Hello. My last stop through was several months ago, so I am saying hello again. I am based in DC, and working on a project in Philadelphia, so I look forward to some face to faces in those cities. It is fantastic to know that d-word is still here after all these years and growing stronger. I updated my profile and added a picture, and will continue being more active in this community.
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Great to have you back with us, Malkia. You were missed.
A warm welcome, as well, to Jung Min. I honestly think the best agreement to have with partner on the project is one you hand-draw up. It doesn't have to have any legalese. But it should be clear-cut. Here're some more in-depth thoughts on the matter.
Hi everyone! I'm proud to be in the company of talented people who utilize filmmaking to bring important messages to the world.
This year has been a special one for me – where I've dedicated my time and money to a non-profit feature-length documentary about the Japan earthquake and tsunami ("Pray for Japan").
I've learned a lot in the process and now have to deal with getting the film out there – which is overwhelming. I'm sure I will learn even more on this site – which I had joined it 8 months ago!
Thank you for having me here as part of your community.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 13 Nov 2011 :
Thanks so much Doug!! I will follow your advice!
Hello! I am a documentary filmmaker based in Rome. I am developing a new project with a small company called Tailsfilm Production which looks at the relationship between access to energy and poverty in the developing world through the work of a mechanical engineer who has invented a cooking stove that is also a tiny portable refinery. His aim is not to sell stoves but to help set off a process through which millions of people can become self-sufficient (and carbon negative) in energy terms. We may need to work with stringers through the development process to gather material from a range of countries in Africa and Central America.
A little about me: I was born in Italy but grew up in New York City, where I started working in the mid-80s correcting proofs for The Nation magazine. I then moved to London for a Master's degree and stayed for ten years working on documentaries mostly for Channel 4 until 1999. I then returned to my roots and have been based in Rome, making films mostly in co-production and with the support of the EU's MEDIA Programme since. I work as a freelance producer, writer and executive producer while developing my own projects. I was most recently executive producer for Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi's documentary Italy: Love it or Leave it (www.italyloveitorleave.it). I have just come back from the Italian Doc Screenings in Florence where Fernanda Rossi gave a workshop and talked to us about how useful the The D-Word could be especially in the development stages of a film on global themes, so here I am.
A warm welcome to The D-Word, Vania. You should straightaway check out our Members' Only Topic on International Co-Pros
Welcome, Vania. Always good to follow the wise Fernanda's advice. And great to have another member from Rome, one of my very favorite cities.
Hello from Maine, everyone. I work on documentaries when not at my day job (which itself is also a lovely pursuit), right now am in early production on a film with/about the Somali immigrant community here in southern Maine, and the story of one young man's political ambitions in particular. We're calling it Home Country. Here's the preliminary trailer – http://vimeo.com/32058940
I'm also working with the subject/co-director of that film on another related project, a web series we're currently pitching. If that funding comes through, the series will be a travelogue about the Somali diaspora across the U.S.
Really enjoying reading everyone's thoughts here on D-Word.
Hello everyone. Just heard about the site and had to join. I'll keep it short, I'm not writer. I am a 23 year old DP based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I've been shooting for about 5 years now, 3 professionally. I'll leave a link to some of my work and keep it at that.
Shoot and Edit, I also do some producing on this.
Hi everyone. My name is Ryan Scafuro, co-producer and director of photography for the upcoming feature doc "Bending Steel." The film is about Chris Schoeck, an introverted, small statured man, who is training to become an olde-time strongman. We are currently in post, and just finished a successful kickstarter campaign raising over $25,000 for finishing costs. Signed up to take a look at other indie projects people are working on.
Here's the kickstarter video we put together, please don't mind our inexperience in front of the camera, but it's the most concise edit we've done that presents the subject matter and gives a scope of the project.
If it interests you, we are up for Indiewire's Project of the Month, you can read more and vote here:
I'm Nick Jordan, a film-maker from the UK. Thought I'd join this site to connect with other professionals, as I've just made my debut feature-documentary 'Between Two Rivers'. Please see http://www.betweentworivers.net for more info, including trailer and clips. Hoping to meet some of you at festivals in 2012!
I am Eric Gulliver, an editor and graphic designer currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. I currently work as an assistant editor for FRONTLINE over at WGBH. I recently finished work as a co-producer and cinematographer on my first feature length documentary entitled Peace and the Quiet (www.peaceandthequiet.com) with fellow D-Worder Beth Balaban. I am pleased to be a part of this non-fiction community and hope to contribute to the various post forums in the future!
