Actor, John Savage, on the role of ‘Delivery Guy’

We hear from actor, John Savage, who played the ‘Delivery Guy’ in Do Something, Jake

j-1837-colour-web-readyDo Something, Jake is a unique and exciting film; I consider myself very privileged to be a part of it. I knew from the first time that I auditioned for Raya Films there was something special about the production. Caroline Spence had crafted a wonderful script, which has an almost Pinteresque blend of comedy, threat and menace, with a thrilling plot and complex, grounded characters; and there was a fire in James Smith’s eyes, which I knew wasn’t just down to his coffee being too hot!

“My first audition was a real challenge as I nearly psyched myself out as I wanted the job so much. It’s like when there’s a someone you really fancy and you end up trying a bit too hard to impress them!

“I initially auditioned for ‘Guy’, but after seeing Tom Loone in action, I’m so glad that he got the role, he’s amazing! I was fortunate enough to be cast as the ‘Delivery Guy’, who is a friend of the main character: Jake; I learnt so much collaborating with Jamie Alderson, whose portrayal of Jake is a fascinating synergy of innocence, vulnerability and steely determination.

“I wish I could write something about each of the cast and crew because the talent, dedication and professionalism of everyone was second to none. Being involved in Do Something, Jake was an amazing experience for me; I know I’m a better actor for it. I can’t wait to see the finished film!”

John Savage – ‘Delivery Guy’


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Stunt coordinator, Kevin Smith, on ‘Do Something, Jake’

We hear from stunt coordinator, Kevin Smith, on directing the action in Do Something, Jake

Kevin Smith (right) and actor, Ed Bergtold. Photo: David Ward
Kevin Smith (right) and actor, Ed Bergtold. Photo: David Ward

“I first met up with Raya Films in a small café in Loughborough – I was sold with their enthusiasm for the project and what they wanted to do. As the stunt coordinator, I came in a week or so after the filming had begun, but from the start I felt part of the team, and you could see that the hard work and passion they had for the project was paying off.

“The action sequences were small but important to the story-line. The actors were all professional in their approach to performing the action scenes and listened to the safety instructions, which made my job easy. The end result will be a tense and thought-provoking thriller that you will love.

“I had a great time working with all cast and crew and will look forward to working with them in the future.”

Kevin Smith – Stunt Coordinator


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Actress, Sue Moore, on the role of ‘Grumpy Old Woman’

We hear from actress, Sue Moore, who played the ‘Grumpy Old Woman’ in Do Something, Jake

sue-moore“This was my first audition since leaving theatre school, (other than for student films) and I had convinced myself that all real directors and producers were terrifying ogres. So to be met by two smiling friendly faces was a relief and then to be offered the small part of a batty old woman there and then left me virtually speechless.

“I was only needed for one day but all the crew and cast I encountered and worked with were without exception friendly, kind, helpful, encouraging, in short wonderful!! I couldn’t have wished for a better introduction into this strange new world of film making. Thank you all so much.”

Sue Moore – ‘Grumpy Old Woman’


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Actor, Alexander Doddy, on the role of ‘DI Painter’

We hear from actor, Alexander Doddy, who played ‘DI Painter’ in Do Something, Jake

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Do, Something Jake shows just what can be achieved by a dedicated team. Cooperation between venues and filmmakers helped to make the most of the local area. With a fantastic cast and crew, every day on set was great! Originally, I applied for a different role, but fortunately, despite not being the right fit for that role, they saw the potential for another: DI Painter. The character proved to have interesting traits – an entertaining mix of professionalism, innocence and naivety. After reading the script, I was sold and loved every word of it.

“It was the first, and hopefully, not the last time working for Raya Films – Do, Something Jake has amazing potential, and I look forward to seeing the final film soon!”

Alexander Doddy – ‘DI Painter’


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Crew member, Emily Jackman, on being a runner

We hear from runner, Emily Jackman (who is also an actress), on being a crew member on Do Something, Jake

emily-jackman-001“Being a runner on ‘Do Something, Jake’ was a highly enjoyable and collaborative experience. I am also an actor, used to observing those who work behind the camera, and so when the opportunity arose to work amongst the production team, I couldn’t miss out on it! Working alongside such passionate, creative and motivated people was an invaluable experience and made me realise how these key ingredients can produce something exciting and successful. The innovative and varied use of locations makes this film visually impressive, and the complex thought that has gone into this film is evident. I have taken a lot of what I learnt on set away with me, particularly direction from James Smith (writer and director) and Caroline Spence (screenwriter and producer), whom I have to particularly thank in making my time on Do Something, Jake as a runner so rewarding.

“A gripping piece with an engrossing story-line you don’t want to miss!”

Emily Jackman – Runner


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Actor, Jamie Alderson, on the role of ‘Jake’

We hear from actor, Jamie Alderson, who played ‘Jake’ in Do Something, Jake

Photo © David Ward
Photo © David Ward

“I met James Smith at Raya Films when I auditioned for a music video. I wasn’t the right age for this, but we kept in contact as we felt it would be great to work together on something else. Fast forward a year, and they asked me to audition for a part in their feature film ‘The Finca’* but, again, I was pipped to the post. Third time lucky, they approached me with the outline for their new project Do Something, Jake I vividly remember the excitement I had first reading the script. I simply couldn’t put it down. I read the whole thing straight through, and then right through all over again. I called James and begged him to let me have a shot at the part of ‘Jake’ – such an interesting character to play, as he is a man of few words and apparently calm and calculated, but there is a frustration and a focussed determination beneath the surface,which I hope I managed to portray in a subtle way.

