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Ben Kempas
Thu 1 Apr 2004Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forum, Maureen and Christian.

Don't listen to Doug, Maureen - sanity is out of stock here. :-)

What's the subject of the personal doc you have in mind, Christian?

Gary Mack
Thu 1 Apr 2004Link
Hello Everyone !

My name is Gary Mack,

I live in Washington state, USA.

Just finishing up a documentary about Therapeutic Riding for Special Needs
Children. This project was very interesting and educational.

The documentary was shot with a Canon XL1s and edited in Final Cut Pro.

I enjoy documentary work involving the outdoors and horses.

I'm in the planning stages of a doucumentary about the history and curent use
of an area located in southwest Washington called Indina Heaven.

Alway looking for documentary ideas and production techniques.

Looking forward to reading about your projects!

Gary

Doug Block
Thu 1 Apr 2004Link
wlecome, gary and christian. glad you found us.

Lora Covrett
Fri 16 Apr 2004Link
Hi. My name is Lora and I am also new to filmmaking. I've made
three fictional short films. I am currently working on my first
documentary about the paranormal and am looking for information and
guidance from any resources I can find on the net.
This site has been the best resource I have found so far.
I look forward to learning!

Lora

Doug Block
Fri 16 Apr 2004Link
hey, lora, welcome. glad you found us and good luck with your doc.

Kathy Elder
Fri 30 Apr 2004Link
Hi all,

First, an introduction. I am an independent producer working on my first
documentary (I've worked in corporate video for many years). It is about
fragile X syndrome, which is the leading known cause of inherited mental
disability and autism. There is a load of information about the doc on our web
site:
http://www.thinkmediaonline.com

My question is this: does anyone know where I can find legal info about the
circumstances under which I need releases from people who will appear in
our doc? I've been getting releases from primary participants (interviewees,
etc.), but what about people who are at a street festival, for example, or in a
grocery store, that end up on-camera? Do I have to get releases from them
too? Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks,
Kathy

Doug Block
Fri 30 Apr 2004Link
DISCLAIMER: i'm not a lawyer, kathy, but...

i make sure to get releases from anyone who talks on camera in a
visible way. i don't worry about background people, unless the
situation being filmed might cause embarrassment.

but that's me. others might be more paranoid.

Kath Clarida
Mon 3 May 2004Link
Wow - I am blown away - to find such an incredible wealth of
experience and advice. Now I just have to figure out where to post
my questions to suck you brains - thank you for this forum! - I've
been lurking - reading and absorbing all the archives in preparation
for my fist real doc directing challenge. The biggest thing I have
noticed is that the questions that have been circling around my head
are questions that can be asked - that as a neophyte doc director - I
can ask anything and have it answered with respect - way to go D-
Word! You are an anomily.

So who am I? Worked in video and television for 20 years - most for
non-profit aboriginal orgs. and their counterparts - the last 14
years in the Canadian Arctic with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
and it's susiduaries in every concievable production capacity - now
have started a doc production company with a producer and we are
working to market this baby. I have focused on directing for the
last 5 years and it is where I was born to be - anyway - looking
forward to participating in many discussions - asking lots of
questions - thanks again for the forum - Kath

Doug Block
Mon 3 May 2004Link
welcome, kath. you certainly have the professional experience to
register for the d-word community, where you can really suck some
major d-brains: www.d-word.com/community/join.

dave panitz
Mon 10 May 2004Link
hi d-word,

i'm getting starting in documentary in new york this summer. i'm
here to learn about the art and trade of documentary filmmaking and
seek advice from the more-seasoned folks participating in the forums
here. looking forward to talking with all of you!

dave

Doug Block
Tue 11 May 2004Link
welcome, dave.

Gina Morsch
Sat 19 Jun 2004Link
Hello Everyone,

Just a note to say hello. I am embarking on my first documentary, and
am quite nervous, but believe in my subject. I look forward to
talking with and getting to know you all!

Doug Block
Sat 19 Jun 2004Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Gina. Care to tell us a bit more about your
doc?

Jeff Oswald
Wed 23 Jun 2004Link
Hello. My Name is Jeff Oswald. I'm a digital filmmaker from Austin TX. Broadcast sports production and other video production projects pay my rent. I have DVcam gear and editing equipment and I'm going to start a new, no-budget documentary project this week. I'm going to shoot protests outside movie theaters showing Michael Moore's Farenheit 911.

I thought it would be interesting to do this as a collaborative project with shooters across the country contributing from activities in their communities and pooling all the footage.

If you'd like to participate, please send me an e-mail to oswald@austin.rr.com.

This seems to dovetail nicely with the D-Word War and Peace project, so perhaps we can work it into that.

I'll be posting a call for participants in the appropriate thread here. I apologize for the spamming, but I just found this site and want to get this project started. I'll be more of a participant in the future.

Thanks,

Jeff Oswald


Doug Block
Wed 23 Jun 2004Link
Welcome, Jeff. Just curious whether your project supports the
protests or, as it were, is protesting the protests. I mean, if
someone is interested in participating it's always good to know what
the project is about.

