No. Smithfield home looks for makeover

No. Smithfield home looks for makeover

Danielle, left, and Harrison Braley stand in front of their home at 121 Carlton Ave. The house has been entered in a contest to win a $75,000 exterior makeover. (Valley Breeze photo by Sandy Seoane)

NORTH SMITHFIELD - A video on the frightful conditions of the exterior of one North Smithfield home could win a local family $75,000 in outdoor renovations.

Harrison Braley, a student at New England Institute of Technology studying audio and video production, filmed "Nightmare on My Street," in hopes to get his mother, Danielle Braley, new siding for their home at 121 Carlton Ave.

The short film, which depicts the outside of the structure as a decaying and "zombified" mess, was submitted in the CertainTeed Living Spaces Exterior Home Makeover Contest.

The company called for "creative and bold" video submissions, and Harrison's Walking Dead-inspired short, complete with creepy background music, certainly fits the bill.

"I like that genre," he told The Breeze this week. "I felt it would be good for a contest like this because they're always so upbeat and happy."

With his short up against more than a dozen submissions set to cheerful melodies and featuring children, Harrison's video stands out. Using an effect to create the look of an old film reel, the short begins with wording across a mostly grey screen.

"The Bradley Residence presents: Nightmare of My Street. Filmed from actual events."

Over the backdrop of various shots of the imperfect exterior, the story continues:

"From decomposing pressboard siding, to creepy and crumbling attic vents, decaying drafty window frames, and creeping rot and pestilence - This frightful home needs a restoration from CertainTeed."

Mom Danielle actually found the contest while looking for a company to improve the exterior of the home, where the family has lived for more than 15 years.

"I need my siding done so I've been looking at different websites," she said.

She tasked son Harrison, who is currently in the midst of an internship for Hope Media creating animated web commercials, to film the family's submission.

Harrison's creativity took over from there.

"I thought it would be interesting knowing how to use the concepts and project it onto a G-rated audience," he said of his creepy design.

The Braley's entry is one of 20 submissions in the annual contest, with the grand prize winner to receive up to $75,000 in exterior home renovations with CertainTeed products, landscaping and deck furniture.

"We feel like we have a pretty good chance," said Danielle.

Ten finalists will be chosen based on Facebook votes, with viewers able to vote once every 24 hours until the contest ends May 26. A panel of judges will pick the best submission from the finalists, and the nine runner ups will receive prize packages valued at approximately $500 each.

While Harrison admitted he's up against some creative competition, the family's submission is more produced than many of the entries and required significantly more work. Harrison worked for several days on the project, even climbing on the roof of the house, and used a filmmaker's attention to detail.

"I wanted all of the lighting to match and of course, daylight is constantly changing," he said.

"I'm glad to do this for my mom," he added.

"It would be an awesome Mother's Day gift," Danielle agreed.

The winner will be announced on June 6, which also happens to be Danielle's birthday.

To vote for the Braley's submission visit http://bit.ly/QLyBS9 .