Photo © Mike Mafrici
Photo © Mike Mafrici

“The role of Jake relied a lot on physicality, emotion, and thought processes largely portrayed through the body and eyes. This for me took a lot of preparation and research into his particular character. I found Jake to be a character with certain traits within the autism spectrum, particularly Asperger’s. This was an area I studied during preparation of the role, and I was graciously invited as a guest to various Asperger’s group meetings prior to shooting. Until Jake, I hadn’t had the pleasure to portray such complex a character, and I hope I have done him justice.

“The experience working on Do Something, Jake was a memorable a one for me – the tight budget and schedule in many varied locations was both exciting and a huge learning curve. I was lucky enough to work with a greatly-talented cast and crew whose professionalism and focus was highly refreshing. I hope to work with the cast, crew, and Raya Films again in the future.”

Jamie Alderson – ‘Jake’

*’The Finca’ is back in development with an updated screenplay.


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Actress, Mia Mills, on the role of ‘Alice’

We hear from actress, Mia Mills, who played ‘Alice’ in Do Something, Jake

Mia Mills. Photo by Sian Morgan Photography
Sian Morgan Photography

“When I first read a snippet of the screenplay I knew I’d got to be part of ‘Do Something, Jake’, so going to the first audition was nerve-wracking to say the least! The team at Raya Films were so supportive and constructive that it just made me all the more excited about the film.

“At the second audition, I met Jamie (‘Jake’), Simon (‘Slim’), and Tom (‘Guy’) and it just clicked straight away. As intimidating as I thought it might be initially, everyone made it so easy and I forgot that it was even an audition. I just enjoyed creating scenes with three amazingly-talented actors – a rare and lovely experience to have.

“Alice has quite a tough time of it! She’s a really sweet girl inadvertently caught up in a very dangerous situation, and unaware that things are starting to fall apart around her. I don’t want to say too much … but by the end of the film, you watch her start to find her voice again and gain back some control of her life. Some of the scenes were very intense to shoot, particularly the fight scenes, but Kevin Smith, who coordinated the stunts, was fantastic and I can’t wait to see them on the screen.

Photo © Mike Mafrici
Photo © Mike Mafrici

“I loved working with Jamie – seeing what he bought to the character of Jake really made me ‘up’ my game. Ed Bergtold (Morten) was also amazing, watching him work is like a masterclass in acting! The crew were brilliant as well – even when I wasn’t in the scene I was learning watching them all work.

“I enjoyed every moment of filming Do Something, Jake and I’m so proud to have been a part of it. It was genuinely the first time I’ve ever been excited about being up before 7 am!”

Mia Mills – ‘Alice’


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Actor, Mike Simpson, on the role of ‘Bob’

We hear from actor, Mike Simpson, who played ‘Bob’ in Do Something, Jake

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“I only shot one day on Do Something, Jake but it was a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying experience. Everyone was very professional, creating a relaxed and calm set. Most of the acting I do tends to be in things which are slightly over the top so it was a pleasant change to be in something devoid of zombies and explosions for once. I liked that Bob from the employment agency was written as a real character that I could work with, even though he’s kind of tangential to the plot. Plus I got to say the title!”

Mike Simpson – ‘Bob’


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Actress, Imogen Hartley, on the role of ‘DCI Uphill’

We hear from actress, Imogen Hartley who played ‘DCI Uphill’ in Do Something, Jake

imo-001-edited“From the very beginning, when I originally auditioned for ‘Do something, Jake’ and met with Raya Films, I became even more excited about the concept of the film and the ‘feel of it’ … they are an incredibly focused, enthusiastic, talented team, and committed to creating films that are both enjoyable to work on and beautiful to watch for a number of reasons.

“My role in the film – albeit a modest part in comparison to other roles that have been taken on by some brilliant actors – I enjoyed immensely, as the mood on set was joyous even when we were working hard to get the footage that was needed, and being able to work with such a professional team both in front and behind the camera was lovely. I have enjoyed the experience very much, and am excited to see the finished piece when it is released in a couple of months time.”

Imogen Hartley – ‘DCI Uphill’


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Actor, Simon Crudgington, on the role of ‘Slim’

We hear from actor, Simon Crudgington who played ‘Slim’ in Do Something, Jake

Photo © David Ward
Photo © David Ward

“From my very first day on set, being brought fresh coffee in a really stylish pizza restaurant in Loughborough, to my last day on set, shivering in an abandoned building, working on Do Something, Jake was a truly unique and very enjoyable experience. I’d actually auditioned for the role of Guy before doing my audition for Slim. And that first reading as Guy? Well, it just didn’t quite work. And then I performed as Slim, who, to be honest, I had spent more time preparing for anyway. He was seedy, he was disturbing, and he was strangely likeable at the same time. Fortunately, they loved it, and I was cast following a great call back where I worked alongside Tom Loone (Guy) and Mia Mills (Alice) for the first time. Tom, on the other hand, was absolutely perfect for the role of Guy!

“The cast and crew were great. We were always having a laugh on the way to and from set, and always ready to get down to business and deliver the goods. Many a train ride home was spent with Joe Langham (Production Manager) Jonathan Hawes (DOP) and I laughing as we imagined the sadistic Slim in a variety of obscure roles where his unique voice would go down a charm – from doing his own cooking show, to how and why he might have left London for the Midlands. I think the other passengers must have thought I had some sort of personality disorder!

Photo © Mike Mafrici. From the left: Simon Crudgington, Tom Loone, and Mia Mills

“I’m confident that this film will be stylish, funny, gripping, and different to everything else out there. I really look forward to the premiere and meeting up with this great bunch of hardworking and talented people again.”

Simon Crudgington – ‘Slim’


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