The Tradition (2015)


Sound Design, Sound Recording

Production Credit: Sound Design

The Tradition is about Zara who is like any other normal girl her age. She goes to school, does her homework, and spends time with her friends – anything a normal teenager would do. However, her life is turned upside down as the generational gap between herself and the rest of her family is realised. Zara seeks refuge in her friend, Amina, and her mother, when cultural and diasporic conflict occurs.

The central theme surrounding The Tradition is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This was approached through talking to the immigrant communities in Bristol, the film’s shooting location.

Initial ideas included collaboration between sound and colour tones, as well as some ideas for mirroring the pace of the action with the choices of camera shot.

Shot over the last weekend in March 2015, The Tradition had a successful shoot, held across two interior locations in Bristol with a variety of establishing shots around the city also captured during the weekend.

Here is a teaser film with director and producer statements:

Now funded, view the indiegogo campaign here:

Director: Lucy Grassam-Rowe | Producer: Oliva Povey | Cinematographer: Lewis Gillingham | Lighting Design: Jake Glasby | Editor: Tom Wellor | Sound Design: Claire Stevens | Sound Recording: Marcus Thorne and Claire Stevens | Sound Editing: Michael Tibbins | Foley: James Chatwin