With a life full of disappointment and tragedy, a heartbroken ex-hooker finally snaps and exacts revenge on the man who let her down year-after-joyless-year, Santa Claus. It’s a Wonderful Knife is a short film from the minds of Mill lead CG artist Nick Lines and writing partner Seth Sinclair.
The dark holiday comedy/horror stars Kate Ward as Kitty, the damaged girl with a homicidal desire for revenge, and seasoned actor Jack McGee as Santa Clause in a fight for his life. The idea for the dark comedy / holiday horror came to Seth in a vision he had of a woman opening the trunk of a beat up car and finding Santa inside. Together Nick and Seth fleshed out the story over a few beers and then Seth took the outline and wrote the first draft.
Nick shares, "I wanted to create a film that was realistic in look, but had a slightly fantastical subject. I was inspired by the Krampus
fairy tales, and thought it would be a cool idea to make a modern version of him....now her. I like the idea that Santa used to mean something: if you were good, he came; if you were bad, then the Krampus came. Somewhere along the way that all changed and Santa brought presents to everyone, good and bad."
was graded by Mill Colourist Greg Reese and the titles were designed by Mill+ Creative Director Manija Emran.