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Josh Dinner
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Hello!

I am Josh, age 25, living in Los Angeles, CA! I found my way to this board via the USC School of Cinematic Arts Online Community. I am an alumni. Greetings!

www.EarthrisePictures.com
www.TracersTables.com
www.YouTube.com/TracersTables


Khemarak Tor
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone!

I've been researching books about Documentary film making and it has led me to this website. I've had a huge interest for this genre for quite awhile but had not ever tapped into it the way I would imagine how an enthusiast would. Thereby, I'm now taking those steps to learning as much as possible. Hopefully, I can pickup significant knowledge, tips, and the sorts from everyone here. Thanks!


Gilly Mathieson
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

The D-Word has been very insipirational site for me as I prepare to pitch a documentary proposal..

I feel a little bit of a fraud as I am currently not a documentary film-maker but a television journalist. I began working as a journalist in 1994 but became a producer/director and made documentaries for Channel 4. I moved from documentaries back to journalism in 1999 because of job security and an offer of a BBC staff job which was too good to turn down. Ten years on, four children later, I am still reporting at BBC Scotland but have ditched the crew and editor and now work as a video journalist. I report for our flagship current affairs programme, The Politics Show. Over three days I have to find a story and make a five to nine minute film and arrange a discussion to follow. I film with a Z1 and edit on Avid. My stories are all character led and take me across the world. I was one of the first reporters at BBC Scotland to train as a video journalist in 2002 and have loved the transition despite the huge workload.

For me, the last six years have been about honing my film making and story telling skills so that I can go back to making documentaries when the kids are at school and there are fewer demands from me as a parent.

For 8 years I have been dreaming about making a documentary series set in the Canadian Arctic and I am now finally preparing to pitch the idea to BBC Scotland and BBC Four. In 2001, I spent two months living in the Canadian Arctic and made a series of radios features. It was then that I met my key characters and since I have been building up my relationship with them and knowledge of the area and people. I am now planning to go back in May 2010 armed with my camera. Well that's if they buy the idea!

Now that the proposal is almost in place, I need to think about whether I should be trying to get on a BBC course to use a more advanced camera than the Z1. I'm proposing to self shoot as the budget will mostly be eaten up by travel and staff costs, so there is no room to bring an ap/sound person. There's a lot I have to learn and find out about..so many questions..so I am so happy to have found the d-word..

If anyone ever needs any Scottish contacts/interviews/footage etc, I'd be more than happy to help out as a favour. Or if you're bringing your film to one of our festivals in Edinburgh get in touch. We're only a few minutes walk from the Filmhouse and if you're stuck for a place to say we may be able to help out.


Nick Verbitsky
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Gilly Mathieson's post on Tue 2 Jun 2009 :

Good luck Gilly, and welcome! Pls keep us informed about your progress...


Doug Block
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Thanks for introducing yourself, Gilly, and great to have you among us. Wish you'd posted last year, I was in Edinburgh for a mentorship program with the Scottish Documentary Council (if I remember their name correctly) and I screened 51 Birch Street at the Filmhouse. I've also been working with Edinburgh-based filmmaker Amy Hardie as producer on her upcoming personal doc. Do you know her? It's really extraordinary, just saw the latest cut yesterday and I'm very excited.

Anyway, hopefully we'll meet up next time I'm there. Good luck with your project, in the meantime.


Yocheved Sidof
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Hi
Im currently directing/ editing my first feature length documentary film. Hit a point where I realize that even though I've spent the past eights years editing promo length films, editing feature length is a whole other animal!! So after about a year and a half shooting, logging, cutting trailers, trying to piece together scenes, I still feel completely unorganized! But the stuff is so compelling and Im confidant we have a great film, the question is how to proceed... Do we write a script? How to we organize tapes? Should we get a mentor? Etc... So I'm here to meet other doc makers and learn a thing or two! Looking forward!


Doug Block
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Yocheved. You might want to take a look at back posts in the Editing and Post-Production topic (or do a search). We've had a number of discussions about how to go about organizing tons of footage.

I also highly recommend you get in touch with a consultant like Fernanda Rossi, who is NY-based and just led an info-packed, week-long discussion of story structure here, which is now archived.

