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John Burgan
Tue 6 Sep 2011Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Rich & Jessica.

Jessica, this is where we introduce ourselves to fellow filmmmakers – please note our FAQ

Do not use The D-Word only to pitch your product or service. Feel free to recommend products and services in the course of conversation, but do not offend other users by coming in only to sell something.

You have also made multiple posts advertising your services in Public Classifieds – another rule is not to double post. As you're new here we'll let it stand, but please don't make it a regular habit.

BTW is that a photo of you ?

Edited Tue 6 Sep 2011 by John Burgan

Jennifer Reiman
Tue 13 Sep 2011Link

Hi everyone,

I am a newbie video editor who has been tasked with cutting (and crafting) a doc about the illuminati. The footage I have so far is just interviews with 5 different 'experts'. There is about 12 or so hours of the interviews. The director wants the doc to be 3 hours, but I'm thinking there is only enough good stuff to make 2 hours.

I am having trouble with organizing all the footage, and figuring out how to craft the doc for a target audience. There is not too much new info in there, so I am looking to target people who don't know much about the illuminati. Luckily (in a demographic sense) this is most everyone on Earth. The Director is pretty inexperienced (though more experienced than I) and has basically handed the project over to me. He doesn't have a clear vision of the project, and wants me to figure it out.

This is all pretty daunting, but the challenge is exciting. I am thinking I will probably learn more about what not to do than what to do in this experience although that is not a very positive outlook.
If anyone has any advice for me I would much appreciate it! Please message me here, or my email is positivecontact (at)
Thanks :)

Pippa Riddick
Tue 13 Sep 2011Link

Hi all,

Not too sure what to put here, but thought it would be rude not to introduce myself.

I'm to about to embark on making my first documentary film, after really enjoying devising a couple of documentary theatre pieces at uni.

The site was recommended to me in the book I'm reading at the moment, book and site very useful so far!

Jeff Schwartz
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Hi Everyone,

I have been a Director/Cameraman in NYC for almost 35 years growing up with the video industry. After all this time I recently completed my first feature-length documentary which will be premiering at the Boston Film Festival on September 19, 2011.

It's called GIVE ME A SHOT OF ANYTHING: HOUSE CALLS TO THE HOMELESS. The documentary provides a uniquely intimate view into the world of the homeless and the people that care for them. The film follows Boston street doctor Jim O’Connell and his extraordinary team as they make house calls to the homeless, delivering life-saving medical care and offering their patients a chance to feel whole again. It challenges us to look past the existing prejudices we may have, and examines how we as a society treat our least fortunate.

I'm very proud and excited about this movie and came to this site seeking advice about festivals, marketing, promotion and outlets. The festival is only a few days away so any thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you. jeffschwartz (at)

Edited Wed 14 Sep 2011 by Jeff Schwartz

Doug Block
Wed 14 Sep 2011Link

Welcome, Jennifer, Pippa and Jeff.

Jennifer, first thing I'd do is have a long talk with your director and make sure you have the same vision for the film. Frankly, someone who thinks there's a 3-hour doc to be made from 12 hours of interviews with so-called experts is completely deluded.

Pippa, are you talking about the Michael Rabiger book? It's a great one, for sure.

And Jeff (who I go way back with), great to see you here! And congrats on getting your feature completed, that's fantastic. I highly recommend you look over the back posts in our Festivals and Marketing/Distribution topics. You'll get lots of great advice there. And of course feel free to post any questions. Best of luck, my friend.

Jeff Schwartz
Thu 15 Sep 2011Link

After watching "The Kids Grow Up" on HBO,(and getting quite emotional, having two grown up daughters myself) I googled you and was led to the D-Word. It is so nice to see what you have done with this site and the films you have made. Congratulations! Hope to see you soon. And now to those back posts!

Doug Block
Thu 15 Sep 2011Link

Thanks, Jeff. I imagine you must have quite an archive of home footage yourself.

Jennifer Reiman
Thu 15 Sep 2011Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 14 Sep 2011 :

Hi Doug, thanks for your post :)
Researching how much footage is usually needed opened my eyes to the reality, although the director wants the documentary to be a similar style to 'The Fog of War' which I believe was put together from less than 10 hours of interviews with McNamara.
Talking at length with the director is needed, thanks for reinforcing that :)

Doug Block
Thu 15 Sep 2011Link

Jennifer, this should go to the Mentoring Room. But you didn't say anything about fleshing out the interviews with other footage, so that wasn't clear. Nevertheless, your director is no Errol Morris.

Joel Bach
Thu 15 Sep 2011Link

Hi everyone: I am a former 60 Minutes producer working on a climate change TV series. We're in development, hoping to sell the project to a major network or cable channel. It's going to be a tough sell because of the subject matter, but we're going for it. We have James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub involved as executive producers. Right now we're looking to forge relations in the doc community in order to make the series as good and powerful as possible. I'm also looking to see who out there has made (or is in the process of making) a documentary on the subject: mega floods, climate-driven wildfires, a drought in the Southwest that may never go away. I'd love to hear what people are up to, and when we eventually (hopefully) get the greenlight, it would be great to collaborate in some way. I can be reached at joel(at) if you want to send me a message. But please only write if you have something constructive to say or leads for me to follow. Also, I'm not taking any resumes. Thanks so much, Joel Bach

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