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Deleted User
Fan
Hello D-Word! I'm an indie filmmaker in Minneapolis embarking on my first
"real" documentary. I've dipped my foot in short docs and mocks, as well as
arty stuff and comedy. I'm doing a documentary on the subject of BLOGS
(short for web log) tentatively titled Blogumentary. I took a great doc. class
with Minnesota documentarian Melody Gilbert and she turned me on to D-
Word and Home Page, which I reallllllly want to see as it deals with similar
topics. I also work at the PBS station in the Twin Cities, so am fortunate to
have worked around a lot of documentary filmmakers I greatly admire.

I really loved the use of After Effects in "The Kid Stays In the Picture" and am
learning the software. It felt so fresh and fluid. I think the old "pan-and-scan" is
tired and documentary needs to be re-invented, and "TKSITP" shows one
possible path.

Cheers,
Chuck

Oh... my own blog is at http://chuckolsen.blogspot.com
Doug Block
Host
Good luck, Chuck. As the maker of Home Page, I'm curious what your
approach to blogs is. I'm trying to get a DVD release for Home Page,
and I keep telling the distributors that blogging has made the film
totally relevant again. We'll see if they believe...
Deleted User
Fan
Thanks Doug. I don't really know my approach yet. I know I want to cover a
good cross-section of personal blogs, political blogs, and community blogs.
How do you make people in front of a computer screen compelling? I'm sure it
will all depend on finding interesting people to talk about their lives and why
they blog, follow them around. I want to be very expressive and stylized with it,
so the aesthetics of each 'vignette' reflects their personality. I'm hoping to
enlist a D.P. friend of mine who can do a much better job of that than I. Home
Page on DVD -- I'd be your first customer!
Chris Walny
Pro
Hi all. Just finished directing Detroit's first documentary film
festival - www.detroitdocs.org - and working on big, big plans for
next year! The enthusiasm level in this somewhat culturally starved
town is intense - the festival was an immediate success and seems to
have really energized local filmmakers. Yahoo! Yea for Docs!
Thank you to Michael Green, brilliant Floridian doc-maker, for
turning me on to this interesting forum.

Doc on!

Chris

p.s. Isn't the new Utne format just awesome? I bought 3 extra copies
for friends!
Deleted User
Fan
pgawn I am. making a coming of age doc about an 18 year old
girl, and her relationship with her transgendered mother. Both
mother and daughter are compelling, animated and dynamic yet
I find myself cautiously filming mostly the banal. I am a still
photographer with some dabbling in super 8 dramatic shorts
that happened to make the festival cicuit. This is my first doc an
I'm shooting it with the support of my post grad film course and
equipment on HD. The pressure to make a TV one hour slick
flick may be stiffling my creative impulse, plus I am working
entirely with a crew of student strangers who don't quite get my
intent or subject. Feedback and thoughts are welcome.
Doug Block
Host
Welcome aboard, Chris and PGawn.

Let's take your issue into The Mentoring Room, PGawn, but why not
work as a one person crew? Or two, at most? Why would you need more?
Steve Mennie
Pro
Hello..

