Monster in a House

A little girl investigates the presence of a monster that her parents unknowingly created.

  • Christiano Dias
  • Christiano Dias
  • Christiano Dias
  • Joseph Bottoms
    Key Cast
    The Black Hole, Santa Barbara
  • Lisa Roumain
    Key Cast
    Avatar, Rush Hour (CBS), Jersey Girl
  • David Jay
    Key Cast
    Criminal Minds
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED Epic
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Christiano Dias

Christiano Dias was born in Brazil and raised in Texas. He began experimenting with cameras at the age of 12 after being given a “hand me down” family camcorder and has since made over 20 short films spanning all genres and is vehemently working towards his first feature. He has a knack for telling stories that are rooted in magical realism. (Candace Broxton of Ten Minute Interviews).

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Director Statement

Monster in a House is a film about bringing your problems (or monsters) to light; facing them head on to overcome them.

We shot the film to look and feel like one shot, so visible cuts are not present. We did this for a few reasons. 1) to directly relate to the theme, about not running away from your problems, thus cutting felt like we would be running away. Especially when you're a child dealing with divorce, you are stuck with it, so we wanted for the audience to sort of feel the same way. 2) It is more immersive, as if you are experiencing the monster with Miah and not just watching her react to it.

On a more personal level, the story is about divorce and neglect. What are the repercussions a family faces when they divorce? How does it affect their child? My parents divorced when i was young and this story feels more like a marriage that is on the verge of collapse, but instead, they choose to fight through their problems.