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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.

Justin Ervin
Pro

Wow! Very similar indeed... Now I REALLY want to see it. :)

michael byhoff
Pro

Hey all,

My name is Mike Byhoff and I am working for a start-up that will be producing documentaries, as well as reaching out to people across the world and paying them to shoot short (4-10 minute) documentaries around the world.

I heard about this place at the Vimeofest Awards this past weekend, and it seems like an awesome resource.

I'm wondering what the best way is to go about finding the right kind of documentary filmmakers to make pieces for this new site?

Riley Morton
Pro

hey Michael-
nice unicorn!

i'm not sure if you have access to the 'people' tab above (because you are an enthusiast instead of professional right now), but you can find filmmakers by location using that tool... and if the moderators grant you 'professional' status, you'll have access to the 'professional classifieds' where you can post about opportunities that your group is presenting to filmmakers... both are good options.

michael byhoff
Pro

Thanks Riley. I applied for professional status yesterday, but since our website is in closed Beta I had to show some projects we're working on by uploading to YouTube. I hope I can get a lot of people some good, meaningful work with fair pay.

Robert T Speziale
Fan

My name is Bob. I am a retired computer specialist who enjoys video and still photography as a hobby. I also enjoy watching movies and documentaries and reading about how they are made. I have uploaded a few Youtube videos on my hobbies of astro-photography and microscopy. I'm also an amateur musician and record music with a friend about once a week.

John Burgan
Host

Bob and Michael, welcome to The D-Word.

Michael, you've got an interesting venture – D-Worders certainly appreciate meaningful work with fair pay! You're very welcome to post in the Professional Classifieds and to reach a wider audience the Public Classifieds as well. However please note that we do not approve of systematic mining of the database – not saying you would do this, but just to warn that D-Worders are allergic to unsolicited emails!

Kevin Hallagan
Fan

Hey there, everybody! I am finally working on my first ever documentary, it's about the economic and environmental status of the Binghamton Ny area, why it is how it is and where it's going. I set up a blog and a twitter as a sort of documentation of how someone with no real experience struggles through learning the Pre/Production/post production process on their first try. check it out http://krhallagan.blogspot.com/ and I set up a Twitter account if you're interested but don't want to read so much @K_R_Hallagan

Check it out! it's an exciting time for me :p

have a great day everybody!

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome to The D-Word, Kevin, and good luck with the project.

NADEEM AHMED
Fan

Hi I am Nadeem, a model/presenter. I love travelling and delving in different cultures. My ultimate dream is to present and produce off the wall quirky documentaries where I am unveiling some amazing unique places & cultures. It will be like a kaleidescope. I want the viewer to become so entised in the programme that they feel they have been on the journey with me and experienced the exhilerating ride!!! Would love to connect with like-minded individuals and anyone who can help me turn my dream into reality. Look most forward to hearing from you.

Charles Rich
Fan

Hi, I'm Charles Rich. I'm working on my first documentary film with the barest of equipment at hand. I have no training/education in the craft, so this will be a from-the-ground-up project. I will be blogging my progress (and trips and stumbles) along the way, which I'll post a link to shortly. Besides establishing an online presence beyond an FB account, I'm mining the web for any information/support I can get in the process. It's great to be a part of D-Word, and Thanks for simply being here.
-Charles

Sharad Patel
Fan

Silverline Production First Documentary

On The Ropes
As Sharad prepares for his next brawl he becomes distracted to hear the information regarding his fathers sickness. This crucial time ignites family and friends to support eachother even when times are tough.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijatWu5Q6GI&feature=plcp

Doug Block
Host

Nadeem, Charles, Sharad, welcome to The D-Word and all the best with your projects.

Alta Buden
Pro

Hey Everyone!

I am so happy to have found this community! I'm currently working on my first ever doc about contemporary artists in Cambodia. Please feel free to check out our trailer here:

www.lotustothesea.com

I am looking for feedback, friends, advice on applying to ITVS, anywhere else that might be a good fit for the doc...people who want to put me in touch with Angelina Jolie (kidding, kinda not kidding)...ya know.
cheers d-word,
Alta

Doug Block
Host

We're equally happy that you found us, Alta. You might want to check out the Funding topic, as well as do a search for ITVS since we've talked a lot about applying to it here.

As for Angelina Jolie, hmmm...

