Runtime: 19:47 (19 minutes 47 seconds)
Troubled teen Colette awakens in an open field, disoriented and scared. Desperate to find a way back home, she soon discovers she is not alone; as she encounters forces determined to prevent her from leaving, forever.
Morgana came up with the idea for MIRROR at her grandparent’s house: “My grandparents have a huge mirror in their bathroom. After a shower, It looked mystical and foggy. The plot just came to me.”
MIRROR was completed over the course of 12 months in 2012. From January to March, Morgana developed the script, cast 8 of her friends, decorated the “set” areas in her house, and scouted potential forest locations with her father. She shot the film over 5 months in 7 shoot days, between March 31 and August 28 using a single camera. Morgana dealt with many challenges that came with directing her own peers, rainy days, absentee cast members, lost footage, minor injuries and even poison ivy!
Morgana used Final Cut Pro X to complete her own editing and colour grading starting in April 2012. She finished the trailer over Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend on October 8th, and screened it to the families of the cast at her home a few weeks later. By November the MIRROR web site was launched, with the film being completed in early January 2013.
Morgana McKenzie – Bio
Morgana is a 14-year-old filmmaker living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A passionate artist even as a toddler, she developed her skills through weekly art lessons starting at age 4. On her own initiative she began sewing lessons at the age of 7, and has made stuffed animals, clothes, textile art, and many quilts. Morgana’s visual arts experience naturally led her to the world of filmmaking, as illustrated by this quote from Brad Bird: “I love the arts, but I love movies most because they combine so many of them”. At age 11 Morgana started making and editing short videos, and a year later she created, wrote, and began shooting her first publicly available short film MIRROR. Morgana is also a disciplined athlete. A martial arts student since the age of 7, she earned her Junior Black Belt in Karate at age 11, and received her Junior Black Belt in Kobudo at age 13. Also an experienced competitive swimmer, Morgana earned her Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion Certification at age 11.
Morgana McKenzie – Photo