Magazine article Screen International

Amy', 'Senna' Archive Producers Launch Indie

Magazine article Screen International

Amy', 'Senna' Archive Producers Launch Indie

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Paul Bell, whose credits include ground-breaking archive docs Amy and Senna, and fellow archive producer James Hunt, the former head of archive at Princess Productions, set up Dog and Duck Films last month.

The duo aim to act as a "hive mind" to help TV and film productions work with archive footage, as well as producing their own TV shows and films.

"I have described what I do as 'make films without a camera', and part of our aim is to do that," said Bell.

"The other side is about working with talented film-makers who might be baffled by archive, which is an industry we understand. It's about finding new stories - Amy and Senna were historical documentaries but they were also new stories."

Dog and Duck is currently working on feature doc about Cecil Beaton, as well as the development of an unnamed co-production.

Bell, who has recently been working with Synchronized TV, Silverback Productions and BBC Worldwide on an app for natural history series The Hunt, which is due to launch this week, pointed to multiplatform productions as potentially significant users of archive content.

"Apps demand content in a way that no one has really considered yet," he said. …

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