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Steve Holmes
Sat 9 Jul 2005Link
Welcome, Benjamin!

Keri Dillingham
Mon 1 Aug 2005Link
Hi everyone---I'm Keri and I have recently been considering creating
a documentary for awhile, but I have no training at all in the field.
There is an injustice being committed, due to ignorance and lack of
education, which desperately needs attention in order to stop the
current atrocities, but that's about as far as I have gotten with the
idea. If the expense stays under $8000, I can fund the project
myself, but I am afraid that I will not turn out a great film or even
finish it. If that happens, I will have failed in helping with this
issue---should I find a professional to assist in the process?

Doug Block
Mon 1 Aug 2005Link
welcome, keri. don't know if you need a professional, per se, but
you do need someone who knows how to shoot and someone who can edit,
not to mention have access to equipment. but hard to advise when you
don't say how long the film will be or what's involved. maybe you can
take this to the Mentoring Room.

Steve Holmes
Tue 2 Aug 2005Link
Welcome, Keri. Yes, please tell us more.

Grace Stahre
Tue 2 Aug 2005Link
Hello,
I recently made the career leap from the tech world to documentaries
and docudramas. I've worked on a few small productions, but nothing
that is yet completed. Currently I am working on :

- A 30 minute educational documentary about the Camisea natural gas
pipeline in Peru
- A longer documentary about the environmental and human rights
issues created by the pipeline construction and operation
- A silent docudrama about social stratification in America by
following the lives of illegal immigrants, legal immigrants, and the
poor and the wealthy brought together by a small restaurant
- My father's 35th high school reunion, which has had quite a few
requests for weight adjustment and hair color touchup effects

So I gave up the suburban condo, moved into the city, and am snug in
a basement apartment. I'm taking the next year or so to learn as
much as I can about all stages of production, taking classes,
volunteering on shoots, and being nosey.

I have my own camera and editing system and in the past 5 months
have filmed in Vermont blizzards and Peruvian rainforests. Loving
the independance... Wondering how long the savings account will
last. :)

Looking forward to being a part of the community and being an active
contributor as time goes on.

Steve Holmes
Wed 3 Aug 2005Link
Welcome, Grace. You have a lot on your plate (though, as a doc
maker, there won't be much food on it). Where is the restaurant
that's the focal point of the docudrama?

Doug Block
Wed 3 Aug 2005Link
welcome, and good luck on all the projects, grace. i assume when you
say a silent doc you mean to music. i'm curious if there's a
particular reason why you're doing it in that style.

Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Aug 2005Link
Grace is one of the D-Worders who I met "offline" first, at an
environmental film festival. She is crazy. She gave up an I-don't-
know-how-many-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars-a-year job in the IT
industry to pursue an indie media-maker life.

Grace, you will miss that job. :-)

Randolfe Wicker
Sat 6 Aug 2005Link
I've been a video-maker since I bought my first video camera in 1969.
I've retired from running an art deco lighting business and want to
master documentary making.

I bought a Sony HC42 mini-dv camera and have been exploring the
intersection of art, commerce and politics at street fairs. I've
focused on gay pride fairs specifically because they reveal a
fascinating glimpse of a world many people are interested in but a
society few understand.

I've done interviews at six different gay events. I also explored a
street fair sponsored by a homeless soup kitchen and another sponsored
by a Park Avenue Association in Manhattan on the same day a few blocks
apart.

I've started attending events at the Apple store in Soho. I'm
comfortable but not wealthy. I can afford to spend $10,000 to $20,000
on camera, sound and editing equipment.

Is this the best way to go? I've been reading here and also at DV
Info Net. I'm particularly interested in getting into the new world of
video blogging --"vloging".

Does anyone have any additional resources to suggest I explore?

Christian Cudnik
Sun 7 Aug 2005Link
HI everyone,
I am a newbie and enjoying the site. There are so many questions to
ask, but I figured I'd say hello first! I am working on a ballet
documentary and have just started using FCP. I use to work in Imovie.
Now, I need to figure out how to convert Imovie DV files to the FCP
DV format. Any suggestions? I think maybe this is a rendering
situation, but I a newbie!

