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Yance Ford
Fri 10 Sep 2010Link

In reply to Robert Goodman's post on Thu 19 Aug 2010 :

Hey Robert,
Somehow missed your reply. We're looking for three for the fall and four for January-April.
You can email me off list at yford@pov.org.
Best,
yance


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 10 Sep 2010Link

Washington DC and Baltimore-Area Filmmakers...

While Docs In Progress offers consultation services throughout the year at rates affordable to independent documentary filmmakers, on Saturday, September 25, we will be bringing all our affiliated consultants under one roof at one time for One Stop Consultation Day. All in downtown Silver Spring, MD convenient to parking and Metro.

You can schedule up to three consultations on this day and only have to move from room to room at the Docs In Progress Documentary House to get what you need. What kind of topics can Docs In Progress consultants cover?

  • Story structure at any stage of development of a documentary

  • Production planning for documentaries, including budgeting, working with crews, and scheduling production shoots.

  • Fundraising strategies

  • Marketing and Outreach, including film festival strategies; press kit essentials; presenting the most effective synopsis, logline, and stills; and using social media tool

  • Legal Questions (from an entertainment attorney!) including Contracts, Rights, Clearances, and Fair Use

  • Personalized Feedback on Rough Cuts, Trailer, Proposals, and Treatments

Who Are the Docs In Progress Consultants?

Adele Schmidt (Story Structure, Budgeting, Production Planning, Personalized Feedback on Rough Cuts or Trailers)

Erica Ginsberg (Story Structure, Marketing and Outreach, Personalized Feedback on Rough Cuts or Trailers)

Sam Hampton, PH.d (Fundraising Strategies, Video Equipment Advice, and Personalized Feedback on Proposals)

Christine Intagliata (Approaches to the Documentary Treatment and Personalized Feedback on Treatments)

Laura Possessky, J.D. (Legal Issues including Contracts, Rights, Clearances, and Fair Use)

For more information and to sign-up, please visit our website at http://www.docsinprogress.org/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=77&jevtype=jevent&year=2010&month=09&day=25&Itemid=1

Edited Fri 10 Sep 2010 by Erica Ginsberg

Nicola Lees
Sun 12 Sep 2010Link

Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch by Nicola Lees

Do you have a documentary project that you are dying to pitch to a TV network, but don’t know where to start? Have you tried pitching it and had the door slammed in your face (several times)? Are you frustrated with being fobbed off? Are you losing confidence in your idea, even though deep down you know it’s a great concept? Is is something you did? Or said? Why are the buyers just not that into you? Don’t despair, you’re not alone in your frustration (although it can feel that way)!

I’m Nicola Lees, experienced development producer, and founder of TV Mole. I’ve spent more than 13 years in the international TV business, and have developed written and pitched hundreds of documentary, docu-drama, multi-platform and reality series for broadcasters such as the BBC, Discovery,Nat Geo, History, TLC and the The Travel Channel, and have won approximately 80 commissions in the UK and USA. I have written a comprehensive guide to the frustrating and often confusing world of TV commissioning, wherever you are in the world.

I’ve interviewed 50 top industry names – producers and buyers – to find out what works, and what doesn’t. You’ll get advice from:

* 10 TV development producers – who have a combined experience of 50+ years of developing and pitching ideas at all levels, from trainee researcher to creative director, and
* 20 senior executives from internationally successful independent production companies who have sold some of the world’s most successful shows, to
* 16 channel executives – the people to whom you will pitch your ideas, who between them have worked at
* 18 TV channels – their experience and advice spans commercial and public service broadcasting; cable, terrestrial and satellite channels; documentary, reality, entertainment, specialist factual (science, history, arts, religion and natural history) and multi-platform programming, in
* 7 countries across 4 continents

I also incorporated advice from a Hollywood agent, several video editors, a storytelling consultant, two production managers and four commercial rights experts.

Collectively, the people who will share their insider knowledge with you have originated, pitched, bought or produced some of the most successful, award-winning TV shows and documentaries in the world, including The Age of Stupid, Touching the Void and Murderball. You are getting hundreds of years of experience condensed into a few hundred pages.

"As a Development Producer with a fair few years in the field, I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of this book...it was worth every penny." (Amazon reviewer)

"After 25 years in this crazy business, it's the first time I have seen TV commissioning so comprehensively and entertainingly dissected." (Mike Slee, Independent Film & TV Producer/Director)

ISBN: 9781408122679


Kelly Amis
Thu 16 Sep 2010Link

I am looking for an experienced editor (preferably in the Bay Area, but not a deal-breaker) to help me finish a feature-length documentary called TEACHED. 



The film provides a candid look at how and why, fifty years after Brown vs. Board of Education desegregated American schools, black and Hispanic students are still performing far behind white students. The film takes the audience into urban schools where the problems are most severe, to talk to the students, parents, principals and, most importantly, the teachers working there to understand: why the race-based "achievement gap" persists; how it is connected to cycles of poverty, underemployment and incarceration; and what could be done to eliminate it. 



I have nearly 200 hours of footage shot mostly with a Sony EX-1 in 1080p24, an 80 min rough cut, and a website where you can watch the trailer and get more information: www.loudspeakerfilms.com.