I'm back on the D-word after an absence of two years. What happened in those two years? I was let go of my tenure track University teaching position. Honest I had students that liked me but the lazy ones gave me poor student reviews which led to a non renewal of contract. What is even more strange, I was hired because I have a MFA in documentary filmmaking but I was never assigned to teach any film classes. Instead because of my animation skills I was assigned to teach graphic design. Which I had to dust off old art skills.
I began painting and have gotten into the Artists of Hawai'i Art show 2009 and 2011 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Anyone who is an artist of note and lives in Hawai'i has been in this show.
The most important thing is I decided to finish my feature length documentary, "Alan at Work" which is on Indiegogo. DO a search for it. The campaign expires January 24 2012 and I am no where near my funding goal.
I spent the summer of 2010 logging all the footage- about 50 hours worth. Then life intervened and I got back on the project summer 2011. I hired Fernanda Rossi, the documentary doctor and she saved my documentary. I will send her my latest cut and hope for the best. I was open to any direction she gave me. If she thought it was a short, I would have made a short. She said the documentary was at least an hour long and after story editing- the length was 56 minutes. I found footage and added back a few scenes following her structure. Now the length is 80 minutes which I will cut down to 70.
I’m new to the D-Word, new to the world of documentary filmmaking, and I have a ton of questions. I’ll confine this post to question number 1 but first a few words of introduction.
I’m a writer in Los Angeles, working in collaboration with a veteran European filmmaker on the development of a doc film project that’s been accepted into IDA’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program. On page one of the FSP Agreement it says that as Project Manager I’m required “to obtain appropriate liability insurance for all aspects of the project in an amount of not less than $1,000,000, which shall name IDA as an additional insured.”
I’d like to ask folks with experience in this area where I should (and maybe also should not) go to inquire about such insurance, how much I should expect to pay, if there are some plans better than others, etc. Any and all information will be appreciated.
Many thanks, and it's great to be part of this group--
P.S. Thanks to Lisa Hasko of IDA for telling me about the D-Word!
Welcome, Eric and Stephen, and welcome back, Lowell.
Stephen, would work much better if you ask questions like this (and any others) in The Mentoring Room. This is just the topic to introduce who we are to each other.
That said, a number of people here, including myself, have recommended the Charles Whelan Insurance Agency. You might want to give Charles a call.
Thanks, Doug. Here's what I just put on my Profile:
I'm a Los Angeles-based writer and a teacher, MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine, PhD in English (and film) from USC. I've published articles in literary magazines and film journals, and short stories here and there. My first book (as editor) was "Perspectives on John Huston." I also wrote "Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante" and edited several other books by and about Fante. Due out in 2012 in an anthology entitled "Film and Genocide" will be my interview with Polish filmmaker Irek Dobrowolski as well as an essay I wrote about Irek's award-winning Holocaust documentary "The Portraitist." Thanks to email and Skype, the two of us are currently collaborating on the development of a documentary film project about the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920--and boy do I have a lot to learn!
As a fellow admirer, I'd like to offer a service of free from copyright, music. We have several songs available as instrumental and/or vocal. These are original film scores, composed with over ten years of experience. The label " Kreatrix" has produced 6 undergound techno albums. You're welcome to message us for material and/or produce a score for your doc. We know what the power of imagery can bring with an emotional score behind it. Thank you.
Hi again, Doug--
I just had a long and enlightening talk with Chuck Whelan about insurance, so thanks again for the tip.
I was so excited to find this community! I'm currently a Grad student at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, studying Digital Documentary. SIU is also where I spent my undergrad years in the early 90s. I'm currently working on my first doc, "Jake and Janie", a story about family, and gambling addiction.
http://jakeandjaniemovie.com. I'm hopefully launching my Kickstarter campaign in the beginning of February to help fund the film.
A little about me:
As I mentioned above, I was here in Carbondale once before as an undergrad in the Radio/TV department.
I moved out west after graduation and instead of diving into the world of television, I ended up in the exploding world of E-Commerce, working for companies like eToys and Ticketmaster. It was a great ride (I ended up in London for a year!) However, as life moved on, I wanted to make my way back to my passion, which is telling great stories.
While I am focused on filmmaking, my former life in the online world is still with me. I work in the Marketing department at the SIU Student Recreation Center, focusing on their social media marketing efforts. I'm also one of the co-founders and VP of Social Media Club Southern IL, a professional networking group.
