Update September 2019:
Lycanthropy has been selected by three great festivals!
Update July 2019:
Lycanthropy is now completed and is making its rounds in the festival circuit worldwide.
You can find some screenshots below. We hope to see you at a screening soon!
...with finding a missing girl,..
...a troubled detective compromises his partner...
...and his moral code.
Lycanthropy is a dark investigative thriller short film, which follows detectives Mark Kessler and John Mills, as they search for a missing girl in a suspected case of child abduction.
The story starts in the middle of a crime investigation. We meet the detectives as they wait to search the residence of a key suspect, Mr. Johnson. However, Johnson does not cooperate and as the police don't find any hard evidence, the case is at a standstill.
Kessler is troubled, both in his private and his public life. His vocation has taken a toll and over the years, he lost his family. Yet, he struggles, helpless in the never-ending, unrelenting battle against daily evil. He needs this case as well as a purpose, and ends up making a decision that changes everything.
Chasing through London’s rough underbelly, Kessler has his macabre worldview confirmed and chooses between law and justice, between his partner and his ethos.
In the end, it becomes difficult to tell who the real villain is...
The visual style of the film reflects the dark, gritty reality that Kessler and Mills live in. The world of Lycanthropy is rainy and bleak, utilising little light and colour in eerie locations. The scenes become darker, gloomier and more sinister as the story progresses.
The shooting and blocking style employed supplements the investigative nature of the film. Therefore the camera will is acting as a third detective, following Kessler and Mills on their investigation.
Footage of a hunting wolf will link the story to its title, showing Kessler’s inner transformation and accentuating the mood in each act.
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