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Ben Kempas
Tue 29 Jun 2010Link

Welcome Doug and Peter.

Peter, we need to talk. I made a film called UPSTREAM BATTLE...

PS: Now, is your name Berulf or Johnsen?

Edited Tue 29 Jun 2010 by Ben Kempas

Ole Bendtzen
Tue 29 Jun 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 15 Jun 2010 :

Sorry for my late replay Doug!
I have been away from my computer. Yes, sometimes that is a good thing :)

No plans yet.. we have postponed the plans for festivals screenings until september due to vaccation at The Danish Filminstitut. However, the film has been sent to Nordisk Panorama, Sheffield and Leipzig.
In regards to to broadcast DR sales are handling all international sale on the film, so far the U.S. is not on the list, unfortunately :(


Richard Cortez
Thu 1 Jul 2010Link

Hi everyone,
I just found out about this site. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can learning as much as I can from this site.


Doug Block
Thu 1 Jul 2010Link

Good to have you here, Richard.


Tatiana Fioratti
Fri 2 Jul 2010Link

Hello,

I am an independent Brazilian
film producer and am currently participating on a documentary
project which will involve 31 world cup countries in 31 days.

I am looking for a cameraman, with enough skills to handle a handycam
camcorder, to make some shootings on the 5th July in Slovenia (Lubjlana) and July 11th in Germany (Munich)
based on a script to be provided in advance.
We are still estimating the duration of shootings in each day,
but believe that will take approximately 3 to
4 hours p.d. This person will use my own equipment (camcorder Sony
XR550, full HD), which will be handed to you for shootings at the
time and place of shootings.

I would kindly ask you to let us know if you are interested in
providing one cameraman for us or, if not, if you have a contact
that is willing to render such services for us. I appreciate your
prompt response and estimated costs as we have an urgent need on
establishing a camera man in Germany.

We have a limited production budget so our
payment proposal is no more than 80,00EUR
plus the transportation costs for these hours of work.

We need a prompt response on this, please let us know if you are
interesting or could help us somehow.Please reply to the email addresses copied below

Many thanks and kind regards,

Tatiana Fioratti
tfioratti@uol.com.br
+ 55 11 8585 5995

Márcio Lemos
marciolemoratti@hotmail.com
+55 11 86836889


Vincent Fahy
Sat 3 Jul 2010Link

Hi all,
I left Boston after 14 years in 2008 and moved back home to Ireland. I had some great opportunities in the US and gained my foothold in the corporate and documentary video arenas before shifting sideways a bit and running the media dept. in a university.
None of the projects I've worked on have ever been "my own", as although I may have directed and edited them, there was a company "feel" (read sappy) that had to be instilled in them.
Although I earn my crust making corporate video, the thoughts of doc videos are what fire me up. I have two projects I hope to shoot between now and winter. Of course, costs are tight as we are in a recession so they'll definitely have a guerrilla bent. I'll shoot on a Canon 5D MKII as that is what I have for my stills work. It comes with constraints, but when you have plenty of time you can work around them :)
When it comes to funding and distribution, I'm somewhat at a loss, so I hope to learn from people here and hopefully bring something to the table as well.
As an aside: Peter and Ben – my masters thesis was on fisheries conservation (from an EU policy standpoint) and I've done additional research on salmon conservation so if you think I could help, give me a shout.


Doug Block
Sat 3 Jul 2010Link

Welcome, Vincent. Feel free to register as a professional member (as opposed to an "enthusiast"). It will give you access to far more of our discussion topics.


Vincent Fahy
Sat 3 Jul 2010Link

Thanks Doug – I'll do that now.


Fleur Mollo
Mon 5 Jul 2010Link

Hello,
Very happy to be here and pleased with the football results :)
(im dutch)
I am currently working on a film about humanity, life and energy/ quantum mechanics. I am still quite open and researching.
this site is great :)


Doug Block
Mon 5 Jul 2010Link

Thanks, Fleur, and welcome. You too should register for full membership.


Kimber Smith
Tue 6 Jul 2010Link

Greetings, All.

