The Blair Witch Project

Topics: The Blair Witch Project, Sundance Film Festival, Heather Donahue Pages: 5 (1652 words) Published: June 10, 2010
Tim Graham
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The Blair Witch Project

The purpose and intent of Daniel Myrick (Director) and Eduardo Sanchez’s (Co-Director) “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) was to have every viewer believe in and accept the afterlife or paranormal realm in which we may live. Because of this movie, spiritual, and paranormal interest spread throughout the nation like wildfire.

Daniel Myrick was born November 30th, 1962 in Sarasota, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida School of Film in 1992.Myrick supported himself by working as a cinematographer on music videos and commercials. He later in 1997 caught the eye of film guru John Pierson, which lead to him directing many movies, including Split Screen (1997), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Curse of the Blair Witch (1999) (TV), The Strand (2006), Believers (2007), Solstice (2007), and The Objective (2008). Eduardo Miguel Sanchez, (Co-Director of The Blair Witch Project) was born on December 20th, 1968 in Cuba. He is most famous for co-directing and writing The Blair Witch Project along with Daniel Myrick. Some other films he directed includes Curse of the Blair Witch (1999) (TV), Altered (2006), Seventh Moon (2008), and Blair Witch 3 (2010).

Heather Donahue (Heather), the lead role in The Blair Witch Project, was born December 22, 1974 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. She is best known for her role in The Blair Witch. After the release of the film, Donahue starred in “Taken” by Stephen Spielberg in 2009. Joshua Granville Leonard (Josh) was born on June 17th, 1975 in Huston, Texas. Leonard is also best known for his role in The Blair Witch. After the release of The Blair Witch he started appearing on magazine covers and getting many other roles for movies. He appeared in “Sacrifice” on HBO, and in “Deuces Wild” by Scott Kalvert in 2001. Michael C. Williams (as Michael), the last lead role in The Blair Witch Project was born on July 25th, 1973 in The Bronx, New York. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz and is a national member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at New Paltz. He is most famous for his role in The Blair Witch Project.

For any film to be a success, the movie has to have a perfect theme. The major theme for the Blair Witch is the theme of being trapped, not only being trapped in the haunted woods of Burkittsville, Maryland, but also being trapped mentally inside one’s own mind; from the fear of the unknown to the fear of the dark itself. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez wanted to create a truly horrific film without special effects or blood and gore like most other “horror” films are today. They wanted to have a new film that terrified us like when we were children because “When we were kids, that was the last time we were truly horrified.” –Edwardo Sanchez

The Blair Witch Project is set in the 1970s in Burkittsville, Maryland (formally known as Blair) where three student filmmakers, Joshua Leonard, Michael Williams, and Heather Donahue (Played as themselves) hiked to the forest of Burkittsville to document a local legend, The Blair Witch. During their documented expedition the filmmakers find themselves trapped in the seemingly endless forest, cold, without food, water, or sense of direction. After hours of aimlessly walking the woods they discover branch insignias hanging from the trees and rock formations on the ground for reasons unknown. During their redundant nights of unwanted camping in the woods they start tohear strange noises during the night and wake up to more rock formations and stick insignias surrounded their campground. After those several sleepless, frightening nights they find themselves lost for 7 days, unaware that they were walking in circles. After many hours of walking they stumble upon a lone house on a hill where they reach their final destination... death. The plot of “the Blair Witch Project” was and is so believable and so realistic that many viewers thought that the actors in the movie were in fact dead...
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