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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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John Burgan
Host

Anand – firstly please note that the D-Word is a "Real Name" community, meaning that everyone is asked to register with their full name, not initials, so please log-in and adjust your profile accordingly.

Secondly, there is no single technical standard for festival submissions – this can be anything from standard definition DV to full-blown HD. Check the festivals own submission guidelines although as James says, the main criterion is to submit a good film.

Anand A
Fan

Hi
John Burgan
Thanks, my full name is Anand A.
I am a new person so have these types of question. To make a good film it can be shooting in simple camcorder also and I have simple camcorder almost 4 different companies and one is Sony DCR-HC26 but I am not sure shooting from these camera will be accepted by festivals. So before I start it is good if get clear idea from some professional people like You, James and so many other people then may I can start shooting. And thanks for your advice.
If you say festivals just need a good film then can you say that I can even shoot my documentary with sonny DCR-HC26 and I think this is the simplest camcorder.
Thanks

Ben Kempas
Pro

Folks, this topic is for introductions only. Newbie questions can be answered in the Mentoring Room . (And you won't be very happy with the HC26 because it basically offers no manual controls...)

Anand, is your last name really just "A"? Are you from India?

Rachel Leah Jones
Pro

hello, I'm rachel leah jones, a documentary filmmaker based in Berkeley, CA (but who want to admit to that, especially these days?! so i wrote berkeley, ca instead...). i'm working on my 3rd doc (previous titles as director include 500 DUNAM on the MOON and ASHKENAZ). i'm editing with FCP right now, which isn't very popular in israel (its an AVID kind of country...) and i need some people to troubleshoot with. i'm not a technophobe, but i'm also not a tech-freak. so, hello...

Doug Block
Host

hello to you, rachel. i'm a bit confused, you say you're based in berkelely but writing berkeley instead? reading between the lines, did you mean to say israel? either way, happy to have you aboard the good ship d-word.

James Longley
Pro

Hi Rachel – great to see you finally made it to the safe shores of D-word. It's been ages. What's the new doc about?
I know how you feel, BTW:
I'm based in Seattle, but I didn't want to admit I was in the United States so I wrote "Iran" instead.

John Burgan
Host

Hi Rachel – Greetings from Wales where Hassina and I now live after leaving Berlin for Denmark back in 2006, living here since last Autumn. Good to see you here at the D-Word, have to get Phillippe on board one of these days.

Quite a few of us use FCP and there is also a dedicated topic if you come unstuck...

Rachel Leah Jones
Pro

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 2 Feb 2009 :

doug: yes i meant to write based in tel aviv... but i guess i was so ambivalent, and ambivalent about being ambivalent, that i couldn't even get the words right... anyway, i was born in berkeley, ca. and grew up there as well as here in tel aviv...

james and john: hello! i'd love to see you both in person again sometime.

james: sorry i missed you in seattle, i was there in november showing ASHKENAZ. the new/old (started shooting almost 10 years ago) doc is called GYPSY DAVY about david serva (nee jones) a white boy with alabama roots who reinvented himself as a flamenco guitarist in andalucian boots who fathered five children to five different women along the way, and one of those children is me...

john: sorry you're no longer in berlin, i keep imagining a repeat visit. i guess wales will have to do (after all, i am a jones)... warm regards to hassina!

ok, this probably isn't the time and place to do all this chatting, though i'm glad to encounter friendly familiar faces, so what's my next step in terms of posting a tech problem?

John Burgan
Host

Good to have you here and yes, a Jones should acknowledge her Welsh roots!

Take a look at our Technical Topics: if it's FCP specific, use Final Cut Pro , general post-production Editing .

Doug Block
Host

So what's wrong with chatting? We live to procrastinate! And have no fear, Rachel, I highly recommend you change your "Current Location" to Tel Aviv. Always helpful to know where people are currently. And it will keep all our SF area members from being disappointed when they discover you're not in Berkeley.

Michael Fagans
Fan

Hey gang!

I have been working for the past ten years as a photojournalist and I am now looking to make the jump into documentary film work out here on the left coast (of course I am located in the Bible-belt of the San Joaquin Valley, smirk). A former professor now colleague mentioned this site as a place I should join.

I have been working in FCP, doing mostly web shorts, but I would really like to not make too many 'tech' mistakes moving forward into documentary work. Looking forward to asking lots of newbie questions and then getting deeper into the process.

David Mcilvride
Pro

What's with everybody missing part of the heads? I guess I'll have to upload a new pix. Wecome Michael.

Doug Block
Host

Nice to have part of you here, Michael. Welcome.

Michael Fagans
Fan

Thanks Doug.

David, apparently I did not pay the photographer enough.

Used to live right near Kingston, Ontario and climb at the Shawanagunks. The cool part about Cali is now I can get to Yosemite and just visited Galen Rowell's gallery in Bishop.

