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Bardonecchia. I've finally decided to take your word and joined the d-
forum. Nice to see your voice again!
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
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.
you've registered for the professional community. So when you receive
your welcome email, be sure to introduce yourself again there.
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!
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:
Any other questions should go in the Mentoring topic.
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.
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.