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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.

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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!
Deleted User
Fan
Hi im an aussie who is trying to make a doc with a german on a river
in china.(sounds like there should be a punchline) I want to know
everything there is to know but I'll start with. How do I get
funding? How much money is 6x1hr (great) docos worth? How much help
can we hope for from the 5 goverments of the countries we pass
through? p.s. this is a great site steve
Doug Block
Host
Thanks and welcome, mate! How do you get funding? Wouldn't we all
like to know ;-)

But you can get a good start on what the international marketplace
for docos is like by reading Jan Rofekamp's conference here: {LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Lotsa luck, Steve.
George Robinson
Pro
This seems the likeliest place for me to put in a
plug for my new, improved website, Cine-Journal, which can be found at
(a drumroll please!):
http://cinejournal.netfirms.com/

Later this week I'll be posting an interview with Jennifer Dworkin
about "Love and Diane," which is superb by the way, and I expect to
cover the doc scene as much as possible.

And for them that celebrates with us, a khag sameakh (joyous festival)
for Passover,
George Robinson
Deleted User
Fan
Thanks for the reply dbblock, I still havnt found what a doco sells
for on the international market or domestic. My backers are very
interested in numbers for some reason(go figure eh?) even though we
hope to keep the cost below $12,000. Ours will of course be second
only to "The nature of Australia" by the ABC but substantialy
cheaper:-) I realise I'm asking "how long is a piece of string" but
any indication would be great. We will make it anyway but a bit of
funding will make it easier. (as i'm sure many will agree) steve
Deleted User
Fan
Hi everyone. I am just starting out in the world of documentary
filming. Other then filming my 4yr at the beach on weekends I have
no experience but I love filming and learning more about it, I guess
thats why we are all here. Anyways I'm working on my first
documentary this summer about the SteelBand Orchestra I am apart
of. So wish me luck as I wish you all luck on your various projects.

marlon
Alicia Sully
Fan
Hello,

I am an undergraduate film student at the moment soon to be "taking a year
off" to develop my skill in the field. My filmmaking interests lie in
anthropological/ experimental/ productive social documentaries. I am fairly
unfamiliar with anything going on right now in these realms. I am idealistic,
confident, and without responsibilities. I am going to go wherever the art takes
me and my sensibilities allow. I wish all with luck in shaping a life that makes
the most sense to you.
Stuart Leigh
Pro
Hello,

I've been making radio for years - much of it educationally oriented,
for kids and for African teachers. That has led to some teacher
training video programs and international project documentation...
and I've done some short videos of musicians in China, Brazil,
Haiti... My musical interests are perrenial... no, make that
constant. Just returned from producing a song for HIV/AIDS awareness
in Benin - a sort of "We Are the World" concept with Beninois pop
musicians and now am trying to get support for a music video of that
piece. Also have a number of unfinished things in the can, e.g. our
daughter as a young viewer's guide to Ethiopia, also a piece fully
shot on project-based interdisciplinary learning in high schools. But
so much remains unfinished when financing is elusive. Happy to see
what's going on here and learn from ya'll.
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Alicia and Stuart. We're equally happy to have you with us.
Deleted User
Fan
Hi all -- just a documentary fan here with no connection to the
industry, save for the fact that I'm approaching 150 docs on DVD. I
fancy myself a self-directed, self-taught documentary lover -- but I
limit myself to documentaries on DVD. Unfortunately, some of the
best documentaries aren’t yet on DVD -- almost everything by Errol
Morris, Hearts of Darkness, etc., etc. I think documentaries on DVD
have some unique advantages. Namely, the extra material can be
particularly insightful and illuminating -- more so than the
commentary track on a blockbuster movie. Anyway, I'm very happy to
have found this forum.
Doug Block
Host
Nice to have an enthusiast here, Ross. Welcome.
Riley Morton
Pro
wow Ross! nice work .150 Doc DVDs. I'm jealous!

I've been chided for not introducing myself, so here goes.

My name is Riley, and I've been making docs about outdoor and
adventure sports for the last 4 years. I love all kinds of
documentaries (and even a few fictional films) - but have chosen
a niche that i am particularly passionate about in order to
(hopefully) develop something of a reputation in the industry. It
has been a long road, but i'm finally making a living doing film
and video work (much of it commercial) - so i'm thrilled about
that. I was born in Seattle, and live and work here now, but hope
to move to a smaller town at some point in the future.

I've been on Mount Everest for each of the last 2 springs, so it
feels a little weird to not be in the himalaya this spring. In 2002, I
was working on the South Side for Discovery.com documenting
an expedition about American Women trying to climb the peak,
and in 2001, I was on the North Side with a group trying to solve
mountaineering greatest mystery: Did Mallory and Irvine summit
the peak first in 1924 and die on the way down? Or, was Hillary
the first to summit in '53 (he was certainly the first to come down
alive). Long story short, I ended up making a feature about the
2001 trip called 'found on everest.'

Before that, I worked as something of a video journalist for
mountainzone.com (when they still had funding) - and before
that, I made 2 films about ski town culture - which is essentially
how i started learning about documentary filmmaking. A process
that continues, and won't stop for some time to come.

I've started my tapes in the 'tape bin' rounds. Sarah George has
them now, so contact her if you have any interest in seeing the
films.

I'm in between projects right now, developing some ideas, and
doing freelance work. I'm always interested in helping out with
other projects, as a shooter, editor, or just about anything else -
so keep me in mind for that.

I've been grateful to read many of the helpful posts here on
D-word, and will continue to check in. thanks gang!

riley
feature films: http://www.soulsticefilms.com
freelance work: http://www.epicentertainment.com
Doug Block
Host
Riley, we were chiding you to intro yourself on The D-Word Community,
not necessarily at The D-Word Forum ;-)
Riley Morton
Pro
whoops!
this whole community/forum thing has been a bit confusing for
me (as you can see) but i'll go do it there.
thanks doug.
i'll get it together soon enough.

riley
Doug Block
Host
Community = blue background; Forum = yellow background. Community is
private, limited to doc professionals. Forum is open to one and all.
Karen Yaeger
Pro
hello-

bran-newbie to d-word forums... and glad to be here... planning
to jump in and train to shoot/edit (at dv dojo) after years working
as producer/pm in tv/film. had the opportunity to see a screening
of "homepage" at dojo earlier tonite... thank you doug -- i really
enjoyed it. Look forward to learning lots from all the folks here...

karen
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Karen. And thanks for coming to the screening. It was fun to see Home Page again -- haven't watched it in at least two years. It's still strange to realize that this forum and this community -- now over 700 members from 44 countries-- was a direct outgrowth of that film.

Danny Lurie
Pro
Hello
I'm currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. I've just started
working on my first doc. We're following the life of a pre-apartheid
political activist who was imprisoned on Robbin Island for 15 years
with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. that's the basic idea anyway.
As this is my first project, I'm hoping to find out all I can about
funding, distribution and sales and what to look out for.
Best of luck to all those out there with their projects.

Danny
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