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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