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Creator's Corner » Credo - Will Wright
Tell us about your sci-fi web series.
Credo is an occult thriller, based in Colchester Essex, where magick exists within the underbelly of society, a melting pot of mystery and intrigue, that involves a Blairite businessman , a psychic prostitute, and a Nigerian shaman, among others.
Where did the idea/concept for your web series come from?
I have recognised a serious obsession that I have developed regarding the depiction of the occult and the opportunity for drama to explore the human condition. This first manifest with The Ritual, a short film that follows the disastrous results of a demonic summoning and Hyperstition, an immersive installation that I developed, that through the attendees into a reality where Digital Philosophy and Post Humanism, collided with magick and H.P. Lovercraft.
All this led to a feature treatment Tobias Bowman and I were developing in 2010 on a funding scheme, prior to the demise of the Film Council, specifically Screen East. It was an occult thriller mixing The Devil Rides Out with The Wickerman, H.P. Lovecraft and The Children of Men. We hope one day to return to it.
After the terrible news that the scheme we were working towards had ended, I started having some strong visual ideas, that seemed to centre around our lead character, the hoodie Jason. I imagined a backstreet deal, but where the items exchanged were ingredients to some arcane spell. Further bizarre interconnecting visions followed and soon I was pitching the idea of an episodic narrative to Toby. He was hooked on the notion of splicing gritty social realism with the strange psychedelic sorcery.
Name some of your sci-fi influences. Any favorite movies, TV shows, novels?
Key inspirations are:
Nigel Kneale - Quatermass, The Stone Tapes, etc. It's intelligent mix of sci-fi and occult with social realism. No Kneale, no Dr Who. Quintessentially British and that is an aesthetic we are striving to maintain.
Alan Moore for the creation of John Constantine, Hellblazer comic is a big part of how we are treating our world. Working class values and realities meets gods and demons
Grant Morrison, Zenith (2000Ad) and The Invisibles, for the inclusion of post human ideologies, multidimensional mythos and great characters.
Bill Hicks, because he was the truthsayer of our time. His attitude and ideology underpins some of the central themes of power and identity.
Twin Peaks, probably one of the greatest television shows ever. It influenced so much media and again, manages to depict the mundane and the arcane. Two threads woven together with spellbinding effect.
Phil Hine and Peter J Carroll for their writings on Chaos Magick, Cthulhu Mythos and Post Modern Occult.
Tell us about the technical production of your show. What camera & equipment did you use? Editing software & hardware? For visual effects, etc?
Whilst we are still in pre production as of writing these answers, I am currently developing a new working relationship with a Director of Photography (Mark Caldwell) and have been shooting some music videos with his Canon 7D, the results are impressive and we will either go with that or the Panasonic AF-AF101, for it's anti aliasing and superior encoding. Mark and I both come from a traditional single camera drama background so will approach the series with the same ethos. Although I am keen on Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography (28 Days Later, 147 hours) and Nic Refn's style within digital cinema. (The Pusher trilogy, Valhalla Rising).
Can you tell us any interesting facts or trivia about your show? Any funny stories?
Credo is a hypersigil.
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