Edited Tue 2 Jun 2009 by Doug Block

Gilly Mathieson
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 2 Jun 2009 :

Thanks Doug. It would be lovely to meet up when you're next over in Edinburgh. I've not yet met Amy but know her by reputation and the documentary institute she founded a few years ago. I'll look forward to watching her new film when it comes out. The SDI has some fantastic masterclasses many of which are on-line. James Longley was there only last month but unfortunately I couldn't make it as I was filming out of Edinburgh for a few days.


Molly McKinley
Sat 6 Jun 2009Link

Hello. I've been an editor for 14 years in New York City and have just JUST moved to Santa Fe, NM (still waiting for my furniture to get here). I've worked on tons of doc projects for T.V. For the past couple of years I've been working on a reality/docusoap ("Flip This House" for A&E) and I thought I was bringing remote work with me -- an offshoot of that show -- but found out Friday that the plug had been pulled on the show a couple of months into production. So here I am without gainful employment, and wondering where to start (short of taking a job at Trader Joe's). Anyone have any ideas about how to go about getting post production work in Santa Fe? Gov. Bill Richardson has put in place an amazing tax rebate for filmmakers and it has spurred a ton of film production, but the post hasn't arrived as far as I can tell. I'm here with my little Avid setup and my highspeed internet and would be thrilled to work remotely from my new adobe home!

Anyway, nice to be here (on the d-word and in Santa Fe).

[accidental strike-through edited]
Edited Sat 6 Jun 2009 by Ben Kempas

Doug Block
Sat 6 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Molly. Why don't you contact the NM Office of Motion Pictures and see if they can hook you up with any local film outfits? And maybe hang notices in the cool coffee shops in town?


Jessica Krauss
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone,
I never had in mind to become a filmmaker or work for TV branch at all, as I am studied lawyer... but when I accidentally took part in a production for a documentary for German TV I was hooked. So far I was involved as co-author, author or producer in ten non-fiction productions and made my experience mostly on the German market. But since beginning of the year I am working for a production company who wants to extend their experience to internationally co-productions – a lot to do and learn here for me! With D-Word I'd like get in touch with others filmmakers, authors and producers etc and simply share the love for documentaries.
Nice to be here!
Sunny greetings from Berlin, Germany


Doug Block
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Great to have you with us, Jessica. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.


Rob Rooy
Mon 8 Jun 2009Link

Greetings, all:

Just a quick note to introduce myself. I'm an independent filmmaker based about an hour outside Washington, D.C. I've spent much of my career as a First Assistant Director in the Hollywood film industry – but early on, began also to create small movies for nonprofit organizations involved in global anti-poverty work – especially in the area of microfinance. Gradually, over a twenty-year stretch, the emphasis shifted to where I no longer do any A.D. work, and I've branched out into full-fledged documentary work. I'm working on a number of projects, but the most germane one to share is one in which I'm spending time periodically with a sixteen-year-old boy with autism. His story in poignant, his obstacles large, and his strength of character impressive – and, the biggest challenge as I move forward is how to shape a multi-faceted story. I anticipate that in the future, I'll want to seek more concrete advice; for now, I'm just saying hi. I'm going to share this project at the upcoming F2F session attached to Silverdocs next week – so perhaps I'll meet some of you there.


Jessie Beers-Altman
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I am a new filmmaker working out of the Boston area. I'm trying to gain experience in the business and learn as much as possible. I recently completed a short documentary for my thesis in the MFA program at Boston University called "The Spirit of a Runner." The film follows Washington D.C. native Suprabha Beckjord as she embarks on the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3,100-Mile Race for an unprecedented 12th year in a row. For those of you who don't know anything about this event, it is an unbelievable athletic endeavor in which runners log anywhere from 50 to 80 miles per day around a single city block in Queens, NY en route to completing the overall 3,100-mile distance. They run from 6 a.m. to midnight, never taking a day off. Suprabha is the only woman to ever attempt the race, and she is also the only person- male or female- who has completed the race every year since its inception 12 years ago. If you'd like to see a trailer for the film, as well as check out some of my previous work, please visit my website at: www.jbeersaltman.weebly.com.

Cheers,
Jessie

Edited Tue 9 Jun 2009 by Jessie Beers-Altman

Doug Block
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Robert and Jessie. It was nice meeting you in Boston, Jessie. Your film is an intriguing one but, I've gotta add, your main subject sounds utterly insane. Talk about needing to get a life!


Ben Kempas
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Jessie. You should make that your profile picture!

