ADVERTISING - FILM CRAFT - INTERNATIONAL
Best Casting (2021)
2021 ADVERTISING - FILM CRAFT - INTERNATIONAL (Best Casting)
Child Soldier - Education Above All
|Brand:||Education Above All|
|Entrant Company:||Across the Pond|
|Client:||Education Above All Foundation Foundation|
|Creative Director:||Ben Friend|
|Production Company:||Across the Pond|
|Agency Producer:||Fawna Xiao|
|Post Production Company:||CODA Post Production|
|Sound Studio:||Grand Central Recording Studios|
|Sound Design:||Grand Central Recording Studios|
|Other:||Executive Creative Director - Jim de Zoete|
|Other:||Actor - Azriel Abiloye|
|Other:||Executive Producer - Anna Brent|
|Other:||Head of Production - Tom Dore|
|Other:||Shoot Producer Name - Tara Struthers|
|Other:||Voiceover - Karen Bryson|
|Notes:||Every day thousands of children have their education destroyed through deliberate attack; sexual exploitation, murder, kidnapping, military occupation.
Education Above All is trying to stop this.
They need the attention of world leaders, who don’t see the issue as a top priority.
We told the story of a single boy on his journey from school child to child soldier, and asked “If education is destroyed, what fills the void?” We knew the film's success rested solely on the soldiers of our boy, played by Azriel Abiloye.
The film was played by the UN Secretary General at the UN’s first ever ‘Day to Protect Education from Attack’ event, this is the beginning of a movement.
Casting agent Emma Garrett looked specifically for actors who hadn’t been on screen before:
“This project required someone who didn’t have any preconceptions about how they should ‘perform’ but comfortable enough to just hold that still space in front of camera. That’s what first time actor Azriel had naturally. Because he didn’t feel like he had to push anything, the vulnerability came through.”