Big Society, short film from Nick Scott

The film documents one man's controversial new approach to tackling social issues.The film started life as an idea for a character who rationalised the use of extreme violence for relatively minor crimes. People tend to have strong reactions to anti-social behaviour and I thought it would be interesting to challenge peoples' sympathy for a character who tried to do something about it by making his methods extreme. I'm also interested in how soldiers fit back in with life at home after serving, and how difficult it must be for them to see people abusing society's freedoms after they have risked their lives fighting for their country.I really enjoy working with Jonathan Rhodes. He is a brilliant improviser and we have created a number of characters through a very specificway of working. I write a series of loosely structured scenes supporting an central idea and then we rehearse, improvising around the structure and filming everything. I then go through the tapes and distill the most interesting ideas into a full script. This allows us to take the character in an interesting direction in a way which suits Jonathan's delivery and retains that spark of improvisation. We are currently working on a comedy feature about a character who sets up an agency for dumping people called 'It's not me, it's you'.One of the biggest problems was finding a way to film the violence - especially against younger adults. Fortunately I knew Melissa who runs Urban Young Actors in Leicester, and her performers were fantastic. They understood the context of the scenes straight away and came up with lots of ideas of making the incidents in the street look as real as possible.

  • Nick Scott

    Producer

    Nick Scott

  • Melissa Simpson

    Producer

    Melissa Simpson

  • Gareth C. Scales

    Editor

    Gareth C. Scales

  • Sunjiv Mainie

    Sound Recordist

    Sunjiv Mainie

  • Justin Bryant

    Sound Designer

    Justin Bryant

  • Afo Kuti

    Camera

    Afo Kuti

  • www.urbanyoungactors.com

    Casting

    www.urbanyoungactors.com

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    Ben Taub

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    Tom Wright

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    Zane Burkmar

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    Yasmin Chamberlain

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    Nathan Charles

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    Oliver Collins

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    Benjamin Fisher

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    Lewis Meagor

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    Reece Roe

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    Simone Smedley

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    Jonathan Rhodes

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    Ian Appleby

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    Nick Crawford

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    Tarek Gjonnes

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    Garrett David Millerick

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About the film

Genres

Comedy

Duration

05 Minutes

Year of release

2011

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Selected by

The Film Network

Showcasing new British filmmaking