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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.

S.Tavaris Belle

I how are you doing? My name is Shazard; I’m originally from the Bahamas but currently attending graduate school in Florida. At this time I’m pursing a Masters of Business Administration with one more class to go before I graduate. I’m interested the field of documentary filmmaking but I don’t have any experience. I purchased the book Directing the Documentary by Michael Rabiger, it’s my intention to teach myself how to make or go about making such films. It probably will take me a while to get the hang of things, but from now I plan to do a lot of reading and will purchase equipment later to get my feet wet. It look as if the website is full of professionals, so I don’t know exactly where someone like me would fit in. I hope to interact with the members on my journey to one day complete the documentary projects that I envision.

P.S I came across the website through the book Directing the Documentary By Michael Rabiger, which I recently purchased

Doug Block

Greetings, Howard and Shazard. Welcome to The D-Word!

Rob Bralver

Hi Everyone,

New to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I recently started up a documentary production company with some friends called Gatling Pictures, based in Los Angeles.

Our first project is "SANDMAN: At Your Service" – about Mark Sandman, the late lead singer of the band "Morphine." Please watch our new promotional featurette at (or here: and let me know what you think!

We're new to the field and welcome all words of wisdom and criticism.


Doug Block

Good to have you aboard the good ship D-Word, Rob. Welcome and all best with your project.

Jill Woodward

good luck with your film Rob. I'm a big Morphine fan, so my interest is piqued.

Sonja Henrici

Hi All

Sonja here from Scottish Documentary Institute. Thought I was registered ages ago but have just reinstated myself.

We are a research centre for documentary at Edinburgh College of Art, and run training and production initiatives such as Bridging the Gap and Interdoc, and produce short and feature documentaries. for more info
You can watch our films at

If you're coming through Edinburgh at any point, please say hello!

Doug Block

Welcome (back), Sonja! Good to see you here again – well, a photo would help ;-) Hope all's been well.

Christopher Reed

Hello everyone,

I am the new Online Project Coordinator at, the MEDIA sponsored social networking site for European documentary professionals. If you have any suggestions or questions for the site, please let me know.

We are beginning another round of programming and so some new features are slated for the next few months. Training Initiatives and Festivals will be able to manage their own information, and Funding Groups will be able to create their own funding guides. We are also looking to improve our wiki ( so if you teach a documentary class and are a looking for a good assignment for your students please get in touch me.

I am also going to be chronicling some things that I think will be useful for the documentary community on a site here ( Guides, news, etc. Maybe interviews too. We will see.

Looking forward to getting to know the community a bit better,

Doug Block

Welcome, Christopher. We don't encourage double posts, but feel free to re-post your note about the wiki in the Teaching Docs topic. Good luck with all your reelisor initiatives, they sound great.