Doug Block
Sun 7 Aug 2005Link
Welcome Randolfe and Christian. We generally try to answer the
technical questions at The Mentoring Room topic.

That said, I haven't a clue about converting IMovie to FCP. Randolfe,
I assume you're going the FCP route. Why not just get the most
storage and memory you can, good monitors, and go to town?

Jasmine Adams
Mon 8 Aug 2005Link
New person on site. I'm a student at Curtin University in Westerna
Australia and I joined the site to try and find out some legal
information for a doco I'm planning.

Doug Block
Mon 8 Aug 2005Link
fire away in the Mentoring Room topic, jasmine. glad you found us.

Jasmine Adams
Mon 8 Aug 2005Link
'm glad I found you too!

Jeff Palmer
Fri 12 Aug 2005Link
well, after a few weeks of surfing the web on and off, I think I found
what I was looking for. An online forum specifically catered to
documentaries. ahem, excuse me: to the D-word.

I'll attempt to avoid a long-winded monologue about myself, my past
projects, struggles... et al... and keep it short'n'sweet.

I have two projects that are both shot and have remained dormant for
the last 7 years - ouch - at least. Both focus on New Hampshire
subjects: one involves a barber that sold used records at his shop and
the other centers around two contra fiddlers who are still alive and
playing.

So much time has lapsed since shooting all the footage, I have found
that my initial interest in the material has changed immensely. So
much so that I'm now trying to grasp the same inspiration I was
bubbling with when I captured all the footage - so that I might
finally edit the pieces. Ugh. And I can't even blame the lack or
expense of technology anymore. Now I really DO have all the tools.

(here I go, rambling) gotta keep this short...

There you have it. Time + different sensibilities = box of tapes.

I know there's a story buried in those hours of footage... or at least
I had one in mind when shooting. How does one turn the light on again?
Without that same inspiration I feel the editing will lack a voice -
and that makes for dull storytelling. I'm a different person, but the
footage remains the same. Hmmm...

I've enjoyed reading some of the above posts and look forward to
learning more. Will check back when time allows...

Cheers,
Jeff

Doug Block
Fri 12 Aug 2005Link
welcome, jeff. my advice is to simply view and log your footage. if,
at the end, you aren't inspired then let it sit. if you are, think
about editing a 5 to 10 minute sample for fundraising purposes. my
guess is you'll find your inspiration again.

Jeff Palmer
Fri 12 Aug 2005Link
thanks doug. sound advice.
i feel as though it's a bit like Plato's cave. now that i've had some
distance from the footage and reviewed every angle of it, my attitude
towards the material changed. i'm now looking at it with a more mature
set of eyes - which certainly isn't a bad thing - it just changes the
perspective some.

anyone got a time machine I can borrow?
~ Jeff

Randolfe Wicker
Sat 20 Aug 2005Link
I've been having a lot of fun recently at the Yahoo videoblogging
site.

I would also encourage those coming here to check out the Current
TV "studio" page where they can learn how to submit video and also
get to "judge" videos that have been submitted to Current for
consideration.

For those who really want to get on the "cutting edge", I'd suggest
exploring the following resources involving "vlogging":

August 20, 2005 update:

CBS News covered one site listed below and that newscast can be
watched via this link:
http://tinyurl.com/aaamm

The kind of unique sharing of personal experience that vlogging
makes possible is demonstrated by this vlog in which a young woman
takes us into her doctor's office while she undergoes a bioptsy.
http://8bitme.blogspot.com/2005/08/biopsy-day-arrives.html

This site has great free tutorials:



http://freevlog.org/



The Yahoo video bloggers discussion group is really a fantastic
resource with a lot of interaction going on.

videoblogging

1175 Members, Archives: Public

Videoblogging is taking off. We discuss practical issues (bandwidth,
process, need for a videoblogging tool) and more philosophical
issues (why and what is a videoblog? ...). Join the conversation! A
very good group has gathered here to make videoblogging a reality.
Creators and developers are equally welcome and needed. Here are the
steps to take to best take advantage of this group: 1. Make a
videoblog. Freevlog explains how to videoblog for free. Feevlog
explains how to videoblog for a fee. ( ...(more)





Before discovering FireANT, I was drawn into exploring the vlog
universe through this site. Click on the “make your own vlogroll”
link above the displayed video frames on the opening page. By
checking those vlogs that look interesting and then continuing to
the bottom of the page, you can have them open in a vertical row and
you can check them out quickly.

http://videoblogging-universe.com/



At the Apple store in SoHo, they will have a second monthly
presentation described here. (Film Archives in Manhattan is
starting a monthly presentation of the best vlogs after a successful
recent event.)



