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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…

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John Macpherson

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Make 2017 the year of the mini-doc – new duckrabbit course dates available…

Oliver Sharpe

We are kicking off the year with our first two day mini-documentary production workshop of 2017! It will take place in central London on the 23rd and 24th of February.  We promise an enthusiastic and empowering start to the New Year for anyone interested in documentary film making, whether you’re looking to make your start in the…

“I Have a Name” (…and now I have a face too)

John Macpherson

  Every now and again you cross paths with a stranger, and from that collision of orbits something unexpected occurs. It happened to me some months back when photographer Ray Ketcham contacted me via email and tentatively enquired whether I’d be interested in writing an essay to be included in a forthcoming book he was…

A finger, a trigger, a shoe. A death.

John Macpherson

  Grant Scott has a very thoughtful piece on his site The United Nations of Photography titled ‘The Single Image Narrative: Sometimes It Chooses You’ – it’s well worth a read: “The resulting image tells that story, it’s hyper digital clarity creating a cinematic news image for our times. The narrative is clear, shocking and…

“Do you know what this is?”

Peter

Really happy to hear that this film which we made in Uganda with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance was the recipient of this year’s Golden Radiator Award.  Huge thanks to the Alliance, Gemma, Chris, Oli, Lynda and, of course, Daphine.

Dirt under your fingernails

John Macpherson

A tweet caught my eye today, by @maylavelle   It made me stop and think. I replied “Yes it does”. I don’t know about anyone else, but my work experience is what you might call ‘varied’.  I recounted it recently to a group of under-graduates in Falmouth University where I was External Examiner on their (truly excellent)…

Black bodies, moral choices & the editorial process.

John Macpherson

You may (or may not) have seen the images in the New York Times this week of the intercepted migrant boat off the Libyan coast. If you did, like me, you may have been shocked, not only by the continually unfolding tragedy, but perhaps more so by the stark portrayal of the unnamed individuals lying dead. Not…

Come and learn to make mini-documentaries with us…

Peter

Our two-day mini-documentary production workshop is back, on the 10th and 11th November, in central London.  Over two days, we’ll transport you to the heart of a film set.  We’ll give you the chance to watch and work alongside film-makers on a specially created set. From brief to wrap party we’ll take you through the…

The RIBs are awesome…

Peter

Our latest film for the Born to Engineer campaign.  Big thanks to Lewis and the team at Island RIBs, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Wonder if they’ll let us have one of these to travel between London and Birmingham on the Grand Union canal?

Pines and pleasure

John Macpherson

  I did some work for The Woodland Trust recently. A lovely couple of days in the north of England to photograph some of their woodlands. Smithills Estate near Bolton made a big impression on me. Located on the outskirts of Bolton, the mixed woodland thrives in several glens leading up onto the high moors…

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…

Wind, rain & pain

John Macpherson

The Scottish Highlands are surprisingly big. And also, in very many ways, rather small.  I had this underlined for me last week as I undertook yet another bimble around in my ancient Land Rover with my son William (now aged 8). Despite the remoteness of much of the Highlands, its ‘corridors of passage’ throw people…

The Power & The Glory

John Macpherson

  “There’s a guy from the electricity company in the hall looking for you.” said the secretary at my work, as outside the wind howled like a banshee, hurling the rain horizontally against the window, and forcing it in through the window frame onto the office floor where a bucket was slowly filling. Summer in…

Payback

Peter

On 9/11 Adam Deen drove the streets of north London, celebrating al-Qaeda’s blow against the West. This story of radicalisation and extremism in the UK’s capital city is our latest film, directed and produced for Extreme Dialogue.

“Fat slags…” and shinty sticks

John Macpherson

This will, eventually, be a mild rant. Funny how events from the present can recall, vividly, events from the past. It happened to me a few days ago, in England. But first the past…       …when I was in my teens I worked in the shipyards on the Clyde in Glasgow, staying in…