To explain to others why you qualify for Member status, I'll quote from your profile: "Her experience includes credits for PBS and the Discovery Channel, as well as numerous independent and commercial productions. In 2005, she produced and edited Eyes Through Time, a NASA-commissioned educational documentary on the Swift satellite mission in outer space."


Christopher Wong
Tue 9 Jun 2009Link

welcome, jessie. you've undoubtedly heard of and seen "Spirit of the Marathon", right? if you can somehow get access to the same mailing list as them, you'll sell a LOT of DVDs...


andrew james benson
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link

Hi!

It is great to come across such a fine resource with accomplished, driven, folks contributing to meaningful dialog that benefits the craft! I am honored to join in on the fun. A little about me: I love pushing critical issues and the orgs behind them with the power of story telling. I primarily produce doc-based commercials and marketing videos for nonprofits and other altruistic organizations. As well I production managed and coordinated doc/reality programming, through the company I work with in Phoenix-Randy Murray Productions, for the BBC, Discovery, PBS and CBS.

Currently, I am co-producing three docs (two in the final stages of production: a 5yr case study on elected vs. appointed public officials in relation to use of media; a 2yr look at teachers as heroes in one community. And one in development: an examination of Navajo through the eyes of the elders). My partners and I are at that point of culmination and require a look beyond the ideal world to the real world of distribution and sales! It's all about getting the stories heard and I am interested in strategies and sums so we can secure proper amounts through partners, distributors and other sales channels to get it out there and stay in the black! I am sure there are great resources here which I will explore. Please let me know if you have anything I should check out!

Thanks to all who have made this resource what it is, I look forward to exploring and participating.

Best,

Andrew

if interested follow me on facebook and twitter by searching andrew@andrewjamesbenson.com – I have been trying to build a presence by sharing info i find on cause marketing, education reform and sharing other ruminations and opportunities!


Doug Block
Wed 10 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Andrew. Feel free to register for full membership which will give you access to all of the discussion topics.


Leonardo Henrique Dias e Souza
Sat 13 Jun 2009Link

hey people, I'm Leonardo Souza,19 . I'm from Brazil, I am a film student and crazy when the topic is documewntary ! I made a doc in Rio de Janeiro's trains and I work in a documentary producer company :D
I want to talk about everything and new videos are coming I hope to share all my experiences and learn as more as possible so !
if you want here is my short-doc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aclcc6w17Xc&feature=channel_page
=)

see ya


Doug Block
Sun 14 Jun 2009Link

Hey, welcome to The D-Word, Leonardo. Glad you found your way here.


Ernesto Ardito
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link
Hi, we are Virna and Ernesto from Argentina. We are pleased to inform you that the DVD of our new documentary Heart of the Factory, is now available.

[rest of message deleted, as Ernesto posted the same advertisement in the Classifieds topic, which is where it belongs]

Edited Fri 19 Jun 2009 by Ben Kempas

Sultana Parveen
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link

Hi All, I am Sultana from US. I love documentaries and plan to make one myself. I am here to learn from your experiences.


Doug Block
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Ernesto and Sultana.


Elan Frank
Mon 15 Jun 2009Link

Hi,
My name is Elan Frank; I am a documentary film maker residing in LA.
I am now in the process of developing a documentary film on the co-existence between Jews and Muslims in Morocco and got to the sage of presenting investors with a business plan and production package, including a proposed budget.
I was wondering if anyone could refer me to samples of such packages/forms, what is essential to have in them, and a one-page budget sample form that is satisfactory to investors (I have my budget format, but it is in excel and very details, not something you provide investors. I am looking for a designed one page with the essentials.
Thanks you. I am glad to be part of this documentary family here in D-word!
Elan


Monica L. Lopez
Wed 17 Jun 2009Link

Hello,

I've just begun researching a topic for a documentary. I'm currently based in Southern California and am looking forward to sharing and learning with folks on this site.

Thanks for making this space available!
Monica


Doug Block
Wed 17 Jun 2009Link

Elan and Monica, good to have you here.


Josh Allen
Thu 18 Jun 2009Link

Hello everyone. I am in the midst of final editing for my second documentary project. I look forward to learning from everyone here.


Scott P. Harris
Thu 18 Jun 2009Link

Hello, I'm an aspiring doc maker currently living in Texas. I was just accepted into the Edinburgh College of Art MFA program for Film, and I'm trying to get a feel for the reputation of the program. Agnes Varnum recommended I join here to connect with Peter Gerard in Edinburgh.


