About Me

headshot_6.jpgFILMMAKER  :  DUNCAN

rduncan@landofzi.com

With a passion for photography, filmmaking, and theatre I enjoy delving into all forms of creative expression where there is an attempt at communication between different peoples and cultures.

I have created and directed an animated children’s program entitled “LAND OF Zi,” which has taken me to the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2008, and to Italy for Cartoons on the Bay 2008.  The show was also nominated at Anima Mundi Cellular 2008 (Brazil), AniMadrid 2008 (Spain) and CINANIMA 2008 (Portugal).  Business aspects had me  travel to Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and also to Cannes, France, to attend MIPCOM in 2008.

I am a part-time adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where I teach a course in the Character Animation Dept. entitled “Acting for Animators.” I also teach “Directing Voice-over Talent” in the Experimental Animation Dept.

I recently gave a series of lectures at DreamWorks Animation on the Meisner acting technique.

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Details . . .

  1. Full scholarship to the Banff School of Fine Arts Master Acting Class
  2. Graduated Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner & William Alderson
  3. Apprenticeship as Understudy to John Malkovich in the world premier production of “Burn This”
  4. Guest actor at many regional theatre productions throughout the United States
  5. Membership to prestigious Circle Repertory Company Lab Theatre in New York City
  6. Rave reviews for “Burn This” at San Diego Repertory Theatre
  7. Guest actor in Director’s Unit of the Actor’s Studio, developed two new works before such members as Elia Kazan, Norman Mailer and Ellen Burstyn
  8. Starred opposite Robert Lapone in “Clothes for a Summer Hotel” at York Theatre Company, NYC
  9. Starred with Christopher McDonald in “Bouncers” Tiffany Theatre, Los Angeles
  10. Dramalogue Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Performance for “Judevine”  Hollywood’s Matrix Theatre
  11. Produced and directed theatre productions; “The Talk Show,” “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” “Savage in Limbo,” and “Escape from Happiness”
  12. Television: “Days of Our Lives”, Third Watch
  13. Guest Star – “Stargate SG-1”, “First Wave”, “The New Addams Family”, “Dead Man’s Gun” and “Viper.”
  14. Kyoto Japan, at Kirosawa Film Studios in acting in a historical film for educational distribution; “We Met in Osaka”
  15. Return to study directing and independent filmmaking at New York University. ( School of Continuing and Professional Studies)
  16. Work Locations Dept. of many commercial productions
  17. Completed indi-films
  18. Filming a documentary titled “One for All”
  19. Created and directed animated program for children’s entitled “LAND OF Zi”
  20. Nominated at festivals worldwide
  21. Calarts, teaching Acting to Animators in Character Animation Department, and Directing Voice-over Actors in Experimental Animation Department
  22. NYU, guest teacher on Directing Actors for Camera

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