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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.

Lindsey Pearce
Fan

Hello I heard about this site from one of my professors. I figured I would check it out. Hope to learn a lot! Thanks!

Jeremy Weinstein
Fan

Just an update on the Docummunity project I mentioned here about a year ago – well it now has a blog that talks about collaborative media and documentary with the hope of building a small but dedicated group of filmmakers who are interested in the idea of a collaborative documentary. The link is http://docummunity.wordpress.com/ comments about anything and everything are welcomed!!

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Lindsey and welcome back, Jeremy. Helpful stuff on your blog, well done.

Dustin Grella
Fan

Hey all! I was just at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and every conversation was d-word this and d-word that. I thought people were trying to talk about something without letting me know what it was, The 'D' Word... Over the course of the weekend I figured it out though, and my paranoia passed.

Christopher Wong
Pro

welcome, dustin! really enjoyed your film (PRAYERS FOR PEACE) at the Sebastopol Film Fest. beautifully animated, simply narrated, with a powerfully emotional ending. jury award well deserved!

(btw, make sure you apply for full membership with the D-Word so that you get access to all the other topics...)

Anna Rodgers
Pro

So Dustin joined the cult ;) Yipeee! Loved your film too. Absolutely beautiful. You should put info on it up on the films page here.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Dustin. By all means apply for full membership here . Then we dance in a circle and suck your blood.

Jason Perdue
Pro

Dustin, great to see you here. You will be talking mysteriously about the D-word soon enough too.

Ron Osgood
Pro

Dustin – I'm looking forward to seeing more of your animation and keeping in touch via D-Word

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Hey Dustin, good to see you in D-Word and glad to see your film is continuing its festival run. Congrats on another well-deserved award.

Jason Hutt
Pro

Hi everyone! I'm very excited to finally be a member of The D-Word. I've made 2 documentary features to date, "Orthodox Stance" (2008) & "Breezewood, Pennsylvania" (2004), and am in production on a third film. I'm looking forward to interacting with this inspired and talented community of filmmakers!

Doug Block
Host

Glad to have you here, Jason. Finally. We've had people working on you for years now ;-)

Daniel Morfesis
Fan

Hello! I am a documentary Editor (who also does Assistant Editor work) recently finished work as an AE on the documentary 'Countdown to Zero'. Our team was lucky enough to have the film play at this year's Sundance Festival. I was very excited by the documentaries I was able to catch at the festival!

I'm looking forward to joining a community of other documentary professionals!!

Doug Block
Host

And we're happy to have you here with us, Daniel. Congrats on Countdown, and feel free to dive right into the conversations here.

Leonard Lopez
Fan

Hi Everyone,

Leonard here, came across your achivements through D-word with whom I
am a new member, and am impressed with the bio's I come across..
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I have taken the initiative in introducing myself through the work I do, by posting my company details, and our association with numerous of our existing Media companies ( TV
Documentaries, commercials, journalist celeb interviews, Film
producing companies etc;) who have found us to be very cheerfully
cheap Cost Effectively backed up by an awesome TAT both Regular (Two
to three business working days)and Rush. Here are a few of our
Media/Film companies using or have used our transcription service,
with whom we are in Contractual agreement backed up with a NDA (Non
Disclosure Agreement) for confidentiality.

1. Canvas Films.

2. Transformer films.

3. Fora tv.

4. City Lights.

5. Mostly Magic.

6. Expo TV.

7. Lion TV.

8. Jillian Tucker-----Independent for Plum TV

9. Dan Woods----For Clarity Films.

10. Racing Horse Productions----Rebecca Cohen.

11. UNICEF.

12. Institute For Inclusion. (NON Profit Organization)

13. Deaf Independent Living Association.

14. Media Policy Center

15. M Creative Group, Inc.

16. Current tv

Our general quote is US $60 to US$70 per hour of audio recording
(Category 'A') Depending on the audio quality for a Regular TAT of two
to three business working days, if in any event you are in a rush; the
RUSH TAT delivery is within 24hours for 1Hour of audio recording with
an additional charge of 30%. All transcription work undertaken
requires a payment of 40% upfront.

