House of Dreams

Boston, Massachusetts | Film Short

Drama, Other

Dennis Colligan

1 Campaigns | Massachusetts, United States

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This campaign raised $3,460 for production. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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As Henry’s dream world and waking world collide, he is haunted by his dark side as he longs for a sense of goodness in the world.

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The Story

Sometimes a man's mind can become a house of dreams...




House of Dreams is a short film that explores the inner workings of a man’s mind - a man who feels lost, whose inner self wants answers to questions that the outward self he projects to the world can't quite get a grip on. The film asks questions about consciousness, about existence, and what it means to be a human being in these times without presuming to provide answers for the viewer.


The film delves into the mind of a man, played by Jeff Hansen, whose waking world is colliding and overlapping with his dream world. Dream sequences mesh with reality as our main character, haunted by his dark side, longs for a sense of goodness in the world.


As we explore his thoughts and dreams we witness his struggle and come to recognize the increasingly thin line between his dream world and his reality.


- DC






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Pre-Production Costs

Costs $150

Transportation and refreshments for several pre-pro meetings with cast and crew...

Post Production

Costs $300

Finishing touches and delivery of final cut for distribution...

Misc. Fees

Costs $200

A little piece of the pie here, a little piece of the pie there... It adds up...

Legal Services

Costs $250

Legal / accounting / banking stuff...

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Drone shots

Costs $150

Pay a guy with a camera drone for a some aerial shots...


Costs $300

Pizza, bagels, coffee, Sun Chips - not necessarily in that order... $75/day for 4 day shoot (4-5 cast and crew).

Travel Expenses

Costs $75

Gas money for cast and crew during production. (We've got several locations spread out through the area...)

Cast and Crew Compensation

Costs $1,000

Total for 4-5 day shoot, 2 actors, 2 crew. Hey, we're getting pizza...

Equipment Rentals

Costs $175

Lighting, camera support/movement... want that dolly shot!

Data Storage

Costs $225

Dedicated hard drive; online backup, extra SD cards, flash drive...

Production Supplies

Costs $100

Gaffer tape, batteries, etc.

Location Rental Fee

Costs $200

For 4 day shoot... Picture shown not actual location ;-)


Costs $350

Promotional materials. Social media, website ads and placement. Site upgrades.

Incidentals and Contingencies

Costs $150

"Shit! I broke/lost the ______!" "Hey, did anyone bring the _____!" "We just ran out of ______!"

Film Fest Fees

Costs $250

Naturally, we'd like to enter as many short film fests as we can...

Props and Wardrobe

Costs $175

Just a couple of key items...

Green Screen

Costs $60

I will use green screen to blend dream and waking states of the character, a major element of this film being the fine line between the two.

About This Team



Dennis Colligan - Writer/Director/Producer/Editor


I formed FIVE FORWARD Productions specifically to make short auteur films. I've been making short pieces for years (documentary, commercial, experimental, charitable) but this is my first attempt at crowdfunding for a narrative project. It's a project I'm passionate about, that I'll make one way or another - but I want it to be the best film it can be, and that requires funding.


I've chosen Seed&Spark for this project for several reasons. I like the fact that it's just about filmmakers and filmmaking. I like the curated concept. I like the feedback and guidance. I think it's the perfect model for film crowdfunding, and regardless of how this campaign turns out, I will be back here at some point in the future and will recommend this platform to others.


The film will be shot on Cape Cod, and will include several locations.


I've found a great cast who are both commited to the project, and I have good crew options waiting in the wings that will be able to commit when we have a firm shooting schedule. We are all wearing several hats on this small production.



 Jeff Hansen - Male Lead


Janni Hansen - Female Lead





New crew member, as of 4/14/16:


I'm glad to announce the addition to the House Of Dreams team of John Chance Cotti!


John is a graduate of NYU, Film&TV, and brings many skills and a broad range of experience to our production. We're indeed lucky to have him aboard!


Thanks John! Let's make us a movie!




 I hope this small production will lead to bigger projects down the line. But for now, it's time to build our House of Dreams...


Thanks for your support!


- DC

Current Team