Thanks for the welcome Doug. I'm in the process of honing exactly what angle I want to explore and how to stucture the journey for the audience. I have no doubt there will be many useful resources to help me along the way on this site.
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Hello, my name is Adam Heanue, I'm currently working on a documentary that is about a town in Norway called Rjukan, the town lives in darkness for 6 months every year. I'm passionate about documentary film, I love the work of Herzog and use his work as my major influence, If you could take a look at my trailer and tell me what you think, that would be fantastic!
Unless I missed something, it's not easy to get a sense of either the time frame of the project – to be shot over how long a period – or indeed how long the finished film might be.
In reply to Ruth Berdah-Canet's post on Tue 1 Oct 2013 :
I went to the website and watched your trailer and it was very moving. I can't wait until it is available to watch for the public. Wishing you the best on your journey
In reply to Bryce Newell's post on Wed 11 Dec 2013 :
Very powerful film and the words at the end hit my heart "no human beings are illegal and we must remember that" oh so powerful. Keep up the great work
I have gone off the D-Word map since 2010 but I have still been around peeking and reading and I still love the D-Word.
So, even though I already introduced myself years ago let me re-introduce myself. My name is Ruby Taylor I am creative soul and I love creating.
My first documentary was a short called Mad Believer about my anger towards God because my brother's death.
My next film which is in process is called The New Me.
The New Me documentary will shed lights on the impact of resisting change and holding on to the old instead of embracing the new.
The film looks at how traumatic brain injury changed the life of Ruby L. Taylor, master's level social worker and how she fought to return to her old self and ended up withdrawing from life and going into unfamiliar territory, dark and cold depression. The more Ruby resisted who she currently was the more she was ashamed of who she was and the more she withdraw from life.
The New Me is on a mission to spread brain injury awareness and empower people from the inside out.
Hi, my name is Rodrigo and I'm currently in production on my first documentary which is a feature. I've been funding the project out of pocket and I've created a trailer with the footage I've shot and some archival. My next step is to create a proposal and fundraising strategy in order to continue production. Everyone who's seen early cuts of the trailer are really excited and have expressed their commitment to my project. I have tons of questions and hope to find some of the answers on this site. Thanks!
Welcome, Rodrigo, and best of luck with your project. Feel free to ask away in the Mentoring Room topic. That's what it's there for.
Excited to finally be on DWord! I worked for the past 14 years as both a narrative and documentary director and editor, see my IMDB page here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0377896/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Now located in Chicago and loving getting to know the great doc community here. Also, I'm the new associate director of Northwestern's new MFA in Documentary Media program which launches in F14 and deadline for applying is Feb 15th, more info here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0377896/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Looking forward to become an active and positive member of your community, heard so many great things about it from the filmmakers I've worked with over the years! Working on two short docs myself now and I'm sure I'll use the site as a resource too...
In reply to Bryce Newell's post on Wed 11 Dec 2013 :
Welcome, Bryce. I read your post and watched your trailer with great interest. I, too, have a migrant justice documentary I'm shopping around called The Second Cooler. I saw a few friends in your trailer including "last word Mike" Wilson (who has the last word in my movie and others').
I have also been struck by the wonderful art coming from artists along the border. I wonder if you ever had the chance to visit Taller Yonke in Nogales, Son.? I interviewed Alberto Morackis there only a few weeks before he died. I've gotten to know a number of other artists in the area as well as musicians--Pablo Peregrina being my all-time favorite.
At any rate, best of luck with your project! I'll be watching out for it.
Hi D-Word Community! Thank you for adding me! My name is Ina Adele Ray. I moved out to Oakland, CA in 2010 from Brooklyn, NY. My bread and butter is editing (and producing when needed)---long, short, documentary, commercial, and corporate work. My editing skills pay the bills and helps fuel my passion for my own personal documentaries. As a half-Vietnamese and half-American, my personal films deal with issues of race, ethnicity, identity, diasporas, and the Vietnam War (http://www.adeleray.com). I'm inspired by works of Rea Tajiri, Alan Berliner, and Su Friedrich. I'm nostalgic, love super8 and 16mm, and archival footage. Looking forward to exploring this great community and sharing with and learning from you all!
