A Non-Lesson In Filmmaking And Life

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This blog post is going to be a bit different to my previous ones. This time, I won’t be talking about documentary, but rather, about what it’s like to be a filmmaker, and maybe in a bigger sense, what it is to follow your ‘dream’. I’ll be talking about filmmaking here, but I hope what I’m saying applies to life in general, or at least to artists. So hold on to your… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Shut Up And Listen: How To Control People’s Minds

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Recently I had the good fortune to be working on a terrible TV show. The show was made up of a variety of interviews between the presenter and her guests. As I edited these interviews, I noticed something- every time the interviewer asked a question, the light would go out in the guests’ eyes. Some would even grimace. And none of them would relax and open up to her. So the interviews,… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Documentary making is an exercise in disappointment

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I’ve had this weird experience over the last few documentaries I’ve made. I’ve started out with a story that I was really passionate about- something exciting, unusual, full of life. Whenever I’ve pitched any of these films to people I’d catch myself saying, ‘the story’s all there, I just have to shoot what I see and it’ll be perfect!’ But once I begin shooting and editing the story, I’d realise that all… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Relax lads, God’s in control

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A few years ago, I was making my first documentary in Africa. As you can imagine, this was a terrifying and exciting experience in equal measure. I had no idea what I was doing, what the story I was trying to tell was, or how I was even supposed to tell it. All I had for guidance was a copy of Herzog On Herzog I’d nicked from the college library and a notebook stuffed… Read More

Tommy Flavin- You Want The Truth? You Can’t Handle The Truth!

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As I touched on in my last blog post, one of the things I’m most excited for with METAMORPHOSIS is the potential that arises from presenting a documentary film in the context of an art exhibition. A frustration I’ve been encountering more and more in my work is trying to find a balance between making a film that an audience finds satisfying and enjoyable, while still expressing what it is I want… Read More

Tommy Flavin: Documentary Is Like Really Expensive Therapy

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The idea of this blog is to document the process of developing art from its inception through to its eventual culmination as part of the exhibition and symposium, METAMORPHOSIS. So to kick off my own series of posts, I thought I’d give a little background as to myself and my own practise. Here, I’m going to talk about how documentary making can be weirdly therapeutic. It might sound odd to say, but… Read More