Hi, I am Sam Ebersole, associate professor in the mass communications
department and center for new media at the University of Southern
Colorado. I teach documentary producation and have been invovlved in
producing/shooting/editing docs since the mid 80's. Currently my
documentary class is in production of two documentaries; one on
skydiving, and the other about our local mental health facility and the
changes in treatment in the past 4-5 decades.
We are shooting in DVCam and editing using non-linear editing. We are
quite fortunate to have high quality equipment to work with...after
many years of S-VHS and cuts-only editing!
My students are studying the documentary genre, watching a lot of
classics, writing papers on documentary directors, and producing half-
hour projects...while taking other classes and working. It's quite a
busy semester for them to say the least.
Anyone else out there who teaches the documentary production process?
I'm using Rabinger's book (have done so for 6-7 years) and love it.
Looking forward to the dialog-
Hi, my name is Larry. I started a video production company in Jan
2000 shooting mostly sporting events of the extreme variety as a way
to hone my video skills, make some $ and give me an excuse to
purchase video gear to do what I would really like which is wildlife,
environmental, and natural history documenatries.
I am based in NJ.
I have been learning more about tax laws, forms, contract law than I
have about video.
I am hoping to get to a point soon where I can devote more time to a
few projects I have in mind, but only time will tell.
Howdy, Larry. Tax laws, forms, contracts... sounds just like
documentary filmmaking to me ;-)
Good luck and hope to see you back here again. Let us know how
things are going.
I was kind of hoping to hear surprise!
I thought maybe I was doing something wrong!
I have to go now, I need to write a check to the state for Sales-use
Heck, you haven't even gotten to fundraising. ;-)
Hi! I am a grad student in psychology whose masters' thesis will be
the traditional written document as well as my first small
documentary. Maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew but I have
always loved documentaries and this is a great way to ease into making
I attended a camera, lights and sound workshop a few weeks ago (using
a digital camera) as a start to learning what I need to know. I have
a year to complete it all.
Looking forward to getting to know everyone and hearing about your
Welcome, Sandrat! The only way to make your first doc is to bite off
more than you can chew.
What subject are you thinking of doing it on? Keep us posted.
Finally got back here. So many new folks came through the door that
I'll just say "Welcome New Folks!"
As you explore this public face of the professional D-Word Community,
keep in mind that a lot of the folks you will meet here travel to
documentary film festivals around the country -- and if the
filmmakers don't travel, their films certainly do. Larger colleges
and universities often have documentary films screenings which are
open to the public. So those of you who are curious about
documentaries and the people who make them, this space will help
connect you to documentary filmmakers who just might show up at
a "theatre/screening near you."
I keep hoping Doug will make a trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area so
I can thank him in person for (1) creating the D-Word Community (both
public and private) and (2) making "home page," a film which has had
a profound influence on my life and career.
There are plenty of good folks here. I hope all of you who have
walked in will stay a while.
I, for one, would like to know when anyone or their film will be
coming to St. Paul/Minneapolis. We've got several little theaters
that show good stuff, and i'd like to get out to as many as possible.
Maybe in the announcements thread?
Thanks Doug. My documentary (sheesh - I am still getting used to
saying that!) will be about a jazz combo as it moves from early
conceptualisation of a piece to a performance intercut with interviews
with the individual musicians.
My thesis is on the psychology of creativity in collaboration.