Doug Block
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

Scott, you can contact Peter directly at: peter@accidental.tv

Welcome to you and Josh. Good to have you guys here.


Tijana Petrovic
Fri 19 Jun 2009Link

Hi All,
My name is Tijana. I am a freelance documentary camera person and editor. I am currenly working on a couple projects in and around NYC. I am interested in collaborating with people and learning about other people's projects.
This is my website:
www.tijanapetrovic.com
Thanks for this great site!
Tijana


James Longley
Sat 20 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Scott P. Harris's post on Thu 18 Jun 2009 :

Hey Scott – congratulations! I think you'll really like Edinburgh and the College of Art.
A bit rainy – but after Texas it may be just what you need.


David W Grant
Sat 20 Jun 2009Link

Hello, everyone.
I'm a 'returnee' to video, though I've hung around the edges since my five year stint in mid-1970's as a producer-director for a PBS affiliate.
Just enjoyed attending F2F at Silver Docs here in Washington. I'm surprised I hadn't known of D-Word, since I held a membership with AIVF until they closed.
In process of completing a 30- and 80-minute low-budget video essay: The Common Lot: Next Step for Democracy. It's about the 'of-by-and-for' part of what democracy is supposed to be.


Marshall Burgtorf
Sun 21 Jun 2009Link

Hello fellow D-Worders.

It thought I would reintroduce myself seeing that I signed on here and than vanished from the face of D-Word. For the last 8 moths I have been working hard to complete a project on violence in youth sports and yet still put diapers on my babies booty.

In this time I have managed a mushroom farm and remodeled a 100 year old house to make ends meet. Neither of which I had done before. The remodeling job is coming to a close and the doc project is finished. It made my producers wife cry! I hope that was a good sign.

Now I am off to Virgina for 6 weeks for a paid video gig.woo-hoo! While I am there I hope to get a big chunk of my next project edited.

Since I will be away from my family I will probably be online a lot. So I hope to see you all around. Cheers!


Scott P. Harris
Sun 21 Jun 2009Link

In reply to James Longley's post on Sat 20 Jun 2009 :

Thanks James. I assume they impressed you when you lectured there? And I'm not too worried about the weather, it might be nice to experience an actual winter for once.


James Longley
Sun 21 Jun 2009Link

I don't know about "actual winter" – but cold and damp they can do!


James Schlipf
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Hi everyone, I'm an independent film maker lost in the mountains of eastern Oregon.

I've been working for years on a documentary about my son's struggle with autism. When he was diagnosed in 2000, we discovered an underground network of parents using alternative medicine and unusual therapies to treat kids the medical community has designated "untreatable" and "incurable."

This has led to ten years of research and first-hand experience with a complex social, economic, and political world that is only just beginning to reach public awareness in the media. I'm pretty surprised that even after years of news stories and talk show arguments about autism, few people seem to be aware of the poltical and corporate forces that are pulling the strings behind this issue.

Most docs on this subject are either amateur you-tube shorts or pro projects made by film makers who have only temporary contact with an autism family. I've been living with and filming my subject for over ten years. I'm hoping I have a unique perspective and unusual approach for my project, and I hope to learn from others on this site about funding, marketing, and distribution.

It's also just a great (and humbling) experience to be connected with so many other talented people.


Ben Kempas
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Welcome and welcome back, James and Marshall.

James, do you have a sample of this film that you could share?


James Schlipf
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Ben,
Umm, well, I'm currently working on a production reel for grant apps for about the third time (the project keeps changing and I can't keep up with it, gotta just stop dithering and release something eventually, right?) and we're working on recording what I hope will be the final voice-over.

So all I have right at the moment is a lot of clips, some animation, interviews, etc.

Should I post links here or in the "work in progress" section?


Ben Kempas
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Totally Works in Progress .


Chad Fahs
Mon 22 Jun 2009Link

Hello Everyone,

For the last three years (in my "spare" time), I've been working on a documentary about a Japanese photographer named Izima Kaoru. It's a project that takes place in a number of cities, including Tokyo, L.A., N.Y., Paris, London, Munich, Luxembourg, etc. The project is loosely focused around the photographer's main series, which explores the intersection of death and beauty. I suppose you could call it an artist biography, but light on the biography. It's more about the process and themes of the work.

I also write "technical" books on film, video, and new media topics. I've had a documentary book in the works for a while (put on hold), with a focus on editing.

I look forward to participating in the D-Word community!

