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Scott Davis
Mon 12 May 2003Link
Hello,
My name is Scott davis and I am a filmmaker. I have been in the film
industry for 20 years. Last year I embarked on my first doc.
I am part of a group of 4 called Common Sense Films.
We are in the last stages of post production of our first feature
documentary, The Fort Fisher Hermit, The Life and Death of Robert E
Harrill. I look forward to the exchange of ideas and guidence that
this group has to offer.
Cheers

Doug Block
Mon 12 May 2003Link
Welcome, Scott. I see you've registered for the community, as well.
We'll be able to accomodate you later tonight. Be sure to re-post
this intro once you're in there.

Heide Schramm
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Hi there d-community.
I am a doc distributor based in Germany and have joined the doc
platform with my own company HS Media Consult in 2000. Beforehand I
have been doing this job for a company mainly specialized in music
programs.
I consult and distribute mainly for German distributors who want an
international platform for their programs - so yes, all foreign doc
producers are welcome to contact me the other way round should you
seek help in German speaking territory. My main focus is arts, human
interest, historical doc and - this is new scientific programs as
well.
Right now I am looking for advise from people who love gypsy music and
could recommend the best place to go theatrical in the US with a
feature length doc film on a gypsy group from Romania called the
Fanfare Ciocarlia. They have been touring and fascinating the world
since about 5 years and they are back performing in the States again
in the end of June. So whoever wants to help spread their fame give
me a hint.
I look forward to correspond with a lot of interesting people on as
interesting topics in the d-word community!

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Welcome Heidi.

If you have an NTSC version of the doc, I'd love to see it (though I
am no expert in Roma music, I do quite enjoy it.) At least in
Washington DC, there is an audience for Roma concerts and films.
Tony Gatlif's films seem to have a following and I know there was a
Czech film (about a woman singer -- I can't recall her name) that
also played a small circuit here. And of course Jasmin Dellal's
AMERICAN GYPSY which isn't about music so much as the culture as a
whole.

If Fanfare Ciocarlia are touring, it would be great to combine
showing the film with performances. D-Word's Nina Seavey did this to
great effect with the Russian country band Bering Strait and their
performances and the film really enhanced each other.

Is the band popular in Romania? Not sure how much help they'd be to
you, but you might want to try the cultural section of the Romanian
Embassy in Washington (only thing is they may have a new cultural
attache, so I'm not sure how active they are in promoting events; if
the film is produced by Germans, you could also try the Goethe
Institut in different cities)

Other possibilities are to try for festivals like South by Southwest,
FullFrame, and, of course, Sundance.

Heide Schramm
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Hi Erica,

thank you so much for your interest and prompt reply.

Let me know your address by return mail and I will send it to you,
however we only have PAL versions so far. Do you have access to a
player then??

I will certainly take your advice and will let you know if I am
successful.

Sincerely Heide

Doug Block
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Welcome Heide. I agree with Erica, festivals are the way to expose
your film in U.S. territories. It's very difficult for international
docmakers here, however (something we're working hard at The D-Word to
correct). Don't get your expectations too high.

I suggest you check out the website for The Ballad of Bering
Straight. It's a good model for your film:

http://emergingpictures.com/bering_strait.htm

Ben Kempas
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Heide, don't forget to join us in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well.
Greetings from a Munich burgher...

Heide Schramm
Thu 15 May 2003Link
Dear Doug,

thank you very much for your note and welcome. I will keep you posted
on my proceedings - hopefully ending in success.
Kindest regards,
Heide

Kirsty
Thu 22 May 2003Link
Hi guys,

I'm a casual documentary fan, as in, when I see them I usually like
them, but not obsessed or anything. I am, however, obsessed with
backpacking (budget travel, not wilderness stuff) and would love to
one day chronical my travels and encounters with others in docu form.
This is just me starting to research into the world of documentaries!

Kirsty

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 22 May 2003Link
Kirsty, would recommend you check out (if you haven't already):

Pop and Me (http://www.imdb.com/Title?0196002)
and
Hitchhiking Vietnam (http://www.pbs.org/hitchhikingvietnam/)

Assume you're already a fan of the Globetrekker series on PBS (if you
are based in the U.S.)

Doug Block
Thu 22 May 2003Link
Happy trails, Kirsty!

Margot Roth
Tue 27 May 2003Link
Kirsty-- funnily enough, we have a D-Word member who is currently
making a doc about "travellers"/ budget backpackers-- she also was/is
one herself (& her cameraman husband as well). Her name is Pegi Vail.
(Not sure she checks in here though.)

