Looks like you've acquired quite a bit of teaching experience along the way, Ron. What drew you to make the Vietnam/Iraq project?
I'm a Vietnam veteran and when the war in Iraq started it brought back memories of my military service.
Sounds like a very strong motivation to make the film.
I am Shlomo Hazan, from Israel, a filmmaker (directing, editing, producing, waterboying) and an editing teacher.
After some casual swimming beside the "good ship D-Word", as Doug said above, it is time for me to climb aboard and join the fun.
Glad to be here.
Climbing aboard? We hope you're not a pirate! (Too much about them in the news recently, I guess.)
Welcome on our ship, Water Boy! :-)
Hello all. I'm a publisher and now hopefully a film maker as well.
I have traveled the world writing and interviewing people + places + stories over many years and now would like to capture some of the same on film.
My first of a short series will be filmed in Edinburgh, August/September,
I appreciate D-Word... it's been great reading the posts and I look forward to being a part of this community.
Welcome to the rapidly-growing group of D-Word Enthusiasts! (And I love Edinburgh!)
Me, too! Welcome, Georgi and Shlomo.
Hi! I'm a recent college grad and currently work as a reporter for the CBS/NBC affiliate in Northern California. I want to start a career in the documentary film industry. I love my job telling people's stories everyday but I want to tell longer stories with bigger themes. I'm moving back home to Los Angeles as soon as I get a job so if anyone knows of anything please tell me! Thanks!
Unlike fiction film & TV, I'm not sure that documentary is an industry anywhere, Jennifer, but if you love it enough, it might well become a life-long addiction! Good luck with your endeavours.
Think of it as a very serious, very expensive hobby. Glad you googled and found us, though, Jennifer.
It kind-of depends on how you define documentary also.
I would say that there is a non-fiction television industry here in DC, but only a fraction of this production (IMO) can truly be called documentary.
Of course, lots of people have day jobs in the industry than hustle (and borrow equipment from employers) to do their own doc projects.
Let's not forget the "factual entertainment" industry
Nor reality television, corporate video, and weddings.
All legit ways to build your skills and pay the bills.
Oh ok. That makes sense because a lot of the postings on craigslist are non-paid and short durations. I guess I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should leave my stable job to pursue jobs in TV and film in Los Angeles (my hometown). Documentary would be my number one love.. It's scary to go into the unknown!
Hi there. Director of Photography, studied with Mr Burgan at the NFTS way back in the late 80's/early 90's, and have been lucky since graduating to have been shooting docs since then. Given the way the broadcast industry is at the moment, not sure if i will be able to continue making a living from docs, hence trying to move into drama.
The venerable Mr Gray! Good to see you here, mate. Let's have a drink in London next month sometime and catch up on the last, er, 17 years or so...
Great to see a forum like this :)
I just thought I'd take a moment to say hi and see if there are any doc filmmakers living/ working in Mumbai.
I'm from Canada but have lived/ worked/ adventured in India/ Asia for half of the last 15 years. I work as a D.P. and am currently developing a project here in Mumbai.
Jonathan you can always hit the People link at the top of every page and do an "advanced search" by city and country.
A national competition seeking the best videos, photographs, and stories describing how individuals, families and communities are managing during these hard times.
One of the unexpected outcomes of the Great Depression was a decade of creative outpouring that covered the U.S. map. Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), thousands of artists fanned across the country documenting the experiences of everyday Americans as they worked to maintain their families, their communities, and their way of life in the face of a national economic crisis.
Now, as Americans are again experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty, First Person Arts invites artists to document how this generation of Americans is coping.
Inspired by the artists of the WPA, who documented the experiences of Americans in every part of the country, First Person Arts is asking artists to help craft the first draft of the history of our era by capturing, in photographs, on video, or in writing, the stories of America and its people during these difficult times.
Our goal is to gather stories from all 50 states.
We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region â€“ that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live – the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 â€“ the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
Writing submissions â€“ up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions â€“ up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions – may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.
