Good to have you here with us, Jim. Don't be too intimidated - pretty much everyone here was forced to be their own producer on their first feature doc. I mean, who else is gonna do it for you? It's mostly a matter of common sense, perseverance and applying the golden rule. Anyway, lots of luck with it.
Hi there, my name is Alessandro (my friends call me Alex) Mannone. I'm excited to have discovered this site as for sometime I have felt as if I've operated under the radar. Well, I have but it's time to elevate. This is both my intro and a topic of discussion.
I've been in the industry from pre- to post- production for over ten years with experience in everything from producing to shooting to editing & DIT. I work with FCP 7 and DSLRs. Although, these days find me more often with GoPros and iPhones in hand playing second camera to some C300 or the like. Anyway, I've covered the spectrum from promos, to docs, shorts, teasers, concerts, commercials, award presentations, you name it! Docs are my happy place.
But my latest project (my first potential feature) finds me playing the role of producer and interim editor to what turns out to be a couple (was news to me mid production) who want to play co-directors. While they might wear the hat of creator, exec-producer, talent and DP... directing ain't in their wheels house! There is no understanding of post work flow and micro management is their 'thing'.
So here is the topic of discussion: At what point does one have to distance oneself from a project when it's clear there isn't anyone "tending to the light at the end of the tunnel?"
My committed & loyal personality is at odds with what is turning out to be a quick devaluation of my services. I'm considering forgoing my back end fee! Am I crazy?
My 'career' in film has been a series of fortunate incidents; learning about about D-Word (via Indiewire) is another great example of that as I'm now in the long pause between my second and third films, wanting to learn more about this new craft I've embraced.
I'm an Accidental Filmmaker, in that I never sought to make films/documentaries, but since 2013 have been in the right place at the right time to write, produce, and direct two documentaries focused on the social determinants of health. The first, Ola: Health is Everything, premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) in 2013; its sequel, 'Ike: Knowledge is Everywhere, premiered at HIFF 2014 and will have be broadcast on PBS next month.
I feel very fortunate to have had an opportunity to make these films and will begin production of the last film of the trilogy, focused on housing and homelessness in Hawaii, later this year.
This work we all do is so important and I'm looking forward to learning from all of you.
A warm welcome to The D-Word, Matthew and Alex. And thanks for the detailed intros.
Alex, this topic is really just for giving fairly brief intros, not as a starting point for discussions. Especially interesting ones like the one you bring up. So, I suggest you re-ask the question in either the Editing or Works in Progress topics, as both would seem to fit the bill (not both, though).
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 18 Aug 2015:
Thanks Doug. I guess I got carried away as I was fresh off the phone with what's turning out to be a real challenging client.
Hello everyone (from Paris, France),
New to this community, I am currently in the last phase of directing and editing my independent documentary CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH VILMOS ZSIGMOND, scheduled for release in theaters in 2016 through LOST FILMS (http://www.lostfilmsdistribution.com/).
Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @pierrefilmon
Best to you all,
Welcome, Pierre. I, for one, am very eager to see your doc. Vilmos was a master.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 20 Aug 2015:
Thank you very much Doug,
Please allow me to correct you : Vilmos IS a master.
Best regards !
Pierre, never more delighted to be corrected.
Hello D Word,
After three years in Los Angeles, in which I was an active member of International Documentary Association, I'm moving to New York. I have been selected as a resident fellow for the UnionDocs Collaborative Program in Brooklyn. It's sad to leave behind my fellow documentary filmmakers in LA but I look forward to meeting the documentarians based in NYC. Where can I find these likeminded people?
Beata, I wish we could have met again - only once at Docuday - this was a good year for Polish Doc's.
You will find the NYC people right here, but those whom actually live in NY can give you more info.
Welcome to The D-Word (and New York), Beata. Hope you can come to our D-Word birthday bash in Astoria on September 1st. It's a great shindig and you'll get to meet a lot of NYC doc folks all in one fell swoop. Including Yours Truly.
Hi All, my name is Aaron , I live in Cairns, Australia, where the rainforest meets the reef. I have a communications background mainly working in social justice type organisations. I look forward to having a look around and learning more about this community.
Welcome, Aaron! I had the pleasure of visiting both the rainforest and the reef you mention a couple of months ago. You live in an amazing place...
In reply to Andy Schocken's post on Sat 22 Aug 2015:
Thanks Andy, hope you had a grea time. Were you there for business, pleasure or both?
I screened a film in Sydney, and then took a few days off in Port Douglas. Introduced d-word to the Cassowary.
I am new to this community and would love to connect, collaborate, and share information with anyone and everyone. I’ve just completed the first shooting phase (trial by fire) on my first feature length doc “A Long Hard Streak”.
Please follow me on Twitter if you feel so inclined:
Trying to keep portions of the story under wraps for now but will be updating more in the future as production moves along. l’ll be shooting in the Southeastern US (Tennessee) if anyone has connections. Thanks!
In reply to Andy Schocken's post on Sat 22 Aug 2015:
Cool, Port Douglas is a great spot.
In reply to Michael Rossato-Bennett's post on Wed 12 Aug 2015:
Wonderful congrats, I'm a brand new doc maker any tips for someone new to all this? Randall
Hi I'm Randall a passionate new voice in the unique World of documentary making. Just begun work on my first feature and welcoming advice especially regarding funding would be most gratefully appreciated.
Thanks Fellow Filmmakers
My name is Anuradha Rana. While I joined this online community a few years ago, this is my first time posting. After completing many short documentaries, I'm now working on my first feature - The Language of Opportunity - exploring how English plays a role in the language ecology of India.
In the past I've worked as a feature writer, journalist (briefly!) and TV producer before taking quite a circuitous route to documentary filmmaking. I am currently based in Chicago, USA and teach Documentary Filmmaking at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts, where I'm also building the new MFA in Documentary program.
Looking forward to participating in this forum.
In reply to Scott Rabideau's post on Wed 26 Aug 2015:
I am also new here, also finishing my first feature length doc... and connecting to your twitter now.
Aaron, Scott and Randall, a warm welcome to The D-Word.
Anurhada, love that you're posting here, at long last! Now that you see how easy it is, what a tremendous spiritual uplift one gets from it, what an amazing contribution to the community you make, what an incredible time suck it is, we hope you'll post much more often
In reply to pierre filmon's post on Thu 27 Aug 2015:
Thanks for connecting. I'm very curious to see your project. I know some crew that worked with Vilmos. Good luck completing it, and stay in touch!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 27 Aug 2015:
Thank you very much Doug. I loved 112 Weddings. My wife and I worked in the wedding biz so it definitely resonated with us.