We teamed up with Director Alex Gorosh of Hungry Man and BBDO for Stuttering Association for the Young’s newest PSA, ‘In the Spotlight’, a film that helps us experience everyday interactions through the eyes of young people who stutter. In the video, typical scenarios like speaking in class, ordering at a restaurant, and asking for a different size in a store become daunting public speaking engagements that require extraordinary courage.
The Mill enhanced the film with expert finishing and a complimentary colour grade by Logan Highland. For Logan, the poignant PSA hit’s close to home. He comments: “As SAY states, 5% of all children have some form of stutter. I was one of those kids and it instilled in me a fear of public speaking. I’d take failing grades on a class presentation just so I didn’t have to get up and speak in front of my classmates.
Mentors and teachers helped me get over the worst of this impediment which has grown into confidence that has allowed me to be where I am today. The way the subjects in the film are framed is exactly what I felt as a kid. It’s very accurate and I think viewers will empathize with this struggle.
SAY is an organization I wish I had when I was younger. I’m very proud that we at The Mill can help spread these stories, it’s so very important.”