Having worked with Action For Children in the past, we already had a great understanding of the importance of the charities work. We teamed up with Beetle TV and established the values and goals of the film, and then Director Sam Huntley was introduced to the project who had a vision to take our audience on a journey from violence and danger of a household blighted by domestic abuse to a space of security which allows children to survive.
Our approach for this film was to make it feel as real and authentic as possible. To make this happen, we conducted a casting session where we would find our Hero Child Sam Dowdy who won us over with his powerful and emotional audition. From this, we were then able to select the rest of our talent and create a strong cast to see this film through.
All of our crew involved in the shoot were all experienced with working with children, which meant we all understood the importance of making the filming process as fun and relaxing as possible and therefore prevent them from becoming too tired or burnt out.
We found that operating with a small and nimble crew, and using as much natural light as possible, we were able to shoot with minimal fuss which meant the children were able to stay focused and have a fun experience.
When it came to picking locations, we needed to find somewhere that felt generic and nondescript, but could still offer us visual variety. We decided that London would be too distinctive and recognisable on camera, and the location needed to feel more like the midlands, however we had to take into consideration the travel time of the children working on the shoot. These locations guidelines led us to Kingston, Surrey, which was only a stones throw away from London, and had enough visual variety and textures to pass off as the midlands.