Greetings from the depths of South-central British Columbia in
Canada.I'm a newbie in the field of documentary film making having
spent he last 30-odd years as a painter and printmaker. But am
definitely moving into video as a medium and feel that a place such
as this forum will be invaluable as I do so. I promise to keep dumb
questions to an absolute minimum and am mainly interested in
exploring others' views and approaches to the art of documentary
film.
Deleted User
Fan
Hi fellow doc' lovers, I have been in the doc side of production for
several years, mostly digital productions, I am heavily into two
doc's- one is looking behind the scenes of the passions and souls and
emotions of women in the sport of Auto Racing.......and i've
researched and filmed many experiencers of either visitors and
sightings of crafts in the australia and tasmania area, my approach
is to let us know what the visitors want....I am currently accepting
all financial deposits to the bank account, I love to be paid to tell
compelling stories.....Fil the filmmaker
Doug Block
Host
paid to tell compelling stories... what a concept! me, too! welcome,
fil the filmmaker.
David Griggs
Pro
Hello to you all!
I have just informed myself of this site through Docos and hope that
it will prove to be useful and interesting. I have recently finished
my first documentary short 30mins on miniDV. Shot entirely in a
remote community in Lesotho, Africa on the subject of Life and Magic!
I am keen to carry on with the production of high quality
documentaries using new media formats such as DV, pushing the tech to
the max. I think that DV has a lot to offer the film/video market in
production value terms especially as it involves smaller crews and
allows more local/subject participation and training. The challenges
are pretty enormous when takling essentially single person
productions,but the results can be increadibly satisfying. My first
project was filmed for my final work on the Visual Anthroplogy
programme at Manchester University at the Granada Centre for Visual
Anthropology. I am researching a number of film avenues now having
completed the course only 3 weeks ago! I need to keep up the
enthusiasm, especially as I have now found the career path that pulls
together my life strands so far! So, if anyone out there is keen to
explore Social Documentaries using Poetic aesthetics and
Observational approaches then please contact me, lets keep working
informing the audience! davidgriggs@gaia.org.uk
John Holman
Pro
Hello!

I am a freelance lighting/ cameraman specializing in
documentary for film and television programmes. I am based in
the UK. Over the last 12 years I have filmed in Africa, Asia, South
America, and Europe.
I am excited to learn of a resource for fellow adventurers to
communicate with! Cheers...
Deleted User
Fan
Hello all or part thereof,
I hereby introduce myself as a person of sound mind and body dwelling
among similar sane and satisfied beings.
I live in the flatland of our fair land, the grandest of all lands
where the winters drain your courage to interact.
I write for pleasure and a higher purpose, but I need encouragement
and exposure. Need I say more? My cosmic philosophy will unfold as my
expressions engage the minds of others. May I be welcome?
Deleted User
Fan
Hello all... I'm a fledgling doc maker working on a biographical film of my late
father. He was a writer/editor who died some 20 years ago. I was initially
approaching this as sort of a PBS style biographical film, incorporating photo's
and writing a VO narration that moved chronologically through his life. There
aren't really any living family members or friends to talk to though (besides an
ex-wife and children) so I don't have a lot of stories or biographical info that I
feel I need for this type of program.
I'm sort of re-thinking my approach now and considering doing a much more
personal, impressionistic film that would focus on my own memories and
feelings towards my dad. I'd love to hear any other thoughts or experiences
with biographical films that people have had. Thanks.
Duncan
Yoram Schaffer
Pro
hello,
I'm a doc filmmaker from Israel and reached the site while wandering
around in the web, looking for someone to talk to about documentary
filmmaking. Documentary filmmaking in Israel is quite flourishing
through public funding, though we too (as everywhere else in the
world probably) have to fight for our existence as filmmakers. I'll
be happy to hear and read what other filmmakers have to say since I
don't attend int'l festivals and forums very often.
...And excuse my English, it's not my first language
Ben Kempas
Pro
Your English is perfect, Yoram. As this is our public forum, please
make sure to check out our private conference for documentary
professionals as well. It's located at {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, and if
you want to join us (yes, it's free, as we are all fighting for our
existence), here's how to do it: www.d-word.com/join !!!

A big welcome to all new visitors at The D-Word.
Jay D Marlow
Fan
Hello all,

My name is JD Marlow and I'm an independent documentary film maker.
I learned about this site through www.digitalvideodocumentaries.com,
which is a great site. I have been involved in making films for a
little over 2 years now. The project I'm working on now is a feature
length documentary called "Street Music". My web site has all sorts
of information about it. http://www.streetmusicny.com

I look forward to participating in these forums and meeting all of
you!

-JD
Doug Block
Host
A big welcome to JD, Yoram and Duncan (and happy new year)!

Duncan, I don't have experience with biographical docs but I do with
personal ones. They're very hard to do well and without coming off as
self-indulgent, narcisistic and all the other qualities the Charlie
Kaufman character accuses himself of being in "Adaptation."

