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