When I first found myself sitting down to start work on the Crown of Thorns, I had no idea that I was about to start creating something as large or as complex as the Unseen World.
The premise of the Crown of Thorns came from an online competition that I entered as a means to have the writing community review my writing and to meet other likeminded individuals.
The rules of the competition were simple; create a short story that featured several listed elements including a crown.
The story which included a strange meeting on a girls landing in the middle of the night was warmly received and I subsequently received an invitation to have my story feature in an up and coming anthology titled Dangerous Days.
Following this I moved onto developing a fantasy setting for Composite Games and after visiting the set of Ren the fantasy web series it occurred to me that we could look adapting the story into a short film.
Once we had the basics of the Crown of Thorns planned we began to develop the world the story takes place in, which raised some important questions.
Who is the man in grey?
Why did Jessica takes the Crown?
Why does Sophie have the Crown?
Why are people unaware of the occult and mystical elements of the world?
What causes people to see the real world?
As I answered these questions I found myself quickly finding myself answering even more questions and what had begun as simple supernatural story quickly grey into a complex world of supernatural intrigue.
As time passed occult orders, ancient entities and other mystical elements were added and the Unseen World began to take shape, the world was ready to play host to the Crown of Thorns
With an established back story and setting now in place. I began working on the task of changing the story in to a script to a short film and as this was my first endeavour I turned to my film making friend Matt Tabuu.
Matt kindly agreed to help me as a production consultant and help mentor me with how to convert the script and manage other elements such as auditions and cast meetings.
Over the coming weeks with Matt's feedback the script gradually changed from a 5 minute short film to a 25 minute pilot to a web series that would take Sophie far from the single landing encounter in the original story.
With the first draft completed it was time to start looking at bringing the cast together.