Zion Komene
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Hi there,

I'm new to this forum. Just wanted to say hi. Everyone in
Reelity/Reality knows me as Zion. Pleased to meet you all :-)

Doug Block
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Greetings, Zion.

Fas Ghauri
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Hi there,

This forum is a real find! A wealth of information
exchanged amidst a real sense of community.

My name is Fas, I am 29 years of age and and
I live in London, England. Here's my situation:
I have big ideas but limited resources (sony
pc101, new iMac). I can't help feeling the
professionals amongst you will have heard this
many times before :)

So I'm looking for examples of great, innovative
or just interesting docs made using similar resources.
Any genre.

Doc-making long held strong appeal for me.
Yet it only recently feels that it's become
accessible in terms of resources. I'm
currently putting together a travelogue of a
3 month trip to South America - this will be
my first, a personal doc and steep learning
curve at the same time.

Once I've some basic insight into the craft side
of doc-making, I'd like to explore other ideas.
One that has been fertilising for some time is a doc on
street preachers. Portraits of street preachers -
anyone with a cause. Fanatical in the street, but
ever-so-normal behind closed doors?

Fas Ghauri
username: aurelian

Doug Block
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Welcome, Fas. "The Target Shoots First" is one example that comes to
mind: www.guyville.com/finer/movies/targetshootsfirst.html

James Xia
Tue 10 Jun 2003Link
Hi I am working on a documentary film of Tibet, China.On June,2002, we went into Tibet and took back 12,000 mins sony betcam sp 30 tapes of the fodder, i am looking for anybody who are interesting our fodder (most of them is world premiere,example:wind funeral,etc. contact me:0086-13003330238 jiateng108@sina.com


Doug Block
Tue 10 Jun 2003Link
Welcome, James. Let's see, 12,000 min = 200 hours. That's not so
bad ;-)

James Xia
Tue 10 Jun 2003Link
dbblock

That is a hard work.our group consists of 15 people,and the conditions overthere is so bad,most people of our group live in Tibetan Area for a long time(at least 20 years), also work on documentary film for a long time. Our group have a profound knowledge about Tibetan Buddhism, and a deep understanding why the harmonious unity between politics and religion, culture and religion as well as life and religion in Tibetan region can be achieved and we are familiar with the spots where we intend to shoot the film, and to establish long-term cooperative relations with the local governments, monasteries and common people, so that we can enter many mysterious places to shoot film. At the same time, our group get accustomed to the language, food and life there, so that we can to live and work at Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau which is 4300-6000 meters above sea level for a long time.

Based on all things above, the documentary fodders our group bring back is quite worthiness and in a class by onself.

Main contents of the Documentary Fodders 1. When will Qinghai-Tibet Plateau--- the third pole of the world, rise? 2 Is it the origin of the country with two ancient civilizations and the Mother River? 3. Why Buddhism has withered away at its birthplace while flourishes in QinghaiTibet Plateau? 4. And has evolved into the unique Tibetan Buddhism? 5. When did the eternal epic ¡°King Gesar¡± come into being? 6. How could the illiterate children manage to recite tens of thousands of lines from the epic without missing a single word? 7. What after all is ¡°Mani¡±, which has blended into the life and flows in the blood vein of Tibetan people? 8. Who carved the 15-kilometer-long¡° Tripitaka¡± lying at the bottom of the river and how was it carved? 9. How could the souls of Tibetan people be able to reincarnate from kalpa? 10. When did the deities of the age-old Pon Po give up their own religion to become the protector of Tibetan Buddhism? 11.How was the sublime and heroic Khams-pa songs and dances created? Who first created the stirring Tibetan drama? 12.Do you know the myriad changes of unique ¡°Kalachadra calendar¡± and ¡°Nag-rsthis calendar and Tibetan festivals? 13.How does the Buddhist pagoda manage to accommodate the boundless universe? 14.What is Mandala (the residence for deities) and meditation of Tantra? 15.How the Wind-horse flag, Mu-thag(heavenly rope) and three realms find their expressions in people¡¯s residence? 16 Tibetan medical science, Tibet pharmacy, deity¡¯s curse, prayer, pilgrimage and wind funeral. etc........

Ceremonies&festivals\Historical\Monks\Monasteries\Wind funeral\Mani\Wind-horse flag\Buddhist pagoda\Khams-pasongs\King Gesar\Tibetan medical science\Tibet pharmacy\deity's curse\Prayer\Pilgrimage\Prayer wheels\Statues\Stupas & chortens, etc........

