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In Their Eyes | A Silent Elephant Project

3rd November 2020

In Their Eyes – A short film raising the awareness of Dementia.

“Dany, a stoic, hardworking single mum is forced to look after her mother living with dementia, but she fears what that entails.”

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Collaborating with University students Dylan Price (University Of Manchester) and Sarah Atkinson (Manchester Metropolitan University), myself and the Freshrb crew developed the Silent Elephant Project short film In Their Eyes – raising awareness for Dementia.

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BEHIND THE SOUNDS

Silent Elephant Project (SEP) short film - In Their Eyes

In Their Eyes was filmed in two locations, a private home in Prestwich, Manchester and at Heathlands Village – a purpose-built residential and nursing home, providing care within dementia-friendly surroundings.

Over a four day shoot, I captured interior dialogue in a residential kitchen and living room as well as in the Heathlands Village‘s reception and a resident’s private room.

Silent Elephant Project (SEP) short film - In Their Eyes

Once all the dialogue had been captured, we then started the post-production stage. I began recording bespoke sound effects and foley for the film.

Recording sounds like:

  • A Car Engine and Seat Belt Clicks
  • Footsteps on Linoleum and Gravel
  • Kitchen Cutlery and Crockery
  • Mobile Phone Buzzing

While on location, I also recorded a collection of real life stories from the staff at Heathlands Village.

Silent Elephant Project – Corner · Dementia – 850,000 in the UK have this condition and could be 1 million by 2025 (Part 1)

▴ Edited by Monkey Ears Media.

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On the 29th October 2019, Freshrb held a private screening of In Their Eyes at the UKFast Campus in Hulme, Manchester.

Silent Elephant Project (SEP) short film - In Their Eyes

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This was my second collaboration with Freshrb on their Silent Elephant Projects. To learn more about Freshrb‘s great work you can visit their website.

If you would like to see more of my work, you can visit my Behind-The-Sounds Blog or Showreel pages.

If you would like to reach out, you can find me on Instagram, email me at danny@dbjones.co.uk or via the contact form.

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