Videoblogging

Join videobloggers as they show their favorite videos and viewing
tools, discuss video blog creation, and share tips and techniques.
Learn how you can create your own video blog for free!
August 27, 7:00 p.m.

A vlog that does a pretty good job when stacked up against
professional commentators/newscasters
is:http://www.rocketboom.com/vlog/archives/2005/08/rb_05_aug_01.html

The funniest and most talented humorous vlog I’ve found to date is:

http://www.jonnygoldstein.com/2005/08/06/yanni_goldthtein_holithtic_h
ealer_holithtic_videoblogging.php



A vlog that is polished and professional, one that loads and plays
in a way that proves real quality is possible can be found at:
http://fauxpress.blogspot.com/2005/08/kites-meditation-on-romantic-
love.html

A vlog which is so open about personal matters, it is absolutely
chilling, can be found at: (updated every Monday)
http://www.tonyhayden.com/

This video captures the spirit of the vlogging world.

http://randomshow.com/media/video/20050804a.mov






The best discussion I’ve found about digital video has been at:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/

Marco Raaphorst
Tue 30 Aug 2005Link
Hello,

My name is Marco Raaphorst. I work as a composer and sound designer
for all sorts of media. I am located in The Hague, The Netherlands.

I have done all sorts of projects, some of them internationally. I did
some work for Dutch RTL Sport and the Canadian CBC's ZED-TV. But I
would like to find composition work for documentaries since I am a big
fan of documentaries myself. My music can fit like a glove with the
imaging, or be the contrast, if that's what we want :)

For a brief introduction about my work, please check
http://melodiefabriek.nl

--
Regards,

Marco Raaphorst

Melodiefabriek
Van den Boschstraat 286
2595 AH The Hague
The Netherlands

+31-703470409, +31-645492000

http://melodiefabriek.nl/

Doug Block
Tue 30 Aug 2005Link
welcome, marco. glad you found us.

Kylie Purcell
Mon 26 Sep 2005Link
HI,

My name is Kylie Purcell and I am a third year Television Production
at Charles Sturt University in NSW, Australia. I am currently
working on a Research Paper in which I have decided to focus
on 'Editing the Documentary', and the different approaches taken in
cutting a doco as opposed to say a fictional work.
If anyone has any info or knows where I can find some i'd be very
grateful!
-Thanks

Doug Block
Mon 26 Sep 2005Link
Well, Kylie, you might start by reading our conference: The Art of
the Documentary Editor {LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Kylie Purcell
Tue 27 Sep 2005Link
wow- i should have looked around more. This is place is excellent!!
Thanks

Doug Block
Tue 27 Sep 2005Link
well, we think so ;-)

Robert Lampe
Fri 30 Sep 2005Link
hello,

my name is robert, i have made a couple shorter documentaries, combining
elements of docs and experimental film. i am in the VERY early stages of
a (hopefully) feature length doc, and i am writing a script which i
would like to shoot in the documentary style, because not only is that
stylistically appealing to me, but i find that it is the best
environment for everyone involved in the film to truly be at their most
creative, but i could write a novel on my theories about that, so i will
just stop right there. this place looks like a wonderful community.

Steve Holmes
Fri 30 Sep 2005Link
Welcome, RObert. Sounds like you have big plans.

Michael Lieberman
Fri 30 Sep 2005Link
I'm Michael Lieberman, from Binghamton, NY and recent college
graduate.

Currently working on a documentary about an Iraq war veteran,
who's now speaking out against the war.

I enjoy the process immensely, as if every day shooting is an
education in life skills and cinema, which is more than I ever
got in college, believe me.

This is the best forum I've seen on documentary filmmaking and I
look forward to spending time here.

