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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
Sun 13 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
Fri 1 Aug 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
Fri 1 Aug 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
Mon 18 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
Sun 24 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
Sat 30 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
Thu 4 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
Thu 4 Sep 2003Link
Greetings, Viktor/Zion. Glad you found us and hope you find this
place useful.

Doug Block
Thu 4 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
Thu 4 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
Mon 8 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.

Doug Block
Mon 8 Sep 2003Link
You can ask whatever you want in the Mentoring topic, Joanna. This
is mainly for introductions.

Doug Sapp
Thu 18 Sep 2003Link
hello i am new
i live on the lost coast, in fortuna california.

Doug Block
Fri 19 Sep 2003Link
Hello new Doug. Welcome.

Tony Brave
Thu 2 Oct 2003Link
hau (hello)

I am a newbie to this site and to documentaries. I am native ameican and live in
southwestern South Dakota USA. I work for a Native Ameican College (Oglala lakota
College). I am a musican and have been interested in film and video for some time
but have not had the resources. Well I now do. Our college has supported me and
now I have two digital cameras, non-linear editing system, protools gear and plan on
purshasing an HD camera. Right now there are only two of us doing the work. I am in
the process of learning all the software required. The other person wears other hats
also.

We are interested in recording our tribal histories and stories. I can't wait to see all
the resources available here.

Mike Green
Thu 2 Oct 2003Link
Tony, Welcome. If you're not awareof http://www.nativetelecom.org
native american public television, that site will have some
interesting information for you. I'm working on a project with
native alaskans... one of my advisors is a musician with Pamyua and
they are providing some of the key music for my film...

And not to bury you under too much information but there's a good
link for advice on gathering oral histories
http://www.h-net.org/~oralhist/

if you use their search function you can find some good articles to
guide you on both recording technique and ideas for planning
projects.

Good luck with your projects

I don't check in here regularly but on of our members told me of
your posting so if you have questions feel free to email me (but
note I'll be gone from Oct 10 to Nov 5.

mikegreen@mail.com
www.camediainc.com

Ben Kempas
Thu 2 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Tony! Make sure to introduce yourself in
{LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well.

Ryan Johnson
Sat 4 Oct 2003Link
Hi,

I am new to the page and docs. I am a chemical engineer in canada.
Have been interested in movie making since i was very young, first
production used the editing method of videotaping playback on a tv.
Just finished a five minute documentary and LOVED it. Want to go
further, want more info, excited to find the site.

Doug Block
Sat 4 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Ryan.

Michele Speciale
Mon 6 Oct 2003Link
Hey everyone,

I'm in my second year at university, taking some film courses, and
trying to figure out how to start a career in film. right now im
really anxious to get started making my own films, including
documentaries, but i don't know how to get started..and so i'm here
to find out!..im really new to it all, so I'm glad to have found this
site/forum :)

Michele

Doug Block
Mon 6 Oct 2003Link
Glad you found us, Michele. Now, get a camera and start shooting!

Jill Wellawella
Mon 6 Oct 2003Link
new to this forum. am in the process of making my 3rd film. this one
has to be good, so I am very interested in thoughts and experiences
of others.

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
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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
Thu 23 Oct 2003Link
Welcome all. Federica, are you the same Federica I met in
Bardonecchia who was pitching the project on garden gnomes?

Brian Schneider
Thu 23 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
Thu 23 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.

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