Likewise to you and the website. This is the best thing that's happened to documentaries. Hopefully you'll continue to spread the love for the medium.
I'm based in the UK and work as an artist and film-maker mainly on self-directed projects, occasionally also creating short website films for the art organisation Grizedale Arts, based in rural Cumbria (England). With my company Somewhere, I work in close collaboration with my co-producer and co-director Nina Pope, based in our London studio. Our feature docs include: â€˜Jaywick Escapesâ€™ (2012) which premieres this summer, 'Living with the Tudors' (2007) and 'Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future' (2005).
Our work can be seen in more detail on www.somewhere.org.uk
I'm currently working on a barge cinema project The Floating Cinema and on a film about my family.
Cheerio for now!
Welcome, Karen. I love the idea of a Floating Cinema! Best of luck with that and getting your new film out into the world.
My name is Kathleen Erdelyi and I'm a current student at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. I'm currently in my junior year and I'm pursuing a major in Media Communication Technology with a concentration in video production. After graduation, i plan to get a job with a documentary company. I love telling a story, and I would love to be apart of something that could change someone's life. I have so many questions to people who are currently involved in documentaries, and I was wondering if anyone would like to answer a few questions for me. It would really help provide some insight for me into this career.
How did you work your way up to your position?
Did you have to endure a lot of "slave labor" to get to where you are today?
Do you feel your schooling providing you with a sufficient background in your field, or did you learn more through experience?
How reliable is this field?
Is there room for growth?
How do you feel is the best way to effectively intern?
How would you compare working for a small company vs a large corporation?
Is your job exciting?
Do you look forward to going to work every morning?
Do you work in a team, or are you mostly isolated?
How did you get involved in this field?
My Name is Florian. I am an independent environmental filmmaker, the founder of Berlin based AugeFilms. My current project is "Saving Papua by not cycling there". Last year I started on my bicycle from Germany with the plan to cycle all the way to Papua, Indonesia, in order to bring awareness to the spread of deforestation in Indonesia to the Papuan archipelago.
Due to border crossing regulation between India and Burma I could only cycle up to India. I now had to abandon my bicycle in India and am on my way back home on surface again. The film is going to be a colorful, thrilling roadmovie full of conflict and resolution, obstacles, commitment, lessons to be learnt about life, not giving up, realizations such as "Papua is everywhere" and "There is always a Plan Z".
This project is a follow-up to a documentary about deforestation in Indonesia that I made in 2011 called "Cari Hutan – In Search of Forest" – according to several NGOs in Indonesia, it is the most thrilling, informative, yet amusing documentary/roadmovie ever made about the subject of deforestation in Indonesia. I would like to encourage all of you to have a look at it and spread the awareness about this defining issue of our times. -> www.augefilms.blog.com/cari-hutan/
All this and much more can be found on www.augefilms.blog.com
I could definitely need some support at the moment – spreading the word and considering a micro-donation would be awesome!
Best wishes from Hong Kong!
All this and more can be seen
In reply to Florian Aurel Augustin's post on Wed 9 May 2012 :
That sounds great. Nothing like having a life changing experience to go alongside making a film. A roadtrip always steers life into a better perspective.
Break a leg! Will do my best to help.
Welcome, Kathleen and Florian. Kathleen, I think you'd be better served by asking your questions in the Mentoring Room topic and by only asking one or two questions at a time. Posting such a long list of them is way too time consuming for anyone to want to answer.
Best of luck with your project, Florian.
Just joined this community today and am part way though my first documentary (planned finished date this September). I am working on a documentary about the education system (with the help of about 12 others), its problems and how science is not being applied to it. I look forward to learning as much as I can from fellow enthusiasts and professionals.
In reply to Joey Savoie 's post on Thu 10 May 2012 :
That's interesting. I often feel that there is a need to challenge education, for it's methods and contents are what will shape the future of our children.
One note though: I hope that the group does not focus on all its problems. Sometimes as documentary filmmakers, we need to be more diplomatic. Truth is always the main characteristic of our works. So just show the picture of what is happening, focus on a singular topic that embodies the points you want to raise, and trust that the idea of change will grow from there.
Just my two cents. I know the documentary will be great.
A friend of mine, Monster Jimenez, made a brilliant doc about "sick" books that are used in public school around our country. If you want, you can get in touch with her here
Break a leg!
Thanks for the warm welcome,
We plan on making the movie much more solutions based them problems based. Our target audience already agrees that there is a problem in the system the trick is showing a innovative solution. We are also trying to keep it to around 30 mins so we will only have about 10mins for problems.
Thanks for the advice!
In reply to Joey Savoie 's post on Sun 13 May 2012 :
That's great Joey!
I just remember a very useful advice from my mentor. This was given to me when I was first pursuing documentaries. He told me: "For you to grab the audience's heart, you must simplify and be precise. LESS IS MORE. Chose a singular topic, squeeze it out, and the truth will come out."
Do great and change lives! I know you will.
Howdy Y'all! I just joined the community and have been feverishly reading posts for the last two days trying to gain a little insight into the business plan of the Doc I am currently working out and keep finding myself extremely distracted following threads that are completely unrelated but totally necessary for my brain to munch on!
