WitchfinderZ

Our very own screenwriter's first attempt at a screenplay. This has been a labour of love for David (M. Hall) as he has wanted to get into feature film-making for as long as he can remember. Before animating the Disaster Chickens series he wrote the screenplay: Jennet, loosely based on a family involved with the Pendle witch trials of 1612. This was a major learning experience for him as he had to learn the art of screenplay writing, which he gleaned from the book 'Save the Cat'. After many rewrites and a major story change he is happier with his work and hopes to get it made (or even make it himself) sometime soon.

SYNOPSIS

WitchfinderZ is a contemporary coming of age adventure with supernatural elements loosely based on the Pendle witches. Joshua Nowell and his friends are drawn into the world of the occult when the stories his Grandfather used to tell him turn out to be true. Emily Hopkins the object of Joshua's affection is a well liked and respected student, until her father's contract is terminated and she has to transfer to another school. Life gets even harder when the school bully takes a disliking to her. Emily's life changes when she receives a strange gift in the post; a white orb, which unknown to her contains the soul of a 17th century girl whose family were suspected witches. During a dream Emily agrees to the girl taking over her body to help her with the problems she's facing. Meanwhile in the shadows mysterious forces also covet the orb to use it's power to their own end. When Emily is implicated in the mutilation of the school bully, Joshua has to trust his Grandfather's deteriorating mental health and his own failing belief in the supernatural to stop Emily being possessed for good.

SHADOWLAND: ANIMATIC

This is a short animatic David put together for a short story version of his screenplay WitchfinderZ. The screenplay has changed loads since this and the 'red world' scene no longer exists as the final confrontation now takes place in a hospital.

Music by John Williams - taken from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.