Scott Liggett
Pro

Hello everyone! I recently joined and am glad to be with you all. I'm an avid documentary and indie film fan. I'm one of the founding members of the IDA back in 1982. Since then, my career has been extremely good to me in music. Besides music production & our music library, I parlayed my business into becoming a partner in an audio post facility (Media City Sound) here in Studio City. We do music and audio post for TV & Film & Media. We love documentaries & indie films. Please come for a visit & tour. We are very budget friendly and superpros at what we do. Here are our sites: www.mcsound.com and www.themusiccollective.com. Contact me at scott(at)aecgllc.com 818-508-3300

Pepe Urquijo
Pro

Hey D folks,

After making several documentaries independently, I'm really happy to be here but equally ashamed it took me so long to join. I truly hope to make up for lost time and to be of service.

sinseriously yours,
-Pepe

Ala Mohseni
Pro

Looking for a very professional videographer to shoot a theatre in Palo Alto, CA next week. If interested please send rates and reel links to: alamohseni72@gmail.com

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Scott and Pepe. Ala, we welcome you, too, but your post actually belongs in the Classifieds topic. This is just a place to introduce yourself, which we hope you'll do.

Ala Mohseni
Pro

Ooops! I didn't know it, thank you Doug for letting me know, I'm gonna replace it to Classifides

Doug Block
Host

No worries, Ala. Good to have you with us here.

Dennis Connors
Pro

Hello all. I'm a filmmaking student at a local University, slowly carving my way through its program. I'm apparently considered a "mature" student, being that my classmates are generally younger than my daughter, who is a few years out of college. I learned about this forum from a D-word member just a few days ago, during my visit to the Silverdocs Film Fest. I'd like to thank that person again, but can't recall, this morning, who that was. So, thanks, whoever you are.
My primary filmmaking interest is with docs. I come from a commercial photography background, and decided, when embarking on this journey, that the college classroom, infused with the energy of youthful classmates and the professional experience of its teachers, was a good place to begin. So far, so good. My first doc, "Breaking Boundaries: the Art of Alex Masket", a short film about an artist with severe autism, has made festival rounds (not Silverdocs, sadly, but did get a CINE Golden Eagle) from early 2010 until recently. If interested, it's currently online. Here's the two minute trailer:
https://vimeo.com/14183200
A link to the full version should also be on that page along with a few other learning experiences. Looking forward to discussions & sharing information.

Doug Block
Host

However you got here, Dennis, glad you found us. Welcome aboard.

Heath Cozens
Pro

Hello.

I believe that this is my first posting here – after having been a member for sometime and simply relying on the updates. Time to dive in.

I am a New Zealander, based in Japan for the last 15 or so years (and shortly migrating to the States).

Have worn a few caps thus far – local fixer, editor, video-journalist, cameraman, director. But documentary's where my heart's at.

I'm currently heavily ensconced in making an indie documentary called "Doglegs" – about the underground disabled pro-wrestling scene in Japan.

Hello, one and all!

www.doglegsmovie.com (underconstruction, but should be up in a few days)

Richard Leigh
Pro

Hi everyone.

Feeling my way around here, but so far I love what I see – a vibrant online community.

As a not-for-profit distribution organisation promoting quality films, we're always on the lookout for short documentaries that inspire young people in schools to engage in deep learning. I'm happy to provide a list of topics of particular interest.

'Short' means really short, ie. under 11mins, but we have plenty of examples where filmmakers have cut short versions (not trailers) of feature-length work to use as promotion or try-out for larger work.

Get in touch with me at any time – richard at campfire.org.au
or explore the campfire site to see the work we do. Campfire is a passion that grew out of my hobby and love of the documentary form (and graduation from film school back in '97... but that's another story for another day!)

Doug or any host, can you tell me what the most appropriate place to say "we're looking for x, y & z?"

Thanks for hosting a great site!

Richard

John Burgan
Host

Heath & Richard – you've certainly found the right place! Welcome aboard The D-Word

Richard Leigh
Pro

Thanks John & Doug.
I'll get that public & pro classifieds topic list happening soon.
Again, thanks for the welcome & the service you're doing here :)
Richard

Adam Stafford
Pro

Hi folks, my name is Adam Stafford, a few years ago I directed a short called The Shutdown, which was quite well received. Since then I've been a bit erstwhile from the film community, making a new short (see My Films) that's taken me literally 3 years to get funding for and some busy musical projects. But I'm here to re-engage with the Doc Community. Thanks.

Doug Block
Host

Good to have you here, Adam. Welcome back to filmmaking, in general, and welcome to The D-Word.

John Burgan
Host

Really liked The Shutdown when it was screened at Silverdocs back in 2009. Welcome back, Adam.

Adam Stafford
Pro

Thanks John, yeah it has taken me a while to follow it up, but I have finally! (you can view the trailer for No Hope For Men Below here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQo9I4G2ylo). I hope to make it back to Silverdocs next year, it was such a warm, friendly and encouraging festival.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Pro

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Fri 6 Jul 2012 :

Hey Heath. That sounds like a fascinating project.

