The Bride in the Box is a feature-length horror script that I wrote about a vacationing family whose daughter falls victim to a local ghost story.
The Maine coast makes a haunting backdrop, but the focus is on a couple struggling in their marriage and oblivious to what’s happening with their young daughter.
It’s about a family — and the mystery of what the hell is in that box.
It's the kind of experience I want to have at the movies — it’s a character-driven story that’s scary because it’s believable. The script has won the award for Most Original Screenplay at the 2017 Scottish Independent Film Festival and for Best Thriller Feature Screenplay at the 2016 Shriekfest Film Festival.
I’m also the director, and I’ll be shooting this movie in Maine and in upstate New York this summer with the funding we raise through this campaign.
I co-wrote the feature film Diminished Capacity with Sherwood Kiraly, directed by Terry Kinney, and starring Alan Alda and Matthew Broderick. And I'm thrilled that once again I’m working with a gifted cast and crew.
You've seen Carolyn Baeumler (Heather) in numerous roles off-Broadway, on TV in Homeland and Iron Fist and in the feature film The Sounding. She's playing Heather, who must rely more on her husband as her career takes more of her energy. I'm also lucky enough to be Carolyn's husband in real life.
Her screen husband is Victor Verhaeghe (Don), who you've seen in Bridge of Spies, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Boardwalk Empire.
My secret weapon is Acadia Bost, a talented actor and my daughter. Acadia is on the cusp of adolescence, and that’s key to making the tension work. This movie is inspired by stories we’ve told on our own family trips to Maine — stories that were sometimes too scary.
I'm very lucky to have a supporting cast that's a New York theater-goer's dream: Terry Kinney, actor, director and founder of Steppenwolf Theater Company, Broadway actor Hal Robinson, and the sensational Tammy Faye Starlite (above).
There's also an experienced and award-winning team behind this film, beginning with our producer, Erika Hampson. She has produced many successful projects, including the 2010 Academy Award-winning short The New Tenants. Her most recent projects include The Discovery, starring Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, and Dan Fogelman's Life Itself, starringAnnette Bening, Oscar Isaac and Antonio Banderas.
Our Director of Photography is Tony Burns, whose credits include Terminal Legacy, Fox Searchlight's Rent Control, and material for Orange is The New Black and Victoria Secret Angels. Our assistant director is Dan Goeckner and our composer is Adam Bernstein.
You'll see that our Kickstarter goal is $80,000, the absolute minimum we can budget to complete 15 days of shooting. But we want you to know at the outset that our dream goal is $130,000, and when we reach our Kickstarter minimum we're going to keep going. That additional amount would allow us to immediately begin post-production at the end of filming.
We're excited about the rewards we're offering to our backers, including a download of the completed film once we've completed the circuit of film festivals in 2019. All of our $100 backers will see their name in the closing credits. There's also an opportunity for one backer to have a speaking role in the film.
With your generous support we can complete The Bride in The Box and share our film with you in 2019.
Risks and challenges
Our crew and our actors are ready to begin our summer of filming on location in Maine and upstate New York on July 5, 2018. We expect to wrap up shooting by the end of August.
Our biggest challenges are weather, which is out of our control, and the clock: Acadia, who stars as Iris, is 11. It's an amazing age that's gone before you know it, and her youth is vital to this story.
Our challenge is to complete filming before this summer ends and Acadia returns to New York for a new school year.
You'll also see that we've set a Kickstarter all-or-nothing goal of $80,000 to complete this summer's filming. Even before we started the timer on this Kickstarter project we set a stretch goal of an additional $50,000. If we can raise a total of $130,000 in this campaign we will be able to immediately begin post-production when we return to New York in September. Otherwise, we will launch a separate campaign later this year to raise the production funds.
That delay would move our scheduled completion date from early 2019 to later in the year.
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