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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
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
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.

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.

Ben Kempas
Sat 25 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Theocharis! Bring some sun with you ...

PS. Glad to hear that they've put an end to that strike ...

Julia Guest
Sun 26 Oct 2003Link
Hi

I just found this forum through a posting on Shooting People, UK.
And just read through Kate Amends debate, excellent. I have just
completed a 52 minute doc, direction, camera and editing, and would
love not to repeat that particular approach.. a healthy editor
relationship would be fantastic.

If anyone has suggestions on which film festivals to enter right now
that would be a big help. The subject is new Iraqi journalists, all
character led, and so far everyone that has seen it has been gripped.

I look forward to further debates.

Ben Kempas
Sun 26 Oct 2003Link
Julia and all other documentary professionals - Welcome, and make
sure to join our private forum as well. Membership in
{LINK NOT IMPORTED} is free but not automatic. More info at
www.d-word.com/community - join at www.d-word.com/join

Andy Mosse
Mon 27 Oct 2003Link
Hi there,
First time on this discussion board, doc filmaker from England, self
shooting director and editor. Glad to be onboard discussion. really
interested in finding out more about this one.
I am part of shooting people.com aswell. Currently struggling through
rushes on a project I shot in brazil. Currently working for the BBC
in Bristol and finding it hard to find time to get the cutting done.
Would be good to hear from other people in the same situation

Andy

Ben Kempas
Mon 27 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Andy. {LINK NOT IMPORTED} applies to you as well. :-D

Odele Prince
Mon 27 Oct 2003Link
HI there,

I'm a first time filmmaker, developing an idea about experiences of
asylum, whilst working as a researcher for a company in London called
Legal Network Television. So I've joined to learn and hopefully be
encouraged by experiences of other filmmakers out there!

Ben Kempas
Mon 27 Oct 2003Link
A big welcome to you as well, Odele.

Miguel angel Fernandez
Mon 27 Oct 2003Link
Hi!!
I'm a Digital Media student in his final year.My final project is
going to be a Documentary.It will be film and edit on digital
plattaforms.I found this disscussion board doing Internet research
and I find it the best place to learn about documentary world.Talk to
all soon,Byeee

Doug Block
Mon 27 Oct 2003Link
Welcome, Miguel.

Federica Martino
Wed 29 Oct 2003Link
This is for Erica. Yes. I'm the same Federica you met in
Bardonecchia. I've finally decided to take your word and joined the d-
forum. Nice to see your voice again!

Aaron Huslage
Thu 30 Oct 2003Link
Hello everyone. I'm just trying to get involved in documentary
production. I've been a UNIX System Administrator for the last 10
years and am working on a major career change.

I have a lot of experience with live broadcast production graphics as
well (sports mainly...not really my cup of tea).

I'm working on moving back out to North Carolina (home) from Portland
Oregon to pursue this further. Duke University has what appears to be
a fabulous Center For Documentary Studies and offers a certificate.

I'd be interested in stories and pointers on making this journey and
also what your impressions of the Duke program are.

Great community you've built here Doug, I look forward to
participating fully.

Doug Block
Fri 31 Oct 2003Link
thanks, aaron. wish i could give you some feedback about duke but i can't. as for stories about the journey, maybe these ones will help...


Meghan Treese
Mon 10 Nov 2003Link
Hello all. My name is Meghan. I recently bought the DVX100 and am
currently shooting a doc on Los Angeles gang life and breaking the
cycle of violence. Although I have worked in the film industry for 9
years in feature production, this is my first doc. A friend
recommended this site and so far I am very excited.

Doug Block
Mon 10 Nov 2003Link
Welcome, Meghan. Glad you found us. This is the public forum and
you've registered for the professional community. So when you receive
your welcome email, be sure to introduce yourself again there.

Kate Palmer
Tue 11 Nov 2003Link
Hi, there. I'm making my first doc about current elements of space technology
development, and I'm so glad to find good a forum site! I've had great success so far
getting participation from leaders in the field, for interviews and such. The problems
that I'm running into are in the areas of accounting and legal. Is it standard to involve
a lawyer if you're getting sponsors, but not investors? And do I need an accountant if
I have temp employees, or is a payroll company OK? Any resources that address
these concerns would be MUCH appreciated! And thanks for setting up the forum!