Mainly, you need to ask yourself why a personal story about your
father would be compelling to a general audience. And I'd also add
that a little humor goes a long way, no matter how serious the subject
matter. Try not to be overly reverent (even though it's your father).
Jay D Marlow
Fan
Doug,

Thanks for the welcome. On the note of personal documentaries,
you're exactly right. I just finished one about my own experience in
my first film festival. It was 25 minutes long and fun to put
together, however for a general audience I don't think it would work
very well. It is tough to make a personal doc suitable for general
audiences to watch. It is a great kick for me and my family, but
difficult for others.

You have to almost pretend like it's not about you, even though it
is. You also must constantly be deciding between what works for
yourself, and what works as a story for an audience. Good Luck!

-JD
Adele Schmidt
Pro
Hello all, my name is Adele Schmidt. I am a German
documentary film maker, who lives since 2001 in Washington
D.C. My friend Erica Ginsberg introduced me to d-word and I am
happy, that I finally got here to introduce myself. I hope to start a
productive relationship with you.

I worked as an independent documentary film maker in Mexico
City for six years. I wrote, directed, produced and edited one long
format documentary shot in DV CAM and two short
documentaries in Super 16mm, released in 35mm. My films
focus on social issues: 'Juana's Journey' is about a young
women who lives in the streets of Mexico City. Her mayor conflict
is between being a mother of a three years old and hanging
around with her friends who live in the streets like her. 'Land of
Mennonites' is a long format documentary about the Mennonite
community in Northern Mexico. The mayor conflict here is the
question : What happens, when modernity enters in to a closed
community. 'The universe apart' is a short film about one of the
most famous Mexican painters Francisco Toledo.
In Mexico I was also a lecturer for documentary film making at
the filmschool (CCC) of the National Center of Arts . I loved to be
with the students, develop ideas of the new generation and try to
get the ideas to the screen. Documentary film making is my
passion, I love to discuss new tendencies in documentary film
making as well as to develop new ideas on how to get a
documentary to the audience.

In 2001 I moved to Washington D.C. and I am working now for
Journey Films in Alexandria as an Associate Producer on the
long feature documentary film BONHOEFFER, a film about the
German priest Dietrich Bonhoeffer who resisted the Nazi regime.
I will talk a little bit more about that film in your Sundance section,
because the film will be screened in three churches in Park City
during the Sundance Film Festival.

For now I will stop the introduction on my self and hope to enter
in discussion with you soon.

hasta pronto
bis bald
best wishes
Adele Schmidt
Doug Block
Host
Adele, welcome, but I think you're confusing the public D-Word Forum
with the private D-Word Community, where all the registered members
hang out.

Go to: www.d-word.com and click on the logo for The D-Word Community
("members log-in"). I suggest you re-post your intro above.
Adele Schmidt
Pro
Thanks Doug, I would be happy to join the d-word community, but I am
not a memebr yet. So, what do I need to do?
Doug Block
Host
I took care of it, Adele. You're now a member. Look forward to
having you there - especially when we have our week-long online
discussion with the heads of EDN (European Documentary Network)
starting Jan. 27.
Adele Schmidt
Pro
Thanks Doug, I am happy to be a member now. I am also a
member of the EDN, and I am looking forward to discuss the
different tendencies of documentary film making in the USA and
Europa.
Deleted User
Fan
Thanks, Doug, for the post and I'm so glad to see that the D-word site is still
going strong. I first started following it as an outgrowth of your "Home Page"
project. Congrats to you and Ben for a helpful and supportive site!
Regarding my biographical film, I see two approaches to it. I can make a film
just for the family that provides a lot of factual information (dates, important
accomplishments & events etc.) Obviously, if the subject is not widely known,
there wouldn't be a broad appeal.
But what if I approached it more thematically? What if it became more of a
personal meditation, with pictures and music, that explored areas of loss,
roots and the foggy outlines of memory and family history? I guess the
success of a project like this would rely on what original thoughts and
observations I could bring to these subjects. And I agree, there MUST be
humor. Thanks again.
Duncan
Therese Shechter
Pro
Hi everyone! I'm here because Doug (who always asks the tough questions at seminars and is therefore my hero) told me to join. I met him at Fernanda Rossi's inspiring Doctoring Your Doc workshop. My doc is called "I Was A Teenage Feminist" which is a first-person feature doc about rediscovering and reconnecting to the feminist movement today, whatever the heck it may be. And it's funny, at least I hope it is, but people do seem to laugh when they watch the trailer. I have bigger words to describe the project to potential funders (like socio-political), but you get the idea. This is my first doc, although I have worked on films for others and made some short shorts. I will be at Sundance volunteering at the House of Docs/Filmmakers Lodge so come say hi. t.

Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Therese. I'll be hanging out a lot at House of Docs (Jan
17- 22) so let's be on the lookout for each other.
Deleted User
Fan
Hello. I am Stephanie Davy, and I have a habit of thinking I can
do anything- just do it, and learn as you go. It's worked so far-in
the rest of my life, but reading these pages is scaring me.I'm on
Long Island, NY and wqould love to hear from other people who
have done this stuff by the skin of their teeth.
I'm planning on a documentary about 3 sisters who are amazing
musicians who play together, and normal kids from Long Island,
too. I'm planning on doing everything. Am I nuts?
Robert Goodman
Pro
yes as you will find out. However, don't let that stop you. A lot of
nutty people (cause you have to be) make docs. I will say that
you'll save yourself a bit of trouble reinventing the wheel if you
connect with a few experienced hands, virtual or real.
Doug Block
Host
Actually, sounds like you already KNOW you're nuts, Stephanie. Which
is healthy. Or, as my daughter would say, "it's a conundrum."

Anyway, welcome to the nuthouse, Stephanie. You're in good company.
Gioia Marchetti
Fan
Hi, I'm Gioia and I work for a production/distribution company of non-
fiction programming in Rome. Glad to hear I can participate to the
forum on Jan. 27 and I look forward to "meeting" many of you on the
web.....
ciao,

Gioia
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome, Gioia! This place is getting more and more international by
the day. People like you certainly qualify for {LINK NOT IMPORTED}
as well, which is our private forum for professionals. To join us
there, please follow the instructions on www.d-word.com/join.
Henrik Svanberg
Pro
Hi,
I'm a doc.filmmaker/photographer working as an independent with some
work run on local PBS.

To Stephanie, You can do it all by yourself but maybe not
simultaneously. It helps to get a pro. on sound or camera. Good
luck. /HS
Erga Netz
Fan
Hi there!
Looking forward to meeting you all at the next forum.
I'm a TV documentary producer, and I also develope other projects
such as game show concepts, sitcoms etc.
There's much info on myself, my colleague and our previous, present
and future projects on our web site www.antv.site.nl
See you soon!
Erga
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Erga and Henrik. Nice to have you join us.
Dani Dion
Pro
Therese, are you still kicking around? I checked out your website
today and read your Sundance journal...but you've left it hanging!
It's very funny stuff and I'd love for you to let us know when you've
posted more. It also sounds like your doc is going to be very
interesting, with a definite capacity for humour.
Lisa Russell
Pro
I am a former relief worker who has, over the last 3 years, decided
to blend my development experiences and expertise with my keen
interest in sensitively portraying personal stories to address
international issues with a creatively urban appeal.

Currently, I'm producing and directing "Settling in Seattle" which is
a one-hour doc that highlights the stories of four refugee youth from
the Sudan, Kosovo, Vietnam and Iraq who have resettled in the Seattle
area. The film is part of a larger outreach campaign intended to
promote youth participation and the use of film/video, music and
multimedia as a means to educate the public about refugee issues in
the US for World Refugee Day. Politically, the project highlights
the work of the US resettlement program and how deeply it was
affected by the events of September 11th.

I'm hoping to use this forum to get feedback on the production and
promotional process of this film b/c I am already finding it a
challenge to integrate the "pressing needs" of the resettlement
community wihtout sacrificing the artistic merit of the film (meaning
not coming across too journalistic.) I'd appreciate and welcome your
inputs.

For those of you who are interested, more info about the project can
be found at www.refugeeyouthinamerica.com. Also, if you are in New
York, we are having an event on Feb 2nd that you are welcome to
attend. More info about the event is at
www.refugeeyouthinamerica.com/event.html.

