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TBI Q&A: Dan Salmon

Dan Salmon.
Director Dan Salmon answers The Big Idea community questions about making Dirty Bloody Hippies,&n

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Director Dan Salmon’s documentary Dirty Bloody Hippies takes a trip back to 1970s New Zealand to explore what happened to the great hippy experiment.

Read Dan's TBI Q&A and his answers to The Big Idea Community questions in the comment box below.

During what hours of the day do you feel most inspired?

6am

Director Dan Salmon’s documentary Dirty Bloody Hippies takes a trip back to 1970s New Zealand to explore what happened to the great hippy experiment.

Read Dan's TBI Q&A and his answers to The Big Idea Community questions in the comment box below.

During what hours of the day do you feel most inspired?

6am

How would a good friend describe your aesthetic or style?

Chaotic or baroque, depends how pretentious they were.

What aspect of your creative practice gives you the biggest thrill?

The doing. Making stuff. Telling stories.

How does your environment affect your work?

Enormously. I need time to think, but then I seem to work well when I am pushed.

Do you like to look at the big picture or focus on the details?

Big picture.

What's your number one business tip for surviving (and thriving) in the creative industries?

Learn to juggle, tread water and muddle through.

Which of your projects to date has given you the most satisfaction?

No idea sorry.

Who or what has inspired you recently?

Doing the Masters in Creative Writing at Auckland University as an adult student last year was a great opportunity to examine the limitations and constraints of working on screen.

Tell us a bit about your background.

I’ve been a director for about 15 years.

Tell us a bit about ‘Dirty Bloody Hippies’ from conception to inception.

Producer William Grieve came to me with some old hippie archive and said, do you think there is film in this. The archive was wonderful, and I said yes immediately. Then of course we had to set about raising funds.

If you could go back and choose a completely different career path to the one you've chosen, what would it be?

What do you mean? I’m still trying to work out what the first one is.

What place is always with you, wherever you go?

The Waitemata Harbor.

What's the best way to listen to music, and why?

Live or on vinyl. Why, because I’m a bit of a wanker.

You are given a piece of string, a stick and some fabric. What do you make?

A sail.

What's the best stress relief advice you've ever been given?

Two deep breaths. And reading about Cardiac Harmony in David Servan-Schreiber.

What's great about today?

I’m going to see The People vs George Lucas

What’s great about the Documentary Edge Festival?

A chance to focus on documentary on the big screen and to see films from overseas we have no other chance to see.

What’s your big idea for 2011?

Finish several of the projects that are hanging over my head, and start again.

Further Information: Dirty Bloody Hippies

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The Big Idea Editor

17 Feb 2011

The Big Idea Editor