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Erica Ginsberg
Tue 19 Aug 2003Link
Stephanie, a few thoughts for you in
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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.

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
Thu 18 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
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Ryan Johnson
Fri 3 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
Fri 3 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Ryan.

Michele Speciale
Sun 5 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
Sun 5 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
Thu 16 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!

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