I view the arts as a form diplomacy. I received a BA in international relations and anthropology from tufts university and spent a year at the university of paris. I returned to my home town of los angeles for graduate school. I received a masters of public policy from USC as a woodrow wilson public policy and international affaires (ppia) fellow. At usc i created a concentration in arts and entertainment policy by adding courses from the school of cinema/tv and annenberg school of communication. i've worked in the entertainment industry at major studios and with legendary filmmakers for over a decade. i also chair the tufts entertainment and media alumni group which i helped form and co-founded and continue to produce the pt barnum awards for excellence in entertainment which honors prominent alumni in the entertainment industry (e.g. steve tisch, producer, FORREST GUMP; cary granat, founder, walden media).

i am currently the director of community engagement and strategic partnerships for the documentary feature THUNDER SOUL which has wowed audiences in the USA and abroad. the film has won audience awards at sxsw (where it premiered), dallas international, hot docs, and the los angeles film festival. the film is currently being shopped for distribution and i am contributing to the process by bringing industry and community players to the table. i am also currently developing a project which i am submitting to some labs. so, i am concurrently in the development and distribution phases of amazing projects and can use fellowship and advise to do both projects the justice they deserve.

thank you for creating this space and welcoming me to it.


Doug Block
Tue 6 Jul 2010Link

Great to have you with us, Kimber. I see no one has forewarned you about the cultish nature of our little forum here. Simply draw blood from your finger, smudge it on your computer screen by your member profile, spin 3 times in your chair and shout "D-Word is my heart" all the while.

Sorry, it's been a long day here in 100 degree heat. Any friend of Marj's is a friend of ours.


Kimber Smith
Tue 6 Jul 2010Link

Thanks, Doug!

D-Word is my heart! D-Word is my heart! D-Word is my heart!

woah. dizzy.


Doug Block
Tue 6 Jul 2010Link

You catch on fast, Kimber. Now put an image of yourself up where that smudge mark is (cleaning your screen is optional).

I'd be curious to know more about what kind of strategic partnerships you're working on with THUNDER SOUL. Maybe best to answer in our Marketing and Distribution topic, though.


Marj Safinia
Tue 6 Jul 2010Link

Yay. Glad Kimber has joined our motley crew. She's a gem. So ya'll be nice to her.


Matt Marxteyn
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

How is everyone doing today?


Michal Goldman
Wed 7 Jul 2010Link

In reply to nishant pagare's post on Thu 10 Jul 2008 :
Hi Nishant. I am Michal Goldman – haven't "introduced myself" yet but I'm starting to work on a documentary in a small village in West Bengal outside of Murshidabad – it's about a boy who started his own informal school – and I want to work with an Indian crew. Do you know any camerapeople who really love to shoot hand-held and are good at it? Steady, in-focus, sensitive to the unfolding moment? Do you know anyone like that who lives in Kolkata/speaks Bangla? I like your website by the way!


Suzanne Summerlin Tzuanos
Fri 9 Jul 2010Link

Hey everyone... I'm producing a documentary called Coexist (www.coexistdocumentary.org) about the reconciliation process in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide there. I'm looking for information about self-distributing to schools, anyone with information on how to successfully sell a film to schools, please let me know and you will earn my undying gratitude. That may not sound like much, but it is, promise.


John Burgan
Fri 9 Jul 2010Link

[Host advice: Suzanne – no need to double post at The D-Word we read al the posts. I've erased the duplicate in the mentoring topic]


Emile Guertin
Fri 9 Jul 2010Link

In reply to Magee Clegg's post on Fri 21 Aug 2009 :

Hey Magee, I often shoot in the Philippines... would love to know more about your shoot.


Ben Kempas
Sat 10 Jul 2010Link

Tatiana – I'm currently in Munich but fully booked tomorrow. However, if you still need someone, I should be able to connect you to the right person. Get in touch.


Fatima Geza Abdollahyan
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

Hi everyone, I'm Fatima from Munich. I just graduated from the Munich Filmschool with my doc film KICK IN IRAN. Munich is my home for the last 13 years, though my parents are from Iran, a place I travel to quite a lot. So, if anyone needs information or advice concerning shooting in that region let me know.

By the way, I'll be in Los Angeles for two months (August/September) and I am still looking for an affordable place to stay, maybe with someone from the industry who has a spare room?! Thanks for any advice! Fati


Doug Block
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

Great to have you find us, Fati. We have a number of LA-based members, including our fabulous Iranian-born co-host, Marj Safinia. So hopefully a lead will come through soon.


Pierre-Yves Lochon
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

EADN (Europe Asia Doc Network) is a new platform to develop cooperation between Europe and Asia in the field of documentary production, financing and distribution

This group has been created by doc makers from Europe and Asia. This group is coordinated by Sinapses Asia.

Over 60 doc makers have already joined EADN from 17 countries : Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, Vietnam.

before the launch of its own website, you can join EADN Join us

On facebook
Group : http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=133635909991897&v=wall
Page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Europe-Asia-Documentary-Network-EADN/128935210477595?v=wall#!

And Linkedin group : http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3170066


John Burgan
Sun 11 Jul 2010Link

Good to have you here, Pierre-Yves (I think everyone is busy recovering from the football this evening).

