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Benjamin Chesterton

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…

Crossover: probably the best web doc (multimedia) festival in the world

Benjamin Chesterton

I’m sat in the audience during a session on NGO’s which goes something like this: us, them, us, them, storytelling, budgets, tangent … and then it all kicks off. In the comforting gloom of the auditorium lurks Søren Pagter, a guy responsible for probably the best undergraduate photojournalism course in the world.  He’s got a…

duckrabbit goes Rogue With Werner Herzog

Benjamin Chesterton

There’s a moment on the third morning of Rogue Film School where the great film-maker Werner Herzog asks a shy,  super talented young man about his use of visual effects. “We filmed them naked against a green screen and then I used CGI”  Chris Boyd explains. Herzog pauses, then asks genuinely interested, “But what is…

duckrabbit film production internship (paid)

Benjamin Chesterton

Looking for work to kickstart a career in production? Then this might be for you. We’re currently offering a 6 month internship in our Birmingham production office. This is a great chance for the right person to learn in a small company who specialise in mini documentaries. To fit in you need to be passionate…

Are you a World Nomad?

Benjamin Chesterton

It’s an understatement to say I’m not built for jet-lag.   So when Christopher Potter (Creative Director for World Nomads Group having a good laugh at me above) emailed to ask if duckrabbit would come to Sydney and give a training I was flattered but set up a skype convo to politely decline.  I just couldn’t…

Ten reasons why I hate the term ‘poverty porn’

Benjamin Chesterton

First google image the term ‘poverty porn‘. Warning. Don’t do this if you have kids around you. Definition Of Porn: Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.  Equating media of often extremely vulnerable young black children with pornography (something sexual that  people  whack off to for pleasure) in…