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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Emily Smith
Pro

Hello All, 

I'm a youngin' in the group most likely. Just graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Communication, Spanish and Studio Art. I am seeking a career in the film industry and would LOVE some advice from experienced professionals. I have a lot of film experience coming from a Liberal Arts School in North Carolina. Final Cut X, After Affects, Encore, Premiere, InDesign, Photoshop, you name it. 

I have a passion for Communication, especially the voice. I strongly believe in film as a way to use my voice and contribute the the voice of others. I know I will become a filmmaker one day and have a body of work that inspires change and transformation. 

Rich now I'm looking for jobs in the Marketing/Advertising Field and I'm contemplating looking more into Film and Video Production in Advertising since that's really what I'm interested in pursuing. Any advice? Much Appreciated.

 

Emily Smith 

smiter12@wfu.edu

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Peter and Emily.  

Emily, I'd say finding professional networks like The D-Word and putting your case out there so eloquently will do the job, eventually. Have patience and keep at it.  Best of luck to you.

Christopher Wong
Pro

In reply to Emily Smith's post on Wed 14 Sep 2016:

 Welcome Emily! It's great to be young and to have the facility to work with all kinds of software. The older I get, the smaller the list of programs I can actually navigate...

By the way, you might want to spellcheck that adjectives collage ("trustworhty?") before you send it to anyone else. But don't worry, if spelling and grammar were required for becoming a good filmmaker, most of these other schlubs on the D-Word wouldn't have the great careers they have.  ;)

Emily Smith
Pro

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Thu 15 Sep 2016:

 Haha thanks Christopher! I did submit that to a job that I got on campus! I never noticed and they probably didn't either since I got the job. Too funny! Thanks for the warm welcome and I'm excited to learn more about filmmaking here. 

Christopher Ian Smith
Pro

Hi guys - looking forward to getting more involved in D-Word - as I'm close to finishing my first documentary (having worked on narrative fiction before) - it's a feature called New Town Utopia. About the impact of globalization, the power of art and some rather angry puppets....

We're currently on Kickstarter to raise the finance for post: kickstarter.com/projects/301810924/new-town-utopia

Be great to get any feedback on the trailer or the Kickstarter. 

 Cheers, Chris

 

Summers Henderson
Pro

Looks like an interesting project, Chris.  I don't totally get what the film is supposed to be about -- if there's anything about globalization I didn't see it in this trailer -- but that's OK.  The trailer doesn't have to explain everything, it just has to intrigue people.  My one complaint is that I don't like seeing the interview clips in your montage.  You've got a montage of people and places, but some of the shots we see are people talking in an interview set-up.  But we don't get to hear what they're saying, because it's just a montage.  That's annoying to me.  If you want to include those interview set ups in your montage -- so that the audience knows we're gonna see people like this sitting down for interviews -- can you at least find moments where the people are not talking?  Like they're smiling or laughing or looking at the person next to them or whatever.  I guess it's not a big deal, just something I noticed and was distracted by.

Emily Smith
Pro

Wow Chris. Very impressed. Do you mind me asking where you went to school? Did you get your MFA? I'm contemplating going back to get my MFA after a year or two of working in corporate. I'm definitely interested in learning about the film process for you and if you know of any opportunities in doc film crews, production etc. If you're open to talking to me about it please email me at smiter12.alumni.wfu.edu. Thanks for sharing, beautifully shot. 

Andrew Newby
Pro

Hello everyone.

 

I'm a relatively old film maker - 65 next month. I've been in the communications game since I left university - hard news, conflict in Africa, feature writing, photo-journalism for mainstream print media; copy writing for advertising; and lots of corporate work. I ventured into film and video in the early '90s and have made documentaries in Namibia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Botswana and of course all over South Africa. I have now settled with my wife, daughter and very many animals in a very small town, Hopefield near Cape Town. I am currently busy with research for an environmental documentary about illegal rock phosphate mining near where I live and the consequences of looming 'peak phosporus' - an uneasy ride for all humans that seems to be just around the corner and will change life as we know it. I've just written a script for a 30-minute corporate documentary about a Nigerian power company which I plan to shoot very soon (something has to pay the bills). I work very modestly, with three HD cameras (a Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera, a four-year-old JVC that is my workhorse and a Canon), edit on Avid Media Composer, and dare I admit it, push all my audio through Audacity! I am a firm believer in the story being infinitely more important than the gear.

Andrew Newby

FarSide Productions. Hopefield. South Africa

Emily Smith
Pro

That's incredible Andrew. I've always been interested in shooting films on social justice, especially in different countries as well as in the US. Just took a look at your FB page and website. Pretty awesome stuff. Why South Africa for you? What do you like best about living and shooting films in the country? 

Julie Allen
Pro

Hello all,

Although I've been working in television, events, and corporate video for over 20 years now, I'm just getting started on my first documentary. I'm partnering with my husband, a shooter, and another good friend who is also an amazing shooter.  We are starting off with a piece on the Maine lobster industry that should be a lot of fun. I'll be interested to learn from the experience folks on how you find your story and arrange your shoot dates when your subjects are miles and miles away.

And of course, there's always the need to learn about funding. I'm sure there is no shortage of advice on that front.

