When you work on projects like Chatter Box, how do you guys make sure it does not feel contrived? What is the wider message? I suppose these people who bonded for a few minutes in a ball pit did not really become friends at the end of it.
One of the keys to making something not feel contrived is creating space for real interactions to happen with real people. In our best street stunts we didn’t use actors and scripts. It meant things were awkward on set a lot! Imagine getting two adult strangers into a ball pit on a busy street corner and asking them to connect. You also deal with a lot of rejection! But we love pushing people out of their comfort zones. And in fact, the people in that ball pit did make very real, and heartfelt connections. I would say the wider message is to take the chance to connect with another human - we all walk around with these blinders up and I think there is a certain kind of magic that can happen when you really ‘see’ someone.
Photography by Layli Samimi