Welcome, Ina and Kyle.
Ina, you mention in your profile that you worked with Nancy Kennedy. Did we ever meet when my company sublet from her (2001 to 2007)? Very cute daughter you have there, btw.
And Kyle, good to have you aboard. Known of your work for a long time, and not just through Danielle's frequent glowing recommendations through the years. Congrats on the teaching work, too.
Hi Doug! Yes, we did meet briefly, but I'm sure you may not remember me. I helped when she was working on "For the Bible Tells Me So". I first learned about your blog back then and should have joined sooner. Thank you re: my daughter! I also assisted Amy Seplin on a some work for Wendy Ettinger back then! Small world!!! Amy, Nancy, and Wendy know me by my middle name, "Adele". Feel free to call me that too if you like! Ina works too!
Love your daughter's name, Adele. Bet she's got a great voice.
Thanks John! She does like to sing! Soon she'll be bangin' on the piano!
Hello D-Word Community! I thought I had joined before, since I've known about the D-Word for few years now, but I guess I never did...shame for me, I've been missing out! Regardless, I'm here now and wanted to introduce myself as asked. I work as a DP/Camera Operator on all types of projects – I started mostly in the narrative film world after graduating from UCLA film school with a masters in cinematography, but moved quickly into documentary and non-scripted shows from there. Some of the most rewarding work I've ever done was on documentaries. What else do you want to know?! Ask away. I'm better at answering questions than just rambling about myself. Oh, I've also been working with a start-up called Seed&Spark. It's the only place online where you crowdfunding meets digital distribution. Give it a look if you like: www.seedandspark.com
I'm also updating my narrative/scripted reel as I type this (it's compressing right now), so I'll have a new one up on my website soon. I've never cut together a documentary reel, but I'm going to give that a shot!
A warm welcome to The D-Word, Eve. Better late than never.
Some of us here are familiar with Seed and Spark having contributed to Alison Berg's terrific doc, The Dog. And I had the pleasure of meeting your partner in crime there, Amanda, in living color, as it were. Seems like an interesting alternative to Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
In reply to Ellin Jimmerson's post on Fri 3 Jan 2014 :
Thanks very much Ellin. I just watched your trailer for The Second Cooler as well – very nice! And congrats on the success screening it so far. After interviewing Mike for my film, I met up with him here in Seattle when he came to a screening of another film about immigrant rights issues in AZ – he's definitely a noticeable face in films on this topic. (Which is also something that worries me about getting my doc screened, despite its original contributions, because so many films have been made on similar topics as well and its not just the topic that's been getting saturated, but the people themselves have begun to be very recognizable across films). I have been in Nogales, but I would love to see more of Taller Yonke in the future as well. The 'activist art' angle in my film began as a much broader idea, but eventually focused on just the Transborder Immigrant Tool project out of the Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0.
Thanks again for the kind words, and I hope your film continues to see success as well.
In reply to Ruby Taylor's post on Fri 20 Dec 2013 :
Thanks Ruby! (and sorry about my slow reply, I've been away for a couple weeks.) It's amazing how many people either love or hate the idea expressed by that line, "no human beings are illegal and we must remember that."
In reply to Bryce Newell's post on Mon 6 Jan 2014 :
Thank you for watching the trailer.
There is so much activist art coming from the border--it is an exciting thing to have come out of such deliberately provoked human misery. Best of luck with your movie, too. Keep me posted. Meanwhile, The Second Cooler will be running at the Magic Lantern Theater in Spokane beginning this Friday should you wish to hop on over and see the whole show.
Happy New Year d-word(ers),
I'm looking forward to getting familiar with your works and upcoming projects. If anyone is screening at Sundance, please let me know, I would love to support. I'll be on the slopes with "Freedom Summer", screening January 17th at 2:30pm.
