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"The Haunted House" is a short film about childhood, Halloween, and engineering!
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The Film

Twenty years ago, a group of us got together and made a haunted house. We were kids, 11 to 14 years old, and we knew what a haunted house should be. It didn’t cost us much money to build it, but man it was scary. Now I’m trying to recreate that experience in a film.

Last May I started writing down my memories of that time and by July I had a full-length screenplay on my hands. The film is not just about the haunted house, though. It’s about the loss you experience when childhood comes to an end. It’s also about the loss my father experienced during that time when his own father died of cancer, and my 11-year-old perspective of my father’s grief.

While I hope to turn this screenplay into a full-length film sometime in the next five years, right now I am only aiming to make a short (15 minute) version of it. This short version will focus almost entirely on the actual haunted house we made and the Halloween night 20 years ago when we put it on. It will follow a fictional narrative, but it will feel like a documentary. Think of movies like Bloody Sunday or Y Tu Mamá También.

The Director

Matt Greene-DeLanghe

I grew up in Western Massachusetts in the 90's. I cut my teeth on filmmaking at NYU 10 years ago then promptly forgot about it for the next several years. During that time, I ran a food truck, got married to a Minnesota woman, and hiked half of the Appalachian Trail. Now I'm finishing up a master's degree in education. In my free time I like to play soccer, write, hike, and go contra dancing.

Project Timeline

Preproduction will begin in May of 2017. Filming will take place over a 1-week stretch at the end of July. Post production will begin in August and run until December. In the beginning of 2018 we will begin preparing the film to send to festivals and aim to starting sending it out by March.

Behind the Scenes of the "Snake Scene"

Interested in knowing how we made the snake scene? Check out this short video of the production process. It won't answer all your questions (we like to hold on to some of our secrets), but it will give you a taste of what we went through to make it.

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Original "Witch" Footage

This is a short video I filmed 14 years ago of the witch we set up for Halloween that year. At 16 years old, it also marks one of my first forays into filmmaking. 

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Projected Budget

$30,000

Risks and challenges

• Building a quality crew. Western MA is not known as a hub for film-making so finding crew members that are able to commit to the shoot could pose a challenge. To solve this, we may bring in crew from out of town.

• Finding actors who can commit to the time and location. Since most of the characters in this movie are kids, not only will the actors have to commit to the shoot, but their parents or guardians will as well. Some or all of the actors may also need to have lodging provided for the duration of the shoot. To accommodate this, we will look into renting a large house. Since the shoot takes place in my home town we thankfully have many connections that could make this task easier.

• Music. There are a couple of songs that I would like to get licensed for this movie. Some of them are fairly popular, though, so this won't be cheap. Since our budget is minimal, we may have to look into alternative music for these scenes.

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    A Portion of the Screenplay

    It'll be a small portion, but a portion nonetheless. You'll receive a carefully selected section of up to 200 words guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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    A Math Problem!

    A math problem for you to solve. Examples include: "10 pirates argue over a chest of gold." And "The 100 prisoners with colored hats." Each problem will be written as a mini story and embellished with plenty of whimsy. Honestly, this reward should be going for more.

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    Digital Streaming of the Film

    This one is pretty self-explanatory. You'll receive a link to digitally stream the short version of the film when it's complete. Watch it in the comfort of your own home, or at a friend's!

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    Instructions for DIY "Witch"

    This reward gives you detailed instructions to create the flying witch featured at the beginning of the video. Fair warning, though, if you follow the instructions, your house will become the most popular house on your block come Halloween.

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    My Mom's Gumbo Recipe

    Straight from Southwest Louisiana, this gumbo recipe is the real deal. There's even an oil stain across the paper. The gumbo you'll get from it is beyond delicious.

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    "83 Hollenbeck" Sheet Music

    About 12 years ago, Adam, one of the people involved with the original haunted houses, lived with us for a couple of months. At the end of that time he wrote a piece of music to commemorate the house. For any of you who have the same kind of nostalgia for that house, or just curiosity about the song he wrote, this reward offers the hand-written sheet music for it.

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    Hoop Party Trick

    As featured in the screenplay, this party trick involves taking a wooden hoop and resting it vertically on top of a bottle, then placing a marker cap at the top of the hoop and striking the hoop in a way that makes the marker cap fall into to the bottle below. You'll get the wooden hoop and instructions for how to do it.

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    10 high quality prints from the shoot. This reward will take a while to receive, but the feeling you'll get of being on the set watching the magic happen will make up for it.

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    Homemade Wool Hats

    My cousin Amanda makes the most amazing wool hats. Very intricate patterns, beautiful designs, and above all, they're warm! She's able to sell these things at farmer's markets in the summer. That's how good they are.

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    Behind the Scenes Video

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    Unlike the math problem, this reward is decidedly OVER-priced. Nonetheless, I'm putting it out there. For $250.00 you can have a video chat with me, the director of this film. Ask me any questions about the film during that time and I'll do my best to answer them.

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    Haunted House Consultation

    Free advice, ideas, and feedback for your own haunted house plans. After three consecutive years of being part of haunted houses, I believe I could offer some valuable wisdom about what works and what doesn't in this arena.

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    You will receive two tickets to the premiere of the film. You will also get to meet the director and cast after the showing. Transportation not provided. At this point, we are looking to do the premiere in Great Barrington, MA.

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    THE WITCH

    For this reward, you get the actual homemade witch featured in the video. And, yes, it is the same one from 2002, and it's still in great condition. Instructions for how to set it up included. Delivery not offered. Must be able to pick it up from Western MA.

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