I think you'll find that community spirit in more abundance here at D-Word than just about anywhere else- at least, that's been my experience.
Heddy, if you find time to poke around some of the topics in D-Word, you will see that collegial bond in action. I actually would answer your question about whether the documentary film climate is healthy in the U.S. by saying a resounding "yes." Indeed it is not if one were to only look at it from a money perspective. The competition for limited funds has always been tight in the States and it has gotten much worse this year as arts funding has been cut in many states, corporations have fewer revenues for their foundation sides, and private foundations have been pinched as well. But somehow the scrappy spirit which you need to be a doc-maker in America also creates a deep need for a community in which to share the joys and frustrations of making documentaries, as well as a shared love for discussing documentaries. D-Word and Facebook both provide a place in the virtual world and there are a number of local organizations which provide the regular face to face sustenance which is also so very needed.
Curious to know why you find the conversation among the Dutch colleagues dull? What makes it dull?
P.S. The hosts will probably recommend this conversation be continued in another topic since this one is generally reserved for introductions only. You are well past introduction and into discussion. So maybe continue this discussion in the virtual Bar & Grill?
Yes, Erica's right, this should move to the Bar. So I'll only add that there's a lot of collegiality here in the U.S. among documentarians in person, but I've also found that to be true in most places I've visited. Far more than among fiction filmmakers, that's for sure. But there's always a healthy amount of envy and spite, as well. It's called being human, I guess.
Hey Y'all. I haven't posted in a while and not sure if I ever really intro'd myself. My name is Shelly and I am trying to make my world today in documentary editing. I've been doing it for 4 years now and am thoroughly enjoying all the NYC doc people I've been meeting along the way!
Now for a question: The doc I'm currently working needs a male actor to mimic the voice of one of our subjects for use as scratch narration. We'd like to get some one who can come very close to the person's real voice as we may use a cut with this narration to send into festival applications, etc. Does anyone know the best way to go about finding and hiring voice talent or actors? Our budget is small, so I'm sure we couldn't pay too competitively but, would try to offer a decent wage. I've posted on Backstage but was hoping for more suggestions. Does anyone know anything about contacting talent agencies or casting directors? Any advice would greatly help as I am totally inexperienced in dealing with actors. Thanks!
Hey everyone! My name is Taylor Van Sickle and I'm producing a documentary. I'm a senior at Utah Valley University and I'm in the Digital Media program. I'm doing the documentary for my senior project. It's going to be about my personal discovery and research of my 5th great-grandfather. Frederick Kesler. He was a millwright in Utah in the 1800's and built over 35 mills of different types and was a very interesting character. It's my first project of this size and scope. I'm hoping that this site will help me through the process of production. Any advice whatsoever would be useful!
In reply to Shelly Helgeson's post on Wed 9 Sep 2009 :
Shelly, I've used Voices.com for projects in the past. You can post a project proposal on the site and then different voice talent will send you what they would charge for the project. It would definitely want to check it out! Hope that helped...
this really belongs in the mentoring room. I would contact all the casting agencies listed in the New York Film Guide and ask for their non-union voice-over demo reels. Most are likely to be online at this point. Find the person or person you like and then contact the agency or the person and make them an offer. If you have a little bit of money, make sure you're organized so the person can get in and out in under an hour.
My apologies. I will move now! But, thanks for the helpful info already!
My name is TomÃ¡s and I am a Colombian TV commercial director currently residing in NYC. My work in advertisement has given me an approach to the audiovisual language, but at the same time it has distanced me form the â€œrealityâ€ that Iâ€™m very eager to explore as an individual and through the camera lens. Therefore, since some time ago, I am interested in exploring my own documentary language. I am pursuing this exploration by currently taking the Documentary Production Workshop at The New School in NYC. As a final assignment of the workshop, I will make and present my first documentary short film of 7 minutes. In Colombia I have been working as a documentary theory, film history and filmmaking teacher at a range of universities. I have also contributed extensively to a range of workshops around the country organized by the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
I am 33 years old and for the last 12 years I have been producing images for other people and teaching others filmmaking. Being in NYC has triggered me to do my own film and the time to start to work in my own dreams has come.
Welcome, Taylor. I highly recommend you look through our vast list of archived discussions, which is available to Enthusiasts. You'll get all sorts of production advice there. And feel free to ask questions in the Mentoring topic, as Robert suggests.
And welcome to Shelly and TomÃ¡s, as well. Both of you should feel free to apply for full D-Word membership (it's free) by clicking here ...
Hello everyone, my name is Esther and I am doing my first documentary. A graduate of Dramatic arts, published writer, done a feature but decided on doing historical documentary of my people. Had it mapped out but now it's a differnt game as I have landed myself with too much researched materials being on it since december 2005. So now I watch the pictures on my editing table wondering which should be relivant? I'm being honest here because I need proffessional advice. I have read so much doc. but still need more info as i draw close to rounding up in early december 2009. Ok! let me talk less after all I just got here. Just one more thing, I think info on presentation style or story structures so as to attract funding for a television broadcast will help. Soon you will read about my experience, that I think should even be another doc. on it's own. An experience. i do love to share my experience and learn more from you out there. Thanks.
