Short film based on Stephen King story screens at WIFF
Choosing to use an already-written horror story made the filmmaking process easier
A horror short produced by a team of Windsorites will be screened Monday at the Windsor International Film Festival.
'Willa' is an adaptation of a Stephen King ghost story, brought to life by Corey and Kelsi Mayne, a brother-sister duo.
Without giving too much away, the ghost tale is about two people on a train who get separated by an act of violence. The story was one of several that author Stephen King had made available to filmmakers.
Choosing to use an already-written horror story made the filmmaking process easier, according to Corey.
"Getting Stephen King's name attached wound up getting a lot more attention [than we expected]," said Corey, adding that industry friends were quick to sign up for the project.
Corey worked mostly on the post-production elements, but was also a producer and writer — and he made his sister audition for her role.
"We had to be legit," said Kelsi. "But I think they were already leaning toward me before I auditioned."
Kelsi is a country singer in Windsor — who actually went to nursing school — but acted in commercials in Toronto after graduating.
"Corey always had me in his short films ... I think my first role with him was when I was four or five," said Kelsi.
The film received a Windsor Arts Council grant and involved shooting locations in Windsor, as well as cast members and even a makeup artist from Windsor.