Doug Block
Tue 11 Nov 2003Link
Welcome, Kate. Most entertainment lawyers do a free short phone
consult for potential clients. Generally, though, you don't need a
lawyer until you start dealing with contracts. Entertainment lawyer
Mark Litwak has a good website you might check out:
www.marklitwak.com.

Any other questions should go in the Mentoring topic.

Rianne Tol
Fri 14 Nov 2003Link
hello all, I am a senior student journalism. instead of fast news, I
am more interested in documentary-making and filmmaking. I am
presently working on my first documentary; A beginning filmmaker
trying to make a film. The tricky thing is that I and my sister (who
I am doing the doc. with) know the subject personally. This made me
hesitate for a long time. There is a discussion going on about if a
doc.maker is allowed to use actors and all (the tazidrivers in the
Gaza). My question is more; how far is a doc.maker allowed to be
part of the proces and how far should one recognise the presence of
the doc.maker and camera in the documentary.

Doug Block
Fri 14 Nov 2003Link
Just went through the same experience, John. Only last week.
Welcome, Rianne. Docmakers often are part of their own films and
often allow the camera to be acknowledged. You might want to look at
the Ross McElwee conference here for more on the subject.

Paul Hough
Fri 21 Nov 2003Link
Hi all,

Am new to D-word. Am really excited to have found it. Am from
England originally but am now living in the US. Would love to
know about any doc groups in L.A.

Very Best,

Paul Hough
Director
THE BACKYARD

Doug Block
Fri 21 Nov 2003Link
Welcome, Paul. There's a very good LA-based online community called
Doculink: www.doculink.org. A bunch of our members came from there
(and are from LA), so you might want to join our community:
www.d-word.com/join

Paul Hough
Fri 21 Nov 2003Link
Thanks for letting me know!

Very Best,

Paul

Doug Block
Sun 23 Nov 2003Link
Brian's post was really a classified, so I moved it to the
Classifieds topic. We ask for a more personalized intro here.

And just hit that Post button once, folks.

Roos Van as
Mon 24 Nov 2003Link
Hi there,
I met some d-word members - Paul, Ben, Erica, Leon and others- last
night at the idfa (international docu festival Amsterdam), which was
nice! Nice and inspiring. Just checked the war & peace videos and i
like the variety, i like the concept and also i like the films.
I am a freelance journalist based in Amsterdam. I mostly do written
stories and some radio. The last few years i've been doing stuff on
ex-yugoslavia, mostly Serbia & Macedonia, some Croatia, Montenegro
and Bosnia and mostly 'human intersest'and cultural stories.
I've been walking around with some ideas for documentaries (in that
area and in the caucasus)for a while now and i will probably dedicate
a lot of my time next year to realizing one of them. That's why i
came to check this community.
Hope this is enough on myself for now. i'll be around!
roos

Doug Block
Mon 24 Nov 2003Link
More than enough, Roos. Thanks for coming by and welcome. Hope
you'll find this site helpful in your doc endeavors.

Ben Kempas
Tue 25 Nov 2003Link
Roos - welcome ... and check your email.

Adnan Hadzi
Tue 25 Nov 2003Link
nice to see you at the word roos

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 27 Nov 2003Link
Enjoyed meeting you Roos. Good luck with your projects.