In reply to TomÃ¡s Corredor's post on Thu 10 Sep 2009 :
While you are at The New School, be sure and participate in some of the "Doc Talk" events they host. Often it's a chance to meet filmmakers and discuss their work face to face.
A warm welcome, Esther. Glad you found us and good luck with your doc. You might want to read a special week-long discussion we did here devoted to Story Structure in our vast archives.
Hello, My name is Floyd Webb and I am a docfilmmaker living in Chicago. Working on my first doc after working with a lot of interesting people, I also do short 3 minute profiles of Chicago people.
Of late I am working on a project that got me tied up in a Federal lawsuit over Fair Use in Boston. The case may be dismissed Sept 28, we will see. The film I am making covers a century of the marginal social community of martial arts from Teddy Roosevelt's Judo dojo in the White House to the Dojo Wars of Count Dante in Chicago.
This is site looks like it could be a very interesting place.
In reply to Niam Etany's post on Wed 12 Aug 2009 :
Thank you for the nice words...
In reply to Yocheved Sidof's post on Thu 13 Aug 2009 :
Yes, a fellow Minnesotan living in LA... and yes diehard Viking fan. My two biggest passions film and football. It's great to you.
Sounds like an interesting project, Floyd. Welcome to D-Word!
Sounds nice... it is a great option. I have to take a look of the "Doc talk" schedule.
Hope to see you soon and thanks again.
In reply to Ted Fisher's post on Thu 10 Sep 2009 :
It's been some time since I've been on D-Word, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself with a short video some of you may enjoy. It is a rapid-fire slide show of the 240 docs I've watched since I got hooked on them through Netflix. Who knows? Some of you might find your film among them. As you can tell, I am an enthusiast. http://tiny.cc/B28WW
welcome back, chris... 240 docs is sure an impressive amount. have you started any kind of review page where you list your thoughts on them? there have been a lot of people who have said they were going to start a blog reviewing docs, but those people never get very far. i think you'd do well with it.
Hey Chris- Thanks! Actually, I do quite a few posts about docs. I wouldn't call them reviews since my threshold for whether I like a film or not depends entirely on whether I thought the time I spent watching it was wasted. Almost none of the documentaries I've seen fit into this category. But I do like to make people aware of these films because I think they're ofter overlooked. I also like to interview filmmakers on the blog and have been lucky to interview people like Eddie Schmidt, Eric Chaikin, Melody Gilbert, and Jenny Abel (Abel Raises Cain). Here's a link to my doc-related posts in case you're interested: http://tiny.cc/o8FlQ
If any of you have stuff you think I should check out, please let me know. I'm not a filmmaker myself, just someone who appreciates what you all do.
My name is Jack Clancy and along with my daughter Liz Clancy Lerner we have been producing pro bono shorts for non profits with our company Best Dog Ever Films, LLC. We are in the final stages of completing our feature length documentary The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story. Our temp site exists as a gateway to a 90 sec. teaser. We've been lurkers on this site for years and truly appreciate all the infor we've gleaned from the sites and subsites of d-word. We'd be pleased to get feedback on our teaser at www.bestdogeverfilms.com
Thanks. Jack and Liz
when i read that article in the WSJ a couple weeks ago about 'beep ball,' i thought 'there's a doc waiting to be made – wonder if i should do it' – looks like i got beat to the punch. nice work. looks like you've got a good story there. when do you hope to have the feature done?
Glad you're on here Marshall and great/hard/interesting discussion re: your film. Thank you to you and Mikal for sharing.
Welcome, Jack, and all best with your film. You and Liz should each sign up (individually) as full members to get access to all the discussion topics.
Thanks for the kind words. With as long as it took us to get this done I suspect you could have created your version ahead of ours had the WSJ come out 3 years ago!
We have a festival cut just about done and hope to get it out to a few over the coming weeks.
My name is Marit and I am a Canadian researcher/teacher (and filmmaker) living in Norway. I have been doing work on the NFB's Challenge for Change program, and teaching documentary theory and production for a while. I am working on a dissertation on contemporary documentary and am very concerned with ethical issues (!)
Marit, welcome and sign up for our professional level right away!
My name is Mike Attie and I just finished my MFA at Stanford's Doc Film and Video program. I made a few docs at Stanford, most recently a 20 minute observational film, "Famous 4A", that follows veterans in hospice in their final days. (It's not as grim as it sounds, most of it is pretty humorous.)
I know a few people on on the forum and hope to use the D-Word to connect with people in the Seattle area. I just moved here last week so my wife can start grad school at U. of Wash. Is anyone going to the NWFF's annual meeting tonight?
