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Peg Diaz
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Hi all. My name is Peg Diaz. I have been documenting life with a still camera and am currently working on my first video project. I look forward to learning from all of you and eventually giving back down the road. I am applying for a grant for partial funding of the documentary and have a question about a "letter of interest". I need to submit a letter from a broadcaster who might be interested in airing the film. Can anyone recommend the best way to do this.

Jalyn, since you work at PBS, perhaps you have a suggestion? I sent a request to the local PBS station but have not heard back.

Thanks in advance for any help.


Jason Perdue
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Hey Michael, great to see you here. Michael won our Jury award for his short film BOB'S KNEE at this year's Sebastopol Doc Fest.

Edited Thu 24 Sep 2009 by Jason Perdue

Tom Jackson
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Hi folks,

My name is Tom Jackson. Glad to be a new member here. I produce documentaries on social justice issues. Right now in post on another one about the oil/environmental/economy issues (following "Out of Balance" www.worldoutofbalance.org). Looking for a veg-burning vehicle again, to travel with this latest doc.

Looking forward to talking with you all.

Tom


Ben Kempas
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Tom. I was trying to watch your OUT OF BALANCE trailer but only got sound, no picture. Not sure whether that's a problem at my end or yours...


Hima B.
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Hi, All-
I'm Hima. Working on a production grant that's due next wk but in full procrastination mode. I guess this is "research" right now so it's not entirely off track....


Doug Block
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Hima, where there's always a grant due on the horizon and always like-minded folks to procrastinate with.


Eva Bain
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

Hi everyone I'm Eva ~ new to this world alittle... am about to embark on my first documentary, as a co-director for an observational feature length doc covering issues around a couple who have had just had a baby but due to their medical difficulties have been denied access. I am new to the game and already feel I am walking on eggshells!Great to learn about this place though! I think I will find most useful.


Tom Jackson
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 24 Sep 2009 :

Hi Ben,

No problems on this end with the Out of Balance trailer, on the film's website. There's a few trailers for Out of Balance at www.youtube.com/joepublicfilms ...


Ben Kempas
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

Hima, welcome to The D-Word. Please respect our policy that requires full names.

Eva, good to see that you signed up. I'm sure you'll learn a lot from The D-Word's wealth of Archived Topics alone...


Alec Sanchez
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

Hello,
I am Alec Sanchez, about to become a linguist major at University of California, Santa Cruz, and I am an aspiring to become documentary filmmaker.
By blogging and watching films I hope to get insight to what the world of documentary film is made of.
-alec


Ben Kempas
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Welcome Alec, and thanks for introducing yourself.

Who else is lurking out there? Secret Enthusiasts and Members, the time is now...


Leon McCarron
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Hi everyone,

My name is Leon McCarron. I studied film here in England for 3 years, and decided documentary was my passion, specifically the production, I am a cameraman and one-day director. I had enrolled in the New York Film Academy for their Winter filmmaking workshop (because I wanted to learn how to shoot on film as opposed to digital which I know) but I heard so many bad reports Im now having second thoughts.
I'm moving to New York on the 20th Nov, and staying until the 15th Feb – I would love to take a short course in documentary filmmaking instead of the NYFA, or even find an internship. Anyone got any ideas or advice? Id really appreciate it, because Im kinda stuck now!

Also Im planning a documentary which I will shoot as I cycle from New York to Sydney following my study, you can check it out at www.leonmccarron.com

Thanks a lot everyone, sorry for the super long intro!


Doug Block
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Leon. Hard to know which film schools actually teach shooting on film these days. I know the School of Visual Arts has a really strong and revitalized doc program, you might check them out. They also have individual film courses in their School of Continuing Education.


Leon McCarron
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Hi Doug,
Thanks for the welcome, and the tip about the School of Visual Arts. Seems great, although unfortunately Ill just miss the window of their teaching. Any other ideas for workshops this christmas? Im really up for anything that will help further my documentary practical skills/knowledge.
Also, just to say this website seems like a fantastic resource, great work!


