Documentary: Tell your story of the war in Iraq

#1


Dear ARRSE members,

I’m writing in the hope that you may be able to help me. I’m writing on behalf of Touch Productions, about a landmark documentary we are making for BBC2.

I would like to assure you that the Site Admin of the British Army Rumour Service have supported and given permission for the posting of this message.

Touch Productions is an award-winning production company who specialise in documentary and history programmes. Over the last 20 years we have made many high profile pieces. Some of our most acclaimed films have followed people or organisations at highly sensitive periods, including films with the armed forces, the police, hospitals, hospices and schools. As a company we are often invited back because of the high levels of trust we have gained. (For more information please see our website at www.touchproductions.co.uk. )

The film we are currently researching tells the stories of British soldiers in Iraq, from their perspective. We want to tell the story of the Iraq War through soldier’s letters, blogs, photographs and video footage, as captured by the soldiers themselves and their families. It has no commentary or editorialising and will cover their arrival, the war, the downtime, the shocks, being under fire, the Iraqis and going home.

It aims to build up, together with personal and news archive, a complete picture of the soldiers’ experience. From the laughter and camaraderie to the professionalism as they have to react to different situations. It aims to be an all encompassing film, with contributions from all ranks and units. Our hope is that it becomes the film that people watch which tells their story.

As a result, we would like to contact as many soldiers who have served in Iraq, be they veterans, or families and friends, who may like to share their letters, blogs or video footage with us. In this way we hope to build up a strong picture of the war from the soldier’s perspective. I should mention that all information we receive is completely confidential at this stage, and how we use it is open to discussion.

I am more than happy to answer any queries that people may have. I can be reached at morgana@touchproductions.co.uk (altogether no spaces), or via telephone on 01225 484 666.

Many thanks again for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Morgana Pugh
Researcher
 
#2
What about the small thing of - MONEY. Are you expecting us to donate everything out of the goodness of our hearts??
 
#3
Good point Ronnie - but also refreshing, that a journo comes out head up and has had the decency to abide with common manners and went through good n bad CO!
 
#5
Highly unlikely that any money would be involved, it's not exactly HELLO magazine stuff. Try asking the police/fire service if they got paid. The money is made by Touch Productions through syndication and potentially worldwide distribution..I'm sure a suitable donation to a suitable charity could be negotiated if the exploitation possibilities are fulfilled.

These kind of documentaries are more about getting your voice heard as opposed to the voice of a spokesperson outside Main Building.

If you want money, try tripping up in McDonalds.
 
#6
floppyjocky said:
Highly unlikely that any money would be involved, it's not exactly HELLO magazine stuff. Try asking the police/fire service if they got paid. The money is made by Touch Productions through syndication and potentially worldwide distribution..I'm sure a suitable donation to a suitable charity could be negotiated if the exploitation possibilities are fulfilled.

These kind of documentaries are more about getting your voice heard as opposed to the voice of a spokesperson outside Main Building.

If you want money, try tripping up in McDonalds.
However the production company must be making a profit for making this programme if they didnt whats the point? so why shouldnt we?
 
#7
And another thing......

If you do have some unique footage/photos that you want to make a few quid from and they are particularly good then I'm sure that touch productions would be able to point you in the right direction, in return for you letting them use it gratis...just a thought.
 
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Ronnie8781 said:
floppyjocky said:
Highly unlikely that any money would be involved, it's not exactly HELLO magazine stuff. Try asking the police/fire service if they got paid. The money is made by Touch Productions through syndication and potentially worldwide distribution..I'm sure a suitable donation to a suitable charity could be negotiated if the exploitation possibilities are fulfilled.

These kind of documentaries are more about getting your voice heard as opposed to the voice of a spokesperson outside Main Building.

If you want money, try tripping up in McDonalds.
However the production company must be making a profit for making this programme if they didnt whats the point? so why shouldnt we?
Fair enough Ronnie, but trust me on this one just because something is on the telly doesn't mean it's worth millions. I worked with TV production companies for two years and there is NOT a lot of money to go around, some documentaries do not even recoup their own investment. believe it or not some people just want the thing to be seen, it has a lot to do with reputation. I'm not saying that this is the case here but don't go thinking there is a pot of gold hanging around anywhere.
 
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floppyjocky said:
I'm sure a suitable donation to a suitable charity could be negotiated if the exploitation possibilities are fulfilled.
Hmm we might be interested in discussing the destination for charitable donations. :)
 
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#10
Guys - lots of this site whinge about not having your voices heard. Now someone has stated they want to give the soldiers a chance to put their view across and the first response is How Much?

Do you want to have your view represented, or do you want to make cash/ gain cash for RBL? If this programme is well resourced and well received, awareness of the issues wil be raised and there will be spin offs. If you ask for cash, you will put off serious journalism in return for sensational scoops.

Personally, if you want to charge to have your story heard, I do not want to hear it - go and see Heather McCartney and she will give you her publicist details.

Touch productions website includes the Simon Weston documentaries that revolutionised the way Falklands veterans were viewed and treated as well as some other good stuff. If a serious, well made observational documentary rasies awareness of our soldiers plight, surely this can only be a good thing - as the ad states, no commentary, no editorials. Just blokes and thier stories
 
#11
Hi all, I'm posting this again, Apologies if you have already seen it, I just want to make sure that as many people are able to see this as possible.
Many thanks.

Dear members of The Army Rumour Service,

I’m writing in the hope that you may be able to help me. I’m writing on behalf of Touch Productions, about a landmark documentary we are making for BBC2.

I would like to assure you that the Site Admin of the British Army Rumour Service have supported and given permission for the posting of this message.