Submission deadline: June 30, 2009
Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website (www.firstpersonarts.org) and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4-8, 2009. First place winners in each genre will be invited to Philadelphia to participate in the festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the best story overall.
Competition website: www.hardtimes.firstpersonarts.org
Dan, better that you submit something like this in the Classifieds topic. This is for personal (or, one might say, first person) intros.
I am very pleased to see such a supportive network available on line. Last night was my first Stranger Than Fiction screening – yet another rewarding organization (hi doug). I look forward to learning and sharing.
Welcome to The D-Word, Giovanni. Was good meeting you last night.
I am happy to have joined the community. I look forward to visiting the site daily!
I am a documentary film editor with over 10 years of experience. I enjoy working on social/historical/human rights-related documentaries and am looking for new editing opportunities.
You may check my work at http://web.mac.com/achecler.
A native French-speaker, I also speak Spanish and Portuguese and when I am not putting stories together in the dark, I play drums in a Brazilian percussion ensemble...
Thanks for having me aboard. I'm at rough cut stage with my debut feature doc, "Resurrect Dead". Just joining up to do my legal homework. Wow, after perusing for the last hour I'm wishing I had joined far earlier – could have saved me a lot of headache. I'm still figuring out how to fine-tune word searches around here. Cheers.
Welcome, Anne and Jon. Good to have you joining us. Anne, I used to play (badly, but who could hear?) in a Brazilian percussion ensemble a few years ago. Absolutely loved it!
I'm thrilled to finally be a part of this community! I'm a longtime doc marketer and distributor, a big social media evangelist, an IDA board member, and a dad.
I'm very excited about my new service that's now in beta, that gets indie films on iTunes for a flat fee without needing a traditional distribution deal, without surrendering rights, and without giving up any rev-share (it's at www.Distribber.com). I'm so grateful that people are already offering feedback here. I invite and welcome all thoughts, positive, negative or otherwise!
For the record, I also can spin a basketball on one finger almost indefinitely and juggle a soccer ball with only my head.
Welcome, Adam. Glad to have you on board. Adam and I spend far too much time together in various IDA meetings and I can tell you that he's completely genuine when he asks for honest feedback, so I hope folks will jump in. Adam, the party's already started in Marketing and Distribution
Great to have you here, Adam. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.
In reply to Adam Chapnick's post on Thu 28 May 2009 :
Spinning a basketball on my finger has always been a great mystery to me since junior high school. I tried and tried and never could get it. The guys who could were always the coolest cats around. What's the secret? If I fly to LA will you teach me? My life would then be complete.
A colleague recently enthused to me how singing up for the D Word had changed her life and I had to join. With that endorsement, how could I not?! I've been researching, writing and directing (and occasionally co-producing) documentaries and non-fiction television since 1994. My partner and I co-own Picture This Productions (www.picturethis.ca) These days we are developing some one off documentary films and limited doc series, while also working on corporate projects and even the occasional fiction piece. I'm coming back slowly to the world of documentary activism and social engagement after five years of trying to balance just getting a basic level of work accomplished while raising two toddlers. It felt- and sometimes still does- like there are never enough hours in the day for it all, but I was finding that I really missed being part of the bigger documentary community. That all said, I am so looking forward to reading through some back posts and connecting up with the amazing people around the world I see listed on this site!
Welcome, Maureen. Yes, there are never enough hours in the day, and it's getting worse now that you're adding The D-Word to your daily routines...
Just remember your priorities, Maureen, and you'll be okay. D-Word first, kids second...
Right. Got that straight. Now if I can just get them to write up funding applications for me, this time thing would all balance out. Oh wait- first they have to learn how to write...
Thanks for the welcome!
watch the f2f topic in about 3 weeks, Maureen.
Will do- thanks, Jo-Anne.
Thanks sy about that Doug.
Hi there. I come from a photographic background, and I'm working on my first doc right now. I heard about this forum from a workshop I was taking this past week at SIFT, in Ottawa. I am based in Toronto.
Welcome, Fed. Good luck with your doc.