James


Todd Grabe
Fri 13 Jun 2003Link
Hello everyone.
My name is Todd and I am 29 years old and I live in Minneapolis, MN. I graduated
from Film School in Bozeman, Montana about 4 years ago and have been working in
the Corporate/Government video sector snce then (gotta pay off those school loans).
I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to the world of documentary, so I will
probably be doing a lot more listening than talking. I have made a couple of short
Docs; one about urban sprawl, and one about using the movie making process as a
learning tool for children. I am slightly confused by the site architecture, but the
content is amazing. I am really excited about the international flavor of the site. It is
like the Doc. filmmakers U.N.
Thanks for having me

Peter Wareing
Sun 15 Jun 2003Link
Hi, Just joined this morning, New Zealander now residing in New York.
Looking forward to being part of the discussion.

Doug Block
Sun 15 Jun 2003Link
Welcome, guys. Peter, want to tell us more about yourself? Todd, I
think you're confusing the Forum with the Community. Since you've
also joined the Community (where the professionals reside), you should
introduce yourself there again. Just click on the D-Word Community
link on the top right of this page.

Kate Albright-hanna
Tue 17 Jun 2003Link
Doug - what happened to the forum about Silverdocs? Did I imagine it?

Erica Ginsberg
Tue 17 Jun 2003Link
Kate, I think it's in the D-Word Community (the members-only section).

Kate Albright-hanna
Tue 17 Jun 2003Link
found it... thanks... still figuring this thing out...

Robert Goodman
Tue 17 Jun 2003Link
lost in the d-world - lions and tiggers and bares.

Mary Gordon
Fri 20 Jun 2003Link
Hello! Greetings from Edinburgh Scotland!

I've just found you. Lara Celini in Edinburgh told me about the site.

I've made 2 short docs. My next project is to go with my Edinburgh
Women in Black group to a peace mission to Israel/Palestine. I would
like to hook up with people who have filmed in the Occupied
Territories and get any tips. Also I'm looking for contacts/names of
peace foundations in Uk which would be likely sources of funding.

In mid July I'm going to the Galway Film Festival/Flach so if anyone
on this list is going and wants to meet up please contact me.

Mary

Mary Gordon
Fri 20 Jun 2003Link
hello there!

I seem to have lost my original post...

Greetings from Edinburgh Scotland. Lara Celini told me about this
messageboard/community.

I've made two short docs (and a drama documentary). My current
project is go document Edinburgh Women in Black going to
Israel/Palestine in Oct as a peace action.

Soooo I'm looking for documentarymakers who have been there recently
who can give me tips and do's and don'ts. I'm getting traning from
ISM on Sunday.

Also any contacts with peace foundations or where to find them who
would be interested in funding this project would be greatfully
recieved.

In mid July I'm going to the Galway Film Festival/Flach and if anyone
else is going and wants to meet up please holler!

all the best

Mary

Mary Gordon
Fri 20 Jun 2003Link
sorry i@m going to have to get used to the posting format. Sorry for
wigging your ears twice!

Doug Block
Fri 20 Jun 2003Link
Mary, welcome! You'll get more help and support by joining The D-
Word Community: www.d-word.com/join. You have one more step to take
to register. The link will explain.

Ben Kempas
Sun 22 Jun 2003Link
Welcome, Mary, and thank you for the tape with your film. Will get
back to you as soon as I had a chance to watch it.

Randy Mills
Wed 25 Jun 2003Link
Aloha from Maui,

I am an independent filmmaker recently graduated from the SFSU Cinema
program as well as the SFSU Photojournalism program. Currently
working at Akaku: Maui Community TV (Public access cable on Maui).
As for my own projects I am currently in post-production on my first
music video (heavy metal band called KHRINJ) and will start
production on a documentary "Surf Art Forever: The Life and Work of
Bill Ogden" on June 28, 2003. Will be flying into LA and taking a
road trip up the coast of California with Bill Ogden, the legendary
surf artist, to San Francisco. Currently seeking sponsorship of my
project, but haven't had anything concrete as of yet, but I've only
just begun. Glad to have found this site.

Aloha,

Randy Mills
www.randomdevelopments.com

Ben Kempas
Thu 26 Jun 2003Link
Aloha Randy, welcome to The D-Word!