In reply to adam heanue's post on Thu 19 Dec 2013 :
Hey there Adam, I just watched your trailer – great stuff. Congrats on successfully completing your Kickstarter.
I am glad I am joining you here on board!
I am a documentary filmmaker based in Alexandria, Egypt. I am currently interested into making creative documentaries. I have been introduced to the genre by the films of Doug Block, Nicolas Philibert and Patricio Guzman.
You can check the trailer of my new film "17 Fouad Street";
You've come to the right place, Ahmed (we've heard of that Block guy...)
Like the feel of your teaser for "17 Fouad Street" – tell us more
I'm from Monmouth County, NJ but I'm not a filmmaker. I'm an author who is seeking documentary filmmakers to produce a documentary from my book.
In 2008, I stumbled onto a family secret with the help of six relatives that I investigated. My book is the result of the investigation. The result was I disclosed an unrecorded banishment from Germany's Krupp steel dynasty and she was my deceased great-grandmother.
The findings of my book have been featured in three german newspapers, including der Spiegel-the second-most respected news magazine in Germany. Go to my author page and read much more about my findings at www.davidstroebel.com.
I hope to be working with some of you very soon...
In reply to Ahmed Nabil's post on Fri 10 Jan 2014 :
Welcome, Ahmed. To paraphrase the great Ross McElwee, I take neither credit nor blame for my influence. It's very flattering, nonetheless. Wish you the best of luck with your film, even if it now comes right before mine in all the digital platform listings.
In reply to David Stroebel's post on Fri 10 Jan 2014 :
Welcome, as well, David. Hope you manage to find a collaborator here.
In reply to John Burgan's post on Fri 10 Jan 2014 :
Thank you John. Actually it is a film that I have been working on for a couple of months now. The motive behind it was the great influence I had from the films of Nicolas Philbert. I simply wanted to use a technique that it is not very far from what was used in a couple of his films. I am currently trying to find the best way to market it online. It is not very common in Egypt the online market thing. I am considering Distrify, dafilms and Vimeo on demand. I am planning to check for more utilities but unfortunately many platforms do not function in Egypt!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sat 11 Jan 2014 :
Thank you Dough. Actually I have just realied the resemblance between the two titles; "51 Birch Street" and "17 Fouad Street". It was not intended at all!
Even if it were intended, Ahmed, it's quite alright. But I guess this is just a case of great minds thinking alike, right? :)
Anyway, hope you're able to get the film out into the world successfully. We'll be interested in hearing about your progress, so keep us posted.
I have stopped by a couple times but hello again! Still trying to figure out this site. I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for the best doc conference for a newly independent doc maker to attend. I worked for PBS stations for many years, am now embarked on a character driven doc with lots of other voices in the story as well--art and communal ritual topic--and wonder what doc festival/conference would be the best experience for a shy but driven director/editor. Me.
Leslie, sorry if it's a bit confusing but this topic is really for newcomers to The D-Word to introduce themselves. Most professional members don't read this topic, so if you ask a question like that here it's not likely to get answered. Plus, it's a good question, so we like to have the answers go in the appropriate topic.
I'd say the Festivals or Industry Events topics would be most suitable. And, in brief, I'd highly recommend the Hot Docs conference (and, if you can afford it, observing at their Pitching Forum).
In reply to Ahmed Nabil's post on Mon 13 Jan 2014 :
Ahlan wa Sahlan, Ahmed. Always a pleasure to have more international members on The D-Word. Feel free to jump directly into the Marketing & Distribution Topic and pick some brains :)
Hello D-Word and thanks for the add! I'm a motion graphics professional who has had the pleasure of working on some wonderful projects with wonderful filmmakers. I'm originally from Columbus, Ohio but a confirmed Angeleno for 25 years. I'm anxious to meet all of you and share ideas and support. Say hello!
