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The Myths of Red Hair

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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 information.  That said, back in August I was invited to attend a talk...

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Reflecting on “Being Ginger”

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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 foremost, the first scene in the film was shot in March of 2011. The last...

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The Redhead Days

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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 known it needed to go for some time but he held off on telling me...

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Q&A in Toronto

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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 pretty nervous about drawing a real audience each time, but the Toronto...

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The Original Opening

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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 clip above was how it opened. I tried to use the full short film as...

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Sexual Stereotypes

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Sexual Stereotypes

Lots of people make suggestions about what kind of film I should make next.  I always try to listen, because you never know, but the truth is it takes about three years to make a film.  And if I’m going to invest that kind of time on something I have to really want to delve into that world.  Usually I don’t.  I have my own list of films that I really want to make, and I’m always adding to it. Today I was asked to make a documentary about the sexual stereotypes associated with red hair.  The person who recommended it said it would be a perfect...

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Being Ginger in the Pacific Northwest

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Being Ginger in the Pacific Northwest

People are amazing. I think I watch the news too much sometimes; the news is always full of the worst bits of humanity.  It can make you question basic human decency.  But then you go out, and you put forth a little effort (or maybe a lot of effort) and your reward is a seemingly never ending stream of kindness. I flew up to Seattle on Monday.  It was my first time in the Pacific Northwest.  An old friend gave me a brief tour of the city, and I was able to grab a pint with another old friend from high school I hadn’t seen since 1998. I spent...

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Being Ginger in Dallas

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Being Ginger in Dallas

I have never been so nervous in my life. I had been though six screenings of Being Ginger going into last night, and the audience reaction has always been nothing but positive.  But this screening was different.  My parents where there. One night back in 2001 I called my parents to tell them I had decided to change majors from Mechanical Engineering to Film.  And in the last 13 years, I’ve never shown them any of my work.  I think in my mother’s case she assumed I didn’t respect her opinion, but the truth is exactly the opposite.  My parent’s...

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Being Ginger in Austin

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Being Ginger in Austin

So the Being Ginger Tour is off to a flying start.  I had my first screening down in Austin on Monday, and it was a truly special experience.  It was a rough day at first because I learned at midnight the night before that the theatre couldn’t play my BluRay disk.  I spent the entire day trying to find a solution, racing back and forth across town terrified that we would have to cancel the screening.  This was going on at the same time I learned the screening had sold out.  Long story short, we had to play the film as a standard definition...

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Now that is a noble cause

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Now that is a noble cause

I don’t usually do this, as a rule, but I’m making an exception because this is a friend of mine. Are you familiar with the series on Vine called “Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal?”  It’s a brilliant series that went viral this past year.  Here’s a sample of it: This simple premise, which gives me so much joy every time I watch it, was created by a friend of mine named Ryan McHenry.  Ryan was an undergrad film student when I was getting my master’s at the Edinburgh College of Art.  He did fiction, and his graduation film was amazing.  He is...

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