is Undone?
UNDONE is short film about Miriam, a young, modern woman who lives alone in New York. Isolated and quiet, she’s trying her best to live in a city where human connection is already very difficult. But for Miriam, it might be harder than most.
You see, Miriam has a secret.
A secret she can’t share with anyone.
It’s a secret that keeps her separated from nearly everyone she knows – her co-workers, who therapist and, most importantly, her best friend, Ree. Ree, unaware of Miriam’s past, tries to get her friend to go out and live her life, but what can you do for someone that secluded? They reach an impasse.
But when Ree gets involved with a guy who may or may not be a mobster, Miriam will struggle with whether she should continue to hide … or reveal her secret to save her best friend’s life. But she's running out of time.
UNDONE is a dark coming-of-age tale about a woman trying to find her way, but with a slight supernatural twist. It’s a different story but, at the same time, we think you’ll find it very familiar, indeed.
Who’s Behind This?
In many ways, Undone is a personal story, inspired by the filmmaker's years spent living alone in New York and in other places up and down the East Coast.
In addition, as life long horror and genre movie fans, we really wanted to tell a story that blended those genres with a deeper tale about self-acceptance and trust and friendship. We think you’ll like it.
Writer/Director Michael Paul is a writer, playwright and former journalist. He graduated in 2012 with a master’s screenwriting and film production and has covered business, health-care and the arts for newspapers in New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
In 2012, he produced the feature film SHANKMAN’S, a dark, bloody comedy about gentrification in Brooklyn.
His short, EMMY, premiered at the Monster Mania Film Festival in Philadelphia in 2009 and his documentary, LIKE MINDS, premiered at the Big Mini Media Festival in Brooklyn the following year.
His most recent short film, TABLE AND CHAIRS, is currently out on the film festival circuit.
Producer Shareese Thompson most-recently produced the short film GRADUATION, starring Graham Powell, Garrett L. Hendricks and Carlton Byrd. Her introduction to production began while she worked as an Account Supervisor at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Porter Novelli drafting scripts for video news releases, managing Broll shoots, and writing and producing public service announcements.
She began as a Production Assistant and Grip on independent feature and short film projects, including "Able Danger" and "Happy Birthday" and on the set of TV Land commercials and on-air promos. She subsequently earned certificates in studio and field production at Brooklyn Access Cable channel. Shareese spent three years as an Associate Producer at CatScape Productions in NYC.
Oriana Oppice (Miriam): Oriana was born in Sicily and grew up in Chicago. After school, she developed her love for acting and made the move to Los Angeles. She has appeared in television shows such as Medium, America’s Most Wanted, and NCIS. She is also constantly involved in the independent film circuit and has recently expanded into voice over work. When Oriana is not working, you can usually find her playing piano or viola, cooking, globe trotting, or playing with her chocolate lab. Oriana speaks Italian and French, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Angela Jeanneau (Ree): Angela has performed in films such as THE UNWANTED, MURDER THAT BULLY and EVALUATION. She has also appeared on Smash, All My Children, Cashmere Mafia and Flight of the Conchords.
Where Does My Money Go?
Normally it goes to the IRS, but in this case, it will all go toward funding the production. No matter what they tell you, filmmaking is not cheap. Cast and crew need to be fed and paid for their time, sets need to be designed and props and wardrobe need to be rented. And then there’s the one special effect construction.
We’re lucky because we have some access to camera gear and equipment, but we still need your help. Your contribution will make it possible to shoot this 15-minute tale as inexpensively as we can make it, without a dime left over. We’ve worked to reduce costs wherever we could without sacrificing quality. Every penny you give will help.
What’s Undone’s Status?
We are pushing along. The script’s been written (and rewritten, then rewritten again), and most of the cast is in place. We’re still scouting three locations and rounding up the rest of our small crew. Production starts on May 17th.
What’s In It For Me?
All sorts of good stuff. On the right are a list of our awards. By supporting us, you’ll receive the awards exclusive to those pledging through this Kickstarter page: everything from access to an exclusive Instagram account, to a DVD of the film, to an invite to our wrap party to your own credit as an Associate Producer.
It’s our way of saying thanks for making this small, dark, occasionally funny little movie a stone-cold reality.
Risks and challenges
Making a movie is not easy and, even though we're a small project in New York, we face all the challenges that regular productions face: locations can become unavailable, props could fail, camera equipment could malfunction at the worst time. Two of our locations, a restaurant and an office, could be unavailable at the time we need to shoot for example, forcing us to rearrange our schedule.
At the same time, our team is a group of experienced, creative filmmakers, who have run through the gauntlet of feature film, and know how to adapt on the fly. We’re confident we can shoot this innovative, creative story, and know you’ll love every minute of it.
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