Evan Schlossberg
Pro

Hi all,

I'm a new doc film maker who just completed Thom Powers' documentary production class at NYU. There I not only had the pleasure of having Doug Block as a guest lecturer but I also learned of The Stranger than Fiction series where I recently saw Upstream Battle by Ben Kampas, so it seemed only natural to come and sign up for D-Word next.

Right now I'm working on my first doc about the little known but widespread influence of two men who in 1991 made a series of predictions about major social trends and events to come (specifically including events such as the current financial crisis) which have since turned out to be surprisingly prophetic. At the time they published their predictions, Newt Gingrich called their book "an intellectual tour de force" and Al Gore called it "the most stimulating and politically relevant book on American history that I have ever read” and sent a copy of it to every member of congress. (I’m really looking forward to explaining this more and getting as much feedback as possible in the Works in Progress section here.)

While working on that I’m trying to earn a living as an assistant editor Avid/FCP (I own my own Avid system) and also trying to earn extra money by doing transcription by voice with Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software. It’s not something I want to be doing full time but it’s so much faster than regular transcription that when I used it recently during an internship on an Obama documentary everyone there told me it was so much faster and better that there would really be a good market for it in doc films.

Anyway, I hope this intro wasn’t too long but I'm looking forward to meeting some really interesting people here and getting some great feedback and advice on making docs.

Cheers!

Evan Schlossberg

Ben Kempas
Pro

Thanks for coming to the STF screening and welcome to The D-Word, Even. (I will spell your name like this until you get my surname right.) ;-)

Doug Block
Host

Good to have you here, Evan. Congrats on surviving your course with that notoriously ruthless taskmaster, T Powers.

Evan Schlossberg
Pro

D'oh! Sorry about the typo Mr. Kempas. And yes it was rough suffering under our friend Thom's vicious whip all semester so thanks for the sympathy Doug.

And thank you both for the welcome!

Ben Kempas
Pro

I forgive you. I don't know what it is, people either make me a "Kampas" or "Kempers". But somehow they never make me "Kampers". :-)

Yixi Villar
Fan

Hello everyone.. My name is Yixi Villar and my partner and I are looking to fund our documentary, "Life In The Balance" . It highlights the work of two cutting edge doctors and their patients. These doctros are changing the face of cancer treatment in America, they are saving the lives of people who have been sent home to die at the hands of doctors from some of the leading cancer centers in America.   
We are looking to raise $100,000. For a number of the grants out there we need to have a non-profit status, does anyone know of any grants that don't have that criteria?
Please help, Thank you

Marj Safinia
Host

Yixi, welcome. The traditional workaround is to find a fiscal sponsor, an organization that has non-profit 501(c)3 status that agrees to collect funds you raise in exchange for a percentage that they take for themselves. This allows you to pursue grants that require non-profit status, usually for about 5%-6% of what you raise. There are a number of organization that offer it, include the IDA or Public Media Inc. or IFP New York

Laura Kissel
Pro

Hello out there,

I'm currently living in Shanghai, China and at work on a documentary about cotton and globalization. I'd like to meet any D-word folks and documentary filmmakers who are living/working in Shanghai or nearby provinces (Chinese or expats of all stripes). I'm building up my network here and would like to know more filmmakers, film venues, etc.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Laura. I have a good friend (she's Chinese) doing doc work but she's in Beijing, so not sure if that's helpful. If you want to get in touch anyway we can take this to email.

Anne Goodfriend
Fan

Hi I am a young filmmaker; new on the scene and looking to investigate these types of community sites as an outlet for... anything really. Just want to gain experience and learn from others...

Doug Block
Host

Glad you discovered us, Anne. Great to have you here.

Michael Barnitt
Pro

I am happy to find you guys, it looks like an interesting site. I'll be glad to answer any sound questions you might have.

Carl Thelin
Fan

Laura Kissel encouraged me to sign up. I'm a Shanghai-based Shooter-Director, working on a hodgepodge of documentaries, TV commercials, and corporate image films.

Thomas Rigler
Pro

Hi, Marj Safinia encouraged me to join...
I'm a TV and new media producer with strong ties to the documentary community and serve on the board of the IDA. Just helped rebuild documentary.org there.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome Carl and Thomas, but you're only halfway there. Feel free to sign up for full membership to get access to all of our discussion topics.

Anita Womack-Weidner
Fan

Hi,

I'm Anita Womack, a documentary producer in Brooklyn, NY. I heard about you guys from Doculink.

Rob Jackson
Pro

Hi,
I'm Rob Jackson and I've been bitten by the documentary bug. My first and only project to date is "Tracking Patagonia," a doc shot in Patagonia that is currently in post-production (I'm associate producer and co-cinematographer.) To keep it short, I'm here to learn, share and be an active part of the documentary world! Looking forward to it...!

