Making Movie Magic: Creating "Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise"
by Timothy Alan Richardson
Meet celebrity bad boy wizard Harvey Putter. He’s got it all: fame, fortune and fans. Until one fateful night, he discovers through Snogwarts Headmaster Professor Mumblemore that all the people in their world are actually just characters in a best-selling children’s book series!
Produced by award-winning filmmakers Tim Richardson and Michael Kouroubetes (Kill the Messenger, The Dork of the Rings), Harvey Putter brings together a highly talented group of actors, artists and filmmaking professionals from across the country, as well as England, Australia and Portugal.
The film stars Bryce Cone, Sunny Williams and Joe Scheibelhut as the trio of Harvey Putter, Hernia Grunger, and Rod Cheesely. Veteran film actor Kiran Shah plays Dumpy the Houseschmuck. Based in London, he has been in numerous films, including Return of the Jedi, Legend, The Dark Crystal, Titanic, Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Emerson Spartz, webmaster of the world’s largest Harry Potter website, MuggleNet.com, spoofs himself in a cameo in the film, and there is a special appearance by the hugely popular wizard rock band, Draco and the Malfoys.
The film's Art Team includes award-winning Visual Effects Artist Ian Strandberg (Trippin), award-winning Costume Designers Janice Bennett and Todd Davis, and dozens of other artists, including Creature Designer Andy Swisher and Graphic Designer Chad Rajski. Mark D'Errico (The Dork of the Rings) composed the musical score.
Read about how this ambitious fan-made, microbudget film was created, from pre-production planning, to principal photography, to post-production sound and FX, and finally to screenings and marketing, as told by the cast and crew.
"Harvey Putter is a ground-breaking film, the first and only full-length Harry Potter movie spoof. It will be loved by millions!"
-Erin Pyne, author The Ultimate Guide to the Harry Potter Fandom
Tim Richardson is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and owner of Richardson Productions LLC. He has shot over 30 films, an episodic cable program, and a recurring internet sitcom. His feature film Kill The Messenger is a Civil War epic currently with distribution through Echelon Studios in Los Angeles and The Dork of the Rings, an award-winning feature-length parody of the Lord of the Rings saga, has received international attention and screenings. Tim holds a B.A. in Speech & Theatre from I.U. South Bend where he is an Adjunct Professor in the Theatre department. He is the festival director of the River Bend Film Festival (www.riverbendfilmfest.org) and serves as president of the not-for-profit group Mid America Filmmakers (www.midamericafilmmakers.org) based in South Bend, Indiana.