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Journey & truth

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Journey & truth

Good feeling

Two months ago, I was taking a city bus through an area that had been hit hard by the economic crises of the past decade. There was an old man in the centre section of the bus, near the back doors. Instead of a walker, he had a little old wooden table on wheels to...

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Into the labyrinth

It's been 18.5 years since I first became professionally involved in filmmaking. I've spent a great deal of time working with technical aspects of filmmaking - scripting, filming, editing, etc. - but these things are behind me now. Everything beyond this point is...

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Keep your dreams

I first launched 'The Human, Earth Project' after learning of the abduction of my young Hmong friend, M.   The impossible dream behind the project was to get M home. M was taken from her home in northern Vietnam in July 2011, and presumed trafficked into China. ...

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Speaking in tongues

Today I want to recognise a few of the unsung heroes behind the scenes here at 'The Human, Earth Project' - the interpreters and translators who have made 'Sisters For Sale' possible. 'Sisters For Sale', our feature documentary, tells the story of the search for my...

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A touch of colour

I met Marta Farina on my very first trip to Vietnam, seven years ago. I spent two weeks with Marta and her then-partner Fausto, getting to know Sapa and the Hmong girls who have now become the focus of our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale'. The next time I saw...

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Almost killed me

I never imagined making a feature film would be easy, but I never knew how hard it was going to be. You pick the film apart. You put it back together. You watch it again, and again, until you just can't see it anymore. You push yourself, just a little further. Making...

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The final cut

Many things in life are a lot more complicated and time-consuming than originally anticipated. Recording the narration for our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale', was no exception. When I first began scripting the film, I tried to distance myself from the story,...

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Making the grade

There are almost a thousand separate pieces of footage in 'Sisters For Sale'. Each of those needs to be analysed, corrected and enhanced so they look great both individually, and as a cohesive whole. Some shots require little or no adjustment. Others can be run...

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Torn apart

'Sisters For Sale' has been my baby for years.  I've been intimately involved in every stage of its development - which makes me the worst person to see it objectively, much less to tear it apart. Last month, I visited Denmark's second-largest city, Aarhus, to work on...

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Poster girl

Our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale', tells a five-year story in two short hours. The trailer for the film showcases the same five-year story in just three minutes. Today, for the first time, I'm sharing the 'Sisters For Sale' poster - which is designed to...

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A well-kept secret

It's an exciting time for 'The Human, Earth Project' - we're approaching a huge milestone with the release of our feature documentary, 'Sisters For Sale', and today I'll be raising the curtains on where our journey will be leading us beyond the film!  First things...

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Checking it twice

I've now spent some 50-odd months working on 'Sisters For Sale' and 'The Human, Earth Project'. For much of that time, I've been working alone - but I don't like to refer to 'Sisters For Sale' as "my" documentary, or 'The Human, Earth Project' as "my" project, because...

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Like clockwork

To the audience, a good film seems to flow uninterrupted from beginning to end.  The images and sound seem to blend together to create a single continuous piece, a river of light streaming from one scene, one shot, one idea, to the next. Behind the scenes, it's a very...

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Continuity

Since my work against human trafficking began four years ago, there has been a high level of uncertainty in my life. I didn't know what had happened to my kidnapped friends, or how to find them. I didn't know what would happen to my friends - or their children - after...

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Beyond the waves

This week marks not one but three milestones. On Tuesday I shared a birthday with 'The Human, Earth Project', now in its fifth year, so this - my 200th blog post - seems like a good moment to pause for reflection. I was fortunate enough to have been born and raised in...

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2017

Some of you haven't heard from me in three months, and I apologise. A technical glitch has prevented delivery of news via the mailing list. You'll have missed some interviews, my year-end reflection, and my new year's resolution. Today I'll be looking at where 'The...

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