Set on the remote coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, 7 WITCHES tells the story of a wedding between two women from two very different families. The BOYLES are your typical American dysfunctional group of broken and clashing personalities. They travel to the bleak, grey beaches of Northwest Washington where the SKLAR family has lived since the area was settled. The Sklars are grim, humorless and seem to adhere to an ancient form of witchcraft. We follow Kate as she reluctantly watches her sister Rose prepare to marry into the Sklars, but things take a much darker turn as secrets emerge from the dark, bloody history of her new in-laws.
Director, writer – Brady Hall
Producer, writer – Ed Dougherty
About The Production
7 WITCHES was filmed throughout the year 2015 in Washington state with a rag-tag cast and crew. Locations ranged from a decommissioned World War 1 military base on the cold, rugged coast to the woods of South King County to various interiors scattered across Seattle. The majority of production took place in March and was routinely tested by rough weather including a couple of powerful wind storms that caused production to shut down for a day due to falling trees (one of which came within a hundred feet of crushing a crew member).
The idea was formulated jointly by screenwriters Brady Hall and Ed Dougherty in late 2014 when talking about developing an idea based around a family of witches living their old world way of life in modern times, complete with rituals and practices that do not fit with current moralities. The cast was assembled largely from talented actors the filmmakers already knew with only a select few coming from casting calls such as Rod Pilloud (Marty), Macall Gordon (Paula) and William Ritchie (Warren).
Special attention was dedicated to the look of the Sklar family, whose wardrobe was created by Seattle costumer Helene Hawthorne who designed and created every garment from scratch. The soundtrack was specially developed to be eerie and ambiguous at times and thundering at others. It was composed, performed and recorded entirely by the film’s director using one acoustic guitar recorded in layers and struck or “played” with everything from clenched fists to power drills. What the production lacked in resources and budget was made up for with ingenuity and tricks picked up from years working on other films. Many of the props were fabricated by the director out of household items such as the flayed corpses which were made from cheap plastic skeletons covered in stretch wrap and deck stain.