|Editors||Batty, C., Berry, M., Dooley, K, Kerrigan, S. and Frankham, B.|
In 2007 filmmaker (and co-author), Shreepali Patel was asked to document an art installation, Journey (2007) curated by the human rights activist and actress, Emma Thompson. The installation recorded a journey of a young trafficked woman based on the first-person testimony by a young girl trafficked through the offer of hope and a better life. Journey (2007) was designed to be an experiential and physically immersive experience which would allow the audience to ‘feel for 5 minutes’ what it would be like to be trafficked. The installation consisted of 7 containers each designed by a different artist, creating their own individual interpretation of an element of the young girl’s journey. A few years later, a digital version of the exhibition was suggested which Patel started crafting, called The Crossing (2017). This multi-platform project was designed to play out to multiple stakeholders including those directly vulnerable to trafficking techniques and audience responses, detailed below, capture how exhibition visitors became emotionally and psychologically involved in the human trafficking story The Crossing (2017). This chapter focuses on the production and post-production processes, the cross-disciplinary teamwork and the relationship between the director’s vision – ideation, story, creative concepts – and its effective realisation through sound design, cinematography, visual effects and editing. This collaborative creative practice account of the making of The Crossing reveals how this multi-award winning, immersive and impactful project on trafficking was realised.