Hello everyone – I just found out about D-Word through a colleague of mine. I'm originally from Vancouver, BC, but am currently living in London, UK. I just recently graduated from The University of Sussex with an MA in Journalism and Documentary studies. I've made two short documentaries, which have played in several festivals. I'm also currently completing a short documentary about a dying saw mill town in Alabama. There's a link to a trailer for it here if you are interested in taking a quick look: https://vimeo.com/57348271
This forum looks like a great place to share information, and also find inspiration through other filmmakers! Really looking forward to speaking with all of you!
Good to see you here, Nathaniel. Take a look round the Professional Topics.
Thanks John! I will definitely take a look at the topics.
Hello I recently directed a doc on cartoonist Gahan WIlson (Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird) and I'm
in the process of putting my deliverables together. Can anyone recommend a person or company in Los Angeles that does time-coded clip and continuity logs (like an excel spread sheet)? Many thanks!
Hello D-Word! I'm Shruti, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Glad to be a part of the community and looking forward to meeting and learning from you guys. I've been working in film and video for the past 3 years after graduating from college. Most recently, I've been an Assistant Editor/Additional Editor on three documentaries, but before that I directed/shot/edited music videos, worked on two narrative features (as Prod. Designer and Director's Assistant), and created a couple animations! I've been open to a lot and learned a lot in the past few years, and I'm hoping to focus more on directing in the near future. I've got a little website with my creative work on it here www.shruti-parekh.com, hoping to get some samples of my doc work on there soon. Thanks, and it's great to be a part of this community!
More than glad to have you joining us, Shruti. Thanks for introducing yourself, and hope you'll leap into the other discussion topics with equal enthusiasm.
Hello D-Word community! I'm a French filmmaker based in New Zealand – I've been a member for a while but, clearly liking to take things slow, I'm only introducing myself today. I've started my love story with documentary when I studied Media and Anthropology and got bitten by the editing bug 10 years ago. Since then I've gathered experience cutting a few features and have started directed short docos in the last year, alongside my partner Nick Mayow (here's one:www.facebook.com/letaxidermistedocumentary).
If you happen to be in NZ, have questions about NZ festivals or trying to plan a shoot here, be sure to be in touch – all my details and projects are listed on my profile!
Oh, wouldn't I just LOVE to be in NZ! If the documentary Gods are listening, hopefully this is the year.
Anyway, thanks for finally coming out from the shadows and posting, Prisca. Wasn't so hard, was it?
Thanks Doug for your kind words of encouragement! "Did it"!
May the Documentary gods hear you!
Welcome, Prisca. So good to have someone from New Zealand active with us.
In reply to Niam Itani's post on Sat 18 Jan 2014 :
My name is Clay Bloodworth, I am 15 year old filmmaker with an award winning short film called "Gulf Breeze: Small Town, Big Hearts" already under my belt! Nice to meet you all!
Link to my film – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miE0045SD2k
In reply to Clay Bloodworth's post on Mon 27 Jan 2014 :
Nice to have young blood here, but better to have some really young blood. Welcome to The D-Word, Clay.
Greetings, I'm a recent graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee and currently residing in Chicago. If anyone is looking PAs in the Milwaukee-Chicago area let me know! vic.r.jac[at]gmail[dot]com.
Here's my vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user5922636
Victor! How wonderful to see you here. I can vouch for Victor's professionalism, drive, talent and skills. Hire him, you will not be disappointed.
Thanks Danielle! My classmates and I agree that your doc production class was one of the most valuable.
In reply to Danielle Beverly's post on Tue 28 Jan 2014 :
Hello everyone! My name is Renzo Aneröd and I work as a filmmaker together with my wife Hanna Aneröd. Our film production company is Reality Film and we're based in Sweden (with the world as working field). We're glad to join this site were we can help each other making great films.
I've made 4 earlier documentaries that has been shown in television and in film festivals in Sweden and worldwide. These are:
I "don't wanna live this"
"Children of islam
"Under the dark sky of the nation"
"Patriot for life".