John Burgess
Mon 30 Jun 2003Link
Click below to view hidden post. Show hidden content

Dan Chapman
Mon 30 Jun 2003Link
My first post. I'm making a doc/bio about my brother. A labor of
love. He's the inventor of a musical instrument called The Stick.
I've been in advertising for many years, over 15 marketing major
studio films. I've always wanted to make one, but have been too
chicken. Seems like the right time, now. I'm trying to decide if
using the Panasonic AG-DVX100 is a good idea. I know it's
pretty low end, but you've got to start somewhere. I went to the
Entertainment Technology World Expo at the Los Angeles
Convention Center on Saturday and did some tests of different
cameras. It looked pretty good.

Ben Kempas
Tue 1 Jul 2003Link
Yes, John Burgess - but why hiding?

Dan - welcome to The D-Word. As you've also joined our private
filmmaker conference {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, you should introduce
yourself over there as well.

Robert Goodman
Tue 1 Jul 2003Link
The DVX-100 is a good place to start.

Doug Block
Tue 1 Jul 2003Link
randy, john, dan... welome!

Doug Block
Tue 1 Jul 2003Link
er... welcome!

Ben Kempas
Tue 1 Jul 2003Link
Forgive Doug, it's his French keyboard in Aix-en-Provence...

Dan Chapman
Tue 1 Jul 2003Link
Thanks, Ben.
I'm not sure how to introduce myself there. Under which thread?

Dan - welcome to The D-Word. As you've also joined our private
filmmaker conference {LINK NOT IMPORTED}, you should
introduce
yourself over there as well.

Ben Kempas
Tue 1 Jul 2003Link
Dan - It's "Introduce Yourself" as well. Try
{LINK NOT IMPORTED}.

Charlie Macchia
Sat 12 Jul 2003Link
Greetings one and all ...

I'm a computer programmer, actor, musician, philosopher, who got tired of arguing
with drummers and wanted a way better way to express how I think ...

So I started doing stuff like this:

http://homepage.mac.com/charliemacchia/

... and now I'd like to find a way to do more.

Doug Block
Sun 13 Jul 2003Link
Nice stuff, Charlie. You're on to something interesting. Now if
only broadband would begin to fulfill its promise.

Anyway, welcome to The D-Word.

Charlie Macchia
Sun 13 Jul 2003Link
Thanks!

Lot's of work, making these "D-Words", it's especially a problem if
you work on your own (Which I sort of have to do, since it's very
expensive to keep any sort of crew waiting while I'm trying out a new
way to explain an Epistemological concept in front of the camera) ...

I originally thought that being a guy who can "do it all" would be a
big benefit ... and it certainly is for getting things done waaaaay
low budget ... I mean I wrote & recorded the music, the script, shot
the video, acted, did the voice-overs, edited the video, color
corrected and was moving onto audio post ... but now it seems the
powers that be don't believe such a thing is possible ...

Apparently I'm too independent to get any help as an independent!

How the Gods of Irony mock me :(

Doug Block
Sun 13 Jul 2003Link
Such misery deserves company! Make sure to join The D-Word
Community, Charlie: www.d-word.com/join

Doug Block
Mon 14 Jul 2003Link
Oops, Charlie, we had an internal mix-up and accidentally turned down
your request to join. Please hang in there and we'll try to
straighten it out today.

Erika Rydl
Mon 14 Jul 2003Link
Hello Everyone!

It's great to have found this D-world (I stumbled upon a link on
the AIVF web site)! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone soon
at the Community, but first I'm going to take a tour of this lovely
cyber land. See you all in a minute,
Erika

Doug Block
Mon 14 Jul 2003Link
Welcome, Erka. I was on the AIVF board until this year so I'm happy
to know people are finding us from there. It's a great organization!

www.aivf.org

Pramod Mathur
Thu 24 Jul 2003Link
We have been involved with the documentary for the past 25 years. I
produce, direct and shoot while Neelima is the executive producer,
researcher and the writer. We both come from the field of journalism
of the 70s, she from print journalism and I began with TV News. since
the early 80s we have just been doing documentaries. We are
available on our web site www.spotfilms.net. Working on documentaries
from India does have some advantages and a lot of disadvantages too.
But on the whole we feel satisfied with what we have done so far and
we continue to look for new projects all the time. I am very keen to
participate in the "Art of shooting of documentary" discussion.