We accept payment by PayPal, Google check out or Bank cheque.

We have a unique way of starting our association with A NO CHARGE
TRIAL OFFER OF 5 TO 7 MINUTES of your audio/video recording which you
can upload by logging on to
http://transcriptionstar.com/freetrial.html which is then sent back
for your quality feed back and go ahead and this comes with A NO
OBLIGATION STAMP. We will commence the remaining transcription only on
receiving your go ahead e-mail. for more info do please accept our
invitation to visit us at our website given below.

Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest,

Thanks and Regards,
Leonard Lopez.
Toll free---877 323 4707
714 782 7013

Fax---------909 992 3138
e-mail------leonard@transcriptionstar.com
steve@transcriptionstar.com

www.transcriptionstar.com

Hitomi Lei
Pro

Hey all! This is a great doc community...glad to be here!

John Burgan
Host

Welcome Hitomi and Leonard. Always good to hear of reliable transcription services

Ted Nieters
Pro

Hola, I'm a long-time watcher first time poster here on d-word. Just wanted to take a second to introduce myself to all in hopes of joining the conversation more often and making some new friends. I'm a visual journalist who works with Polaris Images covering the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I'm currently living in the Gaza Strip where I'm working on a long-term project about daily life, which consists of still images, audio, & video.

Salam

Ted

Leonard Lopez
Fan

Hi Ted,

Leonard here, Yes we do understand and appreciate the work you are doing in a very HOT and VOLATILE spot in the world.

Ted, reading from your post, you did mention stills, now, at Transcriptionstar.com we do Audio to Text Transcription which I am sure you will be needing most times for your ENGLISH RECORDINGS to converted into a Text Document, we would love to offer our services though in a small way to make your work IN THE LINE OF FIRE MORE COMFORTABLE.

TED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN I am attaching a pdf for your reference,aLSO, GIVEN BELOW IS A BRIEF ABOUT US.

I have taken the initiative in sending you our company details in brief pertaining to our activities specific to media companies.

As is the case with numerous of our existing Media companies ( TV Documentaries, commercials, journalist celeb interviews, Film producing companies etc;) who have found us to be very cheerfully cheap Cost Effectively backed up by an awesome TAT both Regular (Two to three business working days)and Rush. Here are a few of our Media/Film companies using or have used our transcription service, with whom we are in Contractual agreement backed up with a NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) for confidentiality.

1.       Canvas Films.

2.       Transformer films.

3.       Fora tv.

4.       City Lights.

5.       Mostly Magic.

6.       Expo TV.

7.       Lion TV.

8.       Jillian Tucker-----Independent for Plum TV

9.       Dan Woods----For Clarity Films.

10.   Racing Horse Productions----Rebecca Cohen.

11.  UNICEF.

12.  Institute For Inclusion. (NON Profit Organization)

13.   Deaf Independent  Living Association.

14.    Media Policy Center
           
15.   M Creative Group, Inc.
            
16.   Current tv
          

Our general quote is US $60 to US$70 per hour of audio recording (Category 'A') Depending on the audio quality for a Regular TAT of two to three business working days, if in any event you are in a rush; the RUSH TAT delivery is within 24hours for 1Hour of audio recording with an additional charge of 30%. All transcription work undertaken requires a payment of 40% upfront.

We accept payment by PayPal, Google check out or Bank cheque.

We have a unique way of starting our association with A NO CHARGE TRIAL OFFER OF 5 TO 7 MINUTES of your audio/video recording which you can upload by logging on to  http://transcriptionstar.com/freetrial.html which is then sent back for your quality feed back and go ahead and this comes with A NO OBLIGATION STAMP. We will commence the remaining transcription only on receiving your go ahead e-mail. for more info do please accept our invitation to visit us at our website given below.

Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest,

Thanks and Regards,
Leonard Lopez.
Toll free---877 323 4707
              714 782 7013

Fax---------909 992 3138
e-mail------leonard@transcriptionstar.com
             steve@transcriptionstar.com
              
   www.transcriptionstar.com

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :

John Burgan
Host

Hey Leonard – go easy on the sales pitch. You already listed your services a couple of posts ago, so it's not necessary to repeat. Double posts are redundant at The D-Word.