Thank you all and I look forward to learning from you,

 

Julie

Nova Ami
Pro

Hi Everyone,

I am a Canadian documentary filmmaker, currently co-directing a feature theatrical documentary called Metamorphosis with my partner, Velcrow Ripper. The film explores personal stories from front line climate crisis survivors and surprising perspectives from artists, authors, and scientists who give fresh insight into how humanity is being transformed by the ecological crisis we have created. It's a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada that was shot in various locations around the world. For about a year, we were on the road making the film with our son, who was 3.5 months old when we started. He's now 20 months old and we are in post-production. Our adventures and info about the film are posted here: www.facebook.com/MetamorphosisJourney

Previously, I directed/produced social-issue documentaries that were broadcast on BBC, CBC, CTV, Vision TV, and SBS Australia, and screened at international festivals including Hot Docs and IDFA.

I also worked in Canadian television on a couple of non-fiction series as a host, director, and writer: The Leading Edge was about technology and innovation, and GVTV covered urban issues in Vancouver.

Looking forward to connecting with you here!

Calvin Prude
Pro

Hello.My name is Calvin Prude Im new to D-Word.I'm 38 years old from Compton CA and i am a independent film maker.Im currently wrapping up a documentary film Called The Freeway Boys Untold story.A social examination from a generation of urban destruction.This film traces the development of one of the largest cocaine operations in LA history ran by drug kingpin Freeway Ricky Ross.Who in his height of his Career as a drug dealer Between 1984-86 generated $600 million dollars.This film Takes a deeper look inside the inner workings of that cocaine operation.From Cooks ,Drivers,and Enforcers.The Freeway Boys are my family members including Ross.When I was asked to do the Untold Story I already knew the priority scenes.The film is currently at a polish Stage approaching Locked picture Mid November.My plan is to place it into Film Festivals as a contender also get it on all VOD platforms!Im currently looking for viable way to promote film!!!!!

Christopher Wong
Pro

sounds like an amazing project, Calvin! obviously, you have amazing access to the different characters involved... if you need any advice with distribution or festival submissions, there are plenty of people here on D-Word who would be more than willing to help. there's also quite a few funders out there (like Sundance) who would be very interested in your story, and could possibly provide finishing funds that you may need to make everything look and sound perfect after you lock picture. if you need an introduction to any of these places, just ask any of us!

Summers Henderson
Pro

Yeah, Calvin, that sounds like a fantastic project.  I want to watch that film!  Good luck getting it finished and out into the world.  I'll be looking for it.

Wenceslaus Mendes
Pro

Hi,
This is Wency here, based in Delhi, India I have been working with non-fiction film for the last 13+ years. I shoot on a 5D with Zeiss Primes and Edit on FCP. 
Across the last year have been shooting an independent documentary film that looks at the issues of Skin, Colour and Race based in and across India. 'Un-Fair {working title}'.
Just about completing the logging of all the footage and hope to begin editing soon. I do hope to hear back from any interested people on the network; as I enter the next stage of work process. 
For those who would like to know more, I am attaching a one page note.
Thank you
Wency
wency(dot)mendes(at)gmail(dot)com

Sean Lambe
Pro

Hello, I'm Sean and I'm looking to get more involved in the online documentary community. Me and my friend Will Snyder have recently finished our first film together under the "Irregular Film" independent studio. It's called Faces You Forget, and it's about the nocturnal street of Bui Vien, the busiest street for westerners and revelers in Saigon. It contrasts the experiences of the poverty stricken local sellers with those of the tourists and how they view each other. 

 

We are currently working on a new documentary that is exploring the history of rock music in the city, and how it was affected by changing governmental policies. 

 

I have embedded Faces You Forget in case anyone would like to check it out. It's 27 minutes long.

Alina Skrzeszewska
Pro

Hello everybody. I'm a documentary filmmaker, currently residing in Los Angeles. I finally decided to join this list, since I'll be attending the Getting Real conference in L.A., and there's a special topic here around that. I probably should have joined sooner, but I've been trying to not bury myself under too many lists!!! Can you guys please approve my professional status in time for the conference? Thank you! And a special hello to  John Burgan! You're the one who send me on my way to make my very first short documentary back at UdK Berlin, "Der Geruch des Himmels"... That was many moons ago! Nice to see you here!

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Welcome Wency, Sean, and Alina. Alina, you should be able to see our Getting Real topics - beauty of The D-Word is it is not a list to overwhelm your inbox. You can come here when you have time and save time by checking out the Hot Posts.

Hope to see you at Getting Real.

Eliane raheb
Pro

Hi I am eliane raheb  a filmmaker from lebanon and I am attending the IDA conference. I will be in LA till October 1. Happy to be part of this group

Lise Zumwalt
Pro

Hi, I'm a doc filmmkaer in NYC looking forward to some streaming from the conference.

David Dean Barrett
Pro

Good Day All,

I just became a member of D-Word and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and let you know my interests here. I'm a professional Historian/Writer/Researcher/Speaker (including some Voice Over). I've completed (as much as any script is ever completed) a feature motion picture screenplay about the end of the WWII in the Pacific. Now I'd like to turn my attention to documentary film making; however, first I need to define what that means to me. Given my interest in military/political history, I'm primarily interested in writing/researching for cable channels like: History, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, and AHC. So in that context, I'm interested in meeting, networking, and collaborating with others who are working in that space.

 

 


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