The Mentoring Room - Ask the Working Pros

Mentoring Room

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This is a Public Topic geared towards first-time filmmakers. Professional members of The D-Word will come by and answer your questions about documentary filmmaking.

John Burgan
Host

There's a short answer to this: get yourself a lawyer. You can be sure that clearing the legal side of satirical/critical films like "Supersize Me" takes quite a bit of time and money.

Jason Osder
Pro

It's also my understanding that McDonalds made a strategic PR decision not to take legal action against Super Size Me, judging that by giving the film additional publicity through a lawsuit they would do more harm than good for their business.

Shyla Palm
Fan

Looking to start the research process on a documentary should I dive first into the library or is there a tried and true method to scouring through massive amounts of information. If anyone has any tips to share I'm all ears.

Marj Safinia
Host

Shyla, diving in in the only method I know of. Of course you might find Google more fruitful than the library to get a grounding in the topic.

Susan Falzone
Fan

Hi, I am new to The D-word community. A teacher recommended I join. I am a Photojournalism student and am working with nursing homes for my student project. I am trying to find a model release that is basic, but covers the consent of caregivers. If anyone has any recommendations I would greatly appreciate it!

Best,
Susan

Dustan Lewis McBain
Fan

so ive finished up my doc, and i need a score for it, its a doc on social workers dealing with children in grade school, any musical advise?

Sahand Sahebdivani
Pro

Hi Dustan, your draft makes it very clear for me what the programme is about and what it aims to achieve.

I have three issues (all audio).

1) The music you chose for the draft gives it a bit of a "infomercial" kind of feel. I was not charmed by it, but wouldn't know immediately what other music to recommend.

2) the part where the voice of the main character overlaps with another scene of him talking confuses me as it seems that he's out of sync with the audio. It was great seeing him (not talking but doing the excersize with the string) and hearing his voice, but the shot immediately after it makes for a weird effect.

3) Do you think you can get rid of the audio overdrive (or whatever it's called), there's a few ugly bumps in sound.

Dustan Lewis McBain
Fan

Hey Sahand,

you right, however choosing music has been one of the hardest things for me. Its hard to choose something that fits perfectly? not too cheesy but not to controlling over the video. Ill fix it up and bring it back up to this site, cheers,

Diane Johnson
Fan

Can someone explain what the Fernanda Rossi – aka The Documentary Doctor ad on d-word is all about? and is it free?

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