Skip Shea of Harvest Tide Productions
By Helen Miller
Skip Shea, an Uxbridge native who describes himself as a “townie,” got into the film industry by chance ~ but his passion, hard work, and perseverance have kept him there. “In 2006, I literally answered an ad in the Telegram & Gazette looking for background work at the Worcester Airport for the movie ‘Shuttle,’” shares Shea, 51. “I was supposed to be a business type passenger in the film, but the actor who was playing the pilot didn’t show up. So, they picked me out of the crowd to play the pilot. I haven’t looked back since.”
Indeed he hasn’t. He is the writer and director of the award winning horror short film “Microcinema,” which is now being adapted into a feature length film. He also written, directed and produced five short films: Mail, Video Diary: Last Entry, They Serve Breakfast Here All Day Long, Putting on Its Shoes and Choices.
In the fall of 2010, he co-founded Harvest Tide Productions with 7-time Emmy Award Winning Cinematographer William Smyth, actor and screenwriter William Decoff and actress Emily King.
He says he started the online film company because of the digital age. “It is an inexpensive way to produce and distribute a project,” he explains. “I was paying attention to the trends in how people were accessing their entertainment, online. I knew it was a real threat to the established business, much like television was to Hollywood, and they responded in a similar way with large 3D films.”
With that in mind, he wrote a comedic web series called “R.I.P. Rhode Island Productions,” and with that, Harvest Tide Productions was born.
Many of his films are geared towards a younger audience (your children or grandchildren may have seen a few), and Shea says keeping up with the younger generation is easy. “I watch what they watch. I’m a horror and indie film fan. I read magazines and pay attention to box office receipts.”
Haven’t seen any of Shea’s work? His company is currently producing a horror mini-web series titled “Longreach,” which they hope to expand on once they have attracted an audience. “I’m also involved in the production of a soap opera web series,” Shes shared.
When Shea is not making films, he is still busy creating: “You can find me in a coffee shop writing.”
Shea, who grew up in Worcester County, says the area’s history is amazing, especially in the Blackstone Valley. “I love the art scene in general, it is very vibrant. I love the Arts in the Park series, the Worcester Art Museum, the poetry scene. There is a lot happening here.”
Yes, there is a lot happening here, and we look forward to Skip and Harvest Tide playing an even bigger role in the artistic community in the months and years to come.
Learn more about Harvest Tide Productions at www.harvesttideproductions.com