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Meet Duncan Robson: Founder, CEO and Creative Director

Duncan is a multilingual and exceptionally talented TVC director, special effects designer, post-supervisor and editor with great practical experience.

A Gifted Story Teller

He grew up surrounded by storytellers on verandahs and around campfires in East Africa, absorbing their art in the naive days before television’s footprint reached Africa. His first experience of ‘movies’ were of animal capture and safaris, projected between two beach chalets in Mombasa – narrated by the pioneers who had made them.

Duncan began his career as a film editor in London, then worked extensively in post production throughout Europe.

He has shot commercials, drama, corporates and documentaries and also directed theatre. He enjoys developing synergies in the creative process and strives to add value, based on extensive experience and deep knowledge of his craft garnered in many countries and through interaction with a wide range of creative production demands and business sectors.

Experience and knowledge from many, many hours in cutting rooms, on set and a range of life’s extreme, beautiful, tragic and perilous situations equip have equipped Duncan with confidence and a formidable reserve of creative experience.

Team Creation

The ability to choose the right personnel and talents is key to the success of The Network.

Whatever the challenge, ‘look’ or style of film required, his extensive hands-on experience allows him to understand, champion and help create the best possible film – and to breathe life and integrity into any project he works on.

He enjoys amplifying the power and range of options available to creative teams and has a good rapport with actors and crew.

Duncan believes that positivity and a happy, constructive, well planned work environment brings out the potential of everyone involved.

Creative Flexibility

Duncan is at home with tight small film ideas, highly technical projects, large scale productions and hard/extreme locations.

profound knowledge of the African continent and its cultures is a pretty formidable USP, when consulting with clients, brand owners and product managers.

Right along the chain we can add value, and consultative competence.

The Network International

Duncan founded The Network Productions International 23 years ago in Cape Town in May 1993.

“We are film-makers and story tellers and apply our skills to helping people translate their visions to the screen, or even stage, when we are not doing it for ourselves.

The Network has worked with filmmakers from every culture and worked in more than 40 countries. We are not daunted by any production or culture or location and have consistently helped our clients to achieve excellent production quality whatever the project”.

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About Duncan

Desert Island Movies: Apocalypse Now, Cool Hand Luke, Mystic River, 12 Angry Men, Babel, Badlands, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The New World, Rumblefish, The Keepers of the Kingdom by Simon Trevor, No Country for Old Men, There will be Blood, A Very Long Engagement.

Favourite Movie Quotes: “What we have here is a failure to communicate” -The Captain (Strother Martin) in Cool Hand Luke; “Charlie don’t surf!” Lt Col. Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) in Apocalypse Now.

Desert Island Music: “Mnemosyne” Jan Gabarek and the Hillard Ensemble, “Blood on the Tracks” Bob Dylan, “Hejira.” Joni Mitchell, “Taming the Tiger” Joni Mitchell, “Gymnopedies” Erik Satie, “Live at the Apollo” Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama, “Dark Side of the Moon” Pink Floyd, “Brushfire Fairytales” Jack Johnson, “SwordFishTrombones” Tom Waits, “Piano Concerto in C”Mozart- Vladimir Ashkenazy, “Kind of Blue” Miles Davis.

Desert Island Books: “Tao Te Ching” Lao Tsu, “The Myth of Freedom” Trungpa Rinpoche, “This Thing of Darkness” Harry Thompson, “Wind Up Bird Chronicles” Murakami