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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Erica Ginsberg
Fri 2 Jan 2009Link

I'll let Adele know you want to be considered for March and I guess you spilled the beans on something I wanted to announce in the Member's Websites topic so follow me there.


Issar Shulman
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Hi everybody
my name is Issar Shulman,I'm a musician.I do specially like documentary movies and for the music I wrote for the film "To die in Jerusalem" I was nominated for an Emmy award in September 2008.
I had a great experience working with HBO,editor Geof Bartz and director Hilla Medalia.that is the cause for my decision to move to NY in March and try to make as much connections I can.
you can hear some of my music in my web site
www.issarshulman.com

hope for inspiring collaboration in the documentary realm and feel free to ask me for music suggestions if you are looking for music to your movies.


Mike Shum
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

In reply to Issar Shulman's post on Mon 5 Jan 2009 :

Welcome Issar! I just listened to your samples. Very impressive. I'm positive you'll be making connections here. In my opinion this is one of, if not, the best forum for documentary filmmakers/musicians/whatever out there.


Issar Shulman
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

thank you Michael that was really fast I've just found this site thanks again


Ben Kempas
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Issar, and thank you for the praise, Michael.

Who else is out there who has been meaning to introduce themselves? ;-)


Tessa Moran
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Hello everyone! I've been producing documentaries for a couple of years with d-word member Ben Crosbie, but have only just now joined the forum! I'm looking forward to connecting with other people who share my passion.


John Burgan
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

A passion and a magnificent obsession!


Doug Block
Mon 5 Jan 2009Link

Good to have you here, Tessa and Issar. Welcome.


Michal Stein
Tue 6 Jan 2009Link

In reply to Issar Shulman's post on Mon 5 Jan 2009 :

Hi,Issar, we are Russian cinema (not big)and music production company.Music for films – in our list.So we are interesting in cooperation.I`ll write you a letter this week.Your work is impressive.Michal Stein, info@storypictures.biz


Chahid Charbel Akoury
Tue 6 Jan 2009Link

hello everybody, i am what this new year of 2009 had dragged in....


Doug Block
Tue 6 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Chadid. Would be helpful if you'd tell us a bit more about yourself and your work, other than your friendship with a certain co-host named Burgan ;-)


John Burgan
Wed 7 Jan 2009Link

Tut tut Chahid, don't be so lazy!


Chahid Charbel Akoury
Thu 8 Jan 2009Link

well if you insist , then i'll throw in a brief introduction of who i am and how i relate to documentary..... here it goes, brace yourselves:
i've always been in love with cinema and film ever since i was a child growing up with my grandmother and uncle who after coming back from his day job as a civil engineer would take me to an arthouse movie theatre ( sadly it's closing now ) to watch a different movie almost every day..... well this passion and love grew up as i grew older and soon enough i found myself landing my first job at the Video/DVD rental store that i frequented alot ....there i have to say i watched my first documentary , the one that made me want to upgrade my passion to becoming a vocation , an occupation , a practice.... no secret that documentary was none other than Chris Marker's "Sans Soleil" , i was 14 at the time .... ( i miss those days of being sourrounded by films me there between them, wondering what worlds and feelings and thoughts those discs retain......let's jump to when i realized i'm not cut to become a mechanical engineer and dropped out to go study filmmaking , but was severely lambasted by my father... so i went into graphic design, and chose to specialize in motion graphics, screen based design....and still wanting to be a filmmaker, it was only when my Danish instructor and friend told me about some folk highschool system in the secluded parts of Denmark.... i naturally applied and found myself in a micro-european community of enthusiats that want to venture in filmmaking.... the first course i took there was documentary ( a rather fundamental course) that broadened my perception ,opened my eyes and gave me certain skills that not only made me visualize , and technically approach filmmaking , but also nurtured my passion for documentaries and my evergrowing intellectual curiosity.... and from there on i tried to take every doc related course given at that institution....no secret that Mr. Burgan was the mastermind behind all those courses and sculpter of my new born documentary intellect.... after the course was over i went back to Lebanon (that peculiar tiny spot of bother in the middle east)... and as with everybody in that part of the world, being a full time filmmaker or any form of artistic occupation is synonymous with being non productive, social parasite , not to mention miserably broke... so i took ona job as an assistant producer for Young and Rubicam advertising (television commercials, radio spots , corporate films,.. what i call film prostitution) but i make ends meet, establish a not so bad network of cast, post production companies, directors, DOP, equipment rental....the full monty of film industry.....
i've been in the writing process of a doc-fiction about "the lebanese current situation" ( political assasinations, religious diversity and it's effect on society, state, and government).....
well that's about it...not so brief i see , then again you asked for it .....
oh just a colsing statement ; to me documentaries are the next level of filmmaking , the elevated intellect if you want ,la creme de la creme .....