Please don't post there now, but in future, put ads like these in Public Classifieds – thanks.

Leonard Lopez
Fan

Thank you John, this is the type of advice and guidance I was hoping and looking forward to. I guess we have broken the ice with our non-verbal protocol

Will follow your advice.

Regards.
Leonard.In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :

Daniel Sharon
Fan

Hi all,
I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I absolutely love documentary film and am trying to put myself in a position to learn more about this passion. However, I work full time to pay the bills and the jobs / internships I have found conflict with my Monday through Friday work schedule. How can I find something with a flexible schedule that will allow to pursue my dream without going broke?

John Gyovai
Pro

Just plan on going broke, makes life easier.

NYC has lots of opportunities. Take money off the table and give your time, work your way up, meet some people and find your place. Try http://www.ifp.org and make some friends on d-word. Doc people drop the egos at the door and are generally pretty great people. Welcome!

Jason Perdue
Pro

But if anyone can answer his question, I'm all ears... And already broke.

Tom Dziedzic
Pro

I prefer to not call it "broke" but "financially challenged,"

Dino Reyes
Fan

Hi everyone! Whew! I'm here... My name is Dino Reyes and on occasion, when I'm inspired, I make films. I'm completely self taught and started making films when I was 8 years old. I have directed theater, shot a few shorts & music videos and I am getting close to completing my largest documentary project to date, Andy Paris: Bubblegum King.

I look forward to digitally mingling with such an impressive cast of film professionals and I hope to learn and share knowledge on the best way to help get a doc out there into the world.

Best,
Dino

Doug Block
Host

Greetings, Dino. Nice to have you here with us.

Karen Torres
Pro

Hey film makers. I'm an "enthusiast" now but with the hope of ultimately becoming more. I'm attempting to produce my first documentary so sorry if I don't have much to add yet but I'm excited to learn from you all.

Doug Block
Host

Hey Karen, great to see you made it here. Now you have to take the next step and register for full membership ...

Might amuse you to know I posted my Packer speech in the Doc Bar & Grill last week and it got quite the reaction. For D-Worders who hang out in virtual bars, Karen is the one who hired me to give the speech.

Ellen Brodsky
Pro

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 : Hi Ted, Have you bumped in Dunya Alwan who is one of the founders of Birthright Unplugged? She and I co-produced a short doc years ago before she started this non-profit which brings North Americans on tour of the occupation in the West Bank. They also take Palestinian refugees on tours of their ancestral villages and holy sites. SHe has done some work on a doc as well.

Caitlin Brown
Fan

Hi all, I'm a recent graduate of NYU's journalism school where my studies focused on documentary film. I just finished a thirty minute short about a day care facility that's housed in a home for the elderly. I'm applying to festivals now and learning as I go.

Doug Block
Host

Nice to have you here, Caitlin, and welcome to The D-Word. And to the real world, I guess.

Ted Nieters
Pro

In reply to Ellen Brodsky's post on Mon 15 Mar 2010 :

Ellen, no I haven't. She lives in the West Bank? Birthright Unplugged sounds very interesting and I'd love to talk to her more so if you could please send me her contact info that would be great. Maybe I could get together with her next time I'm on the other side. Thanks

Alex Beckstead
Pro

Hi all. Just referred to this community by another member. I'm a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on public television and in various film festivals. Mostly I just get more excited about the possibilities of a great story and the process of putting it together than I get discouraged by everything else that goes along with this beloved process. Hoping to maintain that.

Looking forward to digging through what's been said here, and contributing where I can ...

Doug Block
Host

Welcome aboard, Alex. I see that it was the great Eddie Marritz who told you about us. Can't get a better reference than that.

Michael Leclair
Fan

Hi everyone,
Just found you guys and looking forward to learning from you and offering my advice. First question – I've got a bunch of old b & w photos that I'm planning to use in my next documentary. Any suggestions as to how best to scan these to my hard drive and at what ppi for best quality?

