Tea Consent

Filmmaker Q&A with Director Rachel Brian

What motivated you to make your impact video?

Consent is a pressing issue of our time, internationally as well as locally.


Please provide a brief description of the work or organization featured in your video:

This video helps explain consent using a simple metaphor: tea.


What have you learned about the value and impact of the project?

There is a tremendous need for more media that allows people to engage with difficult ideas in a thoughtful way.  We’ve also found that humor helps people begin to think about complex issues without getting defensive.


What do you want audiences to take away from this video?

To take the drama and personal ego out of the issue of consent.


Please list key points that should be covered in a post-screening discussion:

We chose to use a male narrator as sort of a bro-to-bro conversation.  At the same time, we purposefully made the characters non-gendered.  How does this help or hinder the audience’s ability to relate to the issue?


Please provide information on any recent developments regarding the issue or subjects of the video. How have things changed or not changed?

We’ve had over 30 million views over several platforms, including use of the video in colleges, schools, military training, and police outreach campaigns.


What opportunities are available for those interested in getting further involved?

There are many organizations working on sexual assault prevention and consent education.  But even just using your own voice to be clear about consent and intervening as a bystander if you see something unjust happening are good ways to start.


Please provide any additional resources (websites, links to additional videos, forms, articles, etc.) relevant to the context of the issue discussed in your video:



Is there a particular video, film, campaign or filmmaker that had a major influence on your career?

TED Ed animated videos


Please tell us what camera(s) you shot with primarily – and any other special equipment that you used and why you used it.

Animated with Wacom Cintiq


Please share a personal story about your experience making this impact video.

It was a tremendous partnership with Emmeline May (rockstardinosaurpirateprincess) and I’m so glad to have worked with her. It was kismet that we had such similar ideas around consent and the work that needs to be done to help educate people.


Please tell us about any special styles or techniques that you used during the production of your impact video to help tell your story.

Hand drawn frame by frame old school animation.


How did your story evolve from day one, to the very last day in post? Is your story what you thought it would be?

I had been working on a script when I read the blog post by RockstarDinosaurPiratePrincess – I had been struggling with how to animate something as heavy as sexual assault, and the tea metaphor was a perfect way to get the message across while employing humor.


Please describe the most rewarding experience you had while making this impact video.

Fantastic letters from our audience. Many have written for helping them get over the shame and feeling of responsibility over their sexual assault. Also lots of great feedback from colleges and organizations around the globe.


What advice can you give to other impact filmmakers?

Make what moves you.


What’s your favorite part about the filmmaking process and why?

Watching the idea come together visually.


What’s the one item you always take with you when working out in the field and why?

My sketchbook.



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