Steve Holmes
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
Welcome, Michael. Go Binghamton Mets! Yeah, there's a limit to what
a college, even a film school, teaches you about making a film. The
rest is here on D-Word.

Doug Block
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
Welcome, Robert and Michael. Wishing you both good luck on your
projects.

Mechelle Martz
Tue 4 Oct 2005Link
Hello! My name is Mechelle Martz. I am currently working on a
Master's Degree at Colorado State University. I have been working
in media for 10 years and have some ideas for some doumentary films
that I would like to create. However, within those ideas my main
focus has become the effectiveness of documentary film to distribute
a message or information. I am currently working on a thesis to
study the social effects of documentary film and if there is a way
to determine if documentary films are able to motivate communities,
governments, and social groups to action.
I have found a ton of information on production and astethic
evaluation of documentary films but very little on follow up
assesment or study on if the film had been effective in
communicating it's message to an audience. How many people see your
documentary? Has the documentary started social movements, changed
government policies? Does anyone evaluate the after effects of
thier documentary film? Do they care?
I hope by joining this forum I may gain some insight into these
areas. Maybe some of you may have more information or ideas of
where I can find possible studies in this area.
Maybe I can give some PR/Marketing expertise to those who need it.
Either way I'm looking forward to getting some tips as well.
Thanks,

Mechelle Martz
mechellem@gmail.com

Steve Holmes
Wed 5 Oct 2005Link
Welcome, Mechelle! You're working on a fascinating study. Tough to
nail down some of that stuff, how big an effect a film has. You
might start by reading Sandi Dubowski's archived online conference
on outreach. Scroll down on the front page.

Mechelle Martz
Wed 5 Oct 2005Link
Thanks for the suggestion. I will take a look!

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 5 Oct 2005Link
Mechelle, even though it didn't change the administration, Fahrenheit
911 has an enormous impact on the discourse of last year's elections
and Michael Moore was able through his site and through partnerships
with other organizations to promote grassroots mobilization for
progressive causes.

Also do some research on Erroll Morris' Thin Blue Line which impacted
the outcome of a prison sentence.

As far as other films which have had grassroots impact, I'd recommend
looking at the catalogue of the past few years of the Council on
Foundations Film Festival. They celebrate films which are
specifically geared towards impact.

You may also want to think about attending the Center for Social
Media's Why Media Matters seminar which will be held in Washington DC
in February 2006.

Mechelle Martz
Thu 6 Oct 2005Link
Erica,
I have gotten some information on Fahrenheit 911. I have heard of
Thin Blue Line, but I will look into it further it - thanks for the
suggestion! I have been struggling with trying to find specific
films to focus on.
I am trying to decide if or how to narrow down my thesis to
something manageable. I may end up looking specifically at only a
few films or at an organization that is using documentary film for
issue awareness or impact, but I am still in the information
gathering process.
I am glad I found this site as it is nice to be able to talk with
others that have an interest in what documentary film can do. It
gives me some insight and ideas on where to look and what I am
missing. Thank you!

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 6 Oct 2005Link
Juvies is another one you should look at.

Maria Vougioukalaki
Wed 26 Oct 2005Link
hello!!
i just introduced myself in d world and i have a question..I cant add
a topic here??If not how i can ask something which is out of topic
comparing to the existing ones???
PS:this is maria im greek studying film in paris i want to work in
editing i have a little pro experience in documentaries and my
wildest dream would be finishing my hair metal documentary(i should
do a gallop if anybody would be interested in watching that:p).Im so
happy to be here guys
take care:)

Doug Block
Wed 26 Oct 2005Link
i see you made it here, maria. welcome (again).

Maria Vougioukalaki
Thu 27 Oct 2005Link
doug ure a sweetheart!!!
so what do u think guys about hair metal???any fans possibly(again im
full of optimism;p)

Mary Carroll-hackett
Sat 29 Oct 2005Link
hi. i'm a fiction writer and teacher living in small town virginia. i
have no filmmaking experience at all beyond pulling cords as a PA on
a few very low budget horror indies back in my twenties. i've sold a
couple of scripts to indie producers, but i'm preparing to try my
hand at my own documentary, following a poor single mom who has gone
back to college--a story i know since i did it myself ten years ago.
i've been reading and watching everything i can get my hands on; the
search led me here. i have so much to learn! glad to have found it.