Doug Block
Thu 24 Jul 2003Link
Welcome Pramod and Neelima. Hope you'll both join The D-Word
Community (separately, please): www.d-word.com/join

Michael Kelly
Mon 28 Jul 2003Link
I've been making the documentary film about the Lysistrata
Project.

www.lysistrataproject.com

Since January I have shot or received almost two hundred hours
of video. I have tapes from England, Iceland, Pakistan, Greece,
Italy, Nova Scotia, nearly every state, CA, NM, NY, NJ, AL, AK etc. I
have a reading that was taped in a Kurdish refugee camp and
one from Havana. Celebrities as well as small theatre
companies world-wide turned out in force for this unique event.
Ive cut a ten minute trailer and am looking to bring in a
seasoned producer who has access to money and distribution. I
can be reached at aquapiofilms@aol.com

Doug Block
Mon 28 Jul 2003Link
Welcome, Michael. Good luck with your film - it's a big project.

Taochou Wei
Thu 31 Jul 2003Link
Hello,

I am new : ) and for some reason I cannot seem to start a new Topic, but can
only post on a topic already started.

My interest in primarily in editing. And the topic I wished to start was
"views on editing"

I wonder about the general view on editors and the editing process , from the
pov of director, producer, writer and general public.

-How relevant is the background of the editor when editing a documentary
compared to a narrative.....what difference if any comes into play..

-How do you feel about the proposal of someone, a random person re-edit a
piece of film that has already been edited and released... do you find it
disrespectful, or inventive, or creative or etc ?

-if was proposed today, during a lively discussion.... that editors and editing is
as simple as plugging 26 alphabets into the word processor and coming up
with a word....

well that's my introduction : ) I am curious......

Ben Kempas
Thu 31 Jul 2003Link
That's your introduction? Who are you then, Taochou? Are you a
documentary editor yourself? If you are, you should join The D-Word
Community <www.d-word.com/community/> as well, where we have a topic
dedicated to editing.

Only hosts can start new topics. Here in The D-Word Forum, topics
usually come as week-long conferences featuring special guests.

Ben Kempas
Thu 31 Jul 2003Link
Taochou, I just noticed that you had already joined and introduced
yourself to The D-Word Community. Sorry for confusion.

Robert Goodman
Thu 31 Jul 2003Link
Taochou - it's not kosher to post the same thing four different
times. Enough. As I said in another thread - we all read nearly
everything - post once - if it's in the wrong place so be it.

Don't waste my precious time.

Ben Kempas
Thu 31 Jul 2003Link
Please calm down, Robert. This is the public forum, and the posting
above was Tachou's first-ever, not an additional one.

Doug Block
Thu 31 Jul 2003Link
Like we say, The D-Word is a very warm and welcoming place ;-)

This is actually kind of out of character for us - Robert's just a
little pre-menstrual today ;-) But the point is a good one for all --
there's never a need to post the same thing twice in more than one
topic. This is more a matter for The D-Word Community rather than the
Forum, where we only have a few topics open, but still...

Taochou Wei
Thu 31 Jul 2003Link
Yikes sorry Robert, my apologies. I was quite confused. I had posted then
received a note saying I had posted it in the wrong place and that it should be
at topic .25, which then I did except I made a mistake of posting it at .21 by
clicking on the final cut pro link instead and then received a comment saying it
should be in .25 :) so you see I thought I was supposed to re-post it. You
probably enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed re-posting it.

Robert Goodman
Fri 1 Aug 2003Link
And sorry to bark - didn't realize that was in the Public Forum.
thought it was in the Private Forum. mea culpea.

Daniela Ryan
Wed 13 Aug 2003Link
Hello. I am working on my first documentary film. I am one of the
producers. Looking for any pointers I can get really!

Doug Block
Thu 14 Aug 2003Link
Welcome, Daniela. You'll get lots of pointers from reading the
various archived conferences we've held here. Lotsa luck on your doc!

Stephanie Conn
Sun 17 Aug 2003Link
Hi -- I just found D-word today and joined instantly. I'm suddenly
plunged into making my first documentary film. I come from radio
broadcasting where i was trying to make a radio doc on the same
topic but didn't find the broadcast home there I'd hoped for. then
some doc-making friends said i should try to make it as a film doc,
instead.

It's all very scary but exciting too as I have come to this project
through the subject, rather than through film-making, if you know
what I mean. Looking forward to meeting you all and sharing ideas
and concerns and choices. It's mind-boggling isn't it?

cheers
stephanie

Ben Kempas
Mon 18 Aug 2003Link
Welcome, Stephanie. What is your doc about?

Doug Block
Mon 18 Aug 2003Link
mindboggling, indeedy, stephanie. welcome!

