The cast and crew of the short film Malicious Attack finished one of its last scenes of the short film about bullying. The scene was not a disappointment. The scene showed the heart of the issue of bullying and conflict between the bully and the victim during the short scene that will be near the beginning of the film. It had some tense moments on screen that had emotional impact for those watching. the scene involved Elina Lattanzio who plays then role of Savannah White the bully. She picks on the character Jessica Brown played by Emma Willsie. The scene features Savannah confronting a scared Jessica who is forced to pay Savannah money and give up her lunch. “It was great night of filming and the two fabulous ladies of Elina Lattanzio and Emma Willsie did an awesome job. I was really pleased with the scene. It was awesome footage”, says the films director Matthew Marshall. The scene took place at the London District Christian School in London where a lot of the film took place. “It is one more scene where we see Savannah spread her reign of terror” says Lattanzio. Who finds it bitter sweet to be putting this character to bed. “She si the kind of girl you love to hate” Lattanzio adds with a smile. Timing of the scene became very important as Lattanzio was due to have her braces off which had become a trade mark signature of when Savannah smiled. “It was one of the aspects that was interesting about his character being a bully” says Marshall. “Who would ever think a bully would have braces” adds Lattanzio. Willsie found the role interesting. “the role was a little tough to play the victim because I am a strong person that can be a little stubborn” says Willise. This factor made it difficult for her to play the victim of a bully and feel threatened. “Matthew was very encouraging and supportive in getting me to become the character. He had some great strategies to help get me into the role and portray the character in a very real way” adds Wlisie. She was bullied when she was younger so she pulled on that experience for the role. But has since moved past what she endured and has become a stronger person.
The dramatic short film is also produced and written by Marshall, under the banner of m & s Marshall Productions, in association with IME Films. The film 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 (Elina Lattanzio) not only bullies “the Good Girl” Naomi but also the “outcast” Raven, the “Pregnant Teen”, Sara and the “immigrant” in Linda. As well as some other minor characters including Emma Willsie. Each of the characters has a different reaction and response to the bullying they experience. Naomi becomes the relentless target of the bullying by Savannah while 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.
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 Marshall’s hope as well as 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 includes;
Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, Elina Lattanzio, Marley Cabral, Helena Rose, Dina Jasim, Mary Ellen Herder, Corina Leatherdale, Aaliyah Paul, Judy Cormier, Elizabeth Harden, Tiandra Edwards, Ian James Smith, April Booth, Max Steinberg, Kayla Hope Felker, Lesley Chapman, Jamie Rainbird, Serena Webber, Brooklyn Pritchard, Kailey Dennis, Mallaidh Pouti, Melissa Ramos, Jerry Ziler, Kyra Ramos, Kendal Cabral, Rob Herder, Tracey Bell, Emma Lee Willsie and Talitha Wood
The film has moved into post production and will be edited over the winter. Marshall hopes 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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