John Sanvidge
Mon 28 Sep 2009Link

Hello

I've decided to start a documentary about finding my birth parents in Seoul, South Korea. I am in the early stages of preproduction and was wondering if anyone has had any experience shooting in South Korea and what it's like.
Here is a link to a short trailer I've posted a few years ago on youtube. Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It_AkCBAruk&feature=channel_page


Ash Anand
Mon 28 Sep 2009Link

Hi everone,

My name's Ash; I'm a British female journalist with seven years experience writing true-life stories for UK-based magazines and newspapers. Although my background's in journalism, I'm really passionate about breaking into the documentary film making industry, having recently been trained by a BBC producer and having made a documentary short.

I just wanted to ask whether anyone has any contacts or leads with Melbourne-based documentary film making companies, looking to hire someone in a research or production capacity? I'm hoping to relocate to Melbourne in early 2010 (I'm currently travelling through Australia, New Zealand and Asia).

Hope you're able to help and thanks so much for your time, Ash
ash.anand35@gmail.com
0064 2117 06195


Julian Samboma
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

I call myself a reporter. I have worked as a reporter for several organs previously, but even when I was not formally employed as one, i considered myself one.

I was drawn to the documentary format because it was a natural extension of what I do. To me it nothing more, nothing less than another medium of expression – and one which is very handy in the arsenal of the reporter.

Being new to the documentary format I have joined the D-word to learn and to share. I have so far made two docs and in the early planning stages of a third.

They can be found here:

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19117753MeAyXThB#watch%3Dv19140232dPKkyM6H

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19117753MeAyXThB#

I know the production values are not right up there, but I promise to do better next time. Ruthless and dispassionate criticism will be gratefully received.

Best,
tapeit


Manuela Corbari
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Hi all,
I'm a documentary editor and do almost everything else that's needed in a small production company in the rugged coast of Connemara in Ireland.
Just discovered the website, well done.
I'm about to go to Medimed Documentary Market, in Spain in October with a documentary I edited.. Just wondering if anybody has been to past editions and could give me any feedback and advice on how to make the best out of this event.
Thanks for your time
Best
Manuela


Julian Samboma
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Oops! Sorry guys, the first link in my earlier post does not work.
Please try this one, http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19140232dPKkyM6H#
Cheers


Doug Block
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Julian and Manuela. Feel free to sign up for professional status here, which will give you access to many more discussions topics.


Lori H. Ersolmaz
Thu 1 Oct 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I heard Doug speak at IFP last week and wanted to see what the D-word was all about. I make grassroots docs to help make policy change in NJ.


Doug Block
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

Howdy and welcome, Lori. So why is someone making grassroots docs for policy change going to a panel on personal docmaking, huh huh? ;-)

Edited Fri 2 Oct 2009 by Doug Block

Lori H. Ersolmaz
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

I signed up for the day, so was there for that panel as well. I'm actually interested in all kinds of documentaries and personal essays are interesting to me from a sociological standpoint. I however, believe that real change only happens through legislative change. Perhaps at least one can measure the change in some way... I'm really enjoying the topic dialog with Pat Aufderheide about the Honest Truths report.

Edited Fri 2 Oct 2009 by Lori H. Ersolmaz

Julia Welbourne
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

Dear D-word Nation,
Hello, My name is Julia Welbourne and I'm a freelance producer/editor who just recently moved from NYC to Seattle. I'm happy to have finally joined D-word at the advice of many!

I've worked on a number of feature docs over the last several years, wearing the many obligatory hats of documentary work. From development and coordinating to post management and editing.

Coming from the east, my Pacific Northwest network is small yet and I'm interested in not only developing some projects of my own, but in collaborating and networking with other local filmmakers.

Please feel encouraged to check out my profile for a more detailed bio- especially if you are in the PAC/Seattle area!

Thanks, and so glad to be here.
:D


Ryan Ferguson
Fri 2 Oct 2009Link

the sausage fest just got a whole lot... uh... less sausagy


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