Stephanie Conn
Mon 18 Aug 2003Link
Thanks for the welcome. My interest is in the singers of a certain
community, and their sngs which are centuries-old, handed down
orally. When these guys are gone, much of the repertoire will be
lost. In addition they are great guys, real characters, and they live
in a beautful place. So.. i need to move quickly. Which is why I am
jumping in without really knowing anything about film.

As I said i work in radio and I've made short radio Docs so i am
pretending to myself that it can be planned in much the same way. But
theer are so many other layers to deal with. i can gather audio tape
entirely by myself, edit and mix it on my computer. This is a whole
other thing.

And the decisions -- narration or no nrration, should I be in it,
should there be a 'guide', should it be in english or in another
language with subtitles, what about the soundtrack, is Digital video
OK, can I start shooting myself...
aaaaaaaaaaugh!

Looking forward to getting into conversations with people about their
approaches, and sharing my experiences as I go along. Might be useful
to others too, I guess.

Erica Ginsberg
Tue 19 Aug 2003Link
Stephanie, a few thoughts for you in
{LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Stephanie Conn
Tue 19 Aug 2003Link
thanks Erica. but hey, why don't the links work? You gave me such a
nice HREF but I can't follow. oh well.

Erica Ginsberg
Tue 19 Aug 2003Link
Try it now. I took a long time writing. It's posted now.

Alain Rigaud
Sat 23 Aug 2003Link
IM A NEW MEMBER. I COME FROM THE PRINT SIDE.
PHOTOJOURNALISM. I WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE US
ARMY AND THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD. COVERED THE
VIETNAHM WAR/PANAMA AND MANY, MANY OTHERS, BEEN TO
AREA 51. I WAS BORN IN FRANCE AND BEING A MALE I HAD
THE PRIVILEGE (HA-HA) OF BEING DRAFTED IN BOTH
ARMIES. SO I AM BI-LINGUAL AND BI-CULTURAL. THIS HELPS
IN SEEING A STORY FROM DIFFERENTPERSPECTIVES. I AM
CURRENTLY WORKING ON A DOCUMENTARY ON WOMEN
OUT OF PRISON AND THEIR STRUGGLE TO STAY OUT. I
WORKED AT THE DENVER COLORADO STATE WOMEN'S
PRISON FOR FOUR YEARS. I KNOW THESE WOMEN SO THEY
CAN'T LIE TO ME. JUST A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THIS
SUBJECT. SOME OF THESE WOMEN HAVE A LIFE STORY TO
MAKE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE. GO AHEAD ASK
ME....SINCERELY ALAIN RIGAUD MY E-MAIL IS
rigkialain1@aol.com

Robert Goodman
Sat 23 Aug 2003Link
So which is more interesting Alain - Area 51 or CSWP?
Welcome aboard. Also ask to join the d-word community.

Ben Kempas
Sat 23 Aug 2003Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Alain.

Typing in capitals is usually considered as shouting. Army style? ;-)

Alain Rigaud
Sat 23 Aug 2003Link
ROBERT DWCF IS MORE INTERESTING AREA 51 IS NOT
WHAT YOU THINK IT IS. ITS ALL HIPE BY PEOPLE WHO DON'T
KNOW ANY BETTER AND HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE. ALAIN

Doug Block
Sat 23 Aug 2003Link
Welcome, Alain. Like Ben says, please don't use all caps when you
type. Hard to read, as well.

Alain Rigaud
Sun 24 Aug 2003Link
BEN KEMPAS. I TYPE IN CAPITALS FOR TWO REASONS.
FIRST I DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT TO CAPITALIZE.
I NOTICED THAT SOME WORDS THAT ARE CAPITALIZED IN
ENGLISH ARE NOT IN FRENCH. same as spelling some
french words that are used in the english language example
colour/color. number two it speeds up my typing. but good point.
I never realized that. also in script writing they want you to
capitalize for easier reading of parts. shouting? perhaps but you
haven't lived till you are in charge of 75 women inmates who are
all PMSing at the same time. I remember some women warning
me ahead of time. this way i could change my tactics. it was a
great job I learned a lot about human behavior. its just hard for
me to believe that lower case is easier to read than caps? ever
try reading a script in lower case? oh well this is good dialog.
this is how you learn diferent points of view and cultures. by
cultures I mean in diferent ocupations. I am curently working on
a comedy series "HOBO BOB FOR PRESIDENT" it will run
paralel to the other presidential race. all actors are homeless
people. but I will use this idea in one of the episodes. alain

Robert Goodman
Sun 24 Aug 2003Link
There is a reason lower case is easier to read as any printer will
tell you. Cover up the ascenders and descenders (the parts of the
type and are above an e or m in the line) and it's still very
readable. Upper case is only easier on the eye because it's larger
but less readable because your eye must identify each letter to read
it as a word. With lower case, many words become familar blocks that
are grasped more quickly.

