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COVID-19: Gambling with Lives is a short docudrama that addresses the consequences of a gambling addiction, and how it may impact individuals who are severely struggling during the global pandemic. The short film combines several interviews with recovery gambling addicts and industry experts, as well as a fictional segment which offers an alternate perspective into the struggles of the addiction. The interviews highlight the psychology of the addiction, explore the damage from advertisement, as well as challenge the harm of online gambling specifically.

My original idea, Red or Black, was a short-stylised docudrama that was also addressing the impact of online gambling. However, due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the coronavirus and the global pandemic, I was forced to adapt my idea because of the restrictions on location and filming. Although I encountered several problems with changing the concept, I was able to directly address my intended target audience during the period of lockdown.

I utilised the situation regarding lockdown to my advantage, by filming the fictional segment all from home. This clearly represents the daily struggles many individuals with an addiction face, as they are trapped in the confines of their home whilst gambling online. The response from the interviews highlight how dangerous online gambling can be, especially to those individuals who show signs of a severe addiction. Ultimately, the combination of interviews and the fictional segment are both effectively employed in order to achieve the primary purpose of the film – to create awareness.

A unique set of cinematographic shots and subtle use of lighting help captivate the darkness associated with a gambling addiction. A professional voice actor has been utilised in order to narrate the film and guide the audience throughout the narrative, as they begin to understand and sympathise with the individuals who have been physically and mentally affected by gambling. I have also employed two music tracks from a professional artist, which are employed in order to further enhance the audience’s emotional response upon viewing, as they sympathise or perhaps empathise with the interviewees.

Under the circumstances regarding the pandemic, this process has been extremely challenging however I strongly believe that I have created a film that has achieved its main purpose. Many industry experts and recovering gambling addicts alike have positively engaged with the release of the film, and as a result have shared it across social media. The positive feedback demonstrates how rewarding this process has been, not only in terms of creating awareness regarding a gambling addiction, but to improve my technical experience and creativity as an aspiring filmmaker.

In order to view this film, please click on the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVS0cj1pTsk&t=29s

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COVID-19: Gambling with Lives is a short docudrama that addresses the consequences of a gambling addiction, and how it may impact individuals who are severely struggling during the global pandemic. The short film combines several interviews with recovery gambling addicts and industry experts, as well as a fictional segment which offers an alternate perspective into the struggles of the addiction. The interviews highlight the psychology of the addiction, explore the damage from advertisement, as well as challenge the harm of online gambling specifically.

My original idea, Red or Black, was a short-stylised docudrama that was also addressing the impact of online gambling. However, due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the coronavirus and the global pandemic, I was forced to adapt my idea because of the restrictions on location and filming. Although I encountered several problems with changing the concept, I was able to directly address my intended target audience during the period of lockdown.

I utilised the situation regarding lockdown to my advantage, by filming the fictional segment all from home. This clearly represents the daily struggles many individuals with an addiction face, as they are trapped in the confines of their home whilst gambling online. The response from the interviews highlight how dangerous online gambling can be, especially to those individuals who show signs of a severe addiction. Ultimately, the combination of interviews and the fictional segment are both effectively employed in order to achieve the primary purpose of the film – to create awareness.

A unique set of cinematographic shots and subtle use of lighting help captivate the darkness associated with a gambling addiction. A professional voice actor has been utilised in order to narrate the film and guide the audience throughout the narrative, as they begin to understand and sympathise with the individuals who have been physically and mentally affected by gambling. I have also employed two music tracks from a professional artist, which are employed in order to further enhance the audience’s emotional response upon viewing, as they sympathise or perhaps empathise with the interviewees.

Under the circumstances regarding the pandemic, this process has been extremely challenging however I strongly believe that I have created a film that has achieved its main purpose. Many industry experts and recovering gambling addicts alike have positively engaged with the release of the film, and as a result have shared it across social media. The positive feedback demonstrates how rewarding this process has been, not only in terms of creating awareness regarding a gambling addiction, but to improve my technical experience and creativity as an aspiring filmmaker.

In order to view this film, please click on the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVS0cj1pTsk&t=29s

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