Screenplay writer from Bradford creates sci-fi short film ‘Abduction’
EXCLUSIVE: A Bradford screenplay writer has created his own sci-fi short film, complete with special effects, with zero budget.
Adam James Mawson is the man behind ‘Abduction’, a sci-fi thriller which tells the story of 10-year-old Johnathan Harrison, who along with five other children, go missing in 1985.
After the disappearances, the community of Baildon village begins to put pressure on the police and the blame is put on an ex-offender who is falsely charged for murdering the children.
But 28 years later, the children return to the same place they had vanished. Eerie events soon start to unfold across the nation.
Adam began to work on the short film after attending the Bradford film summit, working on a teaser he had already created.
At the summit, a BAFTA award-winning guest speaker said it was “impossible” to create a short film with no help.
Adam said: “A BAFTA award winner told us that if you tried doing everything yourself in regards to making a short film, that this is impossible and can’t be done. That stuck in my head as I had already produced a trailer myself, so I set out to make this happen. And after coming up with a short film I revamped the trailer and integrated it into the film, which seems to work really well.
“Throughout making the short film I was thinking outside the box, thinking of different ways I could make the visual effects look real without looking amateurish so I catalogue lots of different shots from around Baildon using my iPad and experimented with the visual effects.
“The impossible can be done and I pushed myself further with the visual effects. I’m happy with the results of what I created this time.”
‘Abduction’ is the first short film produced by Adam, who taught himself how to use video-editing software.
Since its release, Adam has received positive feedback and has also been in touch with producers from around the world, including founder of Stage 32 Richard Botto.
Watch the short film below.