Alice: A Dark Tale

New video time! In this Halloween short, the White Rabbit meets Alice for the first and last time. But don’t get ahead of yourself: the end is the beginning is the end.

While I wrote the screenplay for this, the fact is that this piece was a team effort by Wicked Window Productions. They gave me all the elements and I did what I do best: text back and forth with the director, throwing ideas at the wall, until we came up with a narrative that sounded good. Luckily, this took us all of 30 minutes, instead of the usual 14 hours spread over 10 days.

In any case, enjoy the very short film, which is only about a minute long. (Here’s a YouTube Link, in case you need it.) Oh, and before I forget: Happy Halloween.

The Script

Just in case you want to read it, here’s the script. You’ll notice that it’s 4 pages long, which in film parlance means it’s about 4 minutes. That’s because this video is really only the first part of the script. The second part was simply too technically challenging for us to do, given our time and supply constraints. Still, if you’re into dark stories, you should REALLY see read this. And just in case you’re curious, here’s a bit of the storyboard.

Backstory

This was originally written for a client, but that client completely fell through. We were doing the work for free, so long as they acted, since they had the costumes and would allow us to use their props in the future. But they no-showed us. Twice. Not wanting a perfectly good script to go to waste, we decided to make it ourselves, especially since we had that wonderful main actress at our disposal. (She can be VERY creepy when she wants to.) And of course, we couldn’t find a white rabbit, so I volunteered, because I AM A MURDEROUS BUNNY! RAAAWWRRR!

Anyway, for the costume, we were originally hoping to have a full white rabbit head, but we couldn’t find one. Instead, we just bought a kid’s rabbit mask, playing on the idea that an adult wearing kid things or using kid toys is somewhat disturbing and creepy.

A few other notes:

  • It was super hard to see in that mask.
  • The axe I’m holding is real, it’s a sledgehammer/axe combo which was VERY heavy.
  • In the shot where you see the rabbit swinging the axe down onto the floor, the cameraman was laying below me. I could hardly see him, which is why I didn’t axe toward the camera: I really was afraid that I’d kill the poor guy.
  • The actress playing Alice was SUCH a trooper. She was phenomenal to work with. I wish all actors were that much fun.
  • I was SUPER, DUPER tired during the shoot, as I’d just biked 20 miles that morning.

If you have any questions about the shooting, the script, or anything else, feel free to ask.

Pictures

And now, as promised, pictures. If you want to see more, check out the Wicked Window Productions Facebook page. Heck, if you’re on Facebook anyway, why not give us a “Like”?

Promo Shots

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Goofing Off

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Wanna Mess With Her? Gonna Have to Go Through Me!

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