When Fraer Stevenson, UNISON Branch Secretary for East of England Ambulance approached me to make this film we discussed the approach we’d take. I knew it would be a film based on voices and that I wanted an audience to concentrate on what was being said. So the visuals and music became a way of guiding the viewer to listen. I shot the film with Paul Thompson, who also mixed the sound and created the music with this band Globo. But what started as a three minute film grew in size once I started to interview staff about late finishes. From 4 hours of interviews I then had the job of editing it down. I think the editing of the voices took longer than the actual shoot and interviews together.
It was important to me that I tried to reflected a balanced view, and that the film was emotive and truthful. As it is a campaign film to encourage policy changes within the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. As all film in manipulated to a certain extent it was very important that any emotional content was left as complete as possible. So that the audience can listen and make up their own minds. A voice alone is a lot more powerful than seeing someone interviewed I always think. As it become even more about the way something is delivered and often what is not said being as important as what is. As a filmmaker you can get a different sort of interview when someone is off camera.
It was a real honour to work on this film and I really hope it helps to lead to changes for frontline paramedics, who do such an amazing job under such challenging conditions.