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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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Peter Charles Peterson
Fan

Hello to the D-Word community.

My name is Peter. I have been engaged in the world of production on a somewhat limited basis for many years, but am just now taking on a relatively serious project. I live in Northern California and am a fairly recent member of the Capitol Film Arts Alliance.

I graduated in 1969 from Fresno State University with a BA degree in Radio-Television Broadcasting. I did some on-air work at a small radio station for a while, but did not break into the local TV market. Instead, I did a stint in the military and went back to graduate school to earn a law degree. After working full time for a number of years as an attorney in the environmental field, in 1995 I took on part time event videography, moving into the world of DV and desktop editing and doing a number of small projects. I have also spent the last 16 years in public access TV, crewing on numerous studio and field productions, in addition to serving on the board of directors of the local access organization for the last 8 years. Since 2005, (about the time I partially retired from my attorney career) I have been looking for a viable documentary topic.

It was not until a year ago that I acquired the equipment to support a 2K workflow that would provide minimum acceptable production values. I also found myself fully involved in the sports world. I am deeply enmeshed in what is essentially event videography, with a demanding shoot schedule and lots of travel. One result is that I have discovered a compelling story line that I want to take on and produce as a full-length documentary. It deals with the world of rowing, a very robust, competitive and established sport, but it still seems to fly largely below the radar here on the West Coast. I have some hard shooting deadlines coming up very soon, so I need to get moving with a lot of development and pre-production loose ends.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Peter. Pretty wide range of experiences you bring to The D-Word, and to making docs. The world of rowing seems filled with potential as a subject, or just a setting.

Andy Schocken
Pro

In reply to Gregory I Hamilton's post on Sun 26 Aug 2012 :

Yeah, d-word is a great resource, and can develop into a tangible, real-world community if you get into it and meet people. There are plenty of places to start, so just pick some topics to browse and don't get overwhelmed by how much is out there. Sounds like you're in the distribution phase of your film, so maybe dive into the marketing and distribution thread, and you'll find some great conversations. You can always try to find other d-worders in your area to meet up with in person. Go up to the "people" tab, and do an advanced search by location. I see one other user in Steamboat Springs, and plenty more around Colorado.

John Boik
Fan

Hello Everyone.
I am the author of a new book on social change and am here to suggest my work as a topic to filmmakers. The book is called "Creating Sustainable Societies: The Rebirth of Democracy and Local Economies". Essentially, it is a blueprint for remaking our financial, economic, and governance systems so that they are more sustainable and better able to serve the common good.

As most people are aware, our society, and the planet, are in serious trouble. The book offers a practical strategy for change, based on demonstrating new systems at the local level. It has potential to fundamentally alter the course of our history. Rather than a finance and economic system driven by greed, we could have one driven by cooperation. Rather than a governance system corrupted by money, we could have one where all people have an equal impact on the political process. There is a viable path to real change, and I need your help conveying this message to the world.

You can view the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDO7JOsCaHA. More videos are coming soon. I welcome any discussion or interest. If you live in LA/Orange County, and have interest in the project, I would be delighted to meet in person.

Andrea Z Davis
Pro

Hello All,

I spent a few days lurking around the perimeter before registering; lo and behold, I've found my tribe. My name is Andrea and I've enjoyed reading a number of bios and introductions. What I love about film is that it's a collection of snapshots that extrapolates a possibility beyond the immediate and like so many of us, where we’ll end up is not where we’ve started. I knew I wanted to write when I was about 8 years of age but my parents weren't sure what could be done with writing(I guess the same could still be argued, lol). Instead of majoring in English I went to the other "E" – economics and though I've enjoyed my career, the isolation of the human experience within the numbers was too numbing. I retreated to my minor, sociology, and there I've found much more fulfilling work.

Adding a little more detail than my bio lists, my dad passed away in May so I relocated to my home state of Louisiana to support my mom. Here I hope to focus on producing more of my stories as well as my father's – while searching through his belongings, I found a folder chock full of news clippings and his story ideas. So maybe Dad was okay with writing after all. It has explained much of why I can’t walk away from this process.

I’m very appreciative for this platform. Looking forward to getting to know you –

Doug Block
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, John and Andrea. Very sorry for your loss, Andrea.

