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FILM & TV
"Some say documentary film is storytelling with found objects, but great documentaries are built on much more than luck," says story consultant Dawn Brett-Hauschild. "Like any filmmaker, you need to communicate a clear vision for a compelling story before the camera rolls."
That's why some of Canada's most celebrated documentary film directors and producers partner with Dawn Brett-Hauschild to create films that win awards, such as the Special Jury Award from the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Japan Prize for Youth Education, and the Audience Award for World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival, among many others.
Hoping to level the playing field between established and emerging voices, Dawn also works with first-time documentary filmmakers to create pitches, outlines and films grounded in her teachings of quality research, character development and story structure.
Because a well-crafted story is how today's documentary filmmakers get projects greenlit, build large audiences and encourage empathy for all human beings trying to survive and thrive in this crazy world.
DOCUMENTARY FILM WORK
DOCUMENTARY FILM TESTIMONIALS
"DAWN IS A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO ANY DOCUMENTARY TEAM - HER SKILLS IN RESEARCH, NUANCED COMMUNICATION AND HER FOCUS ON ACCESSIBLE STORYTELLING ARE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO ANYONE WHO HAS THE GOOD SENSE TO WORK WITH HER."
- BETSY CARSON / AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER / GRANT STREET PRODUCTIONS
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"AFTER WORKING WITH DAWN OVER THE YEARS, I KNOW HER TO BE A TIRELESS WRITER AND CREATIVE PRODUCER WHO HAS LENT HER TALENTS TO A NUMBER OF FACTUAL TELEVISION SERIES AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS.
PERSONALLY, SHE WAS A HUGE ASSET ON MY FILM, THE CORPORATION. RELEASED IN 2003, THE CORPORATION BECAME THE HIGHEST-GROSSING CANADIAN FEATURE DOCUMENTARY EVER MADE AND I CAN SAY WITH CERTAINTY DAWN'S WORK CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THAT SUCCESS.
I CAN’T SPEAK HIGHLY ENOUGH OF HER GREAT STORY INSTINCTS, HER CAN-DO ATTITUDE, AND HER ABILITY TO SIZE UP COMPLEX PROBLEMS AND IMPLEMENT COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS. SHE IS ORGANIZED AND EFFICIENT, INSIGHTFUL AND WISE.
A GREAT TEAM PLAYER."
- MARK ACHBAR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / CO-DIRECTOR
THE CORPORATION & MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA
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"ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WORKING WITH MULTIPLE CREATIVES IS MAKING SURE EVERYONE FEELS HEARD. THIS IS DAWN'S SUPERPOWER. DAWN IS ABLE TO WEED THROUGH COUNTLESS IDEAS, DISTILLING THE STRONGEST ONES INTO A SHOW-STOPPING TREATMENT, ALL WITH HER SIGNATURE WARMTH, GOOD HUMOUR AND ABSOLUTE PROFESSIONALISM. WE LOVE WORKING WITH DAWN!"
- RYAN MAH / DIRECTOR / BLACK RHINO CREATIVE
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