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Who are We?

GHDY Productions

We are a group of aspiring friends who want to tell stories for people to enjoy. From actors and filmmakers to graphic designers and music composers, we collaborate using our strengths in different fields to create projects we dream about. We have made dozens of short films, promos, vlogs, and more which can be found on our Youtube channel!

Peter Gillette 

Director of "Hunting in the Past," Peter Gillette found a passion for filmmaking since the 8th grade and has self-taught himself since and through his higher education in filmmaking. He's been making films for over 8 years doing everything from directing, acting, camera work, and editing. Peter has worked professionally doing freelance for the past 3 years. Some notable jobs being an editor/animator for Princeton University for the McGraw Center editing and animating for online courses. He's edited for David Erick Ramos for a number of projects and when he isn't doing freelance work he directs multiple projects. Some works of note being National Broadcasting Society award winning short film called "Words Unsaid" where he directed and edited the film. Another being the recent documentary "From Carts to Hearts" about the VGM scene which he is credited for directing and editing.

Hao Ho

Writer of "Hunting in the Past." Hao Ho discovered his passion for writing in his senior year of high school after reading a novel that aided him through a difficult time. Since then, he has written several personal short stories and has been focusing on screenwriting for the past 3 years. Some notable works of his is the National Broadcasting Society award winning screenplay "A Blinded Fray," as well as an assistant director role in the NBS award winning short "Words Unsaid." He has experience working on various professional documentaries as well as directed numerous voice actors in audio dramas. He aided in the short documentary "From Carts to Hearts" with assistant directing as well as audio editing and mixing.

Ro Panuganti

Composer for "Hunting in the Past." Ro Panuganti is an active musician, producer, and manager for several music communities. Both a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Ro has created high quality music videos from home, recording fan tributes to video game and film soundtracks, as well as produced for several artists and bands since 2011. His own writing has been featured in independent video games and his covers have reached Nickelodeon, Smosh, and won the Game Audio Network Guild's "Best Remix Album" award.  

Jen Bongarzone

Director of Photography of “Hunting in the Past.” She’s been creating various projects and short films since her junior year of high school. She was involved in the making of works like “Words Unsaid” and “Hya Bah Ba” directed by Peter Gillette. Jen loves to help out wherever it is needed and her skills are flexible enough to take on jobs such as writer, director, actor, etc. She recently got the opportunity to attend the London premiere of Say My Name directed by Jay Stern, and interviewed multiple famous comedians and actors after the viewing.

Victoria Francesca

Line Producer for "Hunting in the Past," Victoria Francesca, has been making films since her senior year of high school. Most recently, she has been interning for Hahn Films LLC as a PA for their latest Proof of Concept film. Victoria has also created and directed several independent works of her own, both in film and dance. Along with that, she is also a voice actress for Jam Room Communications Voice Acting Troupe.

Madeline Motyczka

Key Grip for “Hunting in the Past.” She has been involved in numerous film projects since her sophomore year of high school. During a summer program at the New York Film Academy she discovered an interest in the art of filmmaking, specifically editing and script writing. Madeline enjoys working all aspects of film production, from pre-production to the final edit. Currently she is involved with her university’s Marketing and Communication Department as the student video coordinator, where she has the chance to film multiple school events and edit videos for the college’s social media.

The Project

This film is about a young man who ventures beyond his boundaries to find answers through a decades old scavenger hunt.

The Protagonist, Daniel, visits a little town called McGux, a small close-knit community in the late process of renovations to the ever so evolving modern day architecture. He is left at a disadvantage for what he prepared himself and must seek the aid of another to find the answers he is looking for.

A unique aspect of the film is the dual combination of two different stories, a coming of age story being dictated by the story of an audio drama from decades ago. Utilizing this old recording, Daniel attempts to move forward in life using the past.


Music

The film both features a moody and enriching score, as well as the main radio drama - the latter being a significant plot point and rich with characters and 1950s tropes. Composer Ro Panuganti is breathing life back into a genre that brought smiles to many, dissecting old radio dramas for score ideas, recruiting talented live musicians, and incorporating handmade sound effects. Together with the lively voice actors, the drama aims to drive the listener back to the golden years.  The score to "Hunting in the Past" additionally will feature the talents of Ro Panuganti and several musicians from the online Youtube musician community. Fittingly the music will heavily focus on piano, acoustic guitar, and other types of sounds friendly to the American South and smaller towns. 

The score will utilize character themes, motivated anthems as well as more subtle pieces akin to Panuganti's own video game soundtrack influences. The soundtrack will be available for streaming/purchase upon release of the film. 

For a sample of the score you can listen to the music in the teaser as all the music is done by Ro.


Birth of the Project

The concept of the film is a combination of strengths found amongst different story telling formats. Hao found a huge interest in making folly for audio dramas and creating a story out of fantasy. Some time later, Peter and Hao were given a huge opportunity in which allowed them to make an independent film for college credit. Peter inevitably came up with the concept of combining both his own filmmaking passion with this newly found interest of Hao's and this resulted in the intertwining of a film following an old audio drama. 

We worked on this project since early January 2019. From there we worked on research and plotting out the whole story. We didn't end up writing the first draft until March of the same year because we wanted to look at every angle of the story. Since then they worked through multiple drafts, and ended on one we are extremely happy with.


Schedule

The plan for the production of this film is to start in early September. As the year progresses updates will be added on the Kickstarter. We hope to finish early 2020. 


Budget

We are doing this on as small of a budget as we can manage, while still getting everything done properly. The majority of the budget goes to the talent and the locations. These are important because this what you physically see. You'll see that around 15% goes to contingency, we outline some of the risks in the risks and challenges. We have this in here because there are going to be hidden costs that we don't yet know. All money raised will go towards the production of this and nowhere else.

Risks and challenges

We'll be honest, this is the largest project we've taken on. While we can plan out everything to the best of our knowledge, there's going to be a good chance we will miss something. Whether that is issues with schedule, managing a larger set, dealing with a large amount of props, working with business owners, we can't calculate everything we are going to face. We hope that nothing bad happens during production, however if something does occur, we will be transparent with everyone. From there we will adapt and learn to ensure this production carries through. It will be a bumpy road, but we know the challenges which is the first step in fixing them.

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