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Doug Block
Mon 6 Oct 2003Link
The others didn't have to be good? Anyway, hope this forum helps
this one to be good ;-)

Doug Maimes
Tue 14 Oct 2003Link
Hi! I have no background in filmmaking, but was asked by a close
friend to help (in whatever capacity I can) in the creation of a
documentary. I'm sure can learn some worthwhile basics here, to say
the least! Thanks to all for this forum.

Doug Block
Tue 14 Oct 2003Link
You're quite welcome, Doug. Good luck.

Durrell Dawson
Thu 16 Oct 2003Link
Hey all, I found out about this forum over the summer, but just
decided to register last week. I'm a senior in college interested
in broadcast journalism and I just recently started getting really
interested in documentary film. I interned at a tv station and got
to work on some human interest segments. Hopefully down the line in
my career I'll be able to focus on producing longer form
documentaries.

If nobody minds, I'll probably hassle everyone about their
movie/television viewing habits for one of my research papers in a
few weeks.

Doug Block
Thu 16 Oct 2003Link
welcome, durrell. not sure which topic would be appropriate for
that. this probably isn't the best forum for that.

Michelle De leurme
Fri 17 Oct 2003Link
Hello to all. I am new here and newly returned to Canada from the
Middle East. I am currently taking some courses at the local film
school and focusing on docs. Happy to have found this forum and look
forward to getting to know you all better. Cheers!

Doug Block
Fri 17 Oct 2003Link
Cheers to you, Michelle. Welcome back and welcome to The D-Word.

Federica Martino
Tue 21 Oct 2003Link
Hello everyone! This is my first time at the Utne Cafe Forum. My
name's Federica and I'm a film-maker from Italy who needs a lot of
help in research.
Talk to you soon!

Doug Block
Tue 21 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Federica. Feel free to post any questions in the Mentoring
topic.

Riho Västrik
Tue 21 Oct 2003Link
Hello! I am a documentary producer from Estonia (there is a little
country South of Finland and West of Russia). My company is
specialised to the wild-life and environmental issues. Recently we
released a popular-scientific film about meteorite explosion in
Baltic Sea island Saaremaa. Film is called "Home of the Sun". Our
next big topic is an historical re-enactment of A.T. v. Middendorff's
expedition to Siberia. So - wild things.

Ben Kempas
Tue 21 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Riho. You and all other documentary professionals should
join The D-Word Community (our separate private forum) and introduce
yourself over there {LINK NOT IMPORTED}.

Joining is free but not automatic. Please follow the instructions at
www.d-word.com/join ...

Ruth Somalo Blanco
Wed 22 Oct 2003Link
Hello, I just found about your Forum and I think this is great, I
thoght no longer people care or write about each other. I am from
Spain so I apologize for my misspelling, been working as an AD in
publicity for 4 years, have done 2 short docs and just finished co-
direct, write and produce my first long documentary screened at Made
in Spain section in San Sebastian International Film Festival. I have
attend to all the documentary workshops given by Directors I found in
Spain, and I belong to Docus Madrid Org. I think the present
documentary scene is so good in quality and unreachable that you can
not be up dated, I think this is the best time for documentary in a
lot of years but also the real Industry (I mean make a living out of
filmaking) doesn´t let you in. All my friends also directing are
pitching theyr projects arround the world spending money they don´t
have in order to have somebody interested in buying the project, or
just invest enough money to make it posible. I do not mean to be
pesimistic but I think there is two sides of the story not really
clear defined. One, the romantic and passionate path of making your
own docs with no budget, and sharing them with friends family and a
couple local festivals wich I think is great enough; and the other is
make yourself a living out of professional work with a salary no
matter in wich possition on a film crew. The good thing is that you
can add both and be a happy person.
Those are my initial thoughts to share with u, I will be moving to
London in a month for personal reasons and I know nobody there, so If
any of you will like to have somebody to talk to about documentarys
or life It will be great to let me now. Thanks

Doug Block
Wed 22 Oct 2003Link
Ruth and Pliegerm, welcome. Both of you should check out the
Shooting People listserve - www.shootingpeople.org. Ruth, it's based
in the U.K. and has its own documentary membership.

As Ben mentioned, you might also register for The D-Word Community:
www.d-word.com/join.

Ben Kempas
Wed 22 Oct 2003Link
Martina (alias Pliegerm) - have you read Mark Kurlansky's book on the
World History of Salt?

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 22 Oct 2003Link
Welcome all. Federica, are you the same Federica I met in
Bardonecchia who was pitching the project on garden gnomes?

Brian Schneider
Wed 22 Oct 2003Link
Hey all,
My name is Brian . I am making a return to filmmaking after a
several year hiatus. I graduated from Bard college with a BFA
in film. However I have spent the many years working in
lighting, everything from theaters to museums.
I recently awoke to realize how much I was missing my real
passion. Joining this forum is my first step on the road back
towards what I really want to be doing.
This seems like a great place to start.

Doug Block
Wed 22 Oct 2003Link
Sure is, Brian. Good luck.

Dan Ballance
Thu 23 Oct 2003Link
Hi everyone, my names Dan and i've just bought a Canon XM1 and am
about to start shooting some shortfilms - including docs. My
background is really in sound and music, so at present i don't
really know my aperture from my white balance! I've a lot to learn
and look forward to using this forum, cheers ;-)

Doug Block
Thu 23 Oct 2003Link
Just shoot away, Dan. Welcome and lotsa luck.

Martina Plieger
Thu 23 Oct 2003Link
Heya expressive/Ben
I've read exerpts from this book since it is supposed to be the salt-
"bible". You seem to be quite into this topic. How come?

Btw, I work for a doc-prodco in Hamburg, Germany. We are thinking
about doing something on salt. Currently we are checking the
international market for similar productions.

Ben Kempas
Thu 23 Oct 2003Link
Martina, I was fascinated by Kurlansky's previous book (on fish)
which inspired me to plan a film project. I haven't read "Salt" yet.
Just curious.

Greetings from Munich, and see you in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} soon.

Lucy Nabijou
Thu 23 Oct 2003Link
Hi everyone, I'm Lucy. I'm really interested in ethnographic film and
had a go at making my first documentary over last year and this year,
about an Afghan refugee who lives in London. It was a VERY steep
learning curve (I didn't go to film school) but a great experience.
Still I have so much to learn and this looks like an interesting
place to start. I saw on Shooting People there's a discussion going
on this week with Kate Amend. I just saw Spellbound the other day so
I'm really interested to hear about how she works...

Doug Block
Thu 23 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Lucy. Love your name - it's my daughter's, as well. Glad
you enthused about the conference, but it's actually the guest host,
Yana Gorskaya, who edited Spellbound. Both she and Kate have great
insights to share.

Linnea Peery
Fri 24 Oct 2003Link
Hey, there.

My name's Linnea, I've begun production on my first doc about
music in Cuba and I'm looking forward to learning from some
pros.

Theocharis Polychronis
Fri 24 Oct 2003Link
Hello there in the d-space. I'm just very fresh to this community and
I hope we get fun and excitement.I am a director-editor working in
Athens,Greece, and it's about a year now I have crossed through the
digital era with editing especially. Very interesting but a lot of
questions very often. Hoping discuss all them in an open mind.

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