In development:

Julie, a student of history and literature, searches the Highlands of Scotland for hidden Pictish artefacts - however, that isn't all that she will find...

Beginning as a film project, this story is currently in development as a fantasy novel series. Fraser Murdoch is writing the series - with early drafts completed as of May 2019.


Concept art (WIPs) June 2018


A new sizzle reel is currently in development


Julie, initially heading out into untrodden areas of the Scottish Highlands in search of hidden Pictish artefacts, finds herself intrigued by a large, peculiar and unexpected puzzle. Meanwhile, aristocratic businessman Lord Tapia struggles with plans to construct a new media office atop a barren site in his city.

© "Utapia: Sizzle Reel" Directed by Fraser Murdoch | Cinematography by Fraser Stephen | Starring Sarah MacGillivray

Early in the process, Fraser began the collaboration with Imogen Brough (best known as a contestant on The Voice - Australia and making the ARIA charts) on the motion picture soundtrack. Imogen is collaborating with composer Michael Edwards (Layer Cake and Calvary) and the pair have already created a track for the mood reel of the short which was shot in June 2017.

It is based on stories from the short animated film "My City" (2012) starring Brian Cox (Troy, Churchill, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) which was also written and directed by Fraser Murdoch. You can watch that here by clicking the link.

Fantasy, adventure, drama

Shooting: 2019 / 20

Release: Expected 2020 / 21

Status: Pre-production



© Utapia - storyboards collages. Illustrator: Nenad Kostic

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