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Kurayami no Wa (暗闇の輪)

By 15 year old (at time of production) 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.

  • Morgana McKenzie
    GIFTS, We All Go the Same
  • Morgana McKenzie
  • Gavin McKenzie
    GIFTS, We All Go the Same
  • Charlene Laporte
    GIFTS, We All Go the Same
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    Thriller, horror
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • CineYouth
    May 8, 2015
    ** Best Thriller (Junior Division)
  • Ottawa High School Film Festival
    May 8, 2015
    ** Best Film
Director Biography - Morgana McKenzie

Morgana McKenzie is a 16 year old filmmaker living in Ottawa, Canada. In the past three years, Morgana has created short films screened in the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. In April 2015 she was honoured to receive the Best Director Under 25 Award at the Ottawa Independent Video Awards.

In 2015 Morgana created two short films. “We All Go the Same“, a narrative music video for the song of the same name by Radical Face, has screened at over 40 festivals and won ten awards including Best Music Video, Best Cinematography, and Best Makeup. “Kurayami no Wa“, a dark thriller set in winter, won Best Thriller (Junior Division) at CineYouth in Chicago and Best Film at the Ottawa High School Film Festival.

Morgana’s 2014 short film “GIFTS” was accepted to over twenty film festivals, and won ten awards, including: Best Emerging Female Filmmaker at NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth); the top prize of the Future of Cinema Film Festival at the Interlochen School of Arts; the Best Narrative award at the Calgary International Film Festival youth division; and, Best Thriller at CineYouth in Chicago.

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