Dream House

A young woman finds personal contentment in the life of her dreams, which she makes her reality, even as she physically and emotionally disappears from her previous existence.

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What is Dream House

DREAM HOUSE is a 24-minute film shot in DV, that won Director’s Choice in the 2005 New Jersey State Film Festival. It was accepted at a number of other festivals around the country, including the New York International Independent Video and Film Festival, The California Independent Film Festival, Hollywood Shorts, The Two Boots at the Pioneer Theatre in New York, and others.

Synopsis of DREAM HOUSE

Unaware that she is unhappy in her marriage and dissatisfied with her life, Sheila, a successful interior designer, slips more and more into the life of her dreams, where she finds the kind of satisfaction she has not allowed herself to wish for in real life. While designing an apartment for a young couple who are about to have a baby, Sheila begins to question what she really wants out of life. In her dreams she encounters an old Victorian House, which houses, in its attic, a bright charming kitchen, a motherly older woman, and the life she subconsciously yearns for—personal creativity, warmth and understanding, and peace. Though she continues to walk through her life with her husband—having dinner, making love, talking about his experiences as a young attorney—she drifts more and more into the dream house. Finally, her dreams become so real to her that she disappears from life altogether and her dreams and reality become one. Her husband, in despair, searches everywhere for her
but, because he has never truly recognized who she was, he passes her by with no sign of recognition.

About Our Production

DREAM HOUSE was produced on a budget of $15,000. How did we do it?

The movie was filmed in digital video. It is an affordable, viable alternative to film. The cost of the tapes, the camera and the editing don’t even compare to the same categories for film. And with the wonderful innovations in digital video cameras today, the difference between the two media is clearly fading.

What about those theatres that don’t yet project video? Eventually they will. But in the meantime, video can be transferred to film when necessary, at no great loss to the quality.

The project attracted excellent actors and crew members who were willing to work for deferred pay. Their dedication and interest in the script helped create a working atmosphere that was highly creative, motivated and fun . . . a perfect shoot despite some setbacks.

The setbacks? Maybe it’s part of the fun of shooting a film: One day an actor didn’t show up for his only scene, so Jay Galione, one of our talented crew from New York University film school, put on his “actor” hat and saved the day. Such an experience can be pretty frustrating, but ah! That’s show biz. A more serious setback was losing our sound person at the very beginning, causing a great deal of frustration in post-production. But thanks to Tom Jeron we got back on track. Sound track, that is. Take a few moments to visit with our cast and crew as we work on the set . . .

About Our Director and Writer

BILL CAVIN, Director
Bill has been a professional actor since the age of six, appearing in lead roles in New York and regional theatres. After directing a very well received production of Georges Feydeau’s Rue de L’Amour on New York’s Theatre Row, Bill recognized his true calling. Since then he has directed professional productions of musicals, dramas and comedies at regional theatres in and around New York. Bill has always been a student of film, taking classes and workshops on the art and craft of filmmaking. But his first venture into film directing was with a four-minute dramatic short, You Are My Sunshine, made for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Society. DREAM HOUSE is Bill’s second adventure in the screen trade.

GILA ZALON, Writer/Producer
Gila has been producing, writing and acting in film and on stage professionally since age sixteen. As a writer, she was on the research/writing team for the Public Television series Civilization and the Jews, and created a number of plays, which were used as fund-raisers. For Back Pocket Productions, Gila wrote and produced their first two ventures, You Are My Sunshine, which was used as a fundraiser by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Society, and Dream House, which won Directors Choice at the 2005 New Jersey State Film Festival. Her screenplay, Home wasn’t Built in a Day
received a Certificate of Merit in the Writers Digest Screenplay Competition and the first draft of her screenplay The Rife Conspiracy was a semi-finalist in four major screenplay competitions. She has also had short stories and essays published in anthologies and magazines. Gila was a literary agent at Ashley Famous Agency (now ICM). As a free-lance producer she was Assistant to the Associate Producer for the CBS TV series, The Winston Churchill Series and Associate Producer for the Metromedia weekly talk show, Under Discussion. Her many stage productions include the off- Broadway play, Things That Almost Happen and an extremely successful production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris in both Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. She has also produced concerts including Pete Seeger and, with her husband, Sly and The Family Stone. As an actress, Gila has appeared in plays in regional theatres and off-Broadway, on Television and in a number of independent films.

KEVIN SANDERS, Cinematographer
Kevin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts School, and he studied photography, film, painting, sculpture, and classical literature at Southern Illinois University. He has worked as a gaffer on numerous music videos, feature films and commercials. His achievements as a Director of Photography include music videos, commercials, the film A Midnight Not so Clear, and now, DREAM HOUSE.

STARS LIBBY WEST and TIMOTHY ALTMEYER are pure examples of the talented young actors emanating from the excellent centers of the performing arts that proliferate in our schools and niversities. Blessed with natural talent and good looks, Libby and Tim have had the training and the experience both on stage and in films that can set them on the road towards stardom.

Libby has her MFA from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and her BA from the University of Chicago. Her stage credits are extensive and include everything from Shakespeare to Shaw. Her roles include Bianca in Othello (starring Austin Pendleton), Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Miranda in The Tempest, et als. In other classical repertoire her roles include Eliza in Pygmalion, Catherine in Wuthering Heights, Regina in Ghosts, and Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac. She has appeared in lead roles at the Actors Studio, The West End Theatre, the Public Theatre, the Promenade, the Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville among others. Her film and television credits include recurring roles in As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children, and she has had leads in a number of independent films.

Timothy has appeared in New York in The Last of the Thorntons opposite Estelle Parsons, in Three Tall Women at the Promenade Theatre, and under the direction of Austin Pendleton in Admissions, at the Director’s Company. He has also played opposite Lynn Redgrave at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and had lead roles in many classic productions, including Macduff in Macbeth, Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein, D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers, and the list goes on.

The Cast and Crew of Dream House

Sheila - Libby West
Barry - Timothy Altmeyer
Norma - Gila Zalon
Young Woman - Mary Elizabeth Conway
Young Man - Tony Pantagis
Little Girl - Janna Zimmermann
Shop Owner - Sherrie Cleary
Shop Assistant - Sarah Taylor-Izzo
Police Detective - Jay Galione

DIRECTOR - Bill Cavin
EDITORS - Jack Roberts, Tom Jeron
SOUND EDITING - Phokus Videos
MUSIC - David Hoffman
Production Manager - Kirsten Cluthe
First AD - Bob Pusateri
Second AD/Grip -Jay Galione
Script Supervisor - Lara Zalon
Camera Assistant - Jennifer Caswell
Sound Assistants - Danny Lange
Zachary Copeland
Still Photography - Rhea Grill
Legal - Jules D. Zalon

Extras: Jim Baiel Judy Baiel
Elisabeth Davis F. David Halpert
Stephanie Jones Dan Liebman
Martie Roberts John Scarano
Dave Varner Nicole Varner
Tessa Varner Jules D. Zalon
Sam Zurofsky

Rick Brownley of Richard Roberts, Ltd.
Ellen and Chris Nadolny of Celebrated Food & Café
Laura Pearson Otis of Gefken Flowers
Meg and Dave Gilbert
“Breaking Into The Past”
Written and Performed by Jane Kelly Williams
Permission of Wumi Publishing
© Universal Music Enterprises
The entire film was shot in the township of Maplewood, New Jersey