When does the EADN website launch? In the meantime, check out our International Co-Pros Topic


Mike Ambs
Mon 12 Jul 2010Link

Hello, my name is Mike Ambs. I currently live in ypsilanti. I love to film things and tell stories. And read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.

I'm working on a feature film called for thousands of miles

By day i freelance for companies including: nbc, smashface productions, mrc, and next new networks.


Adam J. Segal
Mon 12 Jul 2010Link

Hi, my name is Adam Segal. This is my 11th year working in public relations/media relations. I founded my own independent PR firm www.The2050Group.com in the Washington, DC / Silver Spring area four years ago and since that time I have had the pleasure and honor of working with many accomplished filmmakers and supporting the remarkable work of Chicken & Egg Pictures, among many other projects. Doug Block suggested I introduce myself here. I hope in a small way to provide some contributions to this impressive community. Thanks for welcoming me.


Doug Block
Tue 13 Jul 2010Link

Great to have you here, Adam, and glad to see you're posting.

I was introduced to Adam at Silverdocs by Wendy Ettinger of Chicken & Egg, who raved about him (out of his earshot). I can't think of a better recommendation. In talking with Adam, he mentioned he does general PR but his specialty is social issue films and in hooking filmmakers up with national organizations out of the DC area.

Edited Tue 13 Jul 2010 by Doug Block

Nicole McCuaig
Wed 14 Jul 2010Link

Hi.
I’ve been making docos in Australia for the past fifteen years. I’ve followed a family of boxers, a heart transplant recipient, a fantastic group of war veterans from the states who visited Aus in ww2, a group of police who investigate cattle duffers (thieves), some renegade downhill skateboarders to name a few.
Last year I went to china twice to follow two giant pandas to Australia – although the story was a little light I enjoyed following the people aspect – the negotiation between the vets, zookeepers and officials of the two countries – a great experience personally.

Now I’ve embarked on the scary project of my first child – 14 weeks old – eeak.
Looking forward to reading more from you all – this is an impressive bunch of people.


Doug Block
Wed 14 Jul 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Nicole. And much congrats. Looks like the Doc Maker as Homemaker topic might be right up your alley. Or maybe you should just pour yourself a drink now that you can again.


Nicole McCuaig
Wed 14 Jul 2010Link

Thanks Doug – the drink option sounds great!


David Dewhurst
Fri 16 Jul 2010Link

Hi,
My name is David Dewhurst and I have been in the still photography business since leaving college in England back in the early seventies. I specialize in cars, motorcycles and planes and I'm based in the Los Angeles area. For the last six years I have also been shooting PR b-roll for many of the major car companies. Now I have the chance to produce a one-hour documentary on one of those companies with an insiders perspective of the troubles they face. It's a throw-him-in-at-the-deep-end project that seems extremely daunting t me. I'm sure I'll be coming back with all sorts of questions. Luckily I seem to have found a very knowledgeable group that appears to have most of the answers. I look forward to the discussions.


Doug Block
Fri 16 Jul 2010Link

Welcome, David. Don't worry, I'm sure we'll just come back to you with questions like, "So, what digital still camera do you recommend for under $500?"


Corine Dhondee
Sat 17 Jul 2010Link

Hi everyone. Great to be here. I'm hoping I can get your support. My recent doc is called The Queen's Suite. I'm currently raising the finishing funds on Kickstarter. One comment on the doc is, 'The vid on Kickstarter is the most inspiring thing I have seen in all my adult life." Please view Kickstarter. I've organised lots of great gifts from acknowledgments, online downloads, DVDs, photos, lunch with the UK's leading doc exec producer, a recording session at Premises Studios, one to one sessions in doc filmmaking and camera plus more. Pledges start from $3 (£2). It's taken 18 months to make and it was done so without funding. It now needs funds for the online, dub and release of archive. We have until the end of August to raise the funds. http://kck.st/cbGGo1


Doug Block
Sun 18 Jul 2010Link

Welcome, Corine. No need to double post on The D-Word, it's one of the few rules we have here. This topic is more for telling us about yourself rather than pitching for your project (which you did well in the Classifieds topic). That said, good luck with raising the funds to finish.


Ben Kempas
Sun 18 Jul 2010Link

In reply to Fatima Geza Abdollahyan's post on Sun 11 Jul 2010 :

A late but special welcome to Fati. (She's too modest to mention that KICK IN IRAN kicked off at Sundance.)


