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My Mate Travis

John Macpherson

“He’s my mate, I mean what else can you do if not something for your mate? So I got him this so he can walk with me, and he loves the beach…”     I’d spotted the dog’s owner hauling the giant German Shepherd from the back of his van beside the beach. The dog…

I produced a BBC strand where the male presenter was paid at least 60% more than the female presenter. It’s toxic and it has to stop.

Benjamin Chesterton

I’ve followed with interest Carrie Gracie’s brave decision to publicly resign from her job as the BBC’s China Editor in an attempt to highlight the broadcasters failure to pay men and women equally. Following the BBC’s abject response to Gracie’s open letter I want to share my experience of the impact of unequal pay at the…

Work for duckrabbit. Aspiring film-maker/assistant producer wanted.

Benjamin Chesterton

After five years we’re saying goodbye and good luck to our much loved production manager Oliver Sharpe. Oli joined us fresh out of Uni where he studied photography and film as a mature student. He’s gone on to direct some terrific films, as well as assist on shoots as far and wide as Ethiopia, Iceland…

Life’s a Beach, and Then You Try

John Macpherson

  “Thats a lovely dog” said the lone man on the beach. The only other person out on this stormy day. “She’s very friendly!” I could just hear his voice above the whistling westerly wind that scoured the beach, peppering my legs with loose sand that, once mobile, windrippled along, aggregating in dips and hollows…

Women photograph. Everything.

John Macpherson

Women photograph? Yes. Why? Why not. How? Easily. Eh? Because they’re everywhere. And they’re good. And if they don’t photograph, we all lose out. So what have they been doing? This:   Take a deep breath and….   More, yes even more…     So there you go. Good eh! And what does one of…

Under pressure

John Macpherson

The front door opened and she walked in slowly. So very painfully slowly. Glacial would perhaps best describe her gait. She wore a rough white woollen wrap over a loose-fitting comfortable track suit. Loose-fitting, not by choice, but by having become so unbelievably frail that even the slimmest-fitting clothing would hang loose upon her. Faces…

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…