Ben Kempas
Pro

Michael – Welcome to The D-Word. This topic is really for introductions, so I'll keep the answer brief:

As higher resolution means better results but considerably longer processing times, requirements for scanning really depend on the size of the original photos and the magnification to which you wish to electronically "zoom" into them later on. So my recommendation would be to do a test run of the whole process with just a few photos scanned with various resolutions, and you'll see what you need.

More questions? Enthusiasts can post them in our Mentoring Room .

Wade Kimbrough
Fan

Hi Everyone!!

I am an aspiring filmmaker who just found out about this site from a fellow member. I am really interested in new models for marketing, distribution, financing, micro-financing, crowdsourcing, social media, transmedia, and all other aspects of film that are rapidly changing due to the internet. I understand that what I have just mentioned encapsulates much more than just documentary filmmaking, however, it has really been the documentary filmmakers who have been most successful at this (i.e. Robert Greenwald, Sandi Dubowski, etc. etc.).

I am hoping to find some great information on these forums about these topics. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Specifically, I am interested in marketing/promoting videos on YouTube. I recently created a video for a non-profit for which we acquired sponsorship based on the amount of views that we get. The more views=the more donated.

While this video is not a documentary I think it illustrates (along with Pink Glove Dance) a form of altruistic advertising or in essence the most micro way in which to finance a project. Specifically, by donating time people can fund a cause/film.

Here is a link to the project that I just launched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSkgWJvFeY8

If it is not ok that I posted this because it is not a Doc. Please flag/remove my post and I will post again without the link.

Once again any feedback on promoting/marketing YouTube videos would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Thanks.

Ben Kempas
Pro

Wade, there's plenty to wade through here (sorry, couldn't resist) especially in the Archived Topics (featuring Dubowski etc.) – you could read for weeks on end.

Can't watch your clip right now but it's perfectly acceptable to post a non-documentary link. Our regime isn't that tough. :-)

And welcome to The D-Word! So, who else is lurking out there?

Dino Reyes
Fan

Hi Doug, those two are very cool events. Thanks for posting...

Christa Boarini
Fan

Hello folks,

As a newbie I will start with my name, Christa Boarini, my location, New York, and my deal: I am a filmmaker working on my fist feature documentary, The View From Bellas Luces http://www.theviewfrombellasluces.com

This community came very highly recommended to me by panelists in at a doc seminar and this is the first thing I am doing upon getting home.

William Kerig
Pro

Hi All,

I'm pleased to have found you.

I'm currently working on several projects that are in the early stages while also in the final throes of distribution of The Edge of Never (www.edgeofneverfilm.com), a feature doc that is playing on Showtime right now. The film is based on a book I wrote of the same name.

We finished it in Sept. 2009, bought an old Airstream bus and hit the road with it. We did 45 shows from coast to coast (we rented the theaters, bought the advertising, did the PR, and charged at the door) over the course of three months. During that time we sold US pay TV rights to Showtime. We're working on getting onto iTunes, etc. with Distribber (Adam C. recommended this forum), have representation for foreign TV (beginning at MIPDOC and MIPTV), and are seeking a bricks and mortar distributor.

Though I've been involved with other projects – the last one, Steep, was sold to Sony Pictures Classics – this is the first where we've tried the hybrid distribution model. It's been a trial and error so far, but it beats the hell out of the all-rights deal.

Looking to learn from others about the many things that I don't know about, and if I do know anything useful, to share it.

Cheers,
BK

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome to The D-Word, Christa and William.

Bill, what a great approach to distribution! See you in our Business Topics.

Thomas Papapetros
Pro

Hi everybody,

I'm a film editor, editing (&loving) mostly documentary films, because i think its the greatest editing challenge you can get. I'm glad to have found this site with so many colleagues and film professionals, and i will contribute where i can.

All the best

Thomas

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome on board!

(Thomas is a bit modest and doesn't mention he edited BURMA VJ.)

Doug Block
Host

The extraordinarily well edited, Burma VJ, I should add. Welcome, Thomas, and Bill and Christa, too.