-Chad


Tracey Friesen
Wed 24 Jun 2009Link

Hi gang – I signed up for the D-Word some time back and then, well, forgot, I guess... My pal Joe Moulins reminded me in the context of what James Longley has been experiencing recently. So now I've reset my new password, added some credits and do hope to engage more frequently. I work for the National Film Board of Canada, as executive producer at the Pacific & Yukon Centre, based in Vancouver. Our local office is a staff of 14, producing primarily docs, but also auteur animation, and some original digital content. Headquarters are in Montreal. As part of our 70th birthday NFB is now streaming over 1000 titles for free (at least inside of Canada, not sure about any blocking??) Check it out: www.nfb.ca. Cheers and nice to meet you all! Tracey


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

In reply to James Schlipf's post on Mon 22 Jun 2009 :

Welcome James, I'm starting pre-pro on an autism project that focuses on the efforts of the Princeton Child Development Institute. I'd definitely be interested in knowing more about your project.


Ben Kempas
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Chad, Tracey – welcome to The D-Word.


Mikal Jakubal
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

James, have you seen THE HORSE BOY? It's a film about autism and one alternative therapy. It premiered at Sundance (under the name OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY) and just played at Silver Docs.


Jim Dessauer
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Hi, I am coming back to documentary production after spending the last 20 years doing community development and community organizing work. I am currently beginning production of a documentary about 'engaged community development' and offering workshops and consultation on the same topic. I'll post picture and other info later. Right now I am looking for information about when you do and do not need to get releases signed.


James Schlipf
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Nick Verbitsky's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
Nick,
Sure, can I email you at the add on your profile? I'm familiar with the Princeton program, it's not really exactly what I'm focusing on but is still relevant in a way that takes some explaining. Watch out, my email goes to spam sometimes.


James Schlipf
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Mikal Jakubal's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
Mikal,
Haven't seen HORSE BOY but I've read a lot about it, including some posts on D-Word when I did a search on autism. Do you know what the reaction was at Silver Docs? I understand "eqqui-therapy" is becoming very popular, especially in Texas.
By the way, I looked at your profile and I'm interested in your ELF project. There was recent news about this in Oregon. I agree with your statement that most of these issues are more complex than what is seen in mainstream media (thus my autism project). Let's talk sometime, I'll trade stories of building a log house and dogsledding for stories of straw bales and climbing.


Mikal Jakubal
Thu 25 Jun 2009Link

Hee, hee, sure. Don't know about the Silver Docs reception (might want to ask in the Silver Docs topic or Doc Films topic since not everyone checks in here), but everyone I talked to at Sundance loved it. It's a feel-good movie.

For info on our film, check out our website (very much under construction) http://houseoffiremovie.com

(better duck out of here before we get the boot)


Doug Block
Fri 26 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Jim Dessauer's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :

Welcome, Jim. General rule is to get releases if someone either speaks or is overheard speaking prominently. Or if you fear they'll sue your ass for some reason ;-)


Lavina Tien
Sun 28 Jun 2009Link

Hi everyone! I'm an aspiring documentary filmmaker currently based in Shanghai for the summer

I don't have much experience (except for some short films in college with a mini handheld), but am hoping to use this summer to develop more skills – by volunteering for a doc filmmaker, helping out a crew, and so on. Where can I find contacts in Shanghai who might want to use my help?

Also, I'm hoping to start shooting something on my own. Is there a videocamera that you would recommend for amateurs like myself? (that still shoots relatively well...I'm not very technical but am quite particular about image quality :)

Thanks much!


Riina Spørring Zachariassen
Mon 29 Jun 2009Link

Hi everyone,

I joined the D-Word as I have recently taken the position as the organizer of the industry platform of CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and more specifically the distribution forum DOX:FORUM which focuses on alternative distribution platforms for documentaries such as online fora, galleries, museums, cinema etc.

DOX:FORUM brings app. 15 projects in late stages of production or post production to Copenhagen to meet with distributors from all these channels and so I have joined D-Word hoping to find the right projects.

See more in the attached call for entries!

Cheers,
Riina


Doug Block
Mon 29 Jun 2009Link

Welcome, Riina. Heard so many wonderful things about Dox:Forum over the years and I can't wait to attend, hopefully next year. We normally discourage double posting, but feel free to post this in both of our funding topics.


Ben Kempas
Mon 29 Jun 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Lavina and Riina.