Scripts use UPPER case because the format was designed back in the
days when typewriters were used. No bold, italics, bad underlining.
So the choices to separate dialogue from description were limited.
Unaware of any script format (that's in correct format) that uses
upper case for dialogue. Descriptions are often written in upper
case but then you don't have to read those - dialogue must be read
by the talent - hence it's in lower case with initial caps.

Erica Ginsberg
Mon 25 Aug 2003Link
Alain, if you're not sure about when to capitalize, you can always go
all lowercase which is still easier to read than all uppercase.

Paragraph breaks are also helpful for the folks reading. Also no
need to sign name with each posting since we see your name at the top.

Don't take this all that we are YELLING at you. You are very WELCOME
to D-Word. Your prison project sounds AMAZING!

Alain Rigaud
Fri 29 Aug 2003Link
Thank's all of you for the comments. it was very helpful no one
else has pinted that out to me. anyway does anybody know of
anyone else who is doing a project like mine. I would like to
trade notes. I am having a very hard time with my former
employer in co-operating with me. Im thinking of having
someone else do the inquires for me. what do you think ? any
suggestions?

Joanna P
Tue 2 Sep 2003Link
Hello people!
I am new too.
I was out and about and i found this place. I am a film student, but
i love documentary. I am currently directing a 3rd year class
project. Its an ethnographic expository type of doco about being
young and black in a predominantly white place (etc. you know how
that one goes).

I would like to tell everybody that my crew sucks, I am running out
of time, my non-actor actor doesnt 'act', my editor dumped us, i
have half a script and NO BUDGET. Pheww!

And I would like to share with you that... I have two essays due
about doco ethics - poor Nanook of the north!

Anyone out there willing to help me before i quit school, buy a
camera and moove to Africa?

Doug Block
Tue 2 Sep 2003Link
Not me, I'm afraid, but a warm welcome to The D-Word anyway, Joanna.
If you love docs, why not consider making 'em.

No actors! No scripts! Need I say more? ;-) Okay, no budgets,
either, but you have experience with that now.

Joanna P
Tue 2 Sep 2003Link
Doug,
Thank you for your welcome...

I hear you. I really hear you... please pay me to do that for the
rest of my life. Just to cover my 4 basics, - roof, food, wine and
tapes!
I wont even have to edit! it would be MY STUFF! awwwww... UTOPIA.

Thanks and take care!

Viktor Allen
Wed 3 Sep 2003Link
Hi there,

My name's Viktor but I use my middle name (Zion) in forum. But i'm
happy with people addressing me by either one - it happens in my Real
Life all the time.

I live in New Zealand, in the South Pacific. I'm new to documentary
as I specialise mainly in broadcast television news and current
affairs.

I currently work for a large TV broadcaster, helping produce and
direct a weekly 59 minute live multi-cam studio current
affairs/magazine programme. (Boy that was a long description!!). The
programme focuses on stories from the Maori community of New Zealand.

What's Maori? Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. I'm
Maori myself and within the company I work for we have our own Maori
programmes production unit.

I've always liked documentaries, ever since I saw Trinh Minh Ha's
work. I'm planning to begin developing proposals for documentaries
shortly, to be made via the department I work for. I suppose it's a
little like a workshop/lab here because it affords us the opportunity
to experiment, make mistakes, work through concepts etc.

Still though, lots more to learn, especially from other parts of the
world. Looking forward to reading people's thoughts here.

Doug Block
Wed 3 Sep 2003Link
Greetings, Viktor/Zion. Glad you found us and hope you find this
place useful.

Doug Block
Wed 3 Sep 2003Link
Viktor, just discovered you already registered for The D-Word
Community. This is the public forum, not the community. Make sure to
introduce yourself once you're there (hit the link on the top right of
the page to get there).

Viktor Allen
Wed 3 Sep 2003Link
Hi Doug,

Thansk for the welcome. Yeah I applied earlier today - didn't think I
would get a response until tomorrow!

I'm supposed to be working, well I suppose I am - researching Don
Lenzer's wonderful discussion you guys had about on shooting in the
field etc...what a treasure trove of information.

