Wednesday, February 15, 2006
By Kathie Meyer
PT Leader Staff Writer
Port Townsend filmmaker Daniel Bryant, 13, originally thought he’d cast a boy to play the lead in his film “The Prediction,” but when 16-year-old Kitty Gibson auditioned, he changed his mind. As the film took shape, the lead character was named “Christina,” and the end result was a short film in which Christina and her best friend, Eraz (Emma Michaels), find danger – just as the psychic (Bryant) predicts early in the story. Morgan Osmer, 15, was cast as Eraz’s hockey-mask-wearing attacker.
“I’ve always wanted to be a director,” said Bryant, who took only a day and a half to write the script. His budget – which was mostly spent on “DVDs that didn’t work and duct tape” – amounted to $20.
Perhaps Bryant is the next Joss Whedon, creator of the popular “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” series, for Christina and Eraz handily overcome the predicted danger they face and conclude the film by happily skipping homeward.