Anyway, I am quite excited to learn more about the website and everyone involved!
Great to have you here with us, Stacy. Here's The D-Word's one sad attempt at e-commerce.
Well, sad mainly in that we sold about ten hats. The model is the decidedly not sad Lucy Block when she was sweet 16.
Yes, Lucy did a great job and the backdrop is interesting, just the thought D-Word had hats and I never knew about it. Not saying I would buy one, but...
Yes, that's Amsterdam. IDFA 2005. Brings back waves of nostalgia.
Happy New Year,
I am requesting help from a peer group that speaks to cartoon development. The script, audio and art is ready in rough form and ready for next step towards presentation.
I need advice for presenting best storyboard content as many possible target markets can be reached.
My original concept was a 30 minute MTV or Adult Swim style gag humor show but could also reach markets for education and has movie potential.
Any help in organizing and experienced agents contacts would be appreciated.
Len Schillaci 704 491 2821 Charlotte NC
Hello all, and a happy new year! I hope 2012 brings happiness, health & prosperity to us all. I'm Manuel Tsingaris, a Freelance Editor based out of San Francisco but with my porta-edit suite I'm willing and able to go anywhere for work. I have accommodations in LA & NYC already in place because I tend to work primarily in the three aforementioned cities. Any way I'm wrapping up a documentary and just wanted to spread the word that I'm available. My site <www.tsingaris.com> has my resume, bio & sample clips. I'm an award winning Editor with 16 years experience under my belt. I look forward to becoming an active member in this cyber-community, and to eventually meet some of you in the near future. Peace to you all, Manuel
Welcome, Leonard and Manuel. Leonard, this is a documentary forum so not sure how many will be into cartoon developement. But you never know and wish you well.
I am STOKED that I came across this community of doc enthusiasts/professionals and I'm hoping to make some friends and connections through this site. I'm Brandon Watts, a freelance shooter/editor and sometimes director. I have 6 years of video/broadcast production experience and I'm really looking to get into documentary production. Whether it be assisting on shoots and editing or brainstorming on new ideas. I have a camera, light kit (Cool Lights), laptop and editing software (Avid,Final Cut,Premiere). If you need help on your production or want to work together on getting something started please feel free to contact me as I'm looking to gain as much experience as possible. I have a passport and will travel anywhere for a good story. Here's a link to my work:
On there you will find my first attempt at producing a documentary titled, "The Sound of Progress". I'm very proud of it because it was my first shot at it and I was able to tell a story even though doubts flooded in throughout the process.
At this point, I'm willing to work for no pay just to get more experience and make my resume look interesting. I look forward to meeting and discussing things with you. Take it easy!wattsbrando (at) yahoo (dot) com
In reply to Stacy Jill Calvert's post on Wed 28 Dec 2011 :
Hi Stacy, welcome....My in-laws are from Edwardsville, IL and my father in law is a fellow Saluki!
Glad you found us, Brandon. Welcome.
Because this topic is open to the public, I edited your email address to include the (at) and (dot). Otherwise, unwelcome spammers might well be at your door.
Happy New Year D-Word-ers! Rachel Raney here, I'm a documentary filmmaker and public tv/radio producer... I spent eons in the Bay Area (at CIR and KQED for starters) and now live in Durham NC. I've recently become interim Exec Director of the Southern Documentary Fund. SDF offers fiscal sponsorship/support for projects made in or about the American South. We review new proposals four times a year, our upcoming deadline is Jan 15:
So to all y'all Southern docmakers out there, check us out, join our community. We're on Facebook, you can subscribe to our newsletter, and hopefully, come to an event or screening sometime. Let us know if you're out there, and what you're working on. Also if you come to the Full Frame Festival in April, we host the Work in Progress screening on Sunday...
I'll try and post more regularly here about our goings on, take care everyone, Rachel
Really great having you here, Rachel, and having the SDF represented. An invaluable program. Say hi to my buddy Cynthia Hill. And all of our great friends at Full Frame!
Hello I'm Megan Clancy a deaf journalist who interviewed deaf and normal hearing Koreans in Seoul and Los Angeles. Please contact me if you are interested to help me with networking.
Hi Rachel! You forgot to say how awesome you are and how much the Bay Area misses you, so thought I would add that quickly for you!
