Filming continued on Saturday June 10th for the short film Malicious Attack with two more scenes being completed. The two scenes brought the film back to the London District Christian School in London where a lot of the film had taken place and featured the main characters Katie Ostojic and Morgan Flanagan as well as a number of other smaller roles and extra’s. The scenes focused on Ostojic’s character of Naomi Spencer and her reaction to being bullied. Finishing the two scenes inches the production closer to being done it’s principle filming and heading towards post production.
The dramatic short film is directed by award winning director Matthew Marshall and is produced 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. Each of these 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.
The film’s 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 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
Along with Katie Ostojic and Morgan Flanagan as the leading two characters the film also includes Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, Elina Lattanzio, Marley Cabral, Helena Rose, Mary Ellen Herder, Corina Leatherdale, Aaliyah Paul, Judy Cormier, Dina Jasim, Max Steinberg, Elizabeth Harden, Tiandra Edwards, Ian James Smith, April Booth, 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
Filming continues with a few more scenes that are left to be filmed in the coming weeks. Currently production is also waiting for the finishing of a rough cut of a song by Flanagan that Ostojic and her will be doing a dance sequence to. This incorporates the both dance and drama which both girls are very passionate about. As well as featuring Flanagan singing which is another of her talents. 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 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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