Very kind of you to offer, Amanda. Hopefully, some of us will take you up on it.
Hey everyone! Screenwriters are free to dream up plot twists for a three-act story, but we documentary filmmakers must design scenes based on what was actually filmed in real life. These two constraintsâ€“â€œwhat was filmedâ€ and â€œreal lifeâ€--present special challenges. Whether a documentary editor is using a three-act storyboard or some other narrative design, how does she stay true to actual happenings when she must persuade and contort them into climaxes and plot turns?
Iâ€™m teaching my popular weekend seminar, â€œStructuring the Character-Driven Documentary,â€ on October 10 and 11 at the San Francisco Film Society. This class will outline the principles of classic three-act narrative structure as taught by professional screenwriters, and weâ€™ll learn how documentary filmmakers can adapt these structural demands to the randomness of real life. For more information, click http://www.sffs.org/classes-and-workshops/schedule.aspx
Hi, I've never done a blog and I am doing my first documentary. I don't seem to be able to get this writing to appear. Alexandra
I'm wondering if anyone out there might be interested in coming out to
South India to help me with a doc that I'm developing/ shooting on the
international eco/ spiritual community of Auroville. I'll be here for
the next 1-2 years and would be interested in working closely with
someone who is good with ideas and people. I can't really offer much
in the way of payment..... I'll rent the house and keep it running.
I'll be in Montreal for late November in the event that anyone is
interested in meeting up to discuss and explore options.
I am putting together a strong production team for an ITVS-funded film for national broadcast on PBS. I need: an editor experienced in character development and story structure – a producer for film outreach, promotion, fundraising, and distribution – and an executive producer. The documentary in production is on the Iraqi refugees in the U.S. Please contact: Jehanharney@aol.com
Looking for UK based crew for doc shoot in London and possibly Edinburgh Oct. 26-29. Please send any recommendations to: email@example.com
Many thanks and kind regards,
The Going Green Film Festival is currently taking submissions for our April 2010 Film Festival in Beverly Hills, CA. This is the only festival of its kind to focus exclusively on green filmmaking, from production to content!
Shorts/Features are being considered for three main categories in the festival:
*GREEN PRODUCTION, where a filmâ€™s production worked to lessen the carbon footprint left on the planet (with sufficient documentation of this process);
*OUR PLANET, where the filmâ€™s topic covers third world issues, ecology, nature or the environment; and
*HYBRID/ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION, where the film features a hybrid vehicle, bicycle, electric scooter or public transportation.
You think your film is Green enough? Submit it for a chance to win a hybrid, tons of other filmmaker prizes and more.
In reply to Krystal Lord's post on Mon 5 Oct 2009 :
No need to double post at the D-Word, Krystal. This is the correct Topic, however.
[Some additional information from Krystal]
We're looking for:
Steady cam and/or B-cam operator
AC with P2 card experience (must know how to download footage for us)
PA (needs to be able to drive producer, director and interviewee to and from locations)
We may also be looking to shoot some aerial footage and I would love suggestions for that as well!
Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many, many thanks and kind regards,
Associate Producer, â€œCool Itâ€
I'm looking for a web developer to implement a creative web design that includes a CMS and multimedia (photos, video) elements. This website is for a non-profit in its first year, doing very exciting things in DC. Big on enthusiasm with a small-ish budget. Please email me at email@example.com if interested, or if you can recommend someone.
I am selling a CD from a teleseminar I hosted on How To Fund Your Dream Documentary. Please take a look at the website and let me know if you think folks would be interested in buying such an information product. Visit docsandtv.com. Thanks!
Learn how to successfully maximize your efforts and get your project out of the â€œdreamâ€ phase and into funded production with this exciting new 45-minute teleseminar.
There are a million stories to be told in the big cityâ€¦ and everyone one of them needs money to make them a reality. Do you have a documentary idea that you want to bring to life? Have you tried to get grants but got disheartened because of rejections or an overwhelming process? Do you work for a production house and need to improve your funding success rate? This recorded teleseminar will demystify the process of funding your dream documentary so that you can share your vision with audiences around the world.
I am seeking a UK based Production Coordinator/Manager to assist us with coordinating shoots in the UK that will be taking place Oct. 26-29. We need someone on the ground there to help us with coordinating interviews and locations in London and possibly Edinburgh, Scotland.
We need assistance as soon as possible.
Please send recommendations and suggestions to: Krystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Producer, â€œCool Itâ€
Vivian Norris de Montaigu, a producer based in Paris, has contacted me to help her find a good videographer in the Washington / Baltimore area to shoot one or two interviews on October 22nd or 23rd. It's in conjunction with a documentary about Pres. Obama's mother. My usual people are all booked; can anyone give me some leads? I don't know Dr. Norris de Montaigu personally, but she comes highly recommended by a friend in the area of microfinance, a subject that I've dealt with a lot. She's also developing a feature film based on the life and work of Muhammad Yunus of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006 and someone I've also worked with a great deal. She wants to shoot in high def, and would rely on the camera person to arrange for equipment and quite possibly also a sound recordist. Here's a link with info about Norris de Montaigu:
No, thanks; I'll check 'em out.
Denis Boni is a terrific camera person. Tell him I said hello
Looking for a volunteer camera assistant for a VERY short shoot tomorrow in DC, from approx. 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Anyone know someone who's looking for experience and up for a little adventure? Please email me at email@example.com
This is your opportunity to work on a short documentary film (5-10 minutes) in a group (3/4 person crew) in a supported environment. During these weeks you will be encouraged to think about how to use your stories/footage/first films to leverage yourself into the next phase of your work. After all your hard work you will be able to enjoy watching all the finished films at a screening hosted at the London Film Academy.
