Kurayami no Wa
By 15 year old filmmaker Morgana McKenzie: “When Hallowe’en is hijacked by a Japanese doomsday cult, a girl and her siblings are forced to flee into the harsh conditions of winter.”
Fast facts about the making of Kurayami no Wa:
– 11 months from concept to finished film
– 7 months from pre-production to principal photography
– 4 days of makeup and prosthetic tests
– 7 days of rehearsal
– 9 shoot days over 4 months
– temperature of -24C / -11F on coldest shoot day
– most days averaged a temperature around -14C / 7F
– approx. 100 hours of editing using Final Cut Pro X
– approx. 80 hours of colour grading using Davinci Resolve 11 Lite
– Morgana created the Kurayami no Wa candy wrapper from her original design printed on clear stickers from Stickermule.com, and assembled each candy by hand using pink foil paper and a crimper.
– Morgana created the red cape worn in the film, and it is the same Little Red Riding Hood cape that appears in Morgana’s music video “We All Go the Same“. The cape was created with intention of using it in both films.
Director: Morgana McKenzie
Morgana McKenzie is a 15 year old filmmaker living in Ottawa, Canada. Morgana’s extensive visual arts experience naturally led her to filmmaking.
In the past three years, Morgana created short films screened internationally. Her 2014 short film “GIFTS” has screened at over 20 festivals and won 8 awards, including Best Emerging Female Filmmaker and a Prodigy Camp scholarship at NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth); Best Thriller at CineYouth; and Best of the Fest at the Future of Cinema Film Festival.
In April 2015 Morgana was awarded “Best Director Under 25” at the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards.
Morgana released two short films in 2015: “We All Go the Same”, an authorized music video about a dark fairy with a taste for vengeance; and, “Kurayami no Wa”, an apocalyptic thriller set in winter.