Yasmin Fedda
Pro

Hello!
I have just joined D-Word which came highly recommended by a friend. I make doc's and I organise film festivals so I'm super exited about joining, learning and adding in from my experiences!

Doug Block
Host

Great having you here, Yasmin. Get thee to the Festivals topic right away. You'll find it super interesting.

Deirdre Haj
Pro

I'm the new Executive Director at Full Frame! We kick off two weeks from today with DA Pennebaker and Chris Hedgedus' US Premeire of "King fo Pastry"!
Come down to Durham for the best docs and a great fun festival! April 8-11...
www.fullframefest.org

Doug Block
Host

Great to have you here, Deirdre. We've put up a special Full Frame topic for those attending (there's a whole bunch of us) and those wanting to attend virtually. So feel free to drop in and post there, as well.

On a personal note, can't wait to be there and meet you.

Stephen Miller
Fan

I have made a series of documentaries involving public nudity, including Mardi Gras, Key West Fantasy Fest, and Biker Rallies. Always looking for ideas on how to improve my work and find a market for it. I recently self-published a book, "WildLife – Naked Outdoors" available on Blurb.com

John Burgan
Host

You're welcome at The D-Word, Stephen, whatever the state of your attire.

Christopher Wong
Pro

as far as finding a market for it, HBO and Showtime love nudity... in fact, their "premium subscribers" demand it. that's what one of their CE's told me one time.

Ruchi Mital
Pro

Hello everyone,

My name is Ruchi, I love documentary, I want to make documentaries. I'm a student in the Media Studies program at The New School here in NYC and now, happy to be a part of this community. I found you through the strange, but usual, confluence of things. At a talk at school the other day, two filmmakers mentioned Doug Block's 51 Birch Street, and I thought, I'd like to see that. Then the next day I got an email about a screening of the film in my neighborhood. A click on a link, and here I am.

I recently completed a short doc entitled Making the City that showed at the US Super 8 Film and DV Festival. If anyone is interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7XCcKCKu4s

Doug Block
Host

Wow, Ruchi, and here I am. Life sure is strange. Hope I'll get to meet you at the screening on Sunday (if not you can always rent 51 Birch on Netflix). But welcome to The D-Word, regardless.

Patrick Inhofer
Pro

Hi D-Word'ers,

I just signed up. It's great finding this community. After surfing through several of the forums I'm blown away by the quality of the discussions and the good solid advice being passed around.

While I do have a doc on the back burner – I'm a post-production guy who does a lot of work with documentarians. Doc work is my most satisfying work... and often the most challenging.

I run my own boutique post house in NYC, specializing in Final Cut Studio workflows. I am also the President of The Moving Pictures Collective of NYC ( www.mopictive.org ), which is 501c3 and a D/B/A of the NY FCP User Group. Its mission is educating digital filmmakers through monthly meetings and educational events.

Since I'm a vendor-type guy as it relates to docs, I'll cut short the details of my business life and just say: Thanks for having me! I look forward to helping out when I can. And I'm sure I'll have some questions for all of you!

Sincerely,

Patrick

And... what's this hidden section?

Doug Block
Host

Good to have you here, Patrick. Glad you found us. Feel free to jump right into the discussions.

Nigel Hulett
Fan

Hi everyone,

I'm a filmmaker from Zimbabwe and I've been in the industry for almost 5 years. I've been researching two docs for about a year now both focusing on our capital city, Harare – one on water and the other on garbage/waste management, both hot topics here. We hope to start shooting in the next couple of weeks.

It's really exciting to find such an incredible resource on the web – thanks so much to all of you D-Worders who make it happen.

Nigel

John Burgan
Host

Welcome to Nigel and Patrick. I remember your posts at Creative Cow, Patrick, your expertise is welcomed. As Ben says, you're our second member in Zimbabwe, Nigel, so go out and spread the D-Word!

The hidden section? Oh yes...

...it's for hiding things. No, actually it's if you have a very long post or a text copied from elsewhere that would break the "flow" of the discussion otherwise.