Jennie Stenhouse
Fan

Hi Everyone My name is Jennie Stenhouse and all though I come from a Computer science background I have found my self and my calling in documentary film. I am currently working my first job in the industry as an editor, camera chick and production assistant but long to do my own films ( I have a couple of my own projects i am tinkering away on ) . I found the sight through docu-link I to am looking forward to learning sharing and being an active member of the community.

Nilankur Das
Fan

Hello, this is nilankur, work in a new media studio www.cultureunplugged.com We provide online space to showcase, promote and cross pollinate ideas of film makers of SE Asia, Middle East and Africa. Hope to have a meaningful alliance with like minded friends/Film Makers.

Gerard Laplante
Fan

Hello, this is Gerry and I am currently working on my first doc, about an extraordinary self-taught artist from Birmingham Alabama. I learned about the d-word through doculink, and look forward to participating in the community.

Doug Block
Host

Really, it's coming fast and furious, and great to have you all here with us!

Hannah Patterson
Pro

Hi all,

I'm a UK-based documentary maker and film journalist. I have been working on a documentary about environmental racism in a community living around oil refineries in Texas independently for 5 years, and recently won Best Short Pitch at BRITDOC festival and money towards completion of the film. Myself and the director (photographer Zed Nelson) are trying to get funding to complete post-production to meet our April deadline so I've gone the IndieGoGo route. If anyone has any great blogger leads from people who'd be interested to know more about the topic, I'd gratefully hear them.

More info on the film and a three minute trailer at:

http://www.indiegogo.com/project/view/1276?iggref=IPJF_TTAG

Thanks
Hannah

John Burgan
Host

Hannah, with your credentials you're welcome to apply for full membership of the D-Word, which will give you access to all the members-only topics.

Joshua Koffman
Pro

Hi there- found out about you guys from doculink. I'm a freelance television documentary director/producer/writer (Discovery, Nat Geo, TLC, etc.) who also produces indie docs on the side.

Sarah Switek
Fan

Hello, My name is Sarah and I am a senior at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. I am working on a senior project which has developed into a documentary on people living with and/or affected by breast cancer. This will be my first documentary so I am a little unexperienced but I am also very excited. Anyone have any tips?

Doug Block
Host

Ok, just kidding, Sarah. We have so many people flooding the entrance gates here lately I'm getting a bit giddy. A warm welcome to one and all.

Wil Rumps
Fan

Hello to everyone, I recently helped shoot my first documentary called “Hobocon”. The documentary is about our adventures as we go to Gencon (The worlds largest gaming convention) and hang with fellow gamers. This is the first doc to cover this culture that is not biased or geared at making fun of the subjects. We are very proud of that fact. We shot the film using high quality consumer level flip out mini-DV cameras. Nerds are a shy lot and we wanted to keep them as comfortable as possible. Sometimes all the proper gear gets in the way of the story. Now that we are in post-production I have been tasked with the job of getting the word out. Dose any one have any tips for me on this? Please check out our trailers on You-tube under “Hobocon”, they are pretty fun to watch.

Sam Proof
Fan

Hi I'm SamProof – I'm starting a Documentary about an artist in Los Angeles who currently has no kidneys. He's work is amazing. I've pretty much just started. I'll be blogging about it at http://proofalist.blogspot.com/

I myself have worked the last few years in Reality TV, and have been saving up for a while so right now I'm financing the first stages of this film myself. In fact I'll be the whole crew, director, camera and editor. I've been making videos on youtube (http://youtube.com/samproof) for the past couple of years and building up for this project.

btw if anyone knows where I can find a group release and a contract boiler plate for my main subject please point me int he right direction. (I already have a standard release form)

so that's me. Hi folks.

-SamProof

Tami Yeager
Pro

Hi! My dear friend, the illustrious Danielle Beverly, has been telling me for awhile now that my life will be dramatically improved by getting involved with the Dword. Now's the time! After a few years absorbed by producing my first indie doc called "A Dream in Doubt," I'd love to join the community. "A Dream in Doubt" was funded by ITVS, and had the fortune of airing on Independent Lens last May and was a part of Community Cinema. I'm happy to share any lessons from this experience and others. I've been involved in doc production for over a decade and have worked on lots of types of projects, for various broadcasters and organizations. I also work as a content and outreach consultant at Reframe (Tribeca Film Institute's digital distribution site). I'm developing some ideas for next films, and am thinking of focusing on a short.

Doug Block
Host

Howdy, Tami. Your life will indeed be dramatically improved shortly. Your IQ will increase at least 10 points, your teeth will get whiter and your breasts will, oh never mind. But the good news is The D-Word will be dramatically improved by your presence, too. Welcome aboard.

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