Team Talk – Ben Kaufman John Ford - Head of Film by John Ford, Head of Film

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Welcome to Team Talk, our regular blog from our awesome team of filmmakers.

Remind us what you do at Contra?

I’m the Creative Producer at Contra. Which involves lots of conceptualising, lots of research and lots of coffee!

Ben - Creative Producer

What have you been up to recently?

I’ve just returned from a trip to Los Angeles, which was really inspiring. I met some incredible mentors from Director Mark Romanek to K.K. Barrett, the world class Production Designer whose credits include ‘Being John Malkovich’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. I’ve also been shooting and developing loads of 35mm stills, which has been a rewarding (and expensive) challenge!

What have you worked on that you’re most proud of?

It has to be a commercial for Allan Gray that I produced earlier this year. It was very challenging to pull off, but tells a beautiful story of a father instilling important values in his son.

What have you got coming up that you’re excited about?

I’m excited to see what 2019 has in store for Contra. We’ve got some interesting projects in the pipeline. I’ve also got a couple of personal stills projects in development, which again will be challenging (and expensive).

Who’s inspiring you at the moment?

Steve McCurry.

What have you seen recently that has blown your mind?

Johnsonville.

Finally… Give us some words of wisdom!

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad ~ Samuel Goldwyn

John Ford - Head of Film by John Ford, Head of Film
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