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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
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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
Wed 30 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
Wed 30 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
Wed 30 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
Wed 13 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
Sun 17 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.

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