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.
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In reply to Nick Verbitsky's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
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.
In reply to Mikal Jakubal's post on Thu 25 Jun 2009 :
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.
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)
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 ;-)
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 :)
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!
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.
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
Nice to have you here with us, Mary. And keep up the great preservation work.
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
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.
Thank you, glad to be here. I'll fill out the info... Tracy
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.
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.
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?
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.
Natalia, I saw EL GENERAL at Sundance, and we briefly met at a reception there. The film is excellent!
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).
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.
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!!!!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome Bradley. Sounds like a tough project to be working on McKee's "Story"! Good luck with that.
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.
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.
A special welcome to The D-Word, Emile! I think you're our first active member based in Vietnam. :-)
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.
Hi Stephane. We were just talking about your film, ONE HUNDRED METERS AWAY, over in Views on News a few days ago. Welcome.
Hi Jason, hopefully next time I won´t miss the conversation...
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.
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?
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.
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?
Hi Julia – i'm sooooooooooo intrigued by your trailer. incredibly excited to see the film that this becomes. welcome.
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
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.
Welcome, Julia. Intriguing premise and rich material, to be sure. Good luck with the film and with your idea for a collective.
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!
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.