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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

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