A short historical thriller about the mental breakdown experienced by the villagers of 1348 England during the time of the Black Death. The story was born out of the writer’s own experience with PTSD.
A woman attempts to snatch her husband from his unjust grave only to be plagued by something far worse than death itself
It's was the year of our lord 1348 and the Black Death had just ascended it's madness upon Europe. Sara Templeton, a commoner, desperately rushes into an old English graveyard looking for her dead husband Roddrick's grave. There she discovers that he has seemingly been buried alive. So she secretly digs him up and quickly carts him off to safety. But after dodging the suspecting villagers, and finally getting him home, she is all too soon discovered - along with her terrifying truth.
Three award winning creatives have come together to create MADNESS. Presenting Shannon Kohli (award winning director), Stirling Bancroft (award winning cinematographer) and Michelle Brezinski (award winning writer)
Sara ( played by Michelle Brezinski ) won't let go of Rodrick ( played by Brian Knox McGugan) even though his soul now belongs somewhere else.
Sara refuses to give Rodrick back to the grave diggers so she tries to hide him in the dark night.
This eerie fog filled place of death has a wooden cross in stone, lanterns, headstones, graveyard gating, wooden shovels, torches, shallow graves, and skeletons. Pacific Backlot generally offers us a substantial discount on lightening equipment.
Location is at James Town in Langley BC and they have offered us a substantial discount to use their property to shoot our short film.
Plans to shoot over a three day period and is aiming for naturalistic acting without being boring and a quick story-telling pace without sacrificing suspense. Every moment must be filled with intrigue in order to stimulate interest.
The use of CRANE and DOLLY shots will bring the story to life while a RED or ALEXA camera will bring out the life in the dim firelight and moonlight of this era.
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