In early June, our short film series RE:SET evolved in a big, big way. The project, which through the question ‘What Do You Take Forward?’ explores our collective and individual experiences and realisations through the lockdown period. The mindset shifts and habit changes this time has served to shine a light on and accelerate. Changes that perhaps would not have otherwise manifested.
As the lockdown restrictions eased in the UK and gave us back our freedom to film in person again, we created these 5 outdoor shoots in June. The output will be 5 individual short films, 1 overarching motion piece, and all the accompanying stills. With a secret collaboration to come in the summer too.
One of so many realisations we’ve had during shooting this project, is that as much as this has all been a shared experience, one any given day we’re all at different points on our own emotional curves and roller coasters. It’s been humbling and thought provoking to observe that play out as the project evolves.
It was in retrospect a question that you really had to be ready to explore and deliver a heartfelt answer to. Cathartic for sure to verbalise. An act of courage, yes. Way harder to answer than we imagined, most definitely.
We are so incredibly grateful to the 5 superheroes of this project Ellie-May, Freddie, Ayo, Ces and Kemi – who, especially at this time, gave us the gift of their time for the shoots. Thank you for your courage to open up, be a little vulnerable, and deliver answers from the heart. Listening to your words was really emotional.
When people back your creative idea because they believe in your vision and the impact you want to have- that’s always super special. None of you batted an eyelid when we said the call time was 7am, or on a Sunday night, or whatever other unsociable time the light was looking best to shoot.
A special thank you to the geniuses that are Kieran Clancy on the grade, and Sam Hopkins on the edit and sound design.
We set out to create a project that would fire out a beacon of positivity at this time. A project to make people smile, share words that will resonate and help others when they might really need it the most. And at a time that the world can feel divided, a project to make us realise how collective this experience has truly been, and how united we are.
This great pause has given us an opportunity to be even better versions of ourselves, contribute at a higher level and move forward in a truly transformative way.