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Interview with Gabe Diani: The Selling

Submitted by Catherine Weiler on July 16, 2012 – 1:34 pmNo Comment

Some of the most interesting indie films turn to Kickstarter to raise the funds they need for production and post production. Gabe Diani recently launched a campaign for the film, “The Selling” (directed by Emily Lou) which has already garnered attention and been given many awards at film festivals. This clever horror-comedy film (about a real-estate agent trying to sell a haunted house) has already been filmed and is turning to Kickstarter to raise $25,000 for a limited theatrical release. We had a chance to talk to Gabe about the film and its influences.

Q: Where did the idea for this film come from? What is your background in film-making?

Gabe: The director EMILY LOU and I went to college together. She called me up and said she wanted to direct a film and wanted me to write and star in it. She had an empty house in Northern California available to shoot in and I loved ghost movies so I said, “How about a movie about a Real Estate Agent trying to sell a haunted house?” I had made web series called Mary Olson but didn’t have any experience in features at that point. But I do now!

Q: How would you categorize your movie with regard to genre?

Gabe: It’s a horror comedy but the emphasis is definitely on the comedy. There’s not a lot of blood and gore. We liken it to a sort of modern take on the old “scare comedies” of Abbott and Costello. We’d say it’s appropriate for most kids over the age of 10. It’s spooky but not scary enough to ruin their lives.

Q: Who do you expect your audience will be? Who are you trying to reach out to?

Gabe: Our core audience is really people who love things like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Doctor Who,” “Shaun of the Dead,” and “Ghostbusters.”

Q: What is the draw for your audience? What makes your film unique?

Gabe: We’ve always said the film is the star. It’s a concept movie about a real estate agent trying to sell a haunted house that’s a bit of a throwback to 80s high concept comedies like “Ghostbusters.” Studios just aren’t making movies like this very much right now. There are a lot of laughs, scares, and heart. Also, we managed to do it all with no swearing.

Q: Did you draw influences for this film from other films? Which ones? Are there any specific directors you draw inspiration from?

Gabe: The film is a huge love letter to just about every haunted house movie ever made. We drew from “The Shining,” “The Haunting,” “The Exorcist,” “The Legend of Hell House,” “The Amityville Horror,” and “Poltergeist.” I’m certain I’m forgetting some. From a comedic point of view we drew from “Ghostbusters,” “Shaun of the Dead,” the Abbott and Costello “scare comedies” of the 40s, and the Don Knotts classic “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.”

Q: Are there any specific locations you want to film at or have filmed at? What makes these locations special to you and the project?

Gabe: The Real Estate office we shot in is owned by my landlord and is the Hollywoodland Realty agency…you know, the Hollywoodland Realty that built that big sign that used to say “Hollywoodland” and now says “Hollywood.”

If you are interested in making a donation to this Kickstarter campaign, you can visit its official page here: http://kck.st/P9GpZe

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