A couple years ago I had a concept for a short horror film revolving around the idea of balancing cultural superstitions with education in the modern world. Within a few days of sitting down and hammering out ideas, I wrote the script for The Witch of Acadiana. The story centers around a Father who feels like his family is falling apart. It also revolves around his desperate attempts to make sense of and take control of the situation.
The writer/director/producer of Knucklebones was working on a witch anthology film titled Pendulum. I submitted the script to him and it was picked up for the film. The script was bounced around initially with a few rewrites planned. It was going to be used for the wraparound story, but instead it got slated to have its own segment. It also ended up having very few rewrites done at all. I was invited to the film sets in Dallas soon after, as the Witch of Acadiana began filming!
The Witch of Acadiana Process:
When I write a script, I have to visualize everything in my head first. I see myself as the protagonist, or at least I see the protagonist as having pieces of myself. I don’t necessarily envision the actor’s faces, but more of a blurred face with certain mannerisms. The actual filming locations near Dallas and the actors cast fit very well with what I saw in my mind when I was writing the story.
It’s awesome seeing such a passionate crew go through all the blood, sweat, tears, and planning that goes into hammering out a film. It’s tough work making all of the moving parts work together to create a marketable product that an audience will enjoy. I had a great time on each set and loved meeting the crew. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product, as well as the full anthology film once it’s finished.