Chicago Screenwriter: Buried Dream

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March 15, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Writers


Buried Dream




Matt Kloker

A “Screenwriter” is a person who practices the art of writing for mass media such as films, television programs, comics or video games


Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!  

“Telling a story with zero dialogue is both a challenge and an art.  Great writers use physical action to tell great stories in our visual medium.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack Productions)

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is “Buried Dream”.  A silent film that resonates emotional suffering, suppression, and isolation.

When it comes to writing, inspiration is a must have.  A story idea can come from literally anywhere, and this week’s EXPOSED crew member, writer Matt Kloker, used emotions he was experiencing which he called “dark, depressive, and despairing”.

According to Matt, this screenplay was written in about a week and a half with the help of his friend, Ian Proano.  Ian helped by being a sounding board for Matt’s thoughts, brainstorming, and editing the script.

When revising a script, many changes can occur.  One “significant change” that occurred was “The Lady in Black” was originally written to be “The Lady in White”.  However, due to wardrobe limitations and scheduling this change became a “happy accident”, according to Matt.

Another change for this particular script came while Matt was listening to a musical piece titled “December” by Kai Engel.  He stated that he added the music to his timeline, and felt it was “absolutely perfect”.  He also stated, “The story of “Buried Dream” is really about suffering, suppression, and isolation, which I think the music captured beautifully.”  I agree Matt.

You can see more of Matt’s work at

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our new blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!