Hey Tony, welcome. You heard right, terrific community to be a part of, dive right in.
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I'm Phil, and I'm a still photographer. Sounds like a twelve-step program for recovering mimes.
I've shot cine back in the day. I had my mid life crisis a long time ago, and after a major illness lasting many years I'm well enough that I want to start anew. I own full frame still gear and real glass. The only thing lacking is that I have no idea what I'm doing! There's a tremendous lot to learn, but that's what I do; so many ways to start, time to start saying hello to folks. So hi, everyone.
Howdy back at ya, Philip. And greetings to Tony, Leslie and Alice, as well. Great to have you all here at The D-Word. A terrific community, indeedy.
This is my first post, so here's a little bit about myself:
I've been working on docs in LA for a few years now. I produced and shot comedian Ahmed Ahmed's feature doc JUST LIKE US (Tribeca '10) and first time feature director Matt Anderson's doc FALL AND WINTER (SXSW & Hotdocs '13).
I'm currently finishing my first doc as director. The film is called MAN SHOT DEAD and it looks at the decades-long legacy of my grandpa's unexplained homicide, exploring the cataclysmic, long-lasting effects of gun violence on one American family. We're currently submitting to festivals while we polish up sound and color.
I look forward to being a more active member of The D-Word in the coming months, and getting to know more of my fellow documentary filmmakers.
Thanks for posting your intro, Taylor, and best of luck in finishing your film.
Hi I'm Alice :) I'm a documentary film student studying at Newport, South Wales. I'm still learning the ropes on filming, but know I want to make documentaries about social norms, differences/similarities between cultural perceptions, and Ukraine. (Specifically it's passage into independence and since, and the current status of their art world.)
I am currently planning to go to an art commune in Ukraine summer 2014, to make a short film about getting running water into a house there for the first time. I went there this summer and can't wait to go back.
Will probably be on here quite abit discussing and learning about film as much as i can, so yeah, hi :)
Hi,am ken from kenya studying film production and animation in multimedia university of kenya and would like to interact with great minds from this site and i have a dream of producing a classical film posing the positive side of Africans especially my country Kenya.
i believe this is the time.....:-)
Hi and welcome, Alice and Shaffie! Feel free to post whatever questions you'd like in our Mentoring Room topic. It was made for film students like you.
You also might want to look over our extensive Archives, which includes special topics with some of the foremost documentary filmmakers and industry mavens around. You'll learn a lot, I promise.
Hello all:) My name is Agnieszka and I am not a filmmaker (although I've had a few short film episodes:)) but I've been working in film and HE distribution industry for almost 9 years now. I am a film marketing specialist experienced in both major and independent films. I've had a great pleasure of supporting biggest features of last decade like Harry Potter, The Dark Knight or Brave while working for Warner Bros, HBO and then for The Walt Disney Studios distributors. I also had many challenges supporting independent releases like Quentin Dupieux’ Rubber or Gareth Evans’s Raid. All this has been a great experience – seeing good and true colors of the industry (which in my opinion is really tough one), meeting fantastic and talented people. This year has brought completely new challenge – I've join Filmmakerspond.com team – new, upcoming project for freelance filmmakers, where my mission is to build a bridge over the gap between the Clients (commercial and film professionals) and freelance filmmakers. I also hold a boutique film marketing consultancy for independent filmmakers via http://www.filmmarketingblog.com/. Truly glad, that I've been invited to join this community, as I've already seen many talented people and some terrific work :)
Thanks for introducing yourself, Agnieszka. It's my personal pleasure to officially welcome you to The D-Word being as I'm the one who urged you to join :)
Agnieszka's blog is terrific and I urge anyone interested in film marketing or filmmaking in Poland to check it out.
I am writer of nonfiction history (see markstrecker.com for more details on me and my work at markstrecker.com). I have a new book coming out I think would make a great history documentary, the sort that would show up on one of the many outlets airing that sort of thing these days. I don't want to make the documentary myself, but rather offer it up to a documentary maker looking for a good idea. I don't even need to be compensated per se, but I would like to show up in it as an expert on the topic. Does anyone know where I could make such a proposal?
In reply to Frederic Bohbot's post on Wed 10 Apr 2013 :
I saw "Triumph of the Wall" on DVD and really enjoyed it. Really interesting ideas about art and process and artistic choices.
Greetings all, a quick hello while I search through an impressive wealth of information. My name is Fergus and I'm somehow managing to get by as 'A Creative'. I keep it broad, and in my working life I'm juggling freelance writing, editing, fundraising and crowdfunding strategy.
My most recent project is a documentary film, to be hosted on an interactive multimedia website in Burma. It's a human rights motivated doc, focussing on the country's current transition to democracy, and you can read the press release on Truth-Out.org: http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/20202-an-international-campaign-to-reform-burmas-constitution-currently-banning-women-and-aung-san-suu-kyi-from-running-for-president
I'm new to documentary film and am looking for forums where I can learn a something about everything.
A pleasure to be here.
You can certainly learn something about everything here, Fergus. Well, maybe not so much in the Parking Lot. Or PISS. Or the Bar.
Hmmm, let's just say hopefully you'll learn something useful somewhere.
Meanwhile, thanks for joining The D-Word and for leaping right into the discussions here.
My name is David Bee, I am a story editor and director in Portland, Oregon. Over the last 9 years I've edited three feature documentaries and several shorts. I am currently making my own film about a 95 year-old saxophone player. We are beginning post-production shortly and it's very exciting to be telling a tale of my own.
With new horizons in mind, I'm so pleased to be a part of your community! I already feel at home and look forward to contributing and learning with you.
Thanks for what you do, and thanks for the opportunity to participate.
Hey David, heard about the film "Play Again" on the enviro fest circuit, and your sax player film intrigues. Welcome to a community with depth, breadth and provocation.
I am in the early stages of a doc project that is involving acquiring home 16mm footage from individuals (sporting events from 1970's). My hope is to submit to festivals, and sell for broadcast.
Does anyone have any experience with negotiating these rights from individuals? Do standard rates usually apply – such as the 2 – 3 K per minute for commercial rights? Does any money usually change hands prior to completion/sale of project? What if I wanted to option the exclusive rights of the footage, and defer payment until the program is purchased? Any help on this matter would be most helpful. Thank you.
Ryan, welcome to The D-Word, but the place to ask this is The Mentoring Room topic (and happy to chime in there). This is just to tell us a little about yourself.
We don't encourage double posting, but in this case go ahead.
Hello everybody Im new to D-word and I love documentaries and making documentaries.
I want to talk to other filmmakers and watch underground indie Docs.
I think the new age of filmmaking is a great thing,you don't need the middle man and wasting money on film fest to put some stupid logo on a box, unless its Bananafest or some big fest like that, just sell it your self online.
Welcome, Stewy. You seem to have professional experience so feel free to register for Professional status, which would give you access to all the discussion topics.