Filming of some of the last scenes of Malicious Attack a short film about bullying continued on Sunday June, fourth with another four scenes being completed. These scenes were the scenes in the film where the consequences happen for certain characters for the bullying that has gone on. Two at the County of Elgin Building in St Thomas, another at Elgin County Courthouse in St Thomas and a fourth at a private residence. The scenes focus around the lead character Naomi Spencer (Katie Ostojic) and her struggles after she fights back against a bully at her high school. The scenes also features the consequences of the bully Savannah (Elina Lattanzio). Along with the two main characters, two of the scenes feature a school board made up of some talented actors from around the area including Mary Ellen Herder (Take a Bow Productions), Jamie Rainbird, Lesley Chapman (Elgin Theatre Guild). The scenes also featured a number of extra’s from around the area.
The film is produced under the banner of m & s Marshall Productions, in association with IME Films and takes a twist on the traditional bully story line as at its heart it is a ‘good girl gone bad’ due to being bullied. The bully of the story Savannah not only bullies the “outcast” Raven, the “Pregnant Teen”, Sara and the “immigrant” in Linda). But Savannah does not stop there, she also bullies your run of the mill sweet “good girl” Naomi Spencer. Each of these characters has a different reaction and response to the bullying they experience. Naomi is the relentless target of the bullying by Savannah. Naomi’s best friend Macey tries to find ways to help Naomi expose the bullying, but Naomi is unwilling to come forward. The Attacks on Naomi continue till she is pushed to a breaking point.
The films director and writer Matthew Marshall offers this on the topic of bullying in the film, “I think we all have seen bullying in some form or another regardless of our ages. Everyone knows someone who has been bullied. It happens every day and it affects everyone. This story gives lots of opportunity to discuss the issue of bullying and the reactions of those that are bullied” says Marshall.
It is the hope of the entire cast and crew that the film will teach audiences why bully awareness does not only refer to awareness in the public eye. “ Bullying awareness means awareness of specific incidents to authority figures, awareness of bystanders in their role and awareness of the bullies themselves of the potential gravity of their actions”, says Lattanzio
The cast also includes; Morgan Flanagan, Marley Cabral, Helena Rose, Dina Jasim, Aaliyah Paul, Judy Cormier, Corina Leatherdale , Kailey Dennis, Tiandra Edwards, Ian James Smith, April Booth, Mallaidh Pouti, Kayla Hope Felker, Elizabeth Harden, Jerry Ziler, Melissa Ramos, Brooklyn Pritchard, Kyra Ramos, Kendal Cabral, Rob Herder and Tracey bell.
Filming continues with a few more scenes on June 10th and then the film will almost be done other then a couple re-shoot scenes and some touch up scene work of some small segments. Then the film will move into post production. The film has been shot all over South-western Ontario with most of the locations coming in The St Thomas and London Area.
Marshall hope when the film is done is to get it into schools and teen groups to help open up discussion and dialogue about the issue of bullying.
The film can be found on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6156436/combined
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