The bond between soldiers and their dogs, the selection process of the K-9 division, and the experience of both animals and handlers in war zones is discussed in this full length and uncensored BYOD interview with Always Faithful documentary director Harris Done.
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BYOD is hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice. Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi shares her insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Harris Done is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television where he earned a degree in Film Production. While there, he photographed the award-winning film, Hotel November, and directed a documentary about competitive fencing, Throwing Steel. Harris has worked extensively behind the camera and made his feature doc directing debut with War Dogs Of The Pacific.
00:01 Welcome to BYOD.
01:30 Introducing Harris Done.
03:00 Done’s connection with the relationships marines have with their dogs.
05:50 Always Faithful: The process of selecting canines and handlers.
09:00 Done on communicating the bond between handler and dog.
11:30 Always Faithful: The preliminary training of military dogs.
20:20 Always Faithful: Training military dogs for field combat with marines.
24:30 The process of marines taking care of their canines in order to ensure proficiency.
26:00 Always Faithful: The co-dependence between a marine and their canine.
31:10 Always Faithful: Why dogs are not seen as equipment in the eyes of soldiers.
35:10 Thanks and goodbye.