Alison Garwood Jones

Covering female territory on film

January 5, 2017

Is being female ever an advantage in filmmaking? In Ep. 3 of Willful, filmmaker Maureen Judge discusses

• getting female territory on film.
• how she deals with setbacks.
• her seminal influences.
• the constant exploration of ideas and new technologies.

Willful is the web series that tracks how artists and creative entrepreneurs work, thrive and survive. We interview one artist a week, then post five three-minute snack films from that interview on YouTube every day.

Follow us here on our YouTube Channel or on our website WillfulProject.com for more inspiring interviews.

To check out Maureen’s work and some of her influences, go to:

http://www.MyMillennialLife.ca
http://www.makinmovies.ca/productions-3/docs/unveiled
http://greygardensonline.com/the-documentary/
https://www.criterion.com/people/1057-eric-rohmer

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Capturing transformative moments on film

January 4, 2017

One of the greatest pleasures and saviors of working in the arts is losing yourself in the work. In Ep. 2 of Willful, filmmaker Maureen Judge describes

• what moves her the most about documentaries.

• how she chooses her subjects.

• how she sets out to capture those transformative moments in people’s lives. “I look for subjects who are living the broader shifts and changes in society.”

To wit: Her latest TVO doc, My Millennial Life, formed in her mind after she read news articles about youth unemployment in Spain and Greece. “It really resonated for me as a parent of Millennials.”

Willful is the web series that tracks how creative entrepreneurs work, thrive and survive. I interview one artist a week, then post five three-minute snack films from that interview on YouTube every day.

Follow us on our website or on our YouTube channel for more inspiring interviews.

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Getting her start in filmmaking

January 4, 2017

In this episode of Willful, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Maureen Judge, tells me how she got her start in film.

Maureen heads up the production company, Makin’ Movies, and creates documentaries that take you inside people’s lives.

Highlights in this interview include:
• Why Maureen chose documentaries over other forms of filmmaking.
• Her first camera.
• How photo albums, sewing, and studying philosophy all worked together to shape Maureen’s vision as a documentarian.

Willful is the web series I’ve created with Yann Yap. It tracks how artists and creative entrepreneurs work, thrive and survive. We interview one artist a week, then post five three-minute snack films from that interview on YouTube every day.

Follow us here and on our YouTube channel for more inspiring interviews.

 

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Willful web series

January 3, 2017

Alison Garwood-Jones interviews Andrew Dobson of dobbernationloves.com

This is me talking with my pal, Andrew Dobson, creator of the food and travel media empire, DobberNationLoves.

Andrew is one of dozens of creative entrepreneurs and artists I’ll be interviewing in Willful, a new web series I co-created with my friend, Yann Yap, a producer, photographer and videographer currently working at TFO.

yann-yap-and-alison-garwood-jonesA selfie of the creators, Yann Yap and Alison Garwood-Jones

Willful tracks how creative entrepreneurs work, thrive and survive, and today is the series launch!

I’ll be interviewing one artist a week, then posting five three-minute snack films from that interview on YouTube every day.

As freelancers,  Yann and I are always looking for good stuff to jump start our day, whether it’s an inspiring story, advice on process, how to pivot or transfer your skills as jobs change, and tips on the economics of being (and staying) creative. I know tons of people who geek out on that stuff. So, this is for you!

In each episode, you’ll meet women and men who are:

• Gutsy and joyfully oblivious to “You can’t do that” and “Who do you think you are?” (it’s a Canadian thing)

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Rachel Krehm and Aria Umezawa (above), the co-founders of Opera5 are a good example of that.

• Determined to make things, then put them out into the world.

Filmmaker Maureen Judge

Genie award-winning documentary filmmaker, Maureen Judge (above), is someone I admire because she has chosen a career that matches her determination to stay curious and interested in life. Her latest doc is called, My Millennial Life. Maureen is our first guest this week.

• Innovators and disruptors whose focus and positivity has elevated them above the snark of flabby, anonymous commenters.

Alison Garwood-Jones interviews Ricardo McRae

Painter turned “vision activator,” Ricardo McRae (above), has many insightful things to say about dancing with fear. And I’m not talking the kind of fear spread by crooked politicians, but private fears that stop us from speaking out or crafting original solutions to problems. In addition to his work with brands, Ricardo is the founder of Black in Canada, an organization that seeks to shift the popular narrative of Black achievement in this country, and around the world.

There’s a current of willfulness running through every creative person I’ve ever met — a certain scrappiness and determination. “Willful” is something you have to be if you want to make a real difference in the world. Hence, the name for the series.

Ladies and gents, the trailer to Willful:

If you like what we’re doing, please share using the appropriate buttons down below.

To be a part of “Willful”

If you are creative and have a “Willful” story worth sharing on camera, contact us at willfulproject@gmail.com, or on Twitter @WillfulProject.

Our thanks to The Merchant Tavern for generously offering us a stage.

 

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Mrs. H.T. Miller

December 17, 2016

Mrs. H.T. Miller from Truman Capote short story from 1945, "Miriam."

Mrs. H.T. Miller, widow: iron-gray clipped hair (lightly waved). No makeup. Smokes occasionally. Eats peppermints. Keeps them in the right pocket of her full-length beaver coat. #CapoteCharacters, 1945.

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Marilyn

December 8, 2016

Water-soluble graphite drawing of Marilyn Monroe

“Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.” — Marilyn Monroe to reporter Patricia Newcomb, 1962.

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Poets

December 4, 2016

Eileen Myles quote

So says Eileen Myles on Design Matters podcast with  Debbie Millman#Auden #Cohen #Whitman #Kunitz #Neruda #Collins
#Dickinson #poetry

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Thursday sketchbook

November 24, 2016

Waiter carrying plates. #PentelBrushPen #Watercolour

After the banquet.

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November 22, 2016

I'm torn between being happy and being informed.

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Monday sketchbook

November 21, 2016

Watercolour and Pentel Brush Pen drawing

In her next role, Jessica played a 1930s stenographer.

Micron pen and watercolour drawing

Bruce wondered if he would find another job.

In her next

Pedro’s days in the band took him all over Mexico.

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Barbara swims every day. She doesn’t talk to the other swimmers.

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Stephen wrote Carrie in a trailer on a portable typewriter.

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