CloseImage 1 of 8 Midland resident Carter Harcek, 9, poses for a portrait inside his home on Jan. 22, 2019. (Katy Kildee/[email protected]) Midland resident Carter Harcek, 9, poses for a portrait inside his home on Jan. 22, 2019. (Katy Kildee/[email protected]) Ready to roll: Midlander stars in upcoming film series 1 / 8 Back to Gallery
Carter Harcek, of Midland, is getting his chance to make it in the movies. The 9-year-old will make his acting debut in the film "Asgaya Part 1 - The Shuet," scheduled to premiere this summer.
Harcek was introduced to acting through his aunt who is a casting director in Florida. She asked if he would like to audition for another movie, "Waves." Although Harcek landed a small part, he enjoyed his time meeting actors, improving his skills and learning about making movies. He went on to audition for other films, including the Asgaya series.
"I started liking acting because I got to be on camera," he said.
Asgaya director and writer Toni Morgan Haye along with producer and actress Vandana Singh chose Harcek mid-production after filming in Jamaica. They had selected Harcek for another upcoming project, but due to script changes and production challenges, they decided to include him in the Asgaya films. Within two weeks of the call, Harcek was filming in the California desert in November.
"I thought it was Michigan," Harcek said about the cold weather.
Asgaya is a five-part sci-fi movie series set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are nearly extinct to androids. Harcek's character of Xar is searching for his sister and comes across the main character, Max, portrayed by Singh.
"It's one of those films that you have to watch all the parts to understand what's happening," Haye explained.
Harcek, Haye and Singh quickly bonded during filming and post-production. Harcek will continue to appear in the following Asgaya films along with a B-list actor in the second installment. Haye and Singh made a trip to Michigan in January to visit Harcek and ended up shooting a short film at the Harcek cottage.
"It was a good education. It think it's a good example for kids at school too, to learn that we made a 10-minute movie and it took over 20 hours," said Harcek's mom, Angela.
"If you want it to be good, you definitely want to take your time," Haye added.
Back home, Harcek maintains a steady balance between his work as an actor, student and athlete. Angela credits Midland's supportive community as well as the understanding nature of Harcek's teachers.
"Woodcrest has been really good about working with us. He gets good grades, he's a smart kid, and as long as that keeps up, they continue to work with us."
"Asgaya Part 1 -The Shuet" is planned for a summer release on new media platforms including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Fandango. Haye and Singh expressed a hope to premiere the first movie in Midland.
As for Harcek, he is looking forward to growing up with the Asgaya films and pursuing options of directing and writing himself. When asked if he wanted to continue acting after Asgaya runs its course, he was adamant.
"Yes, badly. I love it."
Source : https://www.ourmidland.com/lifestyles/article/Ready-to-roll-Midlander-stars-in-upcoming-film-13603351.php