Sahand Sahebdivani
Thu 8 Jan 2009Link

Wow, what great unbridled enthousiasm! Good look on the journey Chahid!


John Burgan
Thu 8 Jan 2009Link

If he can combine all that enthusiasm and talent with action, Chahid can achieve great things!

Edited Thu 8 Jan 2009 by John Burgan

Doug Block
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Chahid, we can cetainly use some unbridled enthusiasm among our professional members, so feel free to apply (and get access to all our discussion topics) here


Andrew Buchanan
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Hi everyone

I'm a UK based EP with a long career in wildlife documentary series for international cable and satellite channels. Now working freelance, but also concentrating on trying to make TV and film production sustainable.

So would be keen to hear from anyone who has experience and ideas on how to make documentaries without leaving too big a carbon footprint, and without using heaps of resources.


Doug Block
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Andrew. Good to have you aboard here.


Stefanie Ritoper
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Hi Everyone!

I live in Los Angeles, CA and have spent the last year doing short documentary style pieces with community organizations. My background is in both community-based research and grassroots media. I currently teach video workshops for high schoolers to learn media in Alhambra and Koreatown, and work as a freelance Assistant Editor.

I am just learning about the feature documentary process, and would love your advice on how to get started!


Timm Kröger
Fri 9 Jan 2009Link

Good day!

Whoa, Chahid's here as well. Anyway, one of these long, lonely nights in the exciting town of Ludwigsburg finally dragged me here. I am currently a student for cinematography, but very much feeling the pull towards documentary. We all know there are just so many more interesting stories to be told than what we see in fiction cinema, mostly.

I'm also a disciple of the great Burgan, and very happy to know him, not only for the beer-tasting part of it. After growing up in the remote north of Germany I spent nearly two years in Denmark at the European Film College, then moved to Munich to be an intern at ARRI Rental, and now I made it to film school. Besides the obvious interest for film I love listening to music, playing music, reading, writing, science, psychology, riddles, beer; and I can never concentrate on one thing at a time, thus always wanting to do everything myself. I'm sure I must get over that one day.

I (somewhat lazily, but wholeheartedly) second Chahid's statement: "documentaries are the next level of filmmaking , the elevated intellect if you want". Looking forward to reading your posts!

Humbly,
Timm


Chris Northcross
Sat 10 Jan 2009Link

Hello all,

I spent the last two years of my life as a New Media producer for the Obama For America campaign. Traveled around the country shooting video of the President-Elect at rallies and town halls, events as well as interviewing supporters across the country.

I wasn't much of a documentarian before the campaign; now I'm consumed by it. Hoping to pick up some more tips and hear some stories from the good folks on here.


Doug Block
Sat 10 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Stefanie, Timm and Chris. Chris, fantastic job and much thanks for your work the past few years!!! You all can sign up as professional members and have access to all the discussion topics here ...


Claudine Pommier
Sat 10 Jan 2009Link

I spent all my life painting, either on canvas or doing large murals,or being involved in public art projects. Then following several working trips in Africa, I got hit by the documentary bug. An intensely satisfying form of expression....


Martha Daniel
Sat 10 Jan 2009Link

Consumed by a project I have a true passion for, I have been working on a documentary video project for the past 4 years. I completed the Certificate program at Duke University in Documentary Filmmaking 2 years ago and all of this has been a life changing experience for me. My project has obtained fiscal sponsorship from the Southern Documentary Fund and has been fairly successful in fundraising, obtaining individual, corporate and foundation grants (though exceedingly arduous) Now in the post production stage, our project, Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners is scheduled for completion this year! visit www.missnancymindstheirmanners.com

I am also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and have been head of my own graphic and website design firm for more than 25 years.


Doug Block
Sat 10 Jan 2009Link

My, the newbies are coming fast and furious. Warm greetings to Claudine, Martha and anyone else we may have missed.


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