Japan has such an interesting combat sport history (ranging from Sumo to Pride FC). Somewhat like a religion to them. And kudos for sheding light to an unfamiliar combat industry in such a kinetic culture.

Good luck on that one!

Rebecca Rolnick
Pro

Hi D-sters,

I just joined and am so excited to be a part of the community! I have been working on a documentary for two years and it has been an incredible journey. It's about a little Iraqi girl who, after being struck by a roadside bomb, came to the US for reconstructive surgery five years ago and has yet to return. It has been compelling to watch her story unfold – feel free to check out our website and drop us a note! thebeautythatremains.com Looking forward to discovering all that D-word has to offer ...

- Becky

Doug Block
Host

We're happy to have you here, Becky. Welcome aboard and best of luck with your film. Sounds very compelling.

Heath Cozens
Pro

In reply to Raymund Gerard C. Cruz's post on Mon 9 Jul 2012 :

Thank you, Raymund for the encouraging words.

Doglegs is an NPO – and serves as a hobby for some members, something of a raison d'etre for others. Not an industry by any means. But as you say, there's a certain Japanese appreciation for the martial arts – fighting as a means to prove yourself – they are seen as wholesome and pure, and have quasi religious aspects, as well.

Doglegs Superhandicapped Pro-wrestling is much more down and dirty, homemade – almost like a cross between performance art and MMA. But there's a strength of spirit and purpose that I do think echos the ethos of classical Japanese fighting styles.

Anyway, I'll be sure to post about it in depth once I get more familiar with my way around the boards. Very much looking forward to sharing and being a part of this community.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Pro

In reply to Heath Cozens's post on Thu 12 Jul 2012 :

Very intriguing! Asians do have an attachment to spirituality. To us, life goes on like a ritual. My wife and I share with you the same fascination with japan, only more in theater. She will be in Kyoto to study Noh theater for a month starting next week. Anyways, looking forward to seeing your wonderful project.

I hope I didn't over discussed anything, Doug. Being the keen, eyes-everywhere, ninja of a HOST, you would be reading my hidden section by now and see the 'wrong category' over indulgence. :) Heath just got an exciting documentary in his hands, and i got carried away.

Danielle Beverly
Pro

Adam, great to see you back! Look forward to raising a glass at a film festival this year to celebrate your new film, which I know will be wonderful.

Raymund Gerard C. Cruz
Pro

In reply to Dennis Connors's post on Mon 25 Jun 2012 :

Hey Dennis,

Good to have you here. Don't worry about age. Some of my favorite filmmakers started working late. John Cassavetes, Abbas Kiarostami, Kidlat Tahimik, Robert Bresson, and Rob Nilsson became active late in their mid-30 to late 40's. In art, age is just a number. :)

The D-word will get you going.

Joshua Guerci
Pro

I'm a verite shooter working on a documentary about communities rebuilding from natural disaster. I'm currently in Bay St Louis Mississippi but we've also been to Alabama and Louisiana.

We have a Kickstarter up: http://kck.st/NzV3Y0

Any feedback would be appreciated. So give me your most brutal hello and tell me what you really think of it!

David Liebling
Fan

Hi Everyone!
My name is David Liebling. I have worked mostly in live sports production for the past few years, with a long hiatus in Asia where I was teaching english and traveling.
While I was in South Korea I started shooting for a documentary I'd like to produce 'the right way.' Meaning that I'd like to figure out what I'm doing as far as pre-production and distribution to give my project the best possible chance at success.
I'll be lurking this site, searching for answers regarding budgeting, planning, distribution, financing, and all the other aspects of documentary making that are currently baffling to me. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
I hope I can give as well at some point.

Louis Mole
Fan

Hello everyone!
My name is Louis Mole. I am a young aspiring documentary filmmaker from England. I have almost completed a one year documentary filmmaking course and I am now looking for employment, starting in November. I have made a number of short documentary films, and I am predominantly interested in social issue documentaries. I have made films on subjects such as homelessness, mental illness and newly released prisoners learning to reconnect with their children. Thank you for having me!

Alyssa Bolsey
Pro

Hello!
My name is Alyssa Bolsey and I'm currently directing a feature Swiss/US documentary about the film pioneer/inventor of the Bolex camera. If you're interested in checking out the development teaser it can be viewed on vimeo. https://vimeo.com/31740507

A young filmmaker myself, working in an international co-production has proven to be challenging but rewarding in the lessons learned. I look forward to learning more from d-word member's experiences as well as contributing all that I can in the process!

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