Doug Block
Mon 29 Jun 2009Link

Yes, Lavina, didn't mean to ignore you. Welcome aboard.


Mary Riley
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I'm Mary Riley and I have worked in and around Documentary films for quite a few years. I am co-owner of Shields Pictures, Inc. of SF... among our film holdings we own three historic Paramount Pictures film libraries and have been involved in many films (mostly Doc's, including M. Moore's "Fahrenheit 911"... best film I'll ever have my name on:). We are now in the restoration/preservation process of our 3 series mastering to High Definition working with a FotoKem in LA & Spypost in SF (& doing some of the work in our edit bay)...& learning something new everyday! We are scheduled to give presentations about the Popular Science series to international film festivals and film restoration/preservation workshops in The Dominican Republic in the fall. Cheers & nice to meet you all! Mary


Doug Block
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

Nice to have you here with us, Mary. And keep up the great preservation work.


Mary Riley
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

Thanks Doug... nice site!


Doug Block
Tue 30 Jun 2009Link

Yup. We like it.


Tracy Droz Tragos
Wed 1 Jul 2009Link

Hi All,

This is a wonderful site – thank you.

I made a personal doc a few years ago, Be Good, Smile Pretty...and have been doing work-for-hire and smaller doc projects and motherhood ever since. I have a daughter who turned 4 yesterday and a baby who is 7 months eating the New Yorker bill at my feet. I am about to embark on a sequel to Be Good – and am duly terrified.

I just found Doug's 10 Rules – and although I think I've broken all of them at some point or other – I am most grateful for the sound advice and will keep them taped to my forehead from here on out.

Thanks again, Tracy


Doug Block
Wed 1 Jul 2009Link

Hey Tracy, welcome to The D-Word. Here's my 11th rule, just for you: join up as a professional member. You'll get access to all the discussion topics then: www.d-word.com/users/apply.


Tracy Droz Tragos
Thu 2 Jul 2009Link

Thank you, glad to be here. I'll fill out the info... Tracy


Marj Safinia
Thu 2 Jul 2009Link

Welcome Tracy!


Natalia Almada
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

Hola!

I think an introduction is due as it has been ages since I did this d-word thing. It has sure grown! Anyways, I just finished my film EL GENERAL and am coming out of the water after a few years of being totally immersed.

I'm set up to produce and edit in both NYC and Mexico City and I'd really like to take advantage of this cross-border production capacity and be in touch with others who are straddling the border... I'm in La Roma in Mexico City and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn.

Saludos, Natalia
www.altamurafilms.com


Christopher Wong
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

welcome (again) natalia! too bad that i missed you and daniela at the LAFF screenings of EL GENERAL, but i had to travel to NYC at the last-minute. anyways, i hope to catch your film soon at another festival or on P.O.V.


Doug Block
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

Hola, Natalia! Nice to have you come out from the darkness and into the shining light of the mighty, grown-up D-Word, at long last. And much congrats on all your success (I knew her when, folks)! Will El General be showing in NYC any time soon?


Natalia Almada
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

Thanks for the welcome back! Yes, El General will be at Lincoln Center in September and at the Museo del Barrio in November. I will be sure to join your "shameless self-promotion" and post the screening details.

Saludos! Natalia


Ben Kempas
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

Natalia, I saw EL GENERAL at Sundance, and we briefly met at a reception there. The film is excellent!


Doug Block
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

Yes, be completely shameless about it, Natalia. As long as it's not Sept 3rd (the evening of our 10th Anniversary Bash), I'll do my best to be there for the Lincoln Center screening. In fact, let's make it an occasion for another D-Word f2f (we can never have too many).


Matthew Sheldon
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

Hello All,

I'm a Sound Engineer in the Seattle area. A local Producer and member turned me on to your site and I thought I should say "Hi" instead of lurk. I've worked on all types of projects but I really enjoy the doc world. The last doc project I worked on that's been completed was A WINK AND A SMILE by Deirdre Timmons. A film about 10 women and a local burlesque class for non-professionals.

I'm looking forward to learning from your community and, if I can, passing on some of my knowledge.

Matt Sheldon
www.mattsheldonaudio.com


Ben Kempas
Mon 6 Jul 2009Link

Welcome, Matthew. I see you're coming in through Basil – his friends are our friends.
If you can tell us a bit more about your professional experience and the projects you worked on, you'll need to fill in an application for full membership.