They can be seen as VOD on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/realityfilm/vod_pages
Now me and my wife are working on several new documentaries and we're filming in both Sweden, Thailand and USA. Closest is a trip to USA to film one of the world's biggest female bodybuilder (Swedish) and we're looking forward leaving freezing Sweden for a while.
Here is our website: http://realityfilm.org/
And our facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reality-Film/142706225750724
Welcome, Renzo. Great to have you here with us at The D-Word. Please encourage Hanna to register, as well. Wishing you safe and successful travels!
Welcome, Renzo! I hope you get to enjoy some warmth in the US. Parts of it are also freezing around this time :)
Hello..my name is Nada Sahab an executive Producer in Dubai Television... I joined D Word just now hoping to enjoy it for sure... I am looking for a cameraman that would be available for a 3 days shoot in New York on 8, 9 and 10 of Feb. Skills required have to be related to fashion weeks, runways and filming interviews under stress and in a fast paced production...Any help?
Can't help out, I'm afraid, but do want to wish you a warm welcome to The D-Word, Nada. Please give a hug to my great friends Lina and Odile.
In reply to Nada Sahab's post on Thu 30 Jan 2014 :
Welcome, Nada! You may want to post this in the "Professional Classifieds" thread. More people read it.
Otherwise, you can always search our D-Word database for cinematographers in New York and contact them directly.
Hi! I'm Bruce Bowers, a documentary filmmaker located in North Carolina. I'm fairly new to this but have produced two films that have aired on PBS stations. THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: A LONG & WINDING ROAD, actually has been aired more than 2,092 times on PBS stations. www.BlueRidgeDocumentary.com It won a nice national award.
My more recent film, WITHOUT PERFECT ANSWERS is about children in the broken foster care system. It probably will be distributed nationally in the spring – we'll see. www.withoutperfectanswers.com
Welcome, Bruce. Does this mean that Blue Ridge Parkway has been aired 2,093 times? Regardless, I think you've raised the bar for all of us. Glad to have you aboard.
In reply to Niam Itani's post on Thu 30 Jan 2014 :
Thank you Niam! Yes you are right some parts are cold. We will avoid the cold parts this time ;).
Hi, I'm a New Orleans-based doc filmmaker and DP with several years experience as a freelance shooter, editor, and filmmaker working on a wide range of topics from environmental issues here in the U.S., youth employment struggles in Europe, to the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict in the Middle East.
We've recently opened up shop in New Orleans (www.hardroadpictures.com), and are eager to meet fellow filmmakers, non-profits, and anyone with an interesting story to share.
Look forward to hearing about everyone's project here on the D-Word, thanks!
Stylish stuff, Ian. Looks like you've got a lot to share here. Welcome!
Hi, I'm a Los Angeles based editor, I've been cutting documentaries over the past 5 years and I'm looking for new opportunities. You can view some of my work at www.dodgiebloke-creative.com. Nice to meet this community.
Welcome to The D-Word, James. Have you applied for Professional status? As you'll see in the private topics, we have our own Doggie Bloke here.
Thanks Ben. Yes I have applied for Professional status, thanks for the advice.
And, voila! Here you are, James, a professional at last :)
A warm welcome to The D-Word.
Hello D-Word Folks,
My name is Arlie. I created/produced a live performance documentary music series for the web called 'Room 205'. A short 3-min highlights clip of our program lives here: http://vimeo.com/64678649
Yesterday a features-doc director contacted me asking if he can use a bit of our archival footage in his upcoming film on shoegazer bands. Very happy to do this. However, now looking for advice on how our archive material should be detailed in the doc's end-credits? Is there any guideline for citing archival sources? I'd like to make sure that the artist, episode director and program are represented nicely. Your help is hugely appreciated. Thank you, AJC
Don't think there are any hard and fast rules, Arlie. I suggest you look at some docs online, especially ones that are archival intensive, and see how they listed it in their end credits.
I'm new here and very happy to be part of this community. I'm a documentary director (have shot and directed 3 short docs) and also work as a cinematographer. I'm now producing my first feature doc about three young indigenous women leaders from different regions of the world – Canada, Sweden, Brazil (possibly also the US) and fight for the preservation of their people's culture and land rights.
