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Benjamin Chesterton

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…

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…