— Probably the scariest moment to me was the pitch presentation that I did with the original draft of the story. While it got greenlit with the potential it had, the pacing was heavily criticized for being slow and boring while the characters were unlikeable especially Witch Girl. She was a tough character to nail down because she is the catalyst of the events of the short but her reasons for her behavior needs to be grounded in reality and make sense for her age and view of the world. In the original version, she was a big bully to Wizard Boy who was just there to cause problems and eventually lead them to danger. And by the ending where she is redeemed, it didn't feel as if she earned it rather than the story expects the audience to automatically forgive her as it came to its conclusion.
Taking the story back to square one, I wanted to laser-focus on how the characters should behave towards each other and how their personalities help develop each other as people. Wizard Boy is a young kid who is used to being secluded in his own room, trying to learn magic by himself, with no one talking to him outside of his mother. With the introduction of Witch Girl, he is brought out of that comfort zone and learns to see other people's perspectives thus expanding his horizons (figuratively and literally) and pushing himself to take risks. On the other hand, she is just a kid who thinks outside of the box and wants to make a friend but her ways of doing so can be seen as dangerous to some while normal to her. And through her mistakes, she feels sorry for causing pain due to her own ambitions and wants to make things better for him.
This carefully-written balance led to a fun chemistry between her and Wizard Boy and in turn a better viewing experience for the audience.