Doug Block
Thu 4 Sep 2003Link
Yup. Many other goodies archived there, as well. I see you've made
yourself at home in the community discussions. We'll continue to talk
there.

Laura Hayes
Fri 5 Sep 2003Link
Hi, I am an actress/comedian who decided one day to take my hi8
camera and document the everyday going ons of myself and another
comedian. I've been filming for the last year and am now is post-
production in my kitchen studio(Kitchen Table Films). It's truly a
grassroots project as I am wearing all the hats, producer,director,
lights, sound, catering etc. I am so eager to learn all I can. My
project is called "2 Bees from Oakland."

Doug Block
Sat 6 Sep 2003Link
Sounds like a great idea, Laura. Nick Fraser, who runs the
Storyville doc strand for the BBC, complained to me recently that
there just aren't enough funny documentaries out there. He's someone
you might want to approach when you have a strong sample tape (or
rough cut, if you're not making a sample).

Anyway, welcome to The D-Word Forum. You might want to register for
the private D-Word Community where all the working doc makers hang
out: www.d-word.com/join. There's an extra step involved.

Laura Hayes
Sat 6 Sep 2003Link
Thank you for the welcome/advice. How can I reach Mr. Fraser?

Doug Block
Sat 6 Sep 2003Link
Don't want to give out his info in the public forum, Laura. But he's
easy enough to find. Google "Storyville, BBC" and you should find it.

Laura Hayes
Sat 6 Sep 2003Link
Thank you, understood. I am so grateful to have come across this
website/community. (So excited!!!!)

Shirli Michalevicz
Sun 7 Sep 2003Link
Hi, I'm new to this forum.
I tried and failed to register in the community forum anyhow
I'll try again later. I have worked for a couple of documentary
filmmakers and am now about
to venture for the first time on my own.
I am scared of being unprepared but at the same
time am very excited.

I have my PD 150, a wireless mic, my on board mic
and hope to survive this adventure.

If anyone has any magic words of advice
I would really appreciate it.

Doug Block
Sun 7 Sep 2003Link
Welcome, Shirli. Here's your magic words of advice:

JUST DO IT!

Shirli Michalevicz
Sun 7 Sep 2003Link
Those are good ones!!!!

I am running into stupid technical problems.
I wonder if someone could shed some light

I got two power2000 sony NP-F950 replacement batteris
and they are acting weird. My camera
shows that they are full when they are not....
the running time is not accurate...and I don't
want to take any chances.

Does anyone have any experience with these batteries?
Should I return them and never again
touch non Sony batteries? Some people here
have told me that they are inferior and can cause
damage to my camera...

what do you think???

Doug Block
Sun 7 Sep 2003Link
I'd try running the batts til they drain then charge. Then drain and
charge again. It might be a memory issue. Or call the company. If
neither works, get Sony batts (I assume you have a Sony camera).

BTW, in the future, ask any specific questions like this in the
Mentoring topic.

James Kimberling
Mon 8 Sep 2003Link
Hey everybody.
I'm sitting outside an internet cafe at 2 am in seattle using
free airport internet service. I'm still all geeked out about it. Just moved to
Seattle from Colorado hoping to find a more active community for
filmmakers(and a job).
Got my MFA in Chicago at Columbia college, made one long doc and a few
shorts. Struggling to get to the next plateau, but enjoying the climb. It's really
cool to see so many folks talking about doc. jk
ps. what's the deal with the different forums?

Joanna
Mon 8 Sep 2003Link
Hi everyone

Its Joanna 'first time doco maker' here!

I have this problem with my doco. I have finished filming, and im
done capturing in final cut pro.

My problem is that while i was going over the rushes etc. I found
that most of my really good takes are rushed and short. There are no
talking heads, so sound isnt a problem for now. Except i will have
problems with the voice over later.

Is there a way to make my doco flow better? What kinds of transition
effects can i use to make my timeline cuts smoother and less
intrusive to my audience. Or is there a particular style that
someone can refer me to?

Doug Block
Mon 8 Sep 2003Link
Welcome, James and Joanna. James, the different forums are special
periodic discussions we hold with guest doc luminaries. Joanna,
impossible to answer questions like that in a forum like this. I
suggest you hire a good experienced editor or consulting editor.

Joanna
Mon 8 Sep 2003Link
:(

Doug...
I am a one person show with no budget and I want to do this to the
best of my ability :) I am only a student.
I know its a little much..
But i was just wondering if there was anyone out there with anything
to share.

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