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The American Dream

John Macpherson

There’s lots of images. Too many. Too many deaths. Too many injuries. This image by David Becker stopped me for many reasons. (one of a series of striking & thoughtful images here). It’s not the worst image you can find, but it’s one that I thought deeply affecting. Their ‘cowboy’ look, her boots, their hats. At…

Small Town Inertia

John Macpherson

Photography: Investment. Money. Influence. Power. Insight. Yes, all those things are here in an article in The Guardian entitled How Photography Became the Hottest New Investment Choice: Dropping thousands of £’s on a photo is only for a few very wealthy collectors. What about the rest of us? Well how about instead of investing in a…

Hey Charity. Want to get to grips with making unforgettable films? Here’s how.

Benjamin Chesterton

Anyone who tells you it’s going to be a breeze. Word of warning. They are either blissfully ignorant or pulling your leg. Filmmaking is hard. It’s all too easy to set out to conquer YouTube but end up with way too many messages in a bottle lost at social media sea. Don’t despair. We’re programmed…

Duckrabbit autumn mini-documentary workshop

Peter

Summer’s on the way out but all is not lost…  The duckrabbit Autumn 2017 mini-documentary production workshop is taking place on the 2nd and 3rd November in central London.  We pour our years of experience in making short films for broadcast, charities and the non-profit sector into two inspiring and energising days. We’ll be covering…

Lowkey – Ghosts of Grenfell

John Macpherson

Not just a great piece of music, but great video production too. This just ‘works’ – powerful and moving. But this is more than just music and images…its about absence and what we fill that space with…and also guilt, responsibility, and perhaps ultimately accountability.  

A fond farewell

John Macpherson

  I was certain William’s loud wail of protest had reached the ears of the vet in the room above. I could tell by her face when I went upstairs a few moments later she had indeed heard it all. I’d just explained to William what ‘going to sleep’ means when a vet visits to…

From Lesotho to Lewis: observations on Vintage Patronising Crap

John Macpherson

When I was in my early teens, around 1976, I took a wander through a few countries in Southern Africa. “You should visit Lesotho” someone suggested. “Great countryside and the Basotho people are really colourful with their blankets and horses” said another. So I hitchhiked into Lesotho and got a lift with a young Chinese guy…

12 Day all expenses paid film scholarship trip to Kerala with top pro. What’s the catch?

Benjamin Chesterton

Deal of the century? Possibly. Probably. A few years back duckrabbit were invited to Australia to teach the people at travel insurance company World Nomads.  We didn’t want to go. Because way too far. And insurance company. But their Creative Director, Christoper Potter, talked me into it. And I’m glad he did. Because lovely, passionate,…

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…