Niam Itani
Host

Welcome, Andrea! I love the story about your Dad and stories. Welled my eyes up, in a beautiful way. May his soul rest in peace. And welcome again, join the discussions :)

Jocelyn Edelstein
Pro

Hello there! My name is Jocelyn and I'm currently wrapping up post production on a feature length documentary I directed and produced called Believe The Beat. It follows the evolution of a community of young, inspiring hip hop dancers in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Producer is a new role for me and I'm now navigating the scape of how I think it will be best to put this film into the world. I love the resource that the D-word offers for professionals and creatives to provide support, solidarity and feedback. I am always open to receiving this feedback as well as providing it. I'm the founder of the Urban Body Project, a collective that uses multi media tools to explore the bridge between dance, community and culture and I enjoy discovering possibilities for future creative collaborations. I feel inspired to take part in this large web of global storytellers who use the medium of documentary and film to cover such vast areas of the human experience. My website can be found at www.urbanbodyproject.com and my blog at http://believethebeat.tumblr.com/. Look forward to more conversations!

Doug Block
Host

Good to have you here, Jocelyn. Welcome to The D-Word. You may want to go through some of the back posts in the Marketing and Distribution topic to get some ideas for getting your film out into the world. Best of luck with that.

Steve Horner
Pro

Hello. My name is Steve Horner. I'm a composer that has in the past few years begun scoring feature length Documentaries. My most recent film is "The Eyes Of Thailand" featuring Ashley Judd as Narrator www.eyesofthailand.com My previous is "My Run" featuring narration by Billy Bob Thornton www.myrunmovie.com. Both films have won multiple awards. A good deal of my earlier career was spent scoring TV commercials but after my first Doc I was hooked. Here's my website where you can listen to cues from the films http://www.hornermusic.com . Looking forward to becoming a part of this community.

Kevin Farrell
Fan

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Doug Block
Host

Good to know, Kevin. The Public Classifieds topic would be a good place to post this info.

Brian Smallwood
Pro

Hello friends,
I am a new member and am amazed at the great info on this site! I recently read along with the topic: Crowdfunding – with Jennifer Fox and Katherine Nolfi. That is some amazing stuff and thanks for that.
I have been in the Film and TV industry for over a decade, working in the VFX industry in Los Angeles. I have worked on more than 80 film and TV projects. I am currently Producing and Directing a feature length Doc on the New generation of American bicycle racers.(I know, good timing) I have been in production for two years and have just released the first trailer. I plan to start crowd-funding soon, probably w kick starter, and then finish next fall. I look forward to some great interactions with you all. Thanks for having me! Here is my website and trailer, I shot 99% and edited on Final Cut Pro: http://pathtothepros.com

Doug Block
Host

Hey, Brian, this is the sound of your D-Word co-hosts asleep at the wheel. An overdue welcome.

Mary Ann Butcher
Pro

Hello, I'm Mary Ann McQueen Butcher. I'm a TV veteran / consultant in the areas of PR, casting & development. Most recently, I have been writing articles directed at newbie producers giving them advice on how to get their unscripted shows bought. You can find me at RealityTVDepot dot com.

Always looking for new projects.

Cheers!

Doug Block
Host

Good to have you with us, Marry Ann. Or is it Mary Ann Ann?

Mary Ann Butcher
Pro

Hey Doug,

It's "Mary Ann" but when I initially filled out the log in info, the form wouldn't go through without a middle name...soooooo "Ann" was what I entered ....making me "Mary Ann Ann"...

Feel free to call me pretty much anything but "Mary"....I'll answer to most anything else! :)

Mary Ann

Doug Block
Host

Nice to see you found us, Isamotu. All the way from Nigeria. Welcome.

Doug Block
Host

We're even gladder you're part of this community, Kia. The Muir Project seems really intriguing, best of luck with it. Keep us posted on your progress, for sure. And feel free to leap right into the discussions here.

Juliet Snowden
Pro

Hi Gang,

I wanted introduce myself. I am a screenwriter by trade. I wrote the horror-drama THE POSSESSION out in theaters right now. Go see it! I also wrote the Nicolas Cage film KNOWING. I'm on the D-Word because I've been working on a documentary for over ten years that is finally finished and having its world premiere in my birth city of New Orleans. The film is screening at The New Orleans Film Festival Oct 14th and 15th.

The lovely D-Worders Doug Block and Marjan Safinia were consultants on the project and I could not have made this film without their guidance. Seriously. I could NOT have done it. I will be forever grateful.

