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Benjamin Chesterton

Hey Charity. Want to get to grips with making unforgettable films? Here’s how.

Benjamin Chesterton

Anyone who tells you it’s going to be a breeze. Word of warning. They are either blissfully ignorant or pulling your leg. Filmmaking is hard. It’s all too easy to set out to conquer YouTube but end up with way too many messages in a bottle lost at social media sea. Don’t despair. We’re programmed…

12 Day all expenses paid film scholarship trip to Kerala with top pro. What’s the catch?

Benjamin Chesterton

Deal of the century? Possibly. Probably. A few years back duckrabbit were invited to Australia to teach the people at travel insurance company World Nomads.  We didn’t want to go. Because way too far. And insurance company. But their Creative Director, Christoper Potter, talked me into it. And I’m glad he did. Because lovely, passionate,…

I wish you’d listened to your heart

Benjamin Chesterton

Noor’s Nina Berman writing on NYT’s Lens blog: Photojournalist Sandra Hoyn talking to Cosmopolitan about her work in Bangladesh featuring children sold and forced to have sex: Photos from the series published in the Washington Post here. Faces of children blacked out by me, but were there in original photographs. Who has awarded pictures from this body…

LensCulture and the commodification of rape

Benjamin Chesterton

Where to begin? Magnum Photos and LensCulture are running a photo competition. One of those where you give them lots of money and in return if you’re one of  the lucky ones they give you ‘exposure’. Let’s just cut to the chase. There’s no way of dressing this up. In order to promote the competition…

Word gets around

Benjamin Chesterton

There’s tension in the air. The Democratic Republic of Congo. April 2011. Masisi. Yasuyoshi Chiba and I are working for MSF. Films and photography. The night we arrive at the staff camp one of the surgeons gets up at the team meeting and asks what the fuck we are doing there when what he really needs…

The critic in me. An asshole. An apology.

Benjamin Chesterton

I’ve just arrived at Format Photography Festival and Pete Brook (aka Prison Photography) is manhandling me. I don’t mind. I’ve known Pete online for many years but this is the first time I’ve met the big bearded dude. Bear hugs are permitted. After crushing me we tour the book fair. He wants to know what…

AHEAD STILL LIES OUR FUTURE – Format Photography Festival

Benjamin Chesterton

I am driving to the Format photo festival in Derby (24 March to 11 June). It’s Saturday morning. The sun is shining. Window down.  I’m listening to Tunnel Vision by Kate Tempest on repeat. She’s angry and she’s brave. I love her for it. And as it turns out she’s the perfect soundtrack to what…

We went to Norway on a shoot. Someone died. This is the story.

Benjamin Chesterton

I don’t like heights. No. You’re not listening. I really don’t like heights. So when Pete asks me to make a film about a wingsuit basejumper who would be chucking himself off a 1KM high cliff in Norway I say yes, but what I really mean is no. On the upside the weather is great,…

“She was ready and actually pushed the tweet button”

Benjamin Chesterton

Three words keep going round my head: ‘She was ready’. Remember them. Then take a look at Dan Wood’s very personal photography project ‘Shoot the damn dog’. The very poignant series documents his wife Kate’s struggle with depression, postnatal depression and post traumatic stress disorder. It’s so raw. It’s got to be hasn’t it? If photography has…

duckrabbit’s Mini-Doc Masterclass: Learn how to make cracking short films in 2 days

Benjamin Chesterton

Do you, or your organisation, want to make films like this one (we just made this for The International HIV/AIDS Alliance) but don’t know how to get there? Then this course is for you. Making short films is hard. In fact it’s almost impossibly hard if you haven’t been trained and mentored by a film-maker or…