About this project
Henry Darrow McComas and Crooked Lake Productions.
Henry McComas is a film and video producer based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado Henry was a video producer and filmmaker in Seattle, WA where his first award-winning short film, Emerald City, was born. His new project, Wrong Side Up, is a totally different feel, setting and experience for Henry. It is a coming of age story about a twelve-year-old boy whose fate is determined by his father’s departure and the impending Dust Bowl as he is forced to care for his family and their farm. Ultimately, this is a film about responsibility, accountability and most importantly, family. Wrong Side Up is our biggest project to date and we are so excited to share it with you.
Please join us on this journey to 1935.
Henry spent a year and a half researching the dirty thirties - one of the most tumultuous times in our country’s history as well as one of the greatest environmental disasters ever seen. With the help of various books and movies like the Worst Hard Times (Timothy Egan), Bound for Glory (Woody Guthrie), Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) and Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s, The Dust Bowl. He also listened to the entire discography of the great Woody Guthrie, whose songs told the tales of this historic era. It was very important to Henry that the facts were as much a piece of Wrong Side Up as the fictional narrative.
A sneak peek into Wrong Side Up. Meet Mac.
our main character, a 12-year-old boy who is about to learn the lessons of life regardless of his trepidation.
Our setting. A dusty Colorado farmhouse at the edge of a forgotten field. The exhausted land whispers stories of times of agriculture and growth. Mac cuts the land with the blade of his shovel. The sound from the crisp dig echoes throughout the plains. Mac crouches down and grabs a clump of stale dirt. It crumbles in his hand and seeps through the crevasses of his fingers. He looks across the field, up at the sky and then back to his house. His mother sweeps at a floor of dirt, she pushes the ground out of the doorway of the house.
Liza. Mac’s sister, age 8, brunette, in a summer dress, whistles notes to the prohibition tune, "How Dry I Am." The girl rhythmically twirls to the song. Her dress is dusty and dirt clouds poof out from the fabric when pushed against the stale air.
These are the characters we follow through the night of the biggest duster where Mac is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of his young life that forever impacts his family.
Our incomparable team.
We are so excited to be working with some of Colorado’s most amazing talent including award-winning Director of Photography James Drake who will be shooting on the Red Epic; Motion Graphics extraordinaire, Kevin Kerndt; phenomenal film composer Chris Joye; and world champion Irish dancer and bagpiper, Owen Barrington. Yes, you heard that right. You will be hearing from each of them a little later on in the campaign.
Why we are asking for your financial support:
Every penny of your pledge will go to something on the screen! With your pledges we will be able to do the following:
• hire local Colorado crew
• build sets
• pay for studio time
• design appropriate wardrobes
• create special effects
• props, music, and a score
AND SO MUCH MORE!
$15,000 is the very least we need to make this picture and any dollar more will go to increasing the production value.
What’s in it for you? Aside from helping to bring a wonderful film to life…
We have a bunch of great rewards (see all of them listed on the side of the page here) - from autographed scripts, soundtrack downloads, comic books, to invitations to cast and crew screenings. For our Colorado film lovers, a bunch of great prizes have been donated by the Denver Film Society and for the filmmaking aficionados, we are offering lessons (in-person or virtual) with the Red Epic camera, After Effects, Logic Pro and script consulting. With amazing rewards like these you are bound to find something you’ll love along with the feeling that you are fostering the growth of strong cinema and storytelling.
Our final plea:
We need your help to tell Mac’s story. We need your help to show this Dust Bowl narrative. We want you to be a part of my favorite film to date. We want to see your name on the credits and for you to feel the same sense of pride when it’s finished that we will as the creative team. Together we can make this phenomenal short come to life. Please, please, please spread the word.
Show your interest by sharing this link with your friends, family and social networks: www.dustbowlmovie.com
You can also use #dustbowlmovie or #wrongsideup on your social network sites including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!!
Past projects and accomplishments.
In case you are wondering what else Henry and Crooked Lake Productions creates: Sojourn was a film inspired by the Colorado wildfires of 2012 and was produced for the Denver 48hour film project. It took home two awards: Audience Favorite and Best Cinematography. Henry also produced a documentary for the Colorado Film & Video Association to highlight Colorado’s growing film industry and the impact that a film tax incentive would have on the state’s industry. And last, but certainly not least, is Henry’s “day job” work where he currently makes amazing marketing videos for Portico Club and prior to that got to make awesome videos for Marvel Super Hero Squad.
IN OTHER WORDS, he knows what he’s doing and we promise that this movie will be worth every penny you contribute.
Risks and challenges
Please look at my body of work. I have been producing film and video for nearly a decade. If we are successful in reaching our goal of $15,000.00 the Wrong Side Up, short film will be made.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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