I'm looking for any recommendations that people might have for an experienced editor. Of course, people are welcome to apply to the email below but it would be great if anyone had advice and suggestions. (This is a paid position by the way). Here's the spec;
We are looking for a talented editor for a feature length foreign documentary with a strong narrative. You need to have solid experience in character development and story structure.
Editing will begin in either December or January and ideally, you will be able to travel abroad to edit, but this is not a deal breaker (flight and accommodation will be covered)
You should be skilled in editing in Final Cut, have a quality reel with broadcast credits and references that can be checked.
We also want to produce a trailer.
For full details contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DocuClub in October!
Our October DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m., at the 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street (at Canal). You can take the E, 1, or 6 trains to Canal.
We will screen a rough cut of BAD BLOOD by Marilyn Ness. Through the eyes of survivors and family members, BAD BLOOD chronicles how a â€œmiracleâ€ treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated, they launch a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all.
Director/Producer, Marilyn Ness, is a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker with 14 years of experience. She founded Necessary Films in 2005, directing short films for non-profits and developing documentaries including BAD BLOOD and GENOME. Prior to that, Ness spent four years as a producer for Director Ric Burns, collaborating on four award-winning PBS films: ANSEL ADAMS; THE CENTER OF THE WORLD; ANDY WARHOL; and EUGENE Oâ€™NEIL. Nessâ€™ other credits include films for TLC, HBO, Court TV, and National Geographic, as well as films for the PBS series American Experience and the theatrical feature THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG.
Other credits for BAD BLOOD include Editor Marian Sears Hunter, Director of Photography David Ford, Writers Sheila Curran Bernard and Marilyn Ness, and Coordinating Producers Kristen Vaurio and Christina King.
Our moderator will be Robert Bahar. Bahar is the Emmy-award winning producer/writer of the documentary MADE IN L.A. Funded by ITVS, POV and the Sundance Documentary Fund, MADE IN L.A. premiered on PBS' POV series in 2007 and has screened extensively at festivals around the world. The film, which has received an Emmy Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize and a Henry Hampton Award from the Council on Foundations, is currently the focus of a multi-year DIY outreach and distribution initiative. Bahar previously produced and directed the award-winning documentary LAID TO WASTE, and has line-produced and production managed independent films including ITVSâ€™s DIARY OF A CITY PRIEST, which premiered at Sundance, and PITTSBURGH, which premiered at Tribeca. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is the director/co-founder of Doculink, a grassroots and online community of over 2,500 documentary-makers. He has served on the Board of the International Documentary Association and holds an M.F.A. from The Peter Stark Program at USC.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.
Please purchase your tickets online in advance here:
Only DocuClub members who plan to attend need to RSVP at: email@example.com.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
The Secrets of Successful Proposals
Next Wednesday, Oct 21 | 6:30-8:30pm | $50/$40 | WMM NYC Office
Women Make Movies' Fall Workshop Series kicks off with The Secrets of Successful Proposals. As film funding becomes increasingly scarce and competition grows equally fierce, how will you make your proposal and film stand out in the crowd?
Join us for an essential evening of grant-writing how-toâ€™s. Topics will include identifying a proposalâ€™s 13 elements, writing an effective synopsis, approaching the best funders, and avoiding common mistakes. Successful proposals will be passed out and discussed. Donâ€™t miss this opportunity to improve your skills and take the intimidation out of grant writing! Presented by Michelle Materre, fundraising and grant writing consultant.
Register today! Space is limited. The $40 discount rate is available to D-Word members! https://www.123signup.com/event?id=jsykk
On November 4th, 2009, Kartemquinâ€™s Board of Directors will host a special evening in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the iconic documentary, Hoop Dreams.
Enjoy cocktails, hors dâ€™oeuvres and a rare opportunity to engage with leading documentary filmmakers and prestigious guests. Highlights will include an intimate conversation with Hoop Dreams filmmakers Steve James and Peter Gilbert and the filmâ€™s stars William Gates and Arthur Agee, a keynote by acclaimed Chicago journalist Alex Kotlowitz, and exclusive sneak previews of Kartemquinâ€™s upcoming productions.
The evening will take place at the Gene Siskel Film Center and will feature a discussion on the impact Hoop Dreams had on a generation of viewers and filmmakers, and the legacy of Kartemquin Films moving forward. We wish to create dialogue and build empathy among the attendees of the evening around the urgent, and still relevant issues Hoop Dreams explores.
Join us for this special event to benefit the Kartemquin Films Development Fund. The Kartemquin Films Development Fund will provide critical seed money in support of Â tomorrow's significant social issue documentary films.
Can't attend on November 4th? We're also hosting special events at Columbia College Chicago on October 26th with IFP, and at the Better Boys Foundation on October 16th. Check the Hoop Dreams news and Facebook pages for more details.
Dang, take that on the road and come to NY, Tim. Would love to be there to help celebrate a great doc and a great doc company. Give my best to Steve and Peter.
In reply to Tim Horsburgh's post on Fri 16 Oct 2009 :
Is anyone going to film this? What a great event.
I'm producing a one day shoot in Boston this Thursday for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(www.rwjf.org) documenting a teen led event to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence among young people. Could anyone recommend a documentary style photojournalist who could shoot stills of the event? We're looking for local talent in Boston, someone who is unobtrusive, who can tell a story through moments, and of course high production value. Any suggestions?
In reply to Sara Booth's post on Mon 19 Oct 2009 :
I lived and worked in Boston for 7 years and can recommend you contact Natasha Moustache: (www.natashamoustache.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-869-4742)
Full disclosure: she's a friend, but she's very talented and versatile. I think she's been doing a lot of club-type photography lately to pay the bills, but even if her style is not what you are looking for, she would be a good resource for other photo people in the area. I'll try to think of who else is working there...