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Help, Suggestions, Future of The D-Word

Difficulties with The D-Word? If you can't find the right answers on our Help page, please post in this topic. Ideas for future D-Word releases or projects can be posted here as well.

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Rebecca Alvin
Wed 7 Jan 2009Link

Thanks, Ben. That's probably it.

It doesn't matter – just had too much time on my hands that day, I guess ;-}


Andrew Buchanan
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Doug, Ben

Which of the various topics would be best to post in about 'green' filmmaking? Or might it make sense to have a separate topic? [Perhaps it's there already, but I haven;t found it yet....]


Doug Block
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

That's a really good question, Andrew. You might want to start out talking about it in the Bar and see if there's enough interest to open a seperate topic.


Mike Shum
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Fri 9 Jan 2009 :

Doug, I posted my film treatment under works in progress. But now that I think about it. I don't really want it posted for everyone to see and take. Just at such an early stage I now realize it's a bit foolish to throw an idea like that out there. Can you remove the posting?


Doug Block
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

Done, Michael.


Mike Shum
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Sat 24 Jan 2009 :

Thanks a bunch Doug, I hope I didn't offend the D word...I'm still new and not used to these postings. I apologize for the irrational decisions.


Doug Block
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

No offense and no worries. It's certainly not the first time this has happened.


James Longley
Sat 24 Jan 2009Link

It's true, Michael.
Why, I posted a copy of your film treatment just last week and had to ask Doug to take it down.


Mike Shum
Mon 26 Jan 2009Link

In reply to James Longley's post on Sun 25 Jan 2009 :

Haha I'm glad we're all aware of what we post whether it be our work or not.


Jason Osder
Sat 21 Feb 2009Link

Does the D-Word have one of those mini-apps that lets you size and crop the photo that gets used as your thumbnail? I thought I did this before, but went to do it on a new photo and could not find it.


James Longley
Sat 21 Feb 2009Link

I would also like to be able to do that. This thumbnail photo doesn't show my halo.


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 3 Mar 2009Link

Dumb question about the Reelisor topic. I notice that Ben and Doug are posting in it, but posting privileges don't seem to be extended to the rest of us. Or maybe you have to be a Reelisor member? It's not clear. Not that I have anything really to contribute to the topic. Just seems like it would be more used by D-Worders if we could actually post there since it appears no Reelisor members (other than the organizer) seem to be posting there. Maybe it's just been a soft rollout. Anyway, just wondering...


Ben Kempas
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Strange. It was set to allow postings from 19 January. I deleted that setting. Can you see a text box now?


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Yes, thanks. Still have nothing much to say, but the issue is fixed.


Ben Kempas
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Well, what would you want to know about documentary series? Tell us in the reelisor topic...


Mark Barroso
Mon 18 May 2009Link

I'm not getting the window to post a question to Fernanda. It's like it's a read-only forum.


Ben Kempas
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Thanks for pointing this out. It should be working now. Please let us know if it's not...


Mark Barroso
Mon 18 May 2009Link

working now


Doug Block
Mon 18 May 2009Link

Great, now post away, Mark.


Rhonda Moskowitz
Wed 27 May 2009Link

What do D-Worders and hosts think about starting a "Social Media" separate topic thread to cover issues using Facebook, Twitter,etc. & whatever new forms will arise? Social media may span different topics (marketing, distribution, fundraising, etc.), but I know some D-Worders are starting to use social media with varying results.

Edited Wed 27 May 2009 by Rhonda Moskowitz

Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hmmm, interesting idea, Rhonda...


Ben Kempas
Wed 27 May 2009Link

We could give it a try.


Marj Safinia
Wed 27 May 2009Link

I'm up for it...


John Burgan
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Let the tweeting begin.


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 28 May 2009Link

plus, anything that takes your mind of your healing-arm pain gets my support...


Ben Kempas
Sat 30 May 2009Link

OK, Rhonda, we're giving it a try. Here's the new Social Media Topic for Members of The D-Word.


Doug Block
Sat 30 May 2009Link

We are but your humble servants.


John Burgan
Sat 30 May 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Sat 30 May 2009 :

After reflection, we've decided to rename the new topic to Social Networking for Filmmakers
aka Social Networking so as not to confuse with films that campaign for social change


Rhonda Moskowitz
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Sean Flynn should post about his use of Twitter. He has some good tips.