With my recent move to Austin with my Partner Taylor and our newest devotion to the world of documentary I can not tell you how excited I was to stumble upon this community.
I just moved from Los Angeles and as much as I loved the smog rolling into to a morning hike in runyon canyon, Texas is a legitimate breath of fresh air. My Partner and I are are up on a ranch in the northern part of the state editing, writing, and preproducing the Documentary we have been working on for the last year before head back down to Austin. We shot in China, Japan, Fiji, Tahiti, and the Philippines and we still have about 4 more places to visit and a whole lot more underwater footage to get, so we are climbing the fundraising hill right now. Our documentary is the story behind Natures only living Gem, the Cultured Pearl, the Farmers and Divers who work to produce it and the environmental battles they must face, so funding has been a bit of a challenge. If any of you have the opportunity check out our trailer www.powerofpearlmovie.com I would love love love feedback, thoughts, or any ideas for collaboration.
Thanks Very much and really look Forward to meeting you all!!
Great that you discovered us Ahbra and a very warm welcome. Best of luck with your film. Not that we normally encourage double posting but you might want to post your trailer in the Works In Progress topic if you're looking for feedback. This is pretty much just for introductions.
Thanks very much will do Doug!
Hi, I'm Theodore James, I've made a few documentaries (Wordplay, IOUSA, Superheroes). I'm working on a few new projects and was referred to d-word by IDA. It's nice to meet everyone.
I'm a filmmaker in New York City, currently developing two docs. I've known about this site for awhile but for some reason never got around to diving in. Very glad to be a part of it.
Best of luck to all
Iâ€™ve been an â€œindependent producerâ€ for about 6 years now – after a couple decades being one of those rare â€œdependent producersâ€ working as the in-house media producer for the Wildlife Conservation Society (headquartered at the Bronx Zoo). Naturally, most of my contacts have been in the very small world of wildlife and science docs and news stories.
You can see samples of some of my work at my website:
Back in 1997 I was part of a small group that helped start an organization called Filmmakers For Conservation (http://filmmakersforconservation.org ) and I served on the board there for a few years. While FFC does a good job representing its community, I am impressed with D-WORD â€“ it has a dedication to professional networking on a scale that FFC could never have dreamed of.
I am interested in expanding into new subject areas and new genres, and am looking forward to developing a network in the larger filmmaking community.
Theodore, Draper, Thomas, good to have you all here with us. Feel free to leap right into the discussions.
In reply to Theodore James's post on Mon 14 May 2012 :
I am a fan of Wordplay. It's a great simple story well told.
I'm a filmmaker in Toronto, currently working on my first feature doc and developing two other docs. Very glad to be a part of this.
Nice meeting all of you!
Hello, my name is Kristine Kalnina, I am from Latvia. This is small country with outstanding traditions of documentary cinema (http://www.culture.lv/en/heritage/31/), and I'm happy thet I grew up at time and place, where newest films of Hertz Frank, Juris Podnieks were must-to-see for every child, so giving further understanding about documentary.
About me – I' m working at TV company for last 14 yrs as broadcasting planner and coordinator.
Work in area of photo&video editing and arranging exibitions is my hobby and second direction of work. There Iâ€™m focused to find, to understand & make working the essential value, the uniqueness of every event, personality or product which comes to be shown.
Some video editing samples are here: http://www.youtube.com/user/kkristine911/videos
I like this field of work, and I hope this is a very begining of quite interesting way
Thanks, nice day to everybody!
My name is Tracey Quezada, I'm the producer of You and Me and the Fruit Trees. Below is my pitch that needs to be shorten. Any suggestions are very helpful!
You and Me and the Fruit Trees interweaves compelling stories of child sexual abuse. Through each story we see how societyâ€™s inability to effectively address child sexual abuse impacts not only individuals, but whole communities and society at large.
Hui, Kristine, Tracey, welcome to The D-Word. Great to have so many folks registering recently.
Hi my name is Linda Ann Eknoian, I am an independent producer, filmmaker and actress residing in Boston, MA. I have done some contracted work through Boston Neighborhood Network station in a variety of roles. I am currently working on two documentaries: In the Line of Duty – featuring focusing on Boston Fire Department – Division 1 and Occupy Boston, short focusing on the formation of the Boston Movement. My work can be seen on http://lindaeknoian.com/filmmakerspage.html and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dqVSz0vUbs. Both clips are "rough cut trailers".
Welcome, Linda. Be sure to go the extra mile by registering for Professional status here. It'll give you access to all 50 discussion topics, for starters.
Ooops, just noticed you already had , Linda. That's what I get for posting here before checking the daily registrations
IÂ´m Camila Agustini, from Brazil, but actually living in Montreal, Canada. IÂ´m an independent filmmaker, recently graduated from International School of Cinema and TV in Cuba (EICTV – www.eictv.org). Last year, I was in the organization of International Festival of Digital Culture (www.culturadigital.org.br)
Right now, IÂ´m collaborating in the development of 2 documentaries and 1 multimedia project besides other projects in fiction.