Marian Evans
Fan

Good day to all, I am fuelled! Is that the way I should begin? I have written a book and script which tells true accounts of the wrongs within the justice system. There has been a great deal of interest in hearing this story. Now I am searching for direction as to how to get this very important film out there. After reading many of the posts, I am confident that forum will help me acquire knowledge that will guide me.

www.marianevans.com

...and for now, I thank you

Marian

Doug Block
Host

No rules on how to begin, Marian. Good day is as good as any ;-)

Is your script for a fiction film or doc? Is it finished?

Nigel Hulett
Fan

Thanks for the welcome and kind words Ben , John and Simon. Glad to have found the D-Word treasure chest, even though my fellow countryman was keeping it secret!

Norman Hoffmann
Fan

Hi, I have an idea for a documentary short that has 1st place at Sundance etc written all over it. It's called "The Holy Ark of the Covenant – The Crystal Meth Controversy."

I have been able to prove on paper that the Ark of Covenant (and the Batteries of Baghdad) were used to manufacture amphetamines in a process similar to the way Crystal Meth is produced today. You can read all my evidence here at http://ark-of-the-covenant-crystal-meth.blogspot.com/ to see that I am not kidding around. This is a very real and bonafide Biblical, Archeological, Societal, Anthropological etc bombshell. This information will literally change the way we see the ancient world and just might influence the shape of the modern and future world for all times sake. This discovery is that important.

A little about me. First of all I don't know anything about film making. I have worked before as a production assistant and back ground extra on some feature films before but that certainly has not prepared me for anything quite this spectacular. I do have an associate of arts in creative writing and a diploma in business administration. So, I should be able to pull this off with a little help from an organized producer. What I need is someone who 'sees the light' and really believes in this project for it's cultural significance. But, more importantly I need someone who can make this thing work financially and just get it done and off to the market because I know already this film will be a big hit and very controversial. So, in other words it has what it takes to make it big.

If this sounds like a project you are interested in then just email me and let me know.

I am ready to start work on this anytime.

Norman Christian Hoffmann
hotlikecold@hotmail.com

Phil Dorman
Fan

Just embarking on a video production of documentary/interview style on material related to machinery and vehicles specifically.
Narrow target market but of great interest to the petrol heads and machinery nuts out there. Think Top Gear and Long way Round.

Jeffrey Radice
Pro

Hello all. I don't know how the D-Word escaped my grasp thus far. I'm a documentarian lucky enough to be based in Austin, with a sizable and supportive film community including a fairly sized documentary filmmaker cohort.

I've produced a number of "successful" documentary shorts and have been wrestling with my own identity as a documentary filmmaker for too long. I have finally accepted my destiny and the associated constant scrambles for funding.

Have researched for years and just recently started production on a feature documentary about the late Dock Ellis which I am writing, directing and producing. Dock is best known for his LSD inspired baseball no-hitter, but the back story on his life and times is perhaps even more fascinating. If you're curious, subscribe to the @dockumentary twitter feed. We're shooting interviews on DSLR and (despite the constraints) I find it to be a game-changing format for documentarians.

My core interests converge at the intersection of 21st century information architecture and classical ethnographic documentary. I think regularly about applying software development best practices like scheduling and asset management to the documentary sphere; crowd sourcing – funds, transcriptions, animation, and even user-generated content. I like to think about how the iPhone/iPad and mobile devices can be incorporated into documentary production. I also have some some thoughts on the crossover of gaming and documentary film, which I hope to apply to the current project.

Marian Evans
Fan

Hi Doug,

Thank you for emailing.

The script is a completed true story dramatic film dating back to 1979, Sexual assault by a uniformed police officer. This was a groundbreaking case that set three precedents and changed law across Canada. There has been great interest in the case that people are getting hold of me and asking an awful lot of questions so I have begun speaking to groups about the legalities and assault of 1979 and the civil suit of 2008.

Some individuals have suggested that I do a documentary first and a film later, anything is possible.

I could go on and on about this – enough about me.

Thank you for asking.

Marian

In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 28 Mar 2010 :

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