Edited Mon 6 Jul 2009 by Ben Kempas

Natalia Almada
Tue 7 Jul 2009Link

In reply to "Doug Block's

Doug, I posted a reply to Melanie, but didn't intend for all the info to be public... oops. is there a way to hide it? (I'm so bad at these things!!!!)

Natalia


Doug Block
Tue 7 Jul 2009Link

Not sure which post you're referring to, Natalia. If you go to it and click on the blue "Reply to this post" arrow above it, then re-post what specifically you want me to hide, I can do something about it.


Shailly Agnihotri
Wed 8 Jul 2009Link

Hi guys. I've been absent from this site for a year or so and am back for more.
The process of making and showing Three Soldiers was intense. Spending time with families in mourning, learning about documentary distribution, raising a family and oh yeah, that damn job.
Thank goodness I woke up last month knowing what my next project will be. I'm relieved – wasn't sure for a while whether there would be a next project. Nice to come back to this site and find the friendly banter and invaluable inspiration.


Doug Block
Wed 8 Jul 2009Link

Welcome back, Shailly. Glad to see you're still in one piece. Feel free to fill in your member profile when you get the chance.


Bradley Glenn
Thu 9 Jul 2009Link

Hi all:
I'm a new member here. NYC based doc filmmaker. Produced and directed over 16 short docs for television and science and tech vids for the web.
Currently working on a feature doc about screenwriting guru Robert McKee.
http://seminarthemovie.com/. Reel of stuff: http://bradleyglenn.com/.

I have a short doc (10-25 (?) mins, approx)I'm looking for an NYC based FCP editor for, strong story editor. Also, looking to be like a sponge and learn everything all of you have to offer. Thanks.


Doug Block
Thu 9 Jul 2009Link

Welcome, Bradley. I'm fascinated by McKee. Haven't taken his workshop but I highly respect his book, Story. Enjoyed your trailer, keep us posted on how it's coming along.


Niam Itani
Thu 9 Jul 2009Link

Welcome Bradley. Sounds like a tough project to be working on McKee's "Story"! Good luck with that.


Emile Guertin
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

Hello to all at the big D, my name is Emile Guertin, I am an editor of several years cutting mainly for Discovery and NatGeo, but am now turning my attention to directing my long-planned indie doc about faith in Manila, Philippines.

It's a character driven portrait of several Filipinos and how they reconcile their fate with the divine. It's my first doc as director, but as a strong storytelling editor, it feels like a natural progression for me to be behind the camera.

My initial reason for joining D-Word is to seek creative support and advice as I venture down a path I have not trodden before! Shooting in a couple of months.

Influences on me Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong, James Longley... and others.

Currently based in Sai Gon, Viet Nam, originally from London, UK.


Emile Guertin
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

Oh as an extra note, most notable indie project I cut was 'Bunso: the Youngest', directed by the lovely Ditsi Carolino, Manila, Philippines. Premiered at IDFA 2004. Here's a clip if anyone's interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cMj_hr1x68


Ben Kempas
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

A special welcome to The D-Word, Emile! I think you're our first active member based in Vietnam. :-)


Stéphane M. Grueso
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

Hi you all, I'm a documentary film director and producer based in Spain. I'm half french and half spanish and lived for many years in Germany... I guess that makes me really an european... I have a small production company with two colleagues but friends. We are now working in several documentary film projects that would need international coproducers, so I am working on creating a network of people and see what happens. I'm looking forward to the interchange in the D-Word. Visit our website www.elegantmob.net to know more about me/us. All the best. St.


Jason Perdue
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

Hi Stephane. We were just talking about your film, ONE HUNDRED METERS AWAY, over in Views on News a few days ago. Welcome.


Stéphane M. Grueso
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

Hi Jason, hopefully next time I won´t miss the conversation...
Thnaks
St.


Doug Block
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

You can still take part in it, Stéphane. It's part of the beauty of conversations at The D-Word – they never really end. A warm welcome to you and Emile.


Sinisha Juricic
Fri 10 Jul 2009Link

Hello, I am documentary film student in Zagreb, Croatia and I am writing my final school paper under the title "Documentary Film Distribution"..any good thoughts on possible literature adn where and how to find it?

thanks!


Andrew Buchanan
Sat 11 Jul 2009Link

In reply to Sinisha Juricic's post on Fri 10 Jul 2009 :

Assume you're talking about international distribution.

A lot depends on what you mean by literature, and on the exact topic your paper covers.

