Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

Help with The D-Word

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Difficulties with The D-Word? If you can't find the right answers on our Help page, please post in this topic. Ideas for future D-Word releases or projects can be posted here as well.

Ben Kempas

Oh, I've got a few pics of that... You'll have to wait for a few months though before I can post them... Remind me.

Peter Gerard

Will try to scan some this week.. I just got the film developed... maybe I can get mine up before Ben gets back from the boat!

Hashin Hassan

(excuse me if this is not the right page for posting this message)

Hi my name is Hashim. I study Video production in Leicester, UK. I would appreciate it if any professionals could give answers to my questions regarding new media technology and documentary film industry. It's for my current assignment.

How many years of experience do have in filmmaking?

Have you experienced the shift from analogue to digital? If so, what has changed in your work routine? How different do you work now?

What equipment do you use (currently)?

Do you choose equipment that you are comfortable with and meet the standards of broadcast? Or are they determined by the nature of the documentary you are making?

Do you feel it is necessary to be constantly aware of new technology or do you think that current standards are sufficient for you?

As a filmmaker, do you set yourself moral principals? Do you have lines drawn? Are there projects that conflict your principals and how do you deal with them?

Do you set yourself new goals and new standards every time? How do you move up-market?

John Burgan

No, it's not the right place, Hashin; as it says at the top of this page, this Topic is for queries about the D-Word itself. Your post would be better suited to the Mentoring Room .

Having said that, D-Word Members are working professionals and the majority are freelancers at that, so given the extremely broad nature of your survey (you could write a whole book on Q6 alone!) it's asking quite a lot of busy people to sit down and fill in a questionnaire like this. Practically, you may get a bit more feedback if you can get people on the phone for a few minutes.

Finally, it would be good to know a bit more about your background and what your own interest is in all of this; The D-Word operates as a community of filmmakers, so there has to be a bit of give and take.

PS Note on spelling: Q6 should be "principles" not "principals".

Hashin Hassan

Thanks for your feedback. I'll try and keep the questions down.

James Longley

Whenever there is a routine update to the site, I'd like to put in a vote for moving the
"Back to Topics" button at a slightly greater distance away from the
"Hide 'This Topic' From Now On" button at the bottom of the page.

It's very easy to unintentionally hide topics when all you wanted to do was go back to the Topics page. Especially when using D-word on a hand-held device like an iPhone where it can be easy to click the wrong link. I wind up periodically going into my settings page to Un-hide all the missing topics. I know it sounds silly – but I also know I'm not the only one having this [minor design] issue.

Marj Safinia

It's true. I do this all the time when checking D-Word from my iPhone.

Tristan Dyer

this may be a little greedy, but what about a d-word app?

James Longley

D-word is actually working okay on the iPhone as-is, but there are a few little things that could make it smoother.

On the other hand, it would definitely be cool to be able to post photos and videos taken with the iPhone, or to be able to "opt-in" to a d-word network that would tell you when other d-worders were nearby, so you could organize an impromtu f2f. Or something.

Peter Gerard

I'm sure I can move that button. Any other small screen issues? I can't imagine there's enough demand for a full-blown iPhone app. How many D-Worders use the iPhone? A mobile browser enhanced version may be more useful.