Why ME? – A short film raising the awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
“Kyle, a high achiever who loves playing basketball, is looking to make a good impression on the scout coming to school. Will he be able to make it?”
Collaborating with Year 10’s from the Co-op Academy North Manchester, myself and the Freshrb crew developed the Silent Elephant Project short film Why ME? – raising awareness for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
BEHIND THE SOUNDS
Aside from the opening and closing scenes, each production day took place on the Co-op Academy North Manchester campus. Over a three day shoot, I captured interior dialogue in a classroom, cafeteria & sports hall and exterior dialogue and field recordings in the school courtyard.
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:
- Running Taps and Showers
- A Basketball Bouncing
- Doors opening and closing
- A Newton’s Cradle swinging
I even employed the skills of Lucy (aka ‘The Top Banana’ at Monkey Ears Media) to be my Boom Op on an exterior foley session.
In May 2019, the Co-op Academy North Manchester held a private screening of the film, and the students received their ASDAN qualifications.