on the way up

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On The Way Up is a short film produced by students at Michigan State University in the Fiction Filmmaking minor. The film follows Sophia (Sienna Mohl), a recent college graduate who is preparing to begin her professional life with, a move from the midwest to San Francisco. Sophia’s boyfriend, Mason(Trevor Earley), suffers from bipolar disorder, and just before they are to move, Mason attempts suicide. On The Way Up follows Sophia’s journey to reevaluate her and Mason’s relationship, as well as her own life. She is forced to confront hard truths about their relationship, as well as the stigmas that plague society’s understanding of mental illness. 

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About The Production


Creating the Fiction Film

The Fiction Filmmaking capstone is a joint collaboration between the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Students take full ownership in the creation of a short film from concept to production and throughout distribution. Under the guidance of Jeff Wray and Bob Albers, who serve as the film’s executive producers, the class picks a story based off pitches given by members of the class. From there, the students audition themselves to fill the production roles with the class, democratically electing each position. The Fiction Filmmaking Minor educates undergraduates in the history, theory, and production of Fiction Film allowing students to produce quality work.



Trailer 1

3.20.2017 / Trailer #1


2.16.2017 / Teaser #1