The idea of doing a drama specifically about bullying came from a personal experience and from watching a documentary on television about a young fourteen years old girl named Dawin-Marie Wesley, that committed suicide after being bullied and teased by three girls in her school. After reading and further researching about this sensitive subject, I decided that I wanted to focus my major on children that get bullied, but instead of having a tragic ending I determined to contain the happy ending narrative of a child that gets bullied but manages to defeat his bullies by having the help of a friend. Although this is a very sensitive subject to talk about due to the consequence that it has on people, I intend to portray this story in a way where the audience will understand that there are people who can help you if you find yourself in a bad situation such as being bullied just because you seem to be different from the rest.
31% of children experienced bullying by their peers during childhood, a further 7% were discriminated against and 14% were made to feel different or 'like an outsider'. 43% experienced at least one of these things during childhood.
(Cawson, P. et al. (2000) Child maltreatment in the United Kingdom: a study of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect. London: NSPCC. p.26.)
According to the NSPCC, 37,074 children calling ChildLine in 2005/2006 gave bullying as their main problem. Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you do not have to put up with it. If you have ever been bullied or if you have bullied anyone before, then you should know how it feels. Bullying is very negative and creates major problems for our society. Nothing good comes out of bullying, that is why I decided to make something good out of this story, such as having an accurate representation of a character who suffers at the hands of his bullies. T.V violence, families in poverty and mis-teachings are just many of the several issues as to why bullying exists. This is seen as a major problem because children are easily influenced by the things they watch on television or by the things they read.
At first I had difficulties in constructing a narrative idea as I believe that I was lacking inspiration to produce a good story. I tried thinking of ways to set a story within the terms of bullying and friends but at first it seemed to be very difficult because I did not know how to portray the story that I want to convey. I realised that the way forward was to root the film in character by following a personal story rather than a made up event. This meant that I will be able to create a film that is not too difficult but easy and straight to the point, whereby the story maintains as an engagement with the audience through out. This is...