The story of Dream Girl is about loss, grief, and overcoming trials for what we love. A man enters a contest with the promise of returning to him the one thing he loves the most, her. But who is running this twisted contest? What is going on here? The love of his life awaits him at the end of these trials of torment.
I recently had the chance to have a quick conversation with Jeremy Schuessler the creator of Dream Girl and he gave us the inside scoop on the film.
When we asked him what he wanted to achieve when he created the film he said ” The message, first and foremost I want the audience to enjoy the film.” followed by “What I want to get across is the anguish of depression. The seemingly endless, dark Abyss that one’s mental health can descend into.”
“The real pain that inflicts and it’s ability to make the body numb to everything else. Loss is powerful.”Jeremy Schuessler
When asked how these mental health themes reflect inside the film he had this to say “This hero’s journey was initially more upbeat and aggressive, it soon soon changed to tragic. I lost my Mother at the very beginning of this process, it is reflected in the work, my pain on screen is very real, dealing with her passing. Losing “her” and wanting her back, is direct symbolism to wanting my Mom back
So who is House of Bear Bones?
House of Bear Bones was created to tell scary stories, to spread fear to those that enjoy it. Years passed by as I made excuses and waited on others to put together a movie, waiting for this, waiting for that. Excuses. Most people dream and talk about it, few ever actually accomplish it. Several years ago I watched Mark Duplass video on Indie Film Making. Along with the encouraging words, the message was clear and it struck home “the cavalry isn’t coming”.
I knew what had to be done no matter how impossible it sounded. If you want something done, you have to do it yourself. I was going to make a film, in its entirety, by MYSELF, the only person I could truly rely on! So I did. Dream Girl is that film. Over roughly 2 years I developed the story, created the characters, many masks, and several puppets. I acted, shot, edited and sound designed the entire feature. I realized I was the only one standing in the way of my dream.
As monumental as the task may have seemed, it was conquered. My inspirations range from Mark Duplass and Kevin Smith as Independent Film Makers, to Stephen King, John Carpenter and Sam Raimi as storytellers. There are some serious Lovecraftian references, as well as the movie being firmly defined as Cosmic Horror. I hope people enjoy watching it as much as I had making it.Jeremy Schuessler
This project has a solid inspiration story, and its only a few bucks to rent the film.
The trailer for Dream Girl can be seen below.
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