I'd like to find an editor in the next 2-3 weeks, give you the footage to watch, and then work with you to wrap this puppy up before the end of 2010. I know what stories the footage is ready to tell, but I don't have enough experience to do it. I need an experienced editor who has sophisticated story-telling skills (some of the stories are quite sensitive), great technical ability (FCP), and a strong belief that all kids can learn and achieve at high levels if they are given the chance. I'd also like to find an editor who believes that a documentary film can be compelling and educational and inspiring...and ALSO a beautiful work of art.


Please send your resume and links to your work (or any questions) to me at kamis@loudspeakerfilms.com if you are interested in this position. I expect the work will take 8-12 weeks, and payment will be competitive.

 thanks-
Kelly


Bill Jackson
Thu 16 Sep 2010Link

In reply to Kelly Amis's post on Wed 15 Sep 2010 :

Very interesting film! Good luck. I'm sure you will find a talented editor through D-Word.


Wolfgang Achtner
Thu 16 Sep 2010Link

What an interesting story!

Kelly, if you also have the stories of a couple of individuals (teachers, parents and students), you'll have all the elements you need to make this a fantastic documentary!


Jessica Johnston
Fri 17 Sep 2010Link

CALLING ALL DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS!

Deadline Approaching for 2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Films must be POSTMARKED by October 15, 2010!

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its eighth annual event. From February 11-20, 2011 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking round-tables.

The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the Big Sky Award).

DVD (NTSC/PAL), VHS (NTSC/PAL), DVCAM (NTSC/PAL), HDV (NTSC), and miniDV (NTSC/PAL) accepted for preview.

Enter via Withoutabox.com at – http://www.withoutabox.com/login/3969

or download entry form in pdf format at – http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/entries.html

If you would like an entry form emailed to you in pdf format, send a request to callforentries@bigskyfilmfest.org.

For more information visit http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org


Brandon Bray
Mon 20 Sep 2010Link

I'm looking for freelance editor..
I'm shooting a series of short docs in Washington DC at the GW Medical Faculty Associates. If you are (or know anyone who is) an AMAZING freelance editor or animator looking to make some money, I would be very grateful. Thanks.
Please send your resume and links to your work (or any questions) to me at wbbray@gmail.com


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 22 Sep 2010Link

DC Folks...

Docs In Progress returns this Friday, September 24 with Trailer Night. You will be able to provide feedback on documentary trailers and might even be able to get feedback on one of your own since we've got one open film slot. Read on for details.

This workshop-style screening program allows filmmakers who may be at an earlier stage of development with their films to benefit by the moderated feedback of audiences who have traditionally provided feedback on full rough cuts. The filmmakers are looking for audience feedback not only on the effectiveness of the trailer itself, but on the concepts of their films – tremendously helpful as they continue in production and post-production of their films. The evening is being moderated by Erica Ginsberg (Executive Director) and Adele Schmidt (Program Advisor) from Docs In Progress. This program is organized by Docs In Progress and sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George Washington University.

WHEN?
Friday, September 24, 2010
7:00-9:30 pm

WHERE?
The Documentary Center at The George Washington University
School of Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW (21st and H Streets)
Auditorium B-07 (one floor down from street level)
Washington DC 20037

Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom. Limited street parking free after 6:30 pm. Garage parking nearby on H and I Streets.

TICKETS?
$10 suggested donation ($5 suggested for Docs Insiders). Cash only at the door. No advance ticketing.


WHAT'S SCREENING?

A Different Drummer
by Jonathan Gruber and Robert Jackson
In the mid-1960s, Father Stamand, a white priest working helped change the lives of African-American youths in Washington DC's Anacostia neighborhood by putting together the VIP Drum and Bugle Corps which was one of the first all black drum corps. Now more than 40 years later, five of the original members are seeking to carry on Father Stamand's legacy by encouraging a new generation of drummers and buglers.

Inside: Human Trafficking in the U.S.
by David Gedney
While sex trafficking is often viewed as a problem affecting other countries, it is a growing issue right here in the United States, including in Washington DC. This film is an investigation into the trafficking and exploitation of young girls.

Hidden Books
by Sam Hampton
This portrait piece of Kumi Korf explores the lifeforce which inspires an artist. The Japanese-American creates architectural designs, prints, paintings, and artist books which are held by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the Tate Library, among others. We travel with Korf from her home in Ithaca, New York to her homeland of Japan as we explore what it means to be an artist today.

I Didn't Know
by Ron Minor
Kidney Disease is a health epidemic, especially in minority communities. African-Americans in particular are nearly 5 times as likely to develop kidney disease than Caucasians, often as a result of diet and prevalence of other diseases like hypertension and diabetes. We hear from experts and follow people living with various kidney ailments, some of whom are among the 126,000 on a waiting list to receive a kidney.

Married in Spandex
by Devin Gallagher and Allison Kole
As they begin a life's journey together, Amanda and Rachel are determined to make their wedding day a unique and memorable affair. They travel from Philadelphia to Iowa for their nuptials. But at a time when same-sex weddings are still seen as a political act, can the couple convince their friends and family to get on board and support the relationship...not to mention the gold lame wedding outfits?

Wild Card Slot
by You?
Yes, we have room for one more trailer. If you have a 2-7 minute documentary trailer you'd like feedback on from a Docs In Progress audience, bring it with you to tonight's screening. We will select one wild card submission at random. Note that we can only screen DVDs or VHS tapes. No Quicktime files, AVIs, or Windows Media files even if they are on a DVD.

More info: http://www.docsinprogress.org


Laura Bock
Wed 22 Sep 2010Link

Attention Documentary Filmmakers!

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Hope to hear from you soon and good luck in all your future projects!

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