Camille Hardman has been creating documentary and non-scripted programming for over 15 years. Starting in her native Australia, she created documentary content for Australia’s largest broadcast network, Channel 7, as well as the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, RAI, NHK, BBC, ITV etc. Camille then moved to Los Angeles where she has produced a variety of reality TV projects and created the HGTV/DIY NETWORK series RESTORED.
What is the most important skill a director can possess?
The ability to observe, perceive and translate a story in to a succinct and cohesive narrative which resonates with its intended audience. A non-scripted director also needs to be adaptable and a good listener with the confidence to alter the direction of the story when unforeseeable events spontaneously occur and the story takes a different tact.
Why do you like non-scripted material?
I’m fascinated by human nature and the choices people make in life. Then discovering the chain of events and the emotional reactions that occur after those choices were made.
I’m always asking myself the question – how did this person get to this point in their life?
There are so many people with stories I’ve met that if you created a movie with those same storylines – people would think they were far fetched.
If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
David Attenborough, Louis Leakey, Kathryn Bigelow, Diane Fossey, Jane Goodall
What surprises you the most about people?
How everyone wants to be a celebrity. Also human injustice. I can’t believe human slavery still exists in 2013.
What important elements do you want in all your projects?
Truth and humour. When I’m creating a comedic documentary, docu-drama or reality TV, I want the characters to come across as authentic. I also like when people turn to me and say, “is this for real?” And it is.
What couldn’t you live without?
Freedom, spontaneity and the ability to travel.
What is your spirit animal?
A Jaguar. I appreciate animals which are purely instinctual and stealthy by nature. They don’t let their emotions overpower their need for survival. As humans we tend to let our emotions unnecessarily dictate many of our moves in both relationships and in business.