Ann Husaini
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Hi all,
My name is Ann Husaini and I'm a freelance editor and post-production manager for documentary based in New York. I worked on a couple of great docs in years past that had good festival lives and were both selected for Whitney Biennials, ALMA and CARNIVAL ROOTS. One was about the healing of a mother-daughter relationship that had been scarred by mental illness and sexual abuse, and the other about Carnival in Trinidad. (Let me also mention that Meg Reticker, who is awesome, finished CARNIVAL when I went off to film school.) I went to Columbia for an MFA in film, directed many narrative shorts, and I've done a lot of reality tv in the past to pay for that lovely education! Right now I'm working on a couple of probono music doc projects. One's cutting a fundraising trailer about amazing jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the other's a co-editing a doc about 80's band/conceptual artists Devo. In the future I'd love to do human-rights oriented doc work too, and to teach teens and young adults about filmmaking. So if people need help with either, do feel free to approach me. I'm really looking forward to meeting the community on this site and I'll definitely look out on the board for ways I can help others. I hope to enjoy being a part of things here for many years to come!


Jason Perdue
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Yay! Devo doc.


Doug Block
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Ann. The best way to be a part of things here is to register for professional membership, which gives you full access to all the discussion topics.


Nicole McCuaig
Mon 19 Jul 2010Link

Hey Ann impressive history but I also zoomed in on the Devo project – would love to see a Devo doco.


Steve Kosareff
Tue 20 Jul 2010Link

I am in the midst of writing a business plan for investors and a international sales agent, just having finished the first draft of a budget for my film project, "TV MAN: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST INDEPENDENT DEALER." The sample plans I've come across are either geared towards the non-profit sector or, if profit focused, appear to have more information than I believe is necessary for my project. Has anyone come across a good for-profit documentary business plan?


Robert Goodman
Tue 20 Jul 2010Link

that isn't fiction? docs that make a profit are rare happy accidents.


Peter Brauer
Wed 21 Jul 2010Link

Listen to Robert. I asked a similar question 3 years ago. He gave a similar answer. I chose to ignore him. I have been kicking myself ever since. Anyone who gives you money should be looking for a tax deduction, because a profit will probably never come.

Edited Wed 21 Jul 2010 by Peter Brauer

Steve Kosareff
Wed 21 Jul 2010Link

In the business plan draft I'm working on I've also included a fiscal sponsor fee in the budget and refer to it in the plan to allow the film's supporters to either make tax deductible donations or investments. I will have the final draft of the plan reviewed by experienced advisers, but feedback from this blog's readers will be helpful. Has anyone else used a similar hybrid plan to raise funds and, if so, what were the results?


Robert Goodman
Wed 21 Jul 2010Link

you can't solict donations for a profit making enterprise. There's no way for the donor to take a tax deduction and that ends a lot of them.


jd redjade
Mon 26 Jul 2010Link

hello all,
my name is jd and i am an american living in budapest hungary – i recently bought a canon legria/vixia hfs100 to make mini-documentaries or a political nature. You can see my progress in learning the little camera at http://vimeo.com/redjade

there are many many ideas i have for such mini-docus, but step by step i will get there :-)

cheers,
jd


Rich West
Mon 26 Jul 2010Link

Just did a show of original music bookended by a Gesualdo piece and a Rahsaan Roland Kirk tune in South Pasadena. Have done a bit of soundtrack music for a couple of documentaries and I really enjoyed it. Someone told me to check this site out so here I is.


Yogesh CU
Wed 28 Jul 2010Link

I am a 'creative' from India with a quest for learning and acquiring knowledge about creative expression and zeal to contribute to the art of STORY.TELLING, by utilizing my skills and expertise to the fullest.


Ana Santos
Wed 28 Jul 2010Link

I'm a passionately social artist and documentary filmmaker that believes the best way to make a difference is to go out of our "established" ways of seeing and experiencing the world. I agree with Wade Davis that story telling and content that offer broader perspectives can create a difference. History has not been written, we make history with the choices and the stories we choose to tell. I'm the product of TED and Herzog, to me, if you have lived the world in a way, you would try to try to tell our story. I worked for TV and entertainment for more than 10 years, and I'm refusing my self to continue to produce garbage and meaningless programming.


Jason DeBose
Wed 28 Jul 2010Link

Greetings from Helsinki, I'm a California-born photographer based in Helsinki. Tomorrow I'll begin a 3-country journey that will land me at The Lemesos International Documentary Film Festival in Cyprus. There, a project I'm producing based in New York, entitled THE MUSIC NEVER DIES

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il6msr2ZuHc
(our trailer)

has been chosen to be a part of Docs Talk Cyprus, a 2-day pitch forum held within the festival. I'm three planes away, but am definitely looking forward to the project getting to take some meetings – we're now pulling for a co-production as we are ~40% funded with a budget of ~$250k.


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