Ben Kempas
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Yes, and there now is a topic for this, Rhonda: Social Networking !


Doug Block
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Yup, calling all twits...


Mikal Jakubal
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

I'm having an iPhone glitch when trying to post on D-word. If I hit the back/delete button, it erases either the whole word, the whole sentence or the whole post. It only happens (so far) on D-word. Any suggestions?


Magdalena Hutter
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

Same thing here...


Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

Is this a recent thing or has it been like this all along? Can other iPhone users confirm?

(Note to self: Start a separate fund-raising drive for a mobile version.)


David Herman
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

suggest you join the rest of us plebs sitting calmly behind their computers interacting on the d-word.


Ben Kempas
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

Well, The D-Word was never designed for mobile phones. But it runs fine on mine (Nokia E90). However, we could do a poll and see how many people want a streamlined version with less data load for their phones.


Mikal Jakubal
Tue 16 Jun 2009Link

The data load is fine. Actually, D-word is one of the faster loads at home on my slow connection. It's just the typing deal that is the problem.


Marj Safinia
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

I used to have that problem, but I'm not aware of it any more. Have you done a iPhone software update Mikal? That might help.


Mikal Jakubal
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

Huh, no, but I've only had it a couple months and they updated it when I bought it. I think the new software is available. I'll check on that...


Mikal Jakubal
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Latest iPhone upgrade seems to have fixed it.


David W Grant
Wed 24 Jun 2009Link

Just wondering if the category "Video Essay" has any traction? Not 'documentary' in the purist sense. I'd call the docu-drama sections of the video I'm working on "documentation of the future".


John Burgan
Wed 24 Jun 2009Link

This topic is for questions about The D-Word, David- but FWIW, "Video Essay" is fine – although it might not ring everyone's bell.


David W Grant
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Hi, John, Hope to see you at Folklife Festival. I'll be there mid-day Saturday. Will you?
I thought this section was also for 'ideas for future D-Word ... projects' ... such as attention to video essays. Where, then, would that suggestion best be made?


John Burgan
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Your question could have gone in Developing Stories or Works in Progress

I was briefly at the festival today, off to NY tomorrow but back early July, maybe see you then...

Edited Thu 25 Jun 2009 by John Burgan

Ben Kempas
Fri 26 Jun 2009Link

Actually, the topics suggested by John are only accessible to Members of The D-Word, not to Enthusiasts. But there's always the Mentoring Room for these kinds of questions.

Edited Fri 26 Jun 2009 by Ben Kempas

Celia Lowenstein
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

Hello. I am new to D-word and have just been employed by National Geographic in Washington as a Producer/Director. I have been asked to produce an insurance certificate for general liability and wonder if anyone has a broker I can contact or an insurance company who works with documentary filmmakers and can provide this kind of insurance. I live in New York and commute to D.C. thanks.


Doug Block
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link Tag

Celia, I highly recommend Charles Whelan Insurance Agency. Chuck works out of Washington State but handles my liability insurance. He's great to work with and gets good rates. Can't hurt to say I referred you:

ph: 253-840-5137
cwinsurance@comcast.net


Ben Kempas
Wed 1 Jul 2009Link

Just to remind people again, this Help topic is about The D-Word platform, not about help with documentary questions... :-)


Mikal Jakubal
Mon 27 Jul 2009Link

Here's a little bug, Peter, in case you don't already know about it. Underscores at each end of the word italicize the word, but it doesn't work to try to italicize part of a word. E.g. to highlight a difference in emphasis such as "_re_volution vs. evolution." It renders with the underscores instead of "re" being italicized.


Peter Gerard
Tue 28 Jul 2009Link

I suppose that is by design... The underscores to italics feature is part of an open-source text-processing plug-in we are using, and the rules are designed to work in most cases while ideally not breaking special formatting (such as urls). If we made it always italicise characters between 2 underscores, we could make some mistakes, which is why the feature is designed to only italicise if there are spaces around the underscores. If you've followed discussion here about the strikethrough feature you'll see why it could cause problems to allow formatting of partial-words.


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