SAFETY WORK SHORT FILM
On the surface, the story depicted in “Safety Work” is a suspense thriller about a girl who has found herself in a very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation at a motel. However, “Safety Work” also tells a deeper story of the mindset of an actress in the industry today. It is a story about the awareness that a woman has in her daily life and the fear or anxiety she might feel in a situation where her instincts are telling her that something is amiss. It is about the safety work women do in order to protect themselves.
Safety work is defined as any conscious or unconscious action taken by women to try and protect themselves and avoid sexual harassment or violence. This includes taking particular routes when walking, or not walking at night, looking under your car before you approach it and get in, watching your drink as it’s being poured and not setting it down, or carrying pepper spray when walking in a strange neighborhood. “Safety Work” follows lead, Lily, as she tries to make it back to her motel room after a day of auditions all while trying to navigate making choices that ensure her safety in both her surroundings and her career.
The story was inspired by the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” Movements. As a young actress just beginning a career in the industry, I (Alyssa) found myself experiencing sexism and harassment on sets and in auditions, even as I was just starting out. I began to fear being in this industry primarily run by men. Through my personal experiences, I gained understanding and empathy for the brave women who have spoken out about the harassment they have also faced in the industry. Our film is dedicated to the women who bravely said “no”, the women who felt they needed to say “yes” to save themselves, and the women who have spoken up against their harassers and have seen their careers suffer because of it in return. It is dedicated to all the women who have spoken out and all the women who became invisible because of it. The point of “Safety Work” is to inform and start conversations on the topic of women's protection, rights, and respect.
LILY: Mid 20’s. Wearing a nice dress and high heels with her hair and makeup done. She is not naïve, but weary of the world around her and the people that she is interacting with. She senses their odd behavior and the potentially dangerous situation that she has gotten herself into. Lead.
CASTING DIRECTOR: Late 40’s. Unsettling "happy salesman". So used to using his power to get what he wants barely realizes he is even doing it anymore. Supporting.
FLAMINGO WOMAN: 30’s. A striking actress in a bold dress. Has been in the business for quite a while and found some success. Thinks she has a good understanding of how to use her charm to get want she wants, but knows where she wants to set her boundaries. Supporting.
AUDITION WOMEN: 20’s-30’s. A group of women in the audition room all of whom have their own levels of understanding of the situation and ways of coping. Supporting.
UBER DRIVER: 40’s. Brash and to the point. He is tired, unhappy, and sinister in his own distant and angry way. Supporting.
FACELESS MAN: 40’s. Part of a couple coming back to the motel after a date. He is drunk and fumbling with the Pink Woman to get in their room while making out. Supporting.
PINK WOMAN: Late 20’s. Part of a couple coming back to the motel after a date. She is drunk and fumbling with the Faceless Man to get in their room while making out. Supporting.
SAFETY WORK MOOD BOARD
LILY: Alyssa Kompelien
CASTING DIRECTOR: Brad Winch
FLAMINGO WOMAN: Emily Corbo
UBER DRIVER: Michael Abts
PINK WOMAN: Amber Gunn
FACELESS MAN: David Ojakian
AUDITION WOMEN: Lauren Taylor
MOTEL LOCATION: Fireside Inn Santa Cruz, CA
AUDITION LOCATION: Louden Nelson Community Center Santa Cruz, CA
SAFETY WORK CREW AND CAST
DIRECTOR: Cheryl Isaacson
WRITTEN BY: Alyssa Kompelien
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Bryan J Miller
PRODUCERS: Alyssa Kompelien (AK Films) and Cheryl Isaacson (Lincoln Street Studios)
CONSULTING PRODUCER: Marisa Vitali
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Eva Isaacson
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Peter Lindsey
1st ASSISTANT CAMERA: Eli Booker
2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA: Susie Heyden
BOOM OP: Rob Ernst
GAFFER: Andy Olson
KEY GRIP: Bill Fanning
HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST: Celeste Switala
SET AND WARDROBE STYLIST: Kendra Goff
PICTURE EDITOR: Susie Heyden
COLORIST: Jeremy Castillo
SOUND MIXER: Rob Ernst
POST SOUND: Rob Ernst (Noise Root Studio)
BTS PHOTOGRAPHERS: Kendra Goff and Lindsie Reitz
SET DESIGN AND WARDROBE: Kendra Goff
DRESSES DESIGNER: Christy Dawn
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Mark Shepherd
CAMERA AND GRIP EQUIPMENT: Lindsey Enterprises
LIGHTING EQUIPMENT: GLO Lighting