Looking forward to challenging discussions with you all...
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Lisa. For the kind of discussions you want, you should join
The D-Word Community: www.d-word.com/join. No need to email us your
background, since you just posted it.
W Keith Mcmanus
Pro
Hello,

I'm a documentary still photographer and filmmaker with over 35 years of experience.
I now live in Western New York [Rochester]
My work has been mostly here in the U.S. with topics ranging from national politics, spring break, rural & small town life to AIDS (PBS doc "Mending Hearts, living with AIDS].

Keith
Doug Block
Host
Howdy, Keith. Make sure you use "autowrap" so you don't get one
looooong sentence.
W Keith Mcmanus
Pro
I did...for some reason the auto-wrap was not applied to my post.
Ben Kempas
Pro
With some browsers, like Opera, you need to manually tick the "Wrap"
box.
Marina Pereira
Pro
Hallo
I've been searching for this kind of forum for quite some time and
was introduced to D-word by David Griggs.
Don't really know what to say to you now besides what's on my
profile so I'll let you check it ^_^
Connie Bottinelli
Pro
Hi Doug, I just sent an e-mail for inclusion in D-Word Community.
The first thing I'll be looking for is assistance on my current
production "Map of the Missing". It's being shot in Bosnia
Herzegovina. I'm looking for a producer, shooter and news footage
source on the ground there to cover what's happening when I'm not
able to get there. Looks like I might find some leads here. Looking
forward to hearing what comes out of the EDN forum. I'm on a mission
to find it on this very active looking site! Best, Connie Bottinelli
Adrian McCarthy
Pro
Hi just got word of this today. Im based in Dublin, Ireland. I am
very interested in talking about some good US documentary distributors
who might be into the idea of taking on an Irish doc. Have made a few
award winning docs over here in recent years. Any pointers? thanks
and looking forward to hanging out h
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome, Adrian. You might want to repeat this question in our
US/Euro conference with EDN that is currently taking place in topic
{LINK NOT IMPORTED}

If you are a professional yourself, don't forget to check out The D-
Word Community as well (see the note in the header of this page) ...
Deleted User
Fan
Hello! I'm Charis and I'm getting started in documentary
filmmaking. :-) i'm a student of the University of the Philippines
and I'm starting my thesis next school year. I'm hoping that joining
this forum could help in any way. I really would like to make a
documentary for my thesis, rather than the "safe" narrative like
everyone back here does. So that's pretty much it. Hope to hear from
you. :-)
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Charis. I'm curious to know how you found The D-Word.
Anyway, glad we can help and feel free to ask questions in The
Mentoring Room topic, as well.
Deleted User
Fan
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Completed films must be submitted for consideration no later than March 1,
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Between June 18 - 22, 2003, SILVERDOCS will celebrate, honor and
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Award-winning independent filmmaker Karen Cooper, Director of Film Forum
in New York, will serve as the chair of the SILVERDOCS Jury.

Renowned as a supporter of innovative world cinema, Cooper has been a
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*SILVERDOCS is honored to have a person of Karen Cooper*s experience
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SILVERDOCS is unusual as a film festival because of its exclusive focus on
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Every year, SILVERDOCS will include several program strands covering a
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For 2003, programming strands include:

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For complete information regarding film eligibility, entry rules or an application
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Doug Block
Host
Katie, this is for introducing yourself, not for promoting an event.
We'll make an exception in your case and not delete the post because
SilverDocs director Nina Seavey is a longtime D-Word member.

That said, it promises to be a great festival for docmakers, so good
luck with it.
Deleted User
Fan
Hi from advaitji. I'm living now in the netherlands two years and
heavily 'in production' of a story of local heros. 'MY' subjects
seem to be 'The search for family' in all of it's variations and 'The
right to decide for oneself'. In england (where i come from) this
manifested as the documentary 'out of site' about travelers and
the rights of individuals to determine their own circumstances,
how they live, where and with who.

My current film is about a group of parents who get together to
share and organise their childcare, despite legal and other
restrictions.

