The Myths of Red Hair

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Being Ginger | 0 comments

While the response to the film has been overwhelmingly positive, a number of people have expressed the wish that I’d included the science behind having red hair.  I can understand that in seeing a documentary called “Being Ginger” most people would probably expect a little science because that is what they are accustomed to seeing in documentaries.  But as filmmaker, science has never really interested me.**  I’m much more interested in storytelling, not simply delivering...

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Reflecting on “Being Ginger”

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Being Ginger | 0 comments

That is to say, reflecting on the film itself. The film went live on Netflix a month ago, and since then I’ve had more viewer feedback than I had in the previous two years combined. I find it very touching, and up to this point I’ve tried to reply to every message and most of the tweets, but it’s getting difficult to keep up and work on the new film, so I figured I’d put out a blog post that covers all of the usual talking points, plus a little bit extra. First and...

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The Redhead Days

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Being Ginger | 0 comments

The Redhead Days

I was looking through my old hard drive today and I came across a file I meant to share ages ago, but in the hustle of finishing the film last year I some how forgot. While editing the film, I had to make many difficult decisions. Thankfully Ben was there to help me out with an objective view point. Towards the end of the edit, on what was my last day with Ben, he said “There’s one other thing.” He wanted to delete a specific sequence from the film. It turned out that he’d...

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Q&A in Toronto

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Being Ginger | 0 comments

Q&A in Toronto

The last six months has been pretty incredible; I’ve attended screenings in eleven cities across North America, and each one was an absolute joy. I wanted to take my camera and film some of the post screening chat at all of them, but it just wasn’t possible. I was able to get some stuff shot after the main Toronto screening, and I’ve put it together in a ten minute YouTube clip. So if you’ve wondered what it was like for me to attend these screenings take a look: I was...

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The Original Opening

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Being Ginger | 0 comments

The Original Opening

The toughest part of making a film is killing your darlings: deleting the scenes you love because you know that you don’t actually need them. The great thing about making films in the 21st century is that your darlings get to live again on YouTube. Today I brought one of my favourite darlings back to life, and I’d like to share it with you. Originally Being Ginger was a short film that I made as a grad student at The University of Edinburgh. It was 23 minutes long, and the...

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