Welcome, Mike. Do you know Anthony Weeks in your program? I worked with him on two short films when he was out here in New York.
Hi all, I actually joined ages ago and then, I'm very sorry to say, never introduced myself or dropped in. I'm going to do so more often now! I met Doug at Guth Gafa in Co. Donegal, Ireland a few years ago (if you remember Doug, I brought you and your wife to my favourite beach!) and this year I met Ben at the same festival so I really should become a more active d-worder! I'm an Irish documentary director/ producer. My film 'Today is better than two tomorrows' is currently doing a bit of a festival circuit, and the film I produced The Yellow Bittern is currently in Irish cinemas and has got some great press. My background is mostly in documentary research and I've been working in film for about 12 years. When I'm not trying to turn everyone around me's life into a film, I'm obsessing over my two beautiful dogs or making my friends swing dance in public places! I give classes from time to time on documentary and ethics because I worked on two important series here for Irish TV in a Hospice and a Psychiatric Institution. I just finished a short doc set in the closed wards of old style asylums which is part of a scheme run by The Irish Film Board called Reality Bites. It's going to premiere in Cork Film Festival. I'm about to come to Vancouver to show my Lao film there.. if any members are based there it would be super if you could come see it! x Anna
Anna!!! So great to see you become active here. Congratulations on Vancouver and all the other fests, and a big welcome to The D-Word.
D-Worders, you should all go and see TODAY IS BETTER THAN TWO TOMORROWS – it's a little gem.
Just one thing, Anna, why didn't you show me your favourite beach...?
That was a bit lame of me, I must say! I didn't even go there that time. You'll have to come back! I'll be more chilled out now that all my films are finished :)
I do know Anthony. He's a talented filmmaker and great person. Whenever he spoke in class it was always with purpose. (as opposed to running of the mouth which we're all prone to do.)
Fantastic to have you posting at last, Anna. I remember that day on the beach very well, a highlight of the trip. Hope to be back to Ireland soon with the new film (my editor, Maeve O'Boyle, is from Dublin and I love the entire country), so maybe we'll get to see each other again. Meanwhile, all best with your short – try and get it shown here in NY.
Hi Doug – Hopefully my feature is going to be shown in NY at a festival ... the programmer liked it but waiting to hear. Any excuse to come to NYC :) The short... well I'll be posting for advice on that soon because haven't had much luck with getting shorts into festivals in the past and really want to get this one out there. Give me a shout for sure if you come to Dublin! I'll take you to the pub this time ;)
I'd follow you anywhere, Anna. And vice versa regarding NYC. Have many pubs here awaiting.
Hi Doug – My name is Jalyn Henton and I work in Programming at PBS. I signed up for The D Word just to see what it's all about!
Well, heck, Jalyn, that qualifies you as a professional. So be sure to register for professional membership here and get full access to all the discussions.
Hi all. My name is Peg Diaz. I have been documenting life with a still camera and am currently working on my first video project. I look forward to learning from all of you and eventually giving back down the road. I am applying for a grant for partial funding of the documentary and have a question about a "letter of interest". I need to submit a letter from a broadcaster who might be interested in airing the film. Can anyone recommend the best way to do this.
Jalyn, since you work at PBS, perhaps you have a suggestion? I sent a request to the local PBS station but have not heard back.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Hey Michael, great to see you here. Michael won our Jury award for his short film BOB'S KNEE at this year's Sebastopol Doc Fest.
My name is Tom Jackson. Glad to be a new member here. I produce documentaries on social justice issues. Right now in post on another one about the oil/environmental/economy issues (following "Out of Balance" www.worldoutofbalance.org). Looking for a veg-burning vehicle again, to travel with this latest doc.
Looking forward to talking with you all.
Welcome to The D-Word, Tom. I was trying to watch your OUT OF BALANCE trailer but only got sound, no picture. Not sure whether that's a problem at my end or yours...
I'm Hima. Working on a production grant that's due next wk but in full procrastination mode. I guess this is "research" right now so it's not entirely off track....
Welcome to The D-Word, Hima, where there's always a grant due on the horizon and always like-minded folks to procrastinate with.
Hi everyone I'm Eva ~ new to this world alittle... am about to embark on my first documentary, as a co-director for an observational feature length doc covering issues around a couple who have had just had a baby but due to their medical difficulties have been denied access. I am new to the game and already feel I am walking on eggshells!Great to learn about this place though! I think I will find most useful.
Hima, welcome to The D-Word. Please respect our policy that requires full names.
Eva, good to see that you signed up. I'm sure you'll learn a lot from The D-Word's wealth of Archived Topics alone...
I am Alec Sanchez, about to become a linguist major at University of California, Santa Cruz, and I am an aspiring to become documentary filmmaker.
By blogging and watching films I hope to get insight to what the world of documentary film is made of.
Welcome Alec, and thanks for introducing yourself.
Who else is lurking out there? Secret Enthusiasts and Members, the time is now...