My background is in commercials, digital effects and editing of
short videos, so i'm going to be looking for help and advice with
transfering these skills to longer formats - developing and
working with stories - proposal and script writing - also i'm
interested in how 'I' fit into the work i do - where am 'i' in the films
i make?

ok, enough intro for now - i want to read....

chears
advait
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome to The D-Word, Advait. You are currently in our public forum
(orange background) which is mainly used for special events. It would
be great if you could introduce yourself in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as
well, which is our ongoing private conference for documentary
professionals (blue background). Cheers!
Jill Freidberg
Pro
I am a documentary filmmaker in Seattle just wrapping up a really
successful grassroots distribution of our feature documentary, This
is What Democracy Looks Like. I am starting production on a
documentary about the Mexican teachers' movement this spring.
Interested in finding Mexican and bilingual (englsih-spanish)
documentarians.
Tomas Leach
Pro
Hi -
I'm a Doc Director in the UK.
I'm just in the final stages of a 25 minute Doc on the Last Mudhorse
Fishermen in the world.
Tried reading through as much backdated postings as i could; it's
all interesting stuff.
Cheers.
Tom
Deleted User
Fan
Hello Everyone,

I stumbled upon this site in my journey for a truly informative forum
for the documentary producer.

Glad to be here...and best wishes to all...

-Jamal
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome, Jamal! What's your own background then?
Mark Hamilton
Pro
Hello all, independent documentary-maker joining from Canada. Mark Hamilton
Ben Kempas
Pro
No, Doug, we certainly don't sound like broken records. Neither do
we put up big bold banner announcements telling people where to go,
nor do we explain the difference between The D-Word Forum and The
D-Word Community in our welcome emails to new members. :-)
Manuela Maiguashca
Fan
Hello, I'm a UK documentary filmmaker interested in personal docs
that evolve over time. Am shooting one at the moment - a story about
becoming a parent. I'm due in 3 months and filming the labour as well
as the months before and after. I already have a two year old and the
film is a humorous look at how my daughter and the rest of us cope
with the arrival of the new baby. Was very happy to read Ross
McElwees remarks in the Art of the Personal Doc. Also working on
other doco projects - one based in Russia and the secret city of
Sarov.
Look forward to connecting with filmmakers through D-Word!
Oliver Thomas
Pro
Hi,

I'm a cameraman in the UK, who is fed up with shooting rubbish.
Have my own doc project I'd like to get off the ground and would be
interested in reading about experiences of others...cheers

Olly.
Ben Kempas
Pro
Oliver, welcome to The D-Word Forum, our public area. Please make
sure to join The D-Word Community as well. Here's how to become a
member of our private community for professionals:

www.d-word.com/join
Louise Walker
Pro
Hello, everyone. Greetings from Vancouver. I was just wondering if
anyone's film has been accepted at Hot Docs yet. I have spoken with
a few members of the Cdn community who are considering boycotting
this year's festival due to its new policy of Toronto premieres
only. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Ben Kempas
Pro
Louise, you should ask this inside {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, our
private forum for professionals. I am arranging access for you as we
speak.
Jorge Prior
Pro
From Mexico. Just finished a documentary of a rock
star(Rockdrigo) that became a myth from the moment he died in
the worst earthquake we had (1985).
We have several projects in hand, one is the special culture
narco dealers have
established, and odd culture that everyday becomes more
popular,
Good to find this place and learn about international docs.
Adele Schmidt
Pro
Hi Jorge, yes come and join the d-word community and make this forum
more international. Where do you live? I lived 8 years in Mexico
City. Are you going to use archive materials of the earthquake from
1985? I would like to discuss your project in the d-word community
topic 'projects in development'.
Chanel Carlascio
Fan
Hi,

i am a filmmaker in portland, oregon. i was referred to this forum by
a member. currently working on two projects, but am interested in
plugging in to the community. hope i get accepted to the private
forum.

thanks
Dan Ratiu
Pro
Hi,

I am a filmmaker from Romania and I am glad to join the forum.

