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For their post-Katrina, coming of age story Daneeta Loretta & Patrick Jackson drew from fact to create the powerful docudrama short Destiny Lives Down the Road. They join me to discuss utilising production techniques that maximise their crew of two, such as live locations and casting individuals as themselves to create authentic performances.

Destiny Lives Down the Road (2011)

Living in a small town sucks for seventeen year old Destiny, especially after an environmental disaster. Deadbeat dad, mom drunk every night, her fantasy is to dance her way out of this hell hole and bring her sisters too. When she joins a dance school after a five year hiatus, she realizes that the difference between fantasy and reality is vast. It’s time to grow up.

The most important thing when you work with non-professional actors is to not make them feel self-conscious[…] It’s all about making performers feel comfortable.

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