Doug Block
Sun 30 Oct 2005Link
glad you found us, too, mary. good luck with your doc and feel free
to ask questions in The Mentoring Room topic.

Wilson Santos
Tue 8 Nov 2005Link
hi. my name is wilson santos. i graduated in 1996 with a BA in
english and a minor in film. i did a 6 week intensive course in
filmmaking at NYU and have taken several scriptwriting seminars. i
wrote my first feature film in 1997 and sold it to a swiss
independent filmmaker. he has yet to produce the film so the rights
will revert back to me this coming year. i just finished the rough
draft of my second full feature.

i have been exploring the possibility of producing a documentary
lately, which brings me to this forum. i have no experience in video
production as my background is film, but i do have a good concept of
screen composition. i am no stranger to organizing and producing
things either, so i think i can handle such a project. i have several
questions though and would like to know which is the best place to
ask. some techinical questions as well as financial questions.

looking forward to learning from those here who have more experience.

nice forum

Doug Block
Tue 8 Nov 2005Link
thanks, wilson. try the "mentoring room" topic.

Rudy Castro
Wed 9 Nov 2005Link
Hello fellow film makers, my name is Rudy Castro, born and raised
in Los Angeles, CA. I have just joined this wonderful community
and i am very exctied about the project im working on. Im telling
the story of two women in 1975 who founded a female clique of one
of the longest standing East LA gangs. Thirty years later, one of
the founders died leaving behind three adult children who each are
following a different path seeking an answer to their loss. One
of the paths is to locate their father, who was also a part of the
gang, after ten years to confront him. To tell him that his first
love is dead and that his first grandchild has been born.

Anyways, i just wanted to introduce myself and begin dialogue.
This website has been very informative, insightful and inspiring.
To all of the contributors, my upmost gratitute.

This will be my first feature length documentary. I have a
bachelors in Sociology, directed a short doc, and have been
working in film medium for about two years. Im currently in the
early stages of production on a self funded budget. Looking to
continue pushing the project further along with the help of you
all.
thank you

Doug Block
Wed 9 Nov 2005Link
sounds like a great project, rudy. welcome and good luck!

Carolyn Allen
Tue 22 Nov 2005Link
Hi, I'm Carolyn Allen. I'm completing my first educational
documentary "Backyard Nature Safari" to encourage young children
to discover the wonder in their yards and parks. I'm in Los
Angeles and am eager to meet other documentary filmmakers. I have
written a couple scripts with heavy nature themes...and am so
excited about finding this group! Yeah!

Ben Kempas
Tue 22 Nov 2005Link
Welcome to The D-Word Safari, Carolyn. Discover the wonder!

Denka Dohre
Tue 22 Nov 2005Link
Hello everyone, my name is Pekka and I'm a full time student, not in
film school though. I'm new to film making and have no experience, but
what I do have is an idea close to my heart and the people to work
with me; two camera men and an editor. Unfortunately I have no
experience in searching for financing and that's what I'm trying to do
now. To be more accurate, I'm trying to learn how to do that right
now. It will be a feature length documentary about mixed martial arts,
and I'm looking for consultancy as how I should go on about things
other than technical issues with shooting the film, meaning producing
it etc. I'm hoping to make few connections in here.. we'll see!

So far the project is being going on with big heart. Hopefully we can
move forward as soon as possible.

Doug Block
Wed 23 Nov 2005Link
Welcome, Pekka, and good luck with your project. You might want to
read a couple of conferences we've done in here: Selling in the
International Marketplace and Fundraising for Docs, in particular.

Margarita Levasseur
Thu 24 Nov 2005Link
My name is Margarita Levasseur. I just wrote my first treatment
with the help of a friend with whom I am collaborating with for a
television magazine/documentary series. I am intersted in knowing
where, or how, I can get names of people to contact and also how to
get funding. Any help and guidance I can get would be very much
appreciated.

Doug Block
Thu 24 Nov 2005Link
welcome, margarita. that's a very general question, so it's hard to
answer. lots of good books on the subject. go directly to morrie
warshawski and carol dean's conference here on Fundraising for Docs.

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