Private Project

The Dollmaker

A grieving mother latches on to a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences..

  • Al Lougher
    Director
    So Dark, So Pretty
  • Matias Caruso
    Writer
    Mayhem, grand prize winner Page Screenwriting Competition 2014
  • Richard D'Angelo
    Producer
    Penzai, The O2, The Fifth Borough, Pain and Suffering, Oiled Up
  • Chloe Na
    Producer
  • Rita Laterça
    Producer
  • Dan Berkey
    Key Cast
    “The Dollmaker”
  • Perri Lauren
    Key Cast
    “Jenna Deyton”
  • Sean Meehan
    Key Cast
    “Rick Deyton”
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    horror, thriller, drama, fantasy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:40
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cinepocalypse
    Chicago
    United States
    November 6, 2017
    Awarded: Best Special F/X
  • Nightmares Film Festival
    Columbus
    United States
    October 29, 2017
  • Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    Knoxville
    United States
    October 22, 2017
    Awarded: Audience Award Best Film | Best Scenario
  • Panic Fest
    Kansas
    United States
    January 27, 2018
    Awarded: Best of Fest
  • San Diego Comic-Con Internationl Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    July 21, 2018
    Awarded: Best Horror/Suspense Film
Director Biography - Al Lougher

Al is an award-winning British writer, director and
photographer based near Miami, Florida. His body of work includes producing and directing music videos, corporate videos, web commercials and films. He has carved a niche for himself in being able time and time again to create quality work within constrained working budgets. His favorite genre for his stories are horror and fantasy.

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Director Statement

It all began when I read Matias' short script The Dollmaker back in 2015. Those seven or eight pages were perhaps the best I'd ever read in a short screenplay and it's not often that you stumble upon a script that has such a memorable setup and characters, in addition to a Sixth-Sense like twist no-one would ever see coming. Fast forward two years, and I'm in a basement of a small house in Queens, NY during a brutal hot summer, surrounded by an amazing and passionate cast and crew. And just like the Dollmaker standing before us in that torrid basement, we were all about to embark on an amazing journey of bringing this story to life.