The Origins of Psoro
I thought it would be cool to share the origins of Psoro from the man behind the story in his own words – Wayne Daniells (LiarDice Films).
“Psoro (Itch) is the new horror film I have currently directed and right at this point is in postproduction. A very simple, one worded title, yet an immensely deep, complex and meaningful title to me.
PRP or Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris is a rare and chronic skin disorder. And my father was diagnosed with it this year. The symptoms I,include reddish orange discolouration scaling, severe flaking of the skin but above all uncontrollable itching and scratching. At this point in time there is no cure and limited knowledge for its treatment.
I would sit there watching my dad scratching and clawing at his skin, like a crazed mad man, the persistent and aggressive itching not helping or going away only causing his skin to redden and get very sore and very painful. A truly upsetting thing to watch when it’s someone so dear to your heart and the person who’s extreme love of cinema was the original reason I had always yearned to make movies.
I had wanted to make a movie in the horror genre for a long time. So closing my eyes and listening to my dad’s dry nails scraping and scratching at his also dry skin had got my mind thinking. What if I could put myself in his shoes? Could I possibly imagine the living hell he must be going through everyday not being able to make the itching and writhing under the skin stop.
The truthful answer was, no, I couldn’t possibly imagine that feeling to the extent he was, but I could get an idea, as a visual artist, the horror I could unleash on film with that single seed planted in my head.
Psoro (simply ‘Itch’) was soon born. An idea that would journey down a few paths, thanks to help from makeup and visual FX artist Paul While and eventually come to a fully fleshed out story thanks to Producer and filmmaker Sid Kali.
We shot most of Psoro the second week of August, here in the UK, choosing to push ourselves to the creative max with a very tight three day shooting schedule. With such a tight schedule and a tight budget it’s amazing what creative electricity can be created and achieved. The remaining scenes of Psoro will be shot in the United States and in fact also all around the world, as we spread the itch everywhere!
I will tell, in more detail soon, more about my ‘Psoro’ journey, but for now I just want to tell you its origins and dedicate it to the man who introduced me to motion pictures and who’s passion for its creation, brought me to where I am now. My dad.”
Wayne Daniells (Film maker) – LiarDice Films