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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

Mark Hamilton
Hello all, independent documentary-maker joining from Canada. Mark Hamilton
Ben Kempas
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
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
Look forward to connecting with filmmakers through D-Word!
Oliver Thomas

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

Ben Kempas
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:
Louise Walker
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
Louise, you should ask this inside {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, our
private forum for professionals. I am arranging access for you as we
Jorge Prior
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
Good to find this place and learn about international docs.
Adele Schmidt
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

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

Dan Ratiu

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

Ben Kempas
Dan, welcome to The D-Word, and make sure to introduce yourself in
Chanel Carlascio
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?

Doug Block
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:
Lucie Bourgeau
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!

Deleted User
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.
- justy
Amita Talwar
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?
Doug Block
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.