If it's sales brochures etc, many of these will be online; just google and see what you come up with.

Also find out which person within BBC Worldwide, National Geographic Television International and other large distributors deal with Croatia and ask them for advice on where to find literature.

If you mean books or papers on the distribution business, I haven't ever come across any, though that doesn't mean they don't exist.


Julia Landau
Mon 13 Jul 2009Link

Hailing from Oakland, I'm making a strange-but-true documentary about how I encountered a Physics principle by following a string of coincidences to it's illogical conclusion.
51 Birch Street is the most similar documentary I've seen, as it deals with unknown people and private lives but expands those small truths to universally felt emotions and issues of family life and it's mystery.
Looking for collaborators in opening a doc production collective in the Bay Area – anyone know someone who'd be interested?
www.strangeattractorsfilm.com

julia


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 13 Jul 2009Link

Hi Julia – i'm sooooooooooo intrigued by your trailer. incredibly excited to see the film that this becomes. welcome.


Julia Landau
Mon 13 Jul 2009Link

thank you so much! too bad you are all the way in Chicago – but good for you on the skate flick, that genre is totally different out here


Ryan Ferguson
Tue 14 Jul 2009Link

is it too bad that i'm all the way here or too bad that you're all the way there? guess it depends on the criteria.

and i totally agree the skate doc. genre is way different out your way... that's kind of a driving force for my story in a way.


Doug Block
Tue 14 Jul 2009Link

Welcome, Julia. Intriguing premise and rich material, to be sure. Good luck with the film and with your idea for a collective.


Brian Boyko
Tue 14 Jul 2009Link

It's been years since I've posted, but I've been busy, so I'll reintroduce myself.

I'm Brian Boyko, I'm an indie documentary filmmaker, and I've just "went pro" – while I'm still working on my quixotic documentary on New Zealand electoral reform (now renamed "Importing Democracy") I've put it on the backburner, instead writing a book on the same subject, as I take on paying work.

I'm likely to get a field producer gig for an in pre-production documentary on the art and culture of Cuba. I'd have to get permission from the U.S. State Dept. to go, but hell yes, I'm going for it!

I've also been approached by a couple of corporate clients, and I'm now spending about half the time at my day job on video (I was hired as a writer, but the job responsibilities have morphed as I got better with video.

I just ordered a Panasonic Lumix GH1 and also plan to get into wedding videography to make some money on the side to continue to fund the documentary film projects.

Anyway – that's me again!


John Burgan
Tue 14 Jul 2009Link

Welcome back, Brian, again!


Emile Guertin
Wed 15 Jul 2009Link

Hi again, I have already introduced myself a week ago or so, but can someone help me with how to best navigate the site? I can see all the topics with related conversation strings, but how do I find the first posting for a certain thread so I can track the evolution of the conversation? At the moment I find myself dipping into a conversation without knowing the bigger picture. Thanks.


Doug Block
Wed 15 Jul 2009Link

The only way is to go back within a thread and try to track down the first posting, Emile. This is a different kind of structure than topic-based ones (like DV User , for instance). But it's actually much more conducive to conversation, especially if you keep up with it regularly.


Christopher Wong
Wed 15 Jul 2009Link

emile, don't worry about jumping in during the middle of a conversation. as long as you have something to add (or at least something reasonable funny to say), you're welcome to post. the key, though, is to check D-Word at least once a day so that you don't get too far behind in any conversation (that you wanted to be a part of). yes, this site can be an addiction, but if you are really disciplined, it'll only suck 10-15 minutes from your day. if you are not disciplined, then you'll end up like the rest of us suckers.


David Lasdon
Wed 15 Jul 2009Link

Hi. I'm Dave. I've spent a year and a half immersed in my political documentary. I have 60 hours and have been putting off starting post until I have a little bit of money. My mentor suggested this would be a good place to look for an editor.


Doug Block
Thu 16 Jul 2009Link

Welcome, Dave. Hate to break the news to you, but a good editor costs a good deal of money. But if you're serious about finding one in the LA area, you can ask for suggestions here or you could get in touch with some local doc makers (possible through the IDA) and ask them for suggestions. Good luck with your doc.

Edited Thu 16 Jul 2009 by Doug Block

Emile Guertin
Thu 16 Jul 2009Link

In reply to Christopher Wong's post on Wed 15 Jul 2009 :

Thanks Christopher, and Doug. I am getting into the swing of it slowly but surely!


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