Greetings. Coming from the world of sound design for EA, including scoring, in game documentary footage and cut scenes. (Medal of Honor series). Fascinated by cross platform media and documentary styles.
hi michael – first off, WELCOME (and to you others too!)... please check out my recent posts in the 'multi-platform project' thread. definitely interested in your take.
I'm a retired Boeing engineering manager (and horror filmmaker) up to my eyeballs right now helping Larry Paros make a feature documentary. â€œWalk Right Inâ€ is the story of an experimental summer high school where kids from poverty backgrounds nationwide assembled on the campus of the Yale Divinity School in the summer of 1968 and tackled some of the most difficult issues facing the country â€” race, diversity, and identity. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-E6IBeWVBc
We have a 90 minute rought cut we are screening at a reunion at Yale on 6 June. Marth Christensen, www.yshs.org
Nice to see "horror filmmaker" and "eyeballs" in the same sentence, Marth. Welcome to The D-Word and to the world of docs.
Worrying to see "Boeing engineering" and "horror filmmaker" in the same sentence... although I guess today is more about Airbus horror...
Anyway, welcome to The D-Word!!!
I've been researching books about Documentary film making and it has led me to this website. I've had a huge interest for this genre for quite awhile but had not ever tapped into it the way I would imagine how an enthusiast would. Thereby, I'm now taking those steps to learning as much as possible. Hopefully, I can pickup significant knowledge, tips, and the sorts from everyone here. Thanks!
The D-Word has been very insipirational site for me as I prepare to pitch a documentary proposal..
I feel a little bit of a fraud as I am currently not a documentary film-maker but a television journalist. I began working as a journalist in 1994 but became a producer/director and made documentaries for Channel 4. I moved from documentaries back to journalism in 1999 because of job security and an offer of a BBC staff job which was too good to turn down. Ten years on, four children later, I am still reporting at BBC Scotland but have ditched the crew and editor and now work as a video journalist. I report for our flagship current affairs programme, The Politics Show. Over three days I have to find a story and make a five to nine minute film and arrange a discussion to follow. I film with a Z1 and edit on Avid. My stories are all character led and take me across the world. I was one of the first reporters at BBC Scotland to train as a video journalist in 2002 and have loved the transition despite the huge workload.
For me, the last six years have been about honing my film making and story telling skills so that I can go back to making documentaries when the kids are at school and there are fewer demands from me as a parent.
For 8 years I have been dreaming about making a documentary series set in the Canadian Arctic and I am now finally preparing to pitch the idea to BBC Scotland and BBC Four. In 2001, I spent two months living in the Canadian Arctic and made a series of radios features. It was then that I met my key characters and since I have been building up my relationship with them and knowledge of the area and people. I am now planning to go back in May 2010 armed with my camera. Well that's if they buy the idea!
Now that the proposal is almost in place, I need to think about whether I should be trying to get on a BBC course to use a more advanced camera than the Z1. I'm proposing to self shoot as the budget will mostly be eaten up by travel and staff costs, so there is no room to bring an ap/sound person. There's a lot I have to learn and find out about..so many questions..so I am so happy to have found the d-word..
If anyone ever needs any Scottish contacts/interviews/footage etc, I'd be more than happy to help out as a favour. Or if you're bringing your film to one of our festivals in Edinburgh get in touch. We're only a few minutes walk from the Filmhouse and if you're stuck for a place to say we may be able to help out.
In reply to Gilly Mathieson's post on Tue 2 Jun 2009 :
Good luck Gilly, and welcome! Pls keep us informed about your progress...
Thanks for introducing yourself, Gilly, and great to have you among us. Wish you'd posted last year, I was in Edinburgh for a mentorship program with the Scottish Documentary Council (if I remember their name correctly) and I screened 51 Birch Street at the Filmhouse. I've also been working with Edinburgh-based filmmaker Amy Hardie as producer on her upcoming personal doc. Do you know her? It's really extraordinary, just saw the latest cut yesterday and I'm very excited.
Anyway, hopefully we'll meet up next time I'm there. Good luck with your project, in the meantime.