Here is a description of the HOLLYWOOD HAIR. And please check us out on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/HollywoodHairDoc

HOLLYWOOD HAIR
Thirty years ago, Tony Morales opened his hair salon on Hollywood Boulevard with dreams of catering to the rich and famous, instead he became a father figure to the many bit actors, outsiders, and runaways who had come to Los Angeles in hopes of a better life. HOLLYWOOD HAIR tells the story of an unlikely 'family' that exists in the shadows of the world's most famous boulevard – a place where dreams are born and die every day. Shot in stark black and white as a contrast to the typical glamorized images of Hollywood, this offbeat film shows a very real and unforgettable side of Tinseltown that most have never seen.

Thank you!

Hope to see some of you in N'awlins.

Best,
Juliet

Ethan Wearn
Fan

Hi. I am an amateur documentary filmmaker. I am seeking professional advice/support for a global warming/reincarnation documentary I am putting together. Based on experiences in my life I strongly believe in both topics. I have a project description at: http://www.juntoboxfilms.com/projects/mother-is-burning. Specifically, I am looking to partner up with a professional documentary filmmaker who can help me give this subject the professional treatment it needs. Any questions or advice would be greatly appreciated. If interested I can send you a link to the Mother Is Burning trailer. Thanks!
fossmtnfilm(at)gmail.com.

Malkia K. Lydia
Pro

Welcome, Ethan. That's a very interesting concept. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing the result.

Kelly Burns
Fan

Hello all,

D-Word was recommend to me by a friend – he sent me a link to a recent post by someone looking for a little After Effects help. I ended up working on the project and it was a really nice experience, and a fun short to by involved with. So, I thought I'd sign up and say hi, and thanks!
;)

Kelly
http://www.kellyburnsworks.com

Sinisa Kukic
Pro

Hello. I'm new to D-Word and want to introduce myself. I'm a cinematographer and have recently moved to NYC from San Francisco. I have experience in shooting documentaries, fiction, and tv. I'm looking for projects to work on and and to meet fellow filmmakers in NY.

Best,
Sinisa
www.SinisaKukic.com
contact info in the hidden section

John Burgan
Host

Welcome to The D-Word, Sinisa, hope you'll find your virtual home here wherever you move.

You don't need to put your private information in the hidden section as it's immediately available to all D-Word members when they click on your profile. We advise that email addresses are entered "longhand" in the public topics to avoid being harvested for spam purposes (the rest of D-Word is a closed community, so no problem there)

Rose Caiazzo
Fan

Hi there!

My name is Rose, I was told about this forum by a filmmaker that came to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I live. He suggested I visit this site & pose a question for you, to get more insight on this topic. Many thanks in advance!

I am a professional voice over talent. I've done TV/radio commercials, voicemail systems, corporate narrations, how-to videos, iPhone apps & video games. I've always wanted to expand more into the audiobook field & documentary area. My friends & I in the VO industry have noticed in the last several years, there has been less of a need for voice over actors in documentary films.

Do you think this is true overall? That the trend is to develop a documentary with the voices that exist within the film taken, or a narrator is still needed in specific circumstances? If so, when would a filmmaker need a narrator?

Again, thank you for your honest insight!
Looking forward to the responses on this ~

Best,
Rose

Rose Recordings, LLC
Based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming
http://www.facebook.com/rosevoiceover

Riley Morton
Pro

In reply to Rose Caiazzo's post on Wed 17 Oct 2012 :

welcome Rose. Yes, thats probably true overall – for a couple reasons – but there is certainly a need for VO talent with some projects. Budgets probably aren't what you are used to in those other fields – so if you are thinking primarily about your bottom line, this might not be the best field to concentrate your marketing efforts... but being here at the d-word is a good place to start.

Serena Down
Pro

I thought I'd start reading some of the postings before introducing myself, but I can see that may take me a while. What a resource!

I graduated from the Stanford doc program in 2005 and have been doing post-production freelance work since. I'm currently teaching editing courses in Seattle (just switched from FCP 7, eek) and am excited to get back into some of my own work (or the idea/dream/possibility) since my youngest turned 3 last month.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Serena. Yeah, you could entertain yourself for many years reading the back posts here. Luckily, makes good bed-time reading for 3-year olds. They're never too young to be d-doctrinated.

Doug Block
Host

Good luck with your shoot, Pete. In the meantime, feel free to register for professional membership here, as you certainly qualify.

OnTay Johnson
Pro

Hello everyone,

Was looking online for info and stumbled upon this site. Looks to be a great place to learn and meet other filmmakers. I'm a newb to documentary making. Went to school for journalism and did some freelance writing. Had this idea in my head for years and decided that I wasn't going to put it off anymore and I'm just going to go for it.
Put a small crew together and hoping to tour several cities come December to shoot this film.

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