Take You With Me
A Short Film Written & Directed by Sally A. Edwards and Sarah J. Edwards
Starring William Moseley and Chelsea Edge
Narrated by Chuck D
Cinematography by Tim Sidell
Hair & Make-Up Carolyn Gallyer at CLM
Hair & Make-Up Asst Cecille Hildebrandt at CLM
Shot in the Summer of 2015
William Moseley interview
We first talked about working together years ago and finally made it happen, thank you! What were your initial thoughts on the Take You With Me concept/story when we presented it to you?
"I thought the concept for Take You With Me was very cool. The idea of the white t-shirt as an iconic symbol really dating back from the 50's where we saw James Dean famously grace the screen in Rebel Without A Cause. From then on people have romanticised the idea of the blue jeans and white shirt: the all American look. It is a symbol of freedom, the open road and a chance to break from the suits of society. That is really what interested me and why I trusted Sarah and Sally. Their taste is alway impeccable so I knew we would have something pretty great on our hands.”
What was it like working with Chelsea Edge who is brand new?
"Working with Chelsea was great, she has a bright future ahead of her. It's fun to work with someone who knows who they are and knows what they have. It inherently means they don't have to work hard on screen and that ease plays really well. I am looking forward to seeing what she tackles in the next couple of years.”
Tell us about your experiences making the short.
"Sarah and Sally work in perfect synchronicity. They have a brilliant vision within BLAG and brought that to the film. There is a calm about them that puts you at ease and allows you to just do the job you have been asked to do. I hope I can work with them many more times in the future.”
"I loved the voice over they wrote for Chuck D, who delivered his lines with a resonance that really makes you stop and listen. The writing had a unique and inspired angle contrasting the onscreen relationship of the characters. Their directing was specific and clear and I knew exactly what we were aiming for at all times.”
The film is narrated by Chuck D. It's had such great feedback. He's a legend in not only music but culture and his voice is the second most sampled after James Brown. What influence has he had on you and how do you feel about the story being told by him?
"I feel so lucky to have Chuck D work on something with me. He is one of the all time great MC's and also very politically active. His lyrics have spoken to people since the mid eighties up until now. I really liked his new song, No Sympathy From the Devil, it has so much strength and power in it. He is a musical genius and a true legend. It is a great honour to be working with him."
Introducing new actress, Chelsea Edge who stars in our film, Take You With Me alongside William Moseley...
When did you first decide you wanted to become an actress?
"Looking back, I guess it was what I always wanted I just didn't know it at the time. I hadn't had much involvement with the arts until I started an amateur dramatics class at 17. It wasn’t until I reached my final year of university that I realised that there was nothing else I wanted to do."
Tell us about your studies and the one moment within that, that truly set it firm for you, when you knew 'this is it, this is exactly what I want to do.'
"I went from pillar to post after leaving school, I was indecisive and unsure where I wanted to go. The idea of leaving school and being an actress at 16 never crossed my mind, it wasn't something that seemed like it could be a reality for someone like me, it was just a hobby. After changing one course after another I finally decided that I wanted to be a drama teacher, once I was at university I gained the confidence and support to believe that being an actor was something that I could achieve. I'd started something I never wanted to stop doing, I came to a point where I couldn't go back, I had to be on stage or on screen."
What were your initial thoughts on the Take You With Me concept/story when we presented it to you?
"I loved the simplicity of it, Sally and Sarah presented me with an idea of this powerful love of two people that was subtle and pure. It was an idea that wasn't surrounded by 'noise' or interference of the outside world, which I really connected with.”
Tell us about your experiences making the short.
"William was a pleasure to work with. It was nice to be working with someone who had been in the industry a long time and he was very grounded and polite. Sally and Sarah have a knack of making people in their company feel at ease. Filming can sometimes be pretty stressful when you have a limited time scale, but they held everyone together really well. They were always very clear about what they wanted in the film and how they wanted it to be done which made my job much easier."
What was it like on-set?
"It was one of the most relaxed filming experiences I’d had. The crew were amazing, it just seemed like a big family."
You got to spend some time listening to narrator, Chuck D talk whilst on a press trip to London, how was that?
“It was actually quite surreal, it’s incredible listening to someone like Chuck D who is so passionate about what he does and about the world, he was truly inspiring.”
You also saw Public Enemy play for the first time this summer, tell us about that.
"It was brilliant, I went to watch it with my friend and we were just buzzing after it! I also had the pleasure of having dinner with Chuck D, and spent the rest of the week bragging about it to my Dad who's a big fan!”
What have you taken from the overall experience, that you may apply to what's next for you?
"The overall experience was very humbling, working with very talented and considerate people on a piece like Take You With Me just makes you push harder for the next project. Sarah and Sally are incredibly inspiring, I feel lucky to count them as friends and I hope that we will be able to work on something again in the future.”
And what is next for you?
"Who knows! I’ve done a few shorts now so I’m hoping to start getting into features. In an ideal world I’d like to work on some gritty British drama with Shane Meadows or Danny Boyle."