Two and a half thousand years ago, a woman was buried alive, with her arms and legs tightly bound and a metal collar cinched around her neck. Was she murdered? Was she put to death by law? Maybe she was a witch. ‘Witch Resurrection’ is the first of 13 26-minute spine-chilling episodes comprising Tales of the Living Dead, a series that tries to solve archeological murder mysteries using modern forensic science.
A coproduction between Brighton-based Electric Sky and London-based special effects animation house Skaramoosh, Tales will include reconstructions, 2D and 3D graphics, and other special effects. The first six episodes, including ‘Aztec Death’ – which tells the tale of the mysterious death of a deformed Aztec child, evidenced by a misshapen skull found near an ancient temple outside of Mexico City – will deliver this July. The final seven episodes are currently in development, and are scheduled to deliver in January 2002. Says David Pounds, chief executive at Electric Sky, ‘the final seven episodes will include stories from Greenland, Syria, South Africa, France and Italy.’
The series’ £1 million (US$1.4 million) budget was covered by National Geographic Channels Wordwide (which holds the distribution rights for territories outside of North America), and the Travel Channel in the U.S. Says Pounds, ‘Forensic archeology is quite a popular area at the moment, and I think the half-hour format is actually a very powerful one in which to tell the story – they’re very fast-paced segments.’