The Think Films team are a dedicated bunch of purpose-driven content creators who thrive on producing creative solutions, purpose-driven media and inspiring content for our clients around the world. We believe in making messages with meaning and have a quality, professional and always fun approach to everything we do ! While we all work independently we also come together to collaborate on Think Films projects.
Lara Damiani – Producer/Director/Camera
Lara is a globetrotting purpose-driven filmmaker and founder of Think Films. She started her filmmaking career shooting, directing, producing and distributing her first film – a 52 minute feature documentary about the contemporary history of Tibet in 2008. It featured an exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama and was narrated by Australian actress Kerry Armstrong and screened in theatres worldside as well as on Czech Television and TV NZ for four years running. Since then she has worked as a second unit on ABC’s “Miss Tibet”, as shooter/producer for an episode of the Foxtel reality series “Unveiled” and has filmed, edited and produced a vast array of documentary films and videos for clients that have included Vic Daly Shire Council, Adelaide City Council, Migration Museum SA, Sight For All, the World Bank, UNDP, Relief International and many more in places including remote Australia, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Papua New Guine (Bougainville), Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Vietnam, Timor-Leste and more. Passionate about international and community development, she specialises in working in remote communities with Non-English speakers. As a development documentary filmmaker, she has extensive knowledge of the issues facing developing countries and brings this knowledge to her approach. Her short film “Little Bang’s New Eye” received an IMPACT DOCS Award in February, 2018.
She’s a big believer in finding and sharing intimate and powerful connections with the people she films to create maximum impact for the stories she tells through film. Find out more about Lara here.
Danny Phillips – Editor/Colorist
Danny has over 15 years experience across the full spectrum of video production with strong emphasis on editing, colour grading and post-production finishing, to produce highly polished and client-focused content.
He has worked both nationally and internationally on projects ranging from small scale 3 minute micro-documentaries, to fully funded television broadcast series and has been the editor and colourist for the well known “Love Patrol” television series filmed in Vanuatu and screened around the Pacific. Find out more about Danny and his work here.
Claudio Raschella – Photographer/Videographer/Lighting
Claudio Raschella has been a professional photographer for over 20 years. He specialises in portrait photography and has photographed the Dalai Lama (working with Lara on her documentary “Tibet’s Cry for Freedom”), Barry Humphries, Billy Crystal, Harry Shearer and other international celebrities. He was a finalist in the Inaugural Martin Kantor Portrait Prize at the 2017 Ballarat Foto Biennale.
When not weaving his magic with photography and lighting, Claude also works as a videographer having collaborated with Lara on numerous projects to date which have included photography to complement a short documentary for CUFA in Cambodia and a new documentary filmed in Perth and NSW which currently in production. Find out more about Claude and his work here.
Rusty Stewart – Photojournalist
Rusty Stewart is a photojournalist and videographer with many years news and current affairs experience working for national and international newspapers, news agencies and magazines. Originally from Northern Ireland now based in Alice Springs, he is twice winner of the Provincial Press Photographer of the year Award in Northern Ireland, ( NIPPA ). The United Nations Association of Australia has also selected his photography for inclusion in their annual Media Peace Prize Awards.
Assignments have included Northern Ireland, Bosnia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, the Middle East, the Americas, East Timor’s transition to independence, and official photographer for H.H. The Dalai Lama’s tours to Australia in 2007 to 2016.
He has also focused on Community Cultural Development work within Australia for NGO’s with indigenous communities across Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia and his clients have included the Fred Hollows Foundation, The Torch Project, ICRC, Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd and Amnesty International among others. Find out more about Rusty’s work here.