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Nicholas Bruckman
Fri 18 Jul 2008Link

Robert: Sadly, I think that your right, though that could make the story even more interesting.

I would say Heather that a twist like this is the kind of thing that could make a doc leap out from the competition. Consider the excellent "Favela Rising", which went to every festival in the world, HBO, academy shortlist, etc....if that hadn't ended with the main character having a spinal cord injury (which, like your case, had nothing to do with the plot of the film) and valiantly overcoming it, it simply would not have been Favela Rising.

No two cases are the same though...


Christopher Wong
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

robert, if you read her post, you'll see that it's slightly ambiguous as to what heather is asking money for. but certainly, one of the things she needs is production money. of course, you are correct about the scam nature of all the alternative healthcare remedies in China (and elsewhere).

i agree with nicholas that FAVELA RISING was definitely aided by the lead character's paralysis (and resultant recovery). that, however, is unlikely to be an option in this case. still, documenting this struggle to get one's physical abilities back is going to be compelling on many levels.


Heather Olson
Sat 19 Jul 2008Link

thank you guys for commenting ... it's definitely brought me back down to reality and everything that you've said has made me think more about what i need to do!!


Charlie Phillips
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Sheffield Doc/Fest's MeetMarket is now open for Project Submissions!

Doc /Fest presents the UK's biggest international documentary marketplace and its unique pitching initiative: MeetMarket where, in pre-scheduled match-made one-on-one meetings, documentary makers pitch their newest and most unique projects to dozens of UK and international buyers, Executive Producers, commissioning editors and distributors. MeetMarket provides high quality, original ideas with the possibility to be fast-tracked from development to production, in a supportive and dynamic setting. The projected worth of sales in negotiation sparked at MeetMarket 2007 adds up to £4,321,980, and rising. MeetMarket is a unique and exciting way to pitch and discuss the projects you're most passionate about with the documentary decision-makers who matter

Online project submissions are now open. Projects can be any stage of development and applicants can be from any geographic location and background. Interactive and cross-platform projects are also very welcome. To see the full list of confirmed buyers, see http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist <http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/buyerslist> . For more information on applying, email charlie@sidf.co.uk or visit http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket <http://www.sheffdocfest.com/view/meetmarket>

"MeetMarket surprised me: I had an extraordinarily creative response to my film from 23 intelligent men and women who care passionately about documentaries. They reflected my story back to me and I came out richer – not just financially, although I have already been offered money to complete my film, but in terms of valuing my project." – MeetMarket participant 2007


Robert Goodman
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

that's 6 times you've posted this?


Sean Flynn
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

It's the British Invasion!


Doug Block
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

One posting is enough, Charlie. We love Sheffield so we'll keep them all up, but next time any multiple postings from you will be deleted.


Emily Meyers
Mon 21 Jul 2008Link

Eyes of the World Media Group is hiring an Associate Producer/Assistant Editor ASAP. Culver City, Los angeles

Eyes of the World Media Group specializes in socially conscious media. Our work reflects the belief that the power of media can raise awareness to create positive change. Currently we are working on METH INSIDE OUT, an innovative educational DVD series on methamphetamine addiction and recovery produced in partnership with UCLA.

Find out more at www.eyesoftheworldmediagroup.com and www.methinsideout.com

Qualifications:

Candidate must have significant production and assistant editing experience (in Final Cut Pro, After Effects a plus), strong handle on technology, excellent communication skills, and capability to handle demanding workload.

Pay: Compensation range is $700-800/wk depending on experience. To apply, send resume and cover letter to assistant@eowmg.com.
Location: Our office is located near Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.

Dates: Start immediately, through the end of December.

Please email resumes and cover letters to: assistant@eowmg.com. Please specify in the subject line that you are applying for the Eyes of the World Media Group Assistant Job.

We hope to hear from you!


Charlie Phillips
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

sorry, 'technical' error...it's good stuff though...charlie


Jonathan Skurnik
Tue 22 Jul 2008Link

Hi Everyone,

I've been on D-Word for a while but this is my first post. I'm teaching two classes in LA this summer and would appreciate it if you would spread the word to your LA friends.

LA-Based award winning documentary filmmaker Jonathan Skurnik is teaching two classes this summer, one on Documentary Fundraising and the other on the Craft of the Documentary. Both classes begin on Saturday, August 2nd. There's a 10% discount for all D-Word members.

To learn more about the classes or sign up, please email jonathan@jskurnik.com or go to: www.jskurnik.com

Documentary Proposal Writing and Fundraising: This class is designed to help you create an effective proposal package that will enable you to raise money for your documentary. The class will take you step by step through the proposal process, beginning with clearly defining your story, writing a treatment, creating a budget, designing an innovative distribution strategy and developing your ability to pitch your film with confidence. The class will be limited to six students so each participant will have ample time to workshop their materials in the context of a nurturing and supportive community of their peers. The class meets for three hours on a weekend day for five consecutive weeks. Cost of the class: $395

The Craft of the Documentary Film: Each week we will learn about and discuss a key element of the filmmaking craft—such as conducting interviews, developing characters, and documentary cinematography—and look at clips from classic and recent documentaries to illustrate the brilliant ways that other filmmakers have accomplished their goals. Each class will culminate with an assignment to make a short video utilizing the tools we have discussed. We will then spend the first hour of the following class sharing and discussing our assignment videos. You will finish the course with a body of work, a new–found confidence and pride in your filmmaking skills, and a group of peers upon whom you can rely to help you make your next film. The class meets for three hours on a weekend day for six consecutive weeks. Access to your own video camera required. Cost of the class: $495

What students are saying about the Proposal & Fundraising Class:
"Story, story, story! Jonathan helps you pinpoint your story because without a story you don't have a film. His proposal writing and fundraising class is one of the best I've ever taken." –Joyce G.

“This intimate, hands-on and nurturing class gave me the needed push to tackle the daunting task of funding documentary films. Thanks, J!” –Sheila H.

“Jonathan helped pull me out of the morass of details to get me focused on what to say and how to say it. A safe place to exchange and improve ideas.” –Daniel K.

“For a first time filmmaker, Jonathan’s class is an invaluable way to jump start inspiration and bring much-needed focus to the process.” –Dennis L.

What students are saying about the Craft of the Documentary Class:
“Thank you for opening my creative world beyond my expectations. Your class challenged me and helped make my vision even stronger. Thank you for believing in me and guiding me through this process. You have made a great and positive difference to my life.” –Alissa H.

“I so admire your extensive knowledge of filmmaking and the sensitivity and understanding you afforded to each person who attended your class. Everyone came away from your workshop with fresh ideas for staying focused and organized during the production process, as well as a renewed belief in themselves as documentary producers.” –Melissa C.

“It gave me a sense of security that I could do a more complicated documentary and that I wouldn’t get lost in the process.” –Leah S.

“You did an excellent job introducing the nuances and complexities of storytelling and explained the concepts in a fun and friendly manner.” –Thomas B.

“The class exceeded my expectations because it was intense, it had abundant information, and the class dynamic was wonderful.” –Nora L.


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