The Ghosts In Our Machine

The Eco-System of Documentary filmmaking

From left to right: Iris Ng, Cinematographer; Jason Milligan, Sound Recordist; Lorena Elke, Research Consultant;
Liz Marshall, Director + Producer; Daniel Pellerin, Supervising Re-Recording Mixer; Elma Bello, Dialogue Editor; Matt Chan, Re-Recording Mixer; Nina Beveridge, Producer



This month marks the end of a giant marathon. 2.5yrs to be exact. We are emerging from the bowels of a cavernous mountain and can smell the ocean air … there is a great speckled owl gazing down from her perch, and we can hear a warm buzzy choir of sparrows in the wind.

The epic process of completing a theatrical and broadcast cross-platform project involves mountainous minutia and careful abiding love that is poured into each frame, pixel and sonic note. Hey, we could write a manifesto – chalk full of epic imagery: a menagerie of animals, rubble, urban skyscrapers, graffiti, waterfalls, flowers, desert and mountains called: 
The Eco-System of Documentary.

I have had the good fortune of working with an A-team of collaborators, from our picture editors to cinematographers, composer, sound team and interactive directors (several were with me on the journey of my last film).  And, please help me in saluting these three significant women, without whom
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE would not be what it is:

LORENA ELKE – quite simply, without you this project wouldn’t exist. You inspired me to tackle this complex subject of animal rights years ago, and you have been a moral compass, always reminding me of the circle of life. Thank you from my heart and soul.

JO-ANNE MCARTHUR – your bravery, radiance and unique body of work ( inspired the approach I wanted to take with this film. Thank you sister Jo. May this project take your important work to new heights. May your work be seen far and wide, for the ghosts, (and may you sign many autographs).

NINA BEVERIDGE – your steadfast commitment, remarkable patience, good spirit, support, proficiency and hard hard work has fueled the engine. Thank you for holding the ship down and taking this journey. May the film be seen far and wide, and may we make a lot of sales!

The journeys’ path is changing course, towards all of you, with jewel in-hand.
Well, you will be the judge as to what sort of jewel this is: Do you fall in love with it?
Does it sparkle enough to change your life, or your day? Are you afraid of it? Do you want to share it?

We will be announcing our festival Premier dates in the coming weeks!
Onward we go!



Liz Marshall 
director, writer, producer.

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  1. Donna Oakes February 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

    My heart sings while reading this. I love all of you.
    For the Ghosts always. xoxoxo

  2. Lesley Sampson February 15, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for witnessing and sharing the Ghosts with the world! One pebble dropped into an ocean of change…

  3. Christoffer February 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Wow! Thank you all for your dedicated work with the documentary.
    I hope to be able to watch it soon

    Sincerely Christoffer
    Sweden, Europe