Ellen Reynolds
Fri 5 Dec 2003Link
Time to introduce myself -
I am Ellen Reynolds. I live and work in Philadelphia where I am both the post
production supervisor at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at The University of
Pennsylvania, and one of several community video project facilitators and
editing teachers at the Scribe Video Center.
More importantly perhaps, at least here, is my own documentary work. I am
currently working on a portrait of a 92 year old professional poker player in
Atlantic City and through this a look at the pre-casino history in Atlantic City as
well as that (very strange) place today as it relates to the many senior citizens
that retire there in large numbers. Prior to this I've worked primarily on social
issue documentaries. One that is working well is a program completed last
year about the work the New Haven, CT. police dept. is doing in the area of
race relations, a historically problematic area for all police depts., perhaps,
but especailly there. Other work documents models in alternative education.
One example is a 50 minute doc about 12 high school students who go to
Thailand for 2 months to travel and learn about issues there.
Another aspect of my work that interests me very much is the creation of
programs for children. I have created a 1/2 hr. pilot, trailer, and "bible" for 2
proposed series. They are "documentary based" in that they use real
children, situations, locations, and dialogue but I do construct stories in
cooperation with the kids and script the structure. This way of working on
programs cooperatively with children interests me, as does the possibility of
contributing meaningful, interesting, respectful, productive childrens'
television to our children's television landscape. I am especially interested in
learning from the forum what broadcast opportunities are available to
independent makers working for children because through a pretty extensive
few years of research, travelling to children's television conferences
inernationally, and interviewing children's programming executives, I am
coming to the sad conclusion that in the US there is none. The age group I
am working for on these projects is 8-12. I'd love to hear people's thoughts
on this.
My primary tools are the Sony PD-150 and Final Cut Pro, like so many others.
I shoot alone, mainly, or with one other person if I need extra help (but never
more) and edit alone too, so I am in some need of a collaborator. Philadelphia
is quiet when it comes to doc makers coming together and sharing so if you're
from Philly - give a shout out.
Thanks for being here...

Doug Block
Fri 5 Dec 2003Link
Welcome to the Forum, Ellen. Glad to see you posted this on the
Community, as well.

Angie Windschitl
Fri 5 Dec 2003Link
Hi everyone. I have been watching the posts for a week or so and
finally have time to introduce myself. I am a film student at
Brooks Institute of Photography and am heading in the path of
documentaries. I have a few projects under my belt and will be
shooting a documentary for my portfolio film in the spring. Our
school only offers one introductory documentary class and is adding
more right before I graduate, so I am looking elsewhere to learn the
trade.

Along those lines . . . would anyone be willing to let me interview
them (7-10 questions or so) about their involvement in
documentaries? You don't have to be a seasoned professional either,
I would love to chat with people working on their first doc.
Technically it is for a marketing assignment but I've kind of warped
it to fit my desire to see what making docs is like outside of the
school environment. :)

One last thing . . . can anyone recommend some books to check out
about documentary filmmaking?

Doug Block
Fri 5 Dec 2003Link
Welcome, Angie. That's a good question about doc filmmaking books.
Wish I knew. Anyone else out there have a recommendation?

Ben Kempas
Fri 5 Dec 2003Link
Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary by Kevin MacDonald,
Mark Cousins

Erica Ginsberg
Sat 6 Dec 2003Link
examples are a little dated, but i still recommend Directing the
Documentary by Michael Rabiger

Ben Kempas
Sun 7 Dec 2003Link
In the latest DOX issue, Ulla Jacobsen recommends The Documentary
Makers by David A. Goldsmith.

Doug Block
Mon 8 Dec 2003Link
And Ben Kempas writes a fine article about 5 Iranian filmmakers in a
report from Sunny Side of the Doc.

Ben Kempas
Mon 8 Dec 2003Link
Thanks ... DOX is nothing like a book though ...

Robert Goodman
Tue 9 Dec 2003Link
Doing Documentary Work by Robert Coles
Editing Digital Video by yours truly.

Ben Kempas
Tue 9 Dec 2003Link
The latter being highly recommended by yours truly here.

Ben Kempas
Tue 9 Dec 2003Link
Should we go back to the intros and hear who else is out there?

Robert Goodman
Wed 10 Dec 2003Link
wouldn't it be nice to have an eyeball counter - wonder if 2 people
or 200,000 are reading these pages.

Doug Block
Wed 10 Dec 2003Link
Robert, here's the census for the past week on the Forum: 196 visits,
134 forum page hits by 50 users, 204 topic reads by 42 users, 15
postings by 9 users. It always increases many times over when we have
a conference going on.

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