We want to empower children to take control over their environment. This web series will present them with a very relatable scenario, children growing up in a time of amazing technological development, but whose environment is turning against them in terrifying ways. Each episode will present Claire and her friends with challenges that don’t have an easy answer, just like in real life. Our young audience will witness characters their own age having a transformative effect on their community helping to make it less sick.
The series was inspired by artist Alex Newbigging’s experience growing up in the tar sands of Fort McMurray and witnessing first-hand the devastating impact of the oil extraction juxtaposed against the necessity of earning a living. Early in life, Alex had a difficult choice to make: follow family and friends into the lucrative oil business or pursue her passion for drawing & animation.
The series is inspired by the imaginative application of technology found in Steampunk stories where ingenuity is juxtaposed against a polluted backdrop. In the world of Water Witch, residents have created a plethora of ingenious contraptions all powered by coralium including boats to travel between islands, fans to cool homes, and automated farming equipment. But all this creates pollution.