IÂ´m glad to be here!
Thank you, guys!
hi!my name is Dydine UMUNYANA I'm an independent filmmaker from Rwanda a small and beautiful country with thousand in central Africa... Currently I'm working on two documentary projects.... and I' m also working in UMBRELLA CINEMA PROMOTERS as Founder and CEO, Our aim is to protect the talented young African woman by Promoting African woman in bringing the light to Afirca through Cinema.
I'm glad to be in this professional community of documentary filmmakers.
In reply to Dydine UMUNYANA's post on Mon 21 May 2012 :
That sounds like a great prospect. It's unbelievable what the internet can do. People around the world will get to see talented filmmakers from your small and beautiful country. Can't wait!
Camila and Dydine, really great that you found us. A warm welcome to The D-Word!
Dydine – great to have you on the D-word. I'm sure you'll find many useful resources here.
And thanks for coming to the documentary workshop in Kigali – it's wonderful to have such talented students!
My name is Owen Donovan, I'm a freelance cinematographer working out of Brooklyn. I mainly shoot Music Videos and Narratives but would like to also work on some documentaries. If any of you find yourself in need of a cinematographer please feel free to contact me. Here is a link to my website where you can find my reel and also scene excerpts and music videos from some projects I have photographed. www.OwenDonovanNYC.com
my email is OwenDonovanDOP(at)gmail(dot)com
All the best,
Welcome, Owen. Hope The D-Word helps you with your doc work.
@ Raymund Gerard C.Cruz,Doug block and James Longley(my trainer in the workshop)
Thanks for your encouraging am very excited to be with you all in this site and i except to learn more from you in this career we are in altogether,
James am very happy to have in this K-DOX workshop, training us as big you are, ,respect.
thanks at all.
my name is Jean claude MUHIRE, and am freelancer filmmaker in Rwanda from Africa and am now working on the project called Rwanda, my nation my life, it's a documentary project of showing the real history of rwanda from the time it started existing up to present.
so i want to contribute that for my country and let people think differently about Rwanda, know what's Rwanda is.
Thanks and looking forward to keep in touch all of you.
My name is REMY RYUMUGABE, I'm an independent filmmaker from Rwanda , a small and beautiful country nicknamed Country of thousand hills..Right now I'm co-directing a film called Along the way...also working on my two documentaries
I'm glad to be here
Jean Claude and Remy, glad to have you joining Dydine here with us at The D-Word. Feel free to leap into the discussions in the various topics.
Hey,my names are Odile Uwimbabazi a freelance film maker from a country of thousand hills Rwanda,for the last 5 days I had a chance to be with James Longley in a documentary workshop, my dream is being realised in a way of doing documentaries and I hope to learn more from this website.
Welcome, Odile. You can join your workshop mates and register for professional status here. That way you'll have access to all 50 discussion topics.
I'm a freelance video journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
I learned about the D-Word through reading an article about the very talented James Longley.
Some of my work can be seen here (short demo reel)
It's great to be part of this community, and I look forward to connecting with people and seeing new work!
I'm BUHORO filmmaker from Rwanda, Am currently working on my documentary projects.
It's very excited to be here with all of you and i hope together we will make great stuff in this world of documentary films.
Thanks a lot.
A warm welcome, Elissa and Buhoro. Elissa, we saved you the trouble by upgrading you to "professional" status. Figured anyone who shoots with a combat helmet on deserves it.
Lovely work, Elissa.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
Thank you, Doug– I've seen trailer for The Kids Grow Up and 51 Birch Street, but yet to see both films in entirety and very much want to. Both look really compelling. Great to be a part of this community with so many talented people like yourself!
In reply to Rob Rooy's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
Thank you, Rob. Really wish I could find To Our Credit over here!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 23 May 2012 :
(Regarding the combat helmet) Haha! Indeed Doug!
Welcome Elissa, I will view your work when I get home. VIMEO is blocked off in my office. There are tons of talented doc filmmakers that are part of the D-word, and we welcome one more (with a bad-ass headwear too)!
Hoping to see more interesting works from Kabul. Keep making them!
Welcome Elissa, Buhoro, and all the Mzungus from Rwanda. Great to have you here on The D-Word :)
I'm MBABAZI, a freelance filmmaker from Rwanda, I'm attending James Longley's workshop which is almost ending in Kigali, I leran a lot and I'm ready to put it in practice in my upcoming projets, as learning never end, I hope I'll keep learnin from this website
It's nice to be here. I stumbled in on this website while checking out an article about the Hot-docs pitch forum. This looks like a great site to discuss and debate docs and all of the methods and practices that come along with it. Hope you are all well, and working on exciting projects! I've been working on a documentary for the past 4 years. It chronicles two school years at a small charter school that teaches refugee children alongside local American kids. You can check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/31798296
Looking forward to the discussion!
Glad to be here, I was recently the director of photography on my first feature doc, "Just Like Being There."
It was my first taste of documentary film-making and what else can I say but I am addicted. Hoping to soon be able to film many more documentaries!
Looking forward to chatting it up with everyone on the message boards.