The following thread is a rough outline for my proposed short film for MEDA 301. The work is yet untitled, though for the sake of the post I am dubbing the series “The Dan Witch Project”. It will be constructed as a series of “Daily Vlog” style videos recounting the adventures across New South Wales of a group of young adults.
“The Dan Witch Project” is a series following our protagonist with his group of fun loving, young adult friends who are going on a trip across Australia to align their chakras, pop some “mad caps” and try to flush out all the negative vibes of inner city life. However, unbeknownst to him, this is all a front for blood sacrifices, demonic possessions and the coven’s actions to gain unrivalled powers from an unknown force.
Follow the team through shenanigans such as: the member responsible for packing food bringing nothing but sticks with her, disguising someone’s possession as a bad drug trip, reversed speaking through the walkie talkies, screaming in the forest at night and “the office” style reflections to camera.
The film begins with a group interview at home in front of the vehicles that they will be taking on the trip. The gang collectively states that the plan is to do a 6 day round trip through western nsw to escape the confines of city and suburban life
The basic travel rules are set (vehicles listed, seating arrangement and rough itinerary) this is intercut with B-roll of each stated aspect of the trip such as close up shots of the various vehicles being taken, camera gear etc.
Each character introduces themselves and states what they want to get out of the trip, this is framed within the protagonist’s understanding of the situation. No occult references are made during this opening scene.
The first incident will be the packing of sticks instead of food, this will happen way out in woop woop on the first day and will spark the suspicion in the audience.
As the first day turns to night, an obvious shift in tone is established, whether this be via camera movement (ideally having the camera locked on the leading vehicle do a 180 degree spin on its Z axis as the sun sets) and the groups actions become more ritualistic. This is to remain subtle until the protagonist goes to bed sand the true nature of the trip shows itself with some form of satanic ritual.
The scene will end with an axe swung towards a sacrifice’s head, transition to a shot the next day of the group splitting watermelons. As the trip continues, small issues arise such as the main character finding blood on one of the cameras, but through the day the events mostly fall in to the Casey Neistat/ Peter McKinnon upbeat travel vlog.
Another two conflicts may arise through a scene where the walkie talkies transmit in reverse tongue, and a member of the group identifies a location where everyone screeches to a halt to perform a minor ritual. The following night involves a possession that the group tries to pass off as a drug trip, the main is becoming more and more suspicious and on edge through the trip.
On the second last day, the main finds a huge clue (item pending) and causes a huge confrontation. The group have no malice towards the main character, at no point should they belittle him for lack of powers or suggest him as a sacrifice, he just kind of flips out as the rest of the group look sheepish. This then ties in to the aforementioned “The Office” style interviews that add depth to each character, ending with the protagonist stating that it was a bad idea to come on this trip.
Ideally by the last day, the main character realises that it is 2018 and he should not be prejudice towards his mates for their beliefs and the group pack up for the trip home.