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London drizzle warming up. Must mean it’s time for the duckrabbit summer mini-documentary workshop.

Peter

The duckrabbit summer 2017 mini-documentary production workshop is taking place on the 13th and 14th July in central London.  We pour our years of experience making short films for broadcast, charities and the non-profit sector into two inspiring and energising days. We’ll be covering pre-production, equipment, interviewing, lighting, directing skills and much more in two intensive…

A week like no other.

John Macpherson

  I’ve just had a memorable week. My mum died, and we buried her. That’s the short version. The long version? Well, permit me the indulgence to weave a tale that encompasses laughter, tears, xenophobia, illness, memory and brilliant crystalline light. I’ve decided to do this because a few days ago I stood with my arms around…

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…

Beyond The Frame

John Macpherson

Photographs are intriguing things. They show you stuff. You can look at a photo and see everything in it. And sometimes when ‘the story in an image’ is not fully visible, you can often look at several related images and gain a more rounded view, understand more about what is being shown. You might think that…

Are you paying attention?

Oliver Sharpe

It’s 2am. I’m sipping peppermint tea from a ‘Doctor Who’ flask. Hunched in my jacket on the platform. It’s -15C, the middle of Siberia in December, and it’s only going to get colder the further we go. The train station is quiet and eerie. The green tint of the floodlights transforms the smoke rising from the ancient…

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…

Skye’s The Limit

John Macpherson

Need a wee break from all that Brexit nonsense? This might be for you. Untaxing, easy on the eye and no unforeseen problems. I took a few days off last week and went to the Isle of Skye. For those of you uncertain where Skye is, it lies off Scotland’s west coast. It’s big, the second largest island in…

Islamic Fun………..

John Macpherson

It’s fairly common these days for the word ‘Islamic’ to be followed by that second word ”Fun…’ but continuing with the additional …‘damentalism’ tacked on the end, usually on the front of a newspaper, and going on to tell us why we should all be afraid.  Which is a shame. The notion of a group of…

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…

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…