Private Project

Semi-Secret

When the Colonel's three children are kidnapped under suspicious circumstances it's up to the semi-secret police of Woodsend Park to piece it all together...or at the very least keep their jobs.

  • Nathan Whitehouse
    Director
  • Nathan Whitehouse
    Writer
  • Mike Lion
    Writer
  • Ethan Wilcox
    Writer
  • Liz Ellis
    Producer
  • Jesse Lee Keeter
    Key Cast
  • David S. Hogan
    Key Cast
  • Andi Norris
    Key Cast
  • Chris Soldevilla
    Key Cast
  • Robert Bergin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    comedy, sci-fi, caper, buddy cop
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 57 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Nathan Whitehouse

Nathan Whitehouse grew up in the woods of Connecticut, which gave him lots of time to read stories and try writing his own. That passion expanded into acting and directing, which he pursued at Hampshire College while completing a degree in programming. He now works in Seattle as co-owner of a video production company, as well as a founder of an immersive theater company, Dacha. Semi-Secret is his first film.

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Director Statement

Semi-Secret's began life as a stage play in 2012. I was lucky enough to be at the first reading of that script, and about halfway through the script I think everyone in the room realized this was something special.

I wanted this film to deliberately maintain the feel of a staged production – not in the way that 'filmed theater' looks, but in the way that theatre is direct and immediate in your connection to the performers.

Part of it is that every thing in this dictatorship is a façade, all the way up to the actual work of the Woodsend Park Semi-Secret Police Station and Interrogation Center. Part of it is that the original script was gleeful in its leveraging of the closeness and immediacy that audiences get when they see good theater. And, most of all, because this is not a story that wants to explore the vastness of this strange alternate reality. It is the story of a few characters who simply happen to live in a fascinating universe; we are not obsessed with figuring out how its strange machinery works, because to them it is mundane.

Also, it's a very funny world.

Pulling off this effect with a minimal budget was difficult, but having such a strong basis to start from inspired an incredible team of talented folks to rally around this project. I think you can see that joy in every prop and shot and performance.