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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…

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…