Rite of Passage was made by a group of very keen young filmmakers. Simon is now a professional lighting technician in TV and film. Sherylee is a professional sound recordist and filmmaking tutor. She regularly works with us as a production manager and filmmaking mentor.
Rite of Passage was a very ambitious project, with elaborate costume, special effects, and night shoots. The sound was just as ambitious, with students creating a complex soundscape with the support of BAFTA award winning dubbing mixer Stu Hilliker, and writing and recording their own songs with international musician Barry Andrews.
In this project, we developed the script writing, pre-production and post-production processes that we still use today. These techniques enable the young people to do everything themselves, as Simon and Sherylee explained in this short documentary.
Awards and Publicity
They won Best Thriller at the national 2008 First Light awards, which gained them and us a lot of great publicity. One of the judges was Bond actor Daniel Craig. He told us the film was “disturbing”, which delighted the young filmmakers as that was what they intended.