Touch Productions is an award-winning production company who specialise in documentary and history programmes. Over the last 20 years we have made many high profile pieces. Some of our most acclaimed films have followed people or organisations at highly sensitive periods, including films with the armed forces, the police, hospitals, hospices and schools. For example, the films we have made with Falklands veteran Simon Weston. As a company we are often invited back because of the high levels of trust we have gained. (For more information please see our website at www.touchproductions.co.uk. )

The film we are currently researching tells the stories of British soldiers in Iraq, from their perspective. We want to tell the story of the Iraq War through soldier’s letters, blogs, photographs and video footage, as captured by the soldiers themselves and their families. It has no commentary or editorialising and will cover their arrival, the war, the downtime, the shocks, being under fire, the Iraqis and going home.

It aims to build up, together with personal and news archive, a complete picture of the soldiers’ experience. From the laughter and camaraderie to the professionalism as they have to react to different situations. It aims to be an all encompassing film, with contributions from all ranks and units. Our hope is that it becomes the film that people watch which tells their story.

As a result, we would like to contact as many soldiers who have served in Iraq, be they veterans, or families and friends, who may like to share their letters, blogs or video footage with us. In this way we hope to build up a strong picture of the war from the soldier’s perspective. I should mention that all information we receive is completely confidential at this stage, and how we use it is open to discussion.

I am more than happy to answer any queries that people may have. I can be reached at morgana @ touchproductions.co.uk (altogether no spaces), or via telephone on 01225 484 666.

Many thanks again for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Morgana Pugh
Researcher

And many thanks to the people who have responded to this advert so far.
 
#12
Morgana,

Welcome to the world of ARRSE, good to see a journo that is willing to admit who they are. You may find it easier to just repost your original plea. A little known procedure used here known as the "BUMP," this will not only bring your post back to the top of the index but will allow all to see what comments have been made on your post already.

All the best Big Red

Oh yeah nearly forgot "BUMP"
 
#13
BigRed said:
Morgana,

Welcome to the world of ARRSE, good to see a journo that is willing to admit who they are. You may find it easier to just repost your original plea. A little known procedure used here known as the "BUMP," this will not only bring your post back to the top of the index but will allow all to see what comments have been made on your post already.

All the best Big Red

Oh yeah nearly forgot "BUMP"
 
#15
Welcome to ARRSE,Morgana,
You've came to the right place for what you need & maybe we can help you out.But please promise us one thing.Dont gloss over the soldiers stories.Tell it as it is & if that makes Phony Tony squirm,all the better!(bwg)Having not been to Iraq with the Army (I'm Ex-Crab Air) I cant help you much.
Spike
 
#16
Morgana,

Can you tell us whether you have approached the MOD about this? I'm sure you are aware there are rules regarding serving members of the Armed Forces having contact with the media.

I get the impression from your first post that you are only in the early research stages in which case any info you get at this stage may only be used to scope the story you will get from following those deploying, is this a correct assumption?

I am slightly confused with how the programme will eventually be put together - is it to be similar to the excellent TELIC 4 documentary which followed selected members of 1 RHA (Can't remember the title, something about "soldier, husband, dad") where you will select personeel scheduled for future deployments and then follow them from start to finish, or, will it be put together mainly from the collected videos and blogs etc you refer to in your first post from those who have already been out there.

If the latter can you give assurance that you intend to seek permission to use photo's and videos etc from everyone who appears in them and not just the person submitting it?

Either way please don't forget the Reservists (Regular and Volunteer) who have put there civillian lives on hold to step up to the plate.

I'm not being negative for the sake of it, I am very keen to see the true story getting out but I'm just very cynical and wary of anyone from the media who claims to want to help out the forces - unfortunately past experience has shown that actually the only people the media wish to help are themselves (and there's nothing wrong with this if you're honest enough to admit it up front!)

All the best and please keep us informed of progress,

Humph.
 
#17
Dear Humph and ARRSE members,

There has been some response to our posting for the BBC documentary that Touch Productions are producing, and there were some issues raised. I hope that this message answers some of them.

I would like to assure you that we are in official discussions with the MoD, and the last press officer Colonel David Norris supported the film; we are currently going through official channels with the Ministry of Defence.

This film is in the early research stages and as such we are looking for letters, blogs, videos and photographs to represent and tell the stories of the British soldiers serving in Iraq. We are not looking to follow this story in a traditional observational documentary style.

What we are trying to do is to tell the story of the war in Iraq dating back from the invasions in 2003 until now, through these letters, video diaries etc. It is research at this stage, and I can absolutely assure you that any information or material received will be held in the strictest confidence.
If we do decide that we would like to include this material in the programme, we would then contact everyone individually for their permission before going any further.

With regards to reservists and volunteers, we are extremely keen to hear everyone's point of view, and some members of the production team have relatives that have been reservists serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Your worries and doubts are all totally understandable, but please allow me to assure you that this film is going to tell the stories of the soldiers in a totally straightforward manner, in which the personal letters, blogs, photographs, notes, diary entries, video diaries, video footage (anything shot might be useful - including footage captured during meals etc!) will be the entire body of the film.

If you have any questions, please either telephone 01225 484666 or email morgana@touchproductions.co.uk
We have a great deal of experience in films of this nature, having made numerous films with soldiers current and past over the years, including veterans and soldiers from World War II, The Falklands and Bosnia.

I hope this helps to clarify our intentions, and if you have any further questions, or would like to get in touch and share your stories, please do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

Morgana
 
#18
...having taken part in this sort of thing before all I can say is BEWARE! The finished article differs significantly from what you had intended & in my case made me look a right <****>!
 

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