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Ghost Searchers, a Paranormal Dark Comedy Short Film

August 02, 2020
Ghost Searchers is dark comedy short film that follows Matt and Jeff, two hapless local paranormal investigators in the wake of a community becoming more skeptical of the supernatural. When Robert hires them to take on a wild case, the Ghost Searchers must separate fact from fiction and help the troubled specter cross over to the other side.

The Cast

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Reviews

"The blend of supernatural makeup over its dry, comedic inclinations is endlessly intriguing. Pair that with the incredible attention-to-detail on the practical effects, and you have an amazing treat..." read more

"The movie consistently reminded me of Robert Rodriguez’s 10-minute Film School, as creativity and excellent use of practical effects are on full display in every moment of this ghostly escapade..." read more

Festival Selection and Awards

Official Selection, 17th annual Another Hole in The Head Film Festival

Good Life Audience Award, 17th annual Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema

Official Selection, 10th annual Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival

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The Story

It's been a long and amazing journey. We started pre-production on Ghost Searchers in November of 2018. At the time the scope of the project was small. A simple two-character script, filmed in one location.
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Ultimately that plan fell through when I wrote a 35-page script with four characters, interactive props, practical effects, and three locations. With Lauren and Hannah's help, I was able to develop the characters further and build a solid story structure.

The picture below shows the development stages of our version of the "Ghost Detector" we call it the Paranormal Presence Detector (or the PPD). We were able to make this prop from scratch and remotely control it. It created some unique on-screen moments. It captures what the Ghost Searchers are all about, a lot of heart and some gaffers tape.
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After an extensive audition process that lasted for a couple of months, I was able to find some amazing local actors. Max, Jonny, Dylan, and Ashley brought a mix of acting styles and talent. They were amazing to have on-set. They brought the characters to life.

Here's a picture from day one of rehearsal. Rehearsals were a great way for us to get to know each other better and also flush out the characters. Also, this is how the kitchen looked before the day of filming. It took a long time to clear the kitchen and make it look like Robert had recently moved in.
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Unfortunately, my luck ran out with finding the crew. On the first day of filming, my DP and Sound Mixer canceled. It was devastating. Thanks to Max, Jonny, Dylan, and Yuliam (who stepped in at the last minute) we were able to push through. On the next three days of filming, we had Conner on-set who took the pressure off me by taking on multiple roles behind the camera.

Another cool decision was to make all the effects practical. Yes! all the kitchen cabinets opening, fireballs, and the floating kettle were not computer-generated. I love the 80s filmmaking style where they used complicated rigs, makeup, lighting, and quick cuts to get the effect across. It was tough to get all those rigs working, but it was a lot of fun!
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Overall, it was a team effort. And thanks to my amazing friends and family, Ghost Searchers is now in festivals.

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