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 28 Dec 2011 :
Aww! Not sad at all! :)
In reply to Nick Verbitsky's post on Tue 3 Jan 2012 17:58 UTC :
Hi Nick! Small world! I'm going to be a two-time saluki when I get out of here (someday!) :)
In reply to Stacy Jill Calvert's post on Sat 7 Jan 2012 :
I wish they had digital documentary courses when I was at SIU...actually would have had to have been called analog documentary.
My name is Oggi Tomic, I'm originally from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and currently based and working in London and Cambridge (UK).
I have recently completed a course (BA Hons) in documentary film and TV at the IFSW. I am professional camera and sound operator with my own equipment looking to collaborate on any current and future productions so please get in touch.
Best wishes to you all in 2012!
Welcome Oggi – hear good things about your work (as it happens, as well as being one of the Co-Hosts here at The D-Word I also work at the Newport Film School in Wales, formerly the IFSW). Always good to have the next generation of filmmakers join our community.
Thanks – look forward to getting to grips with this community and get in touch with people. Hope all is going well at IFSW.
I'm French-American based between Paris and New York (mostly Paris for the last few years).
I'm going to Houston on the 24th of January for 2 weeks to do a research/trailer trip on a documentary about women who fall in love and marry prisoners who are either on death row or sentenced to life without parole. I am particularly interested in the dichotomy between these love stories and a judiciary system that is not built on rehabilitation or redemption, and does not encourage social reintegration. I am hoping that these love stories will allow for a greater reflection on forgiveness and reinsertion, in contrast to a prison system that is often times built on a vicious and violent cycle from which it is difficult to break.
An integral part of the film will be the weekly radio program called the Prison Show (recently profiled on NPR's All Things Considered), which, as its name indicates, is a radio show that discusses the Texas criminal justice system. It's a fascinating show, which has listeners who call in and leave messages for inmates, hosts and airs weddings by proxy, among general conversations about death row and prisons in Texas.
I'd love to meet any Houston doc filmmakers while I'm in town, or hear about anyone's experiences filming in prisons. Also, I'll probably need a PA for a couple of days work (paid), so if anyone has any advice on any of these fronts, I am open to all suggestions.
Welcome, Gabriella. You can do an Advanced Search on the top of any page to find D-Word members from Houston. Good luck with the film, sounds like a really fascinating one.
Hello, I'm a Producer/Director/Screenwriter based in Karachi, Pakistan.In my other life, I was a print journalist, but I now work full time in documentary film production.
Issues I've worked on include madressa education, the police system in Pakistan, workers and union issues, the environment.
All the best
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 17 Jan 2012 : Thanks for the words of encouragement Doug! Will check it out now.
In reply to Tehmina Ahmed's post on Wed 18 Jan 2012 :
Welcome to D-word, Tehmina & Gabriella!
I'm new here. I am currently making a documentary about a network of controversial adolescent drug abuse programs which I was a member of for five years. We've just released a pitch trailer to try to raise the funding for the project and launched an IndieGoGo campaign. I'm hoping to find some guidance here on how best to run the campaign and make the film as good as possible.
Welcome, Tehmina! Very glad that you found us, and hope you'll feel free to leap right into the discussions.
Welcome, as well, Jacob. You might want to check out this special discussion we held here on Crowdfunding with Jennifer Fox and Katherine Nolfi.
Thanks Doug. I read the entire thread yesterday and shared it with the rest of the team working on our film. I found it to be very insightful.
Ah I forgot to introduce myself and went straight ahead to the mentoring forum. Anyway,
I'm a writer / director based in Melbourne, Australia. Straight out of film school (Australian Film Television and Radio School) where I majored in directing, I'm currently working on a documentary on the Maoist movement in India and the underlying issues of land, tribal rights, mining and development. There is a rough trailer online at:
I'm working on getting production support before filming the second part of it. Finally, James Longley's Iraq in Fragments is a strong inspiration and my all time fav documentary.
So, Ajay, we can now officially welcome you to The D-Word!
My name is Yvonne Apollonio. I worked in the post production side of advertising for some years, but I stopped when I gave birth to my daughter two years ago. I am now returning to a documentary project that I had put on hold. I am very glad to be part of this community.
I read Ajay's post and realized I've done the same thing, I went straight to the classified topics. I'm based in Pittsboro NC the d word was suggested to me by another filmmaker here in town. I've finished up a new film and am working on two others right now. Look forward to all the great information and support that is here.
