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WHY ME? | A Silent Elephant Project

10th February 2021

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).

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BEHIND THE SOUNDS

Silent Elephant Project (SEP) short film - Why ME?

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 Lucy’s skills (aka ‘The Top Banana’ at Monkey Ears Media) to be my Boom Op on an exterior foley session.

Silent Elephant Project (SEP) short film - Why ME?

In May 2019, the Co-op Academy North Manchester held a private screening of the film where the students received their ASDAN qualifications.

Silent Elephant Project (SEP) short film - Why ME?

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This was my first of hopefully many collaborations 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 find more of my projects on the Blog page.

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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