Dan
Ben Kempas
Pro
Dan, welcome to The D-Word, and make sure to introduce yourself in
{LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well.
Chanel Carlascio
Fan
couple of questions regarding treatments:

how long is a documentary treatment typically expected to be?

how detailed should i make it?

any recommendations for doc treatment examples?

thanks.
Doug Block
Host
1. a couple of pages 2. as visual and detailed as you can, given that
you haven't shot it yet and it will inevitably turn out considerably
different than you anticipated (usually for the better) 3. um, there
must be a book out there. if you're in the ny area, you should check
out the aivf library: www.aivf.org
Lucie Bourgeau
Pro
Hi all,

I was referred by the Director of Detroit Docs, a new organization
here in Detroit I work for. We hold an annual doc film fest, a
monthly screening series & director Q&A (starting in April), and
eventually a resource center. Glad to be here!

-lucie
Deleted User
Fan
Hi all,
I'm working in the UK and am moving into the world of documentaries
from the world of graphic design. am new to it all. am here to look
and learn. and then to make some good work.
thanks
- justy
Amita Talwar
Pro
Hi everyone. Am working in India as a publisher and want to move on
to my first love - Documentaries. Have done a couple and sold them
in India. Time to share my work with others and also see what the
rest of you folks are upto. How does one do that?
-amita
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Amita and Justy! Amita, I suggest you read the conference
we did with Jan Rofekamp last year here about Selling in the
International Marketplace: {LINK NOT IMPORTED} It will tell you much of what you
need to know.
Amita Talwar
Pro
Thanks Doug. I went through the Jan Rofekamp conference. Does it
help to send the synopsis to some buyers/channels directly through
emails? Is it worth taking a chance?
Doug Block
Host
Yes, absolutely. I recommend you send them something very brief in
an email. Very succint. No more than two paragraphs. Make it as
dramatic and compelling as possible. Then ask if they would like you
to send a more complete proposal. Or, if you have a website with more
info, include a url link.
Deleted User
Fan
Hello. My 2 year old is napping so my keyboard is tapping! I'm a
complete newcomer to the world of documentary filmmaking. No
filmmaking experience but I'm very grateful to have an on-line
classroom. :-) Taking a week long doc course soon and can't wait to
get started. I'm anxious to learn. Previous life paths include,
theatre [acting], software development and desktop publishing. Have
a million doc ideas. Of course!
Doug Block
Host
Just make 'em cheap, Jackie! ;-) Welcome to d-world (which is what
we sometimes call d-word - it's grown so much internationally). Good
luck with your course and hope you hold onto your initial enthusiasm
in the years ahead.
Deleted User
Fan
A little over zealous? ;-)I forgot to mention that I'm from Canada,
originally from Toronto but now living in Aylmer, Quebec. Really
enjoyed the on-line conference on personal documentary, btw.
Jamie Lee
Pro
Greetings from St. Paul, Minnesota. Not a big user of forums and such, but
thought I would give this one a try since my partner seems to peruse it once a
week for good advice et cetera. Just spoke in an Ethnographic Filmmaking
class at Macalester College. Very fun. Not used to anthropology students
picking our brains. Yippee!

www.aquariesmedia.com
www.thisobedience.com
Doug Block
Host
what a bright partner you have, jamie! hold onto this person for
dear life ;-) hope we have some good advice left in us for you, too.
George Robinson
Pro
Just a quick note to introduce myself. I am the film critic (hope
that's not a dirty word here) for Jewish Week (NYC) and Inside
Magazine (Philadelphia) and I cover _a lot_ of documentary film for
both publications, partly because of their readership and largely by
choice. I am also -- after 32 years of writing criticism -- slowly
starting to work up the nerve to do a documentary film (as soon as I
finish the book I'm contracted to do -- any year now).
Ben Kempas
Pro
Munich sends a big welcome to James, Jackie, George & co!
Wade Childers
Pro
Hello, just joining D-Word. Working on first documentary project
which I'm writing, and exploring directorial options. Coming from
the world of film music recording & mixing in LA. But now I have
this documentary itch... and an opportunity to pursue it, so I'm
setting sail to the filmmaking world, but docking in D-Word for a
while first. Greetings to all!
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