Greetings, I'm Elliot Sokolov, a composer for film specializing in documentaries. My many credits include scores for the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Restless Conscience" and most recently "Kings Park: Stories From An American Mental Institution". (see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_xrbqnWxE ) I love collaborating with documentary makers! Please check out my work at www.elliotsokolov.com
My name is E. Ablorh-Odjidja. I am based in the US but have been spending a lot of time (the past three years) in Ghana, Africa, shooting and producing documentaries. My current works are:
1. A New Face for Africa
2. The Asantehene
Both films are in dvd prints now, with trailers on YouTube.
In reply to Elliot Sokolov's post on Mon 23 Jan 2012 :
Welcome, Elliot & E. A-O :)
In reply to gabriella kessler's post on Tue 17 Jan 2012 : Welcome to the D-Word, Gabriella. Your project sounds compelling. I've filmed inside 5 different prisons in NY and FL, so here's my two cents: All prison officials – kiss ass, kiss ass, kiss ass. In addition, be nice to guards who are jackasses. (You can win an Oscar for this!) Make sure you let the person who grants you access, (public affairs or warden), know it's not your intention to make the prison look bad, (even if it's a hellhole, which most prisons are). Keep this same person informed about what your project is about and how it's evolving. Filmmakers are a bureaucratic pain-in-the-ass for prison officials, and also a security risk. Also, you might want to do a kiss ass interview with the warden if he or she is willing.
Hello! My name is Cassidy and I am producing my first feature length documentary with a wonderful team of journalists and filmmakers. We have an extensive repertoire of journalism, multimedia and short films in the bag but we are venturing into new/scary/exciting territory here! On top of that, we are launching a Kickstarter for post funds shortly, I'm feeling a little frightened but also, very exciting, I hope to have more to post soon! Thanks for this wonderful forum! Website for the film is here: www.barzanthemovie.com. The trailer is rough (too one sided for our liking but we are still in production so its far from finished).
I'm Kevin Spahr and I have completed my first doc and I'm working on completing my distribution deal.
The doc is called "Glen Rock Fae" and it is about the world's largest and longest running fairy festival – yes, fairies – colorful wings, pointy ears, etc.
In reply to Ron Osgood's post on Sun 8 Jan 2012 :
I was actually here in the radio/tv department when it was analog! It was a big change when i came back!
Hi, my name is Clay Zimmerman. clayzimmerman(at)gmail.com
I am a filmmaker and editor wanting to reach out to the documentary community in LA.
I edit non-fiction TV for the most part by day, having done many shows for network and cable,
and in 2004 I edited the award winning doc Gay Republicans. While I research my own projects,
I am on the lookout for a good doc to get involved in later in the year (I have a 2 month old at home right now).
Also wanted to share with the community here on D-word a short experimental doc I made recently:
Thanks and glad to have found the site!
I live in the Baltimore/DC area of Maryland. I switched careers from academia to video back in 2006, a few years after I finished a dissertation on TV war reporting and public opinion formation (where I taught myself to edit video).
I thought news and documentary video was a cool way to show people how the world worked (or wasn't working). I remembered how great I thought those David Burke technology history shows and the movie "Roger and Me" was.
After a year of production classes (and the NPPA TV News Storyteling workshop) I wound up working instead in event video and, eventually, as a shooter/editor for business school marketing communications office for a few years doing a several mini-doc, promo, and testimonial type pieces, some with a former PBS producer.
I've been freelancing since June 2010 doing some shooting and editing, a little grip work, and a lot of (video and web) software training. I also was one of the volunteer editors who put together those daily packages on the SilverDocs 2011 youtube channel during the festival.
The most "doc" things I've done are that I put together a short piece on youtube called "Athar the Bike-Man" about a guy who manages his OCD and other issues by riding his bike all over town every day. I also recorded a friend's team through three days of a 50-mile fundraising walk for MS and taped several concerts by a band I like.
I am interested in working on professional doc or advocacy projects with a social/political and/or technological focus. Aside from my production and post skills I'm a good researcher in those areas.
I've long been thinking about starting a project that follows several badly injured war vets through months of physical therapy and would appreciate any tips on how to get the military to permit extended taping in physical therapy and interviews with patients.
I have a decent Sony EX1 kit (six hours of cards, good wireless lav, good tripod, large+small battery, .8x wide adapter, zoom controller, 24" LCD monitor with component in) and will let others shoot using my gear as long as I'm around. I have a very reasonable day rate for DC.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
weykervideo /at/ gmail /dot/ com