Daniel J Layton and Guy Larsen star in A Welcoming Place.
Sam Saffold-Geri recently uploaded a new short film to his channel called A Welcoming Place. Familiar YouTubers like Daniel J Layton, Guy Larsen and Rebecca Day feature in the cast, and it was shot by Ewan McIntosh, with the score composed by Rob Simpson. The film was part of the YouTube Creators for Change program.
After months of work, I'm so excited to show you my new film. I hope you enjoy it.
A Welcoming Place – https://t.co/iuhD0TeUSc
— Sam (@SuperSamStuff) September 24, 2017
After the success of Comfort Food, Sam told TenEighty “you know you’ll never feel completely ready” when working towards even bigger projects. He showed sincere gratitude towards his “amazing team who threw themselves into [the film] with such spirit. It’s hard not to be inspired by that.”
This thriller was a new genre for Sam, describing the idea as “completely terrifying”. He told us it felt “like completely new territory, but in a way that’s also very freeing!”. He continued that it was “a great chance to learn”.
When questioned about collaborating with Daniel, Sam joked that “it was tricky to arrange” Daniel’s request of being “ridden to set on horseback each day, with his arrival being heralded by the sounds of Janet Jackson”. Afterwards, he said it was a “bloody pleasure” to work with him, stating that Daniel was “always open to new ideas and looking for depth in the script, engaging with the other actors and really listening. I couldn’t have asked for a better lead.”
— YouTube Creators (@YTCreators) September 25, 2017
With regards to working with producers and a bigger team, rather than independently, Sam said “there were so many moving parts involved” and he “couldn’t have done it without the help of [producer] Sinéad [O’Quigley]”, who offered “another creative head in the mix”. Sinéad was someone Sam would “call up with weird questions and get their opinion. I just hope I wasn’t too exhausting!”
You can find A Welcoming Place on Sam’s channel here.