I've successively raised money online last summer and would be happy to share my experience with those of you planning to make this jump.
Also looking for a partner/co-producer for my feature doc project so feel free to contact me!
Welcome to The D-Word, Laurence. Thanks for the intro and best of luck with your film. Best place to share your fundraising experience is in the Crowdfunding topic.
Hi everyone. My name is Aaron Bevill and I'm just getting into the world of producing short docs in Nashville. I work for an online education company but have just purchased my own gear and am excited to start creating my own content. I just started filming my first piece last week.
Greetings from the Polar Vortex of Chicago! My name is May Tchao, I've just joined last week and am trying to navigate my way through your plethora of interesting topics.
I'm a first time doc maker, my previous life for <30 years is in the advertising business. Just finished my first feature SPILLED WATER after 4 years and am submitting it to film fests. My website: www.SpilledwaterDoc.com
Will be attending Hot Docs next month although I don't know if my film is being selected. I'm going for the Distribution Rendez meetings and hopefully for other conferences for learning and networking. (So much to learn in this biz.) For those of you who've been there, I'd love your pointers to selecting the must attend events for the full benefit of this festival. I'm interested in broadcast and distribution since I've now a finished product to show for. And if any of you are going, would love to meet up for a little pow wow! If interested, here's my trailer https://vimeo.com/81825881
Thanks and look forward to hearing from you.
Greetings, May. You should check out the Archived topics for past ones we've done with the staff members of Hot Docs (one done last year, for starters). It's filled with recommendations.
We'll be starting a special Hot Docs topic here in a few weeks, so be sure to check it often as we always try to arrange a D-Word F2F gathering. I, for one, will be there.
Thanks Doug, I've tried putting in key words to search, but nothing much came up. Shows I'm still learning to navigate your site, I'll check it out again. Thanks.
Hey May, check out the links in the hidden section below.
Hi Marj, I went to the hidden section of Topic list – Documentary Festivals, but there is no filter to Hot Docs, went all the way to post 440 and worked my way up to 470 – still couldn't find the post Doug mentioned except the one on SXSW. Oh well.... Thanks anyway.
May, if you look right above your previous post at my post, you'll see a greyed out link which says "show hidden content". Click on that and it will reveal the links to the topics you are looking for.
Yeah! Found the link for last year's Hot Docs and read every post! Thanks Marj, looking fwd to the posts for this year.
I just found this website and it is good to see that there are documentary communities on the web like this one.
So to introduce myself a little bit, I have worked professionally in the film and television industry for over eight years and have recently focused mostly on short documentaries.
However, I am currently working on a feature length documentary about the dog and cat meat trade within South East Asia – specifically focusing on South Korea, Mainland China and Thailand, where the multimillion dollar industry is the largest – and to make this film I am currently crowd funding it on Pozible (http://pozible.com/yeller).
I look forward to getting to know you all better and sharing my knowledge in the documentary industry.
If anyone has suggestions on how to improve my pitch on Pozible I would also love to hear comments. I am currently trying to work out how best to improve my marketing of this film – whilst on a limited budget – so it would be good to hear suggestions from other documentary film makers.
I tend to make films on social issues such as the slave labor, forced labor through re-education camps and sweatshops that are used to manufacture a lot of big name brands clothing and products, along with films about the environment and films about animal welfare and I have recently become a lot more interested in fiction film writing and using fiction narratives to convey some of these messages. However I also like to create entertaining sci-fi and comedy films and television shows.
Have a good day! :)
Great to meet you, Zade, and welcome to The D-Word. You obviously qualify as a Professional member, which would give you access to all 40 discussion topics. So take the extra step in registering.
Given that you're from the land of Oz, and we have a warm spot for that hearty breed, we're gonna wave our host's magic wand and, abra cadabra.... you're a pro!
Gotta say, though, that profile picture is a bit creepy.