Agnes Varnum
Tue 29 Jun 2004Link
Hi: My friend Erica Ginsberg is always saying good things about D-
Word and introducing me to people from here, so I figured it was
time I got on the stick. I'm the assistant director of the Center
for Social Media at American University, and work with a myriad of
festivals. I'm also working on two short films now (more on that
later, I suppose)! Do members read these newbie postings? All the
best, Agnes Varnum

Doug Block
Tue 29 Jun 2004Link
you're in the wrong area, agnes. this is the public forum. you'll
want to join the community: www.d-word.com/community/join.

Daneeta Loretta Saft
Wed 30 Jun 2004Link
Hi. My name is Daneeta Loretta Saft. I'm an independent filmmaker
based out of London but originally from the States (New Orleans).
I've just completed principal photography on a feature-length
documentary entitled Tokyo Cowboys (www.tokyocowboys.com). The film
follows a group of long-term residents for 18 months as they
negotiate themselves around the post modern urban frontier that is
Tokyo. I'm looking for completion funding so that I can edit the 450
hours of footage that I've managed to rack up. I plan to start
editing in August and finish at the end of this year. I graduated
from the London Film School after spending 7 years in Tokyo working
as a writer.

Doug Block
Thu 1 Jul 2004Link
welcome, daneeta. you might want to check out the "selling in the
international marketplace" forum here {LINK NOT IMPORTED} - as well as jan and
diana's 45-pg. report (see the banner link). the info is still very
current.

Karim Missouri
Thu 8 Jul 2004Link
Hi folks,
I would like to thank the D-WORD for this interesting forum, and
also thank all the contributors. I am not a documentary filmmaker
but would like to seek some advice on how to create a documentary.
do I need any licenses? as for the equipments I know I 'll need some.
I am Moroccan residing in the US. I used to work in the social work
field, responsible for social activities such as violence against
women, child abuse, Rape, Divorce, Prostitution, traditions, etc. We
conducted various researches, the only thing back there we didn't
have the equipment and techniques to create a professional
documentary films. Actually I have a limitted badget,tons of
experiences and ideas, optimism,guts, Languages ( speak
Moroccan/Egyptian/Middle Eastern Arabic, Tamazight, French, English
and some spanish. my aim is not only dealing with social issues but
cultural, political and religious ones. I welcome anybody who shares
the same ideas and ambitions.
sp please what would you recommand of creating a documentary film
for a novice person? Any information would be so appreciated.

Doug Block
Thu 8 Jul 2004Link
Welcome, Karim. Have you tried taking a basic documentary production
course? That would seem the obvious first step. Good luck.

Karim Missouri
Thu 8 Jul 2004Link
Thanks dbblock, I haven't really tried to take any basic documentary
production courses, simply because I don't know where to get them.
btw do you recommend any book or web site etc? thanks in advance.
as for conducting researches/surveys, writing reports, interviewing
people, dealing with the goverment administrations etc I do have
some experiences and knowledge.
good luck to you too dbblock.

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 8 Jul 2004Link
Karim, knowing where you are based in the U.S. would be helpful in
recommending a production course. I would recommend that before a
book or website because you will probably benefit by having access to
the equipment and others who are doing the same thing you are. Very
often you can find cheap, basic production courses at your local
public access television station or community college. This might be
a good place to start. Here are some links to some public access
stations in the U.S.:

http://www.sfctc.org/usaccess.htm
http://www.openchannel.se/cat/linksus.htm
http://www.world.std.com/~rghm/alpha.htm

Karim Missouri
Fri 9 Jul 2004Link
Hi Erica, thanks for your interesting input. the links are so
helpful. I live in Fayetteville, Arkansas and that community access
television building is not that far from where I live. I am going to
go ahead and contact them. I eally do appreciate your help Erica and
everybody who contributes in this forum.
have a great evening.

Cameron Page
Wed 14 Jul 2004Link
Hi there, just thought I would introduce myself. I'm a medical
student about to embark on a documentary about the 43 million
uninsured people in this country. Yes, I've heard that Michael Moore
is making his next film about the U.S. healthcare system, and I
figure him drawing attention to the issue can only help.

Anyway, I have a very basic camera (Sony PDx10) and an Azden wireless
mic, and a bunch of friends willing to help out. I'm looking for
tips on common beginner mistakes, and any suggestions that you
grizzled veterans would be kind enough to throw my way. Thanks!

Cameron

Karim Missouri
Thu 15 Jul 2004Link
Hello Cameron,
If your question in the forum was addressed to me. I am so sorry to
tell you that I am a novice too and don't know much technically
about film documentaries, I've just start taking classes about the
production etc. but I do have some experiences in documentation and
conducting researches and surveys. so my advice to you is to put
everything on the paper first.
- Write a script about your subject
-divide your script to different scenes
- Make some researches on your subject (if somebody has already done
etc)
-Human resources (make sure to get some commitments from people who
will help you not only verbally but also written in return to give
them credits or something like that.
- Financial resources (who is your sponsor, funding etc have you
gotten any written
Assurance etc.
-Technical resources (is your equipment audio-visual are operating
properly and professionally? are you or do you have any reliable
people who knows well about directing, lighting, sound etc?
also you might need some authorizations, I don't know about the US
but in Morocco you will need the authorization of Moroccan
cinematographic center to start filming then you need the music
clearance authorization from the copyright center, if you are going
to use somebody’s music in your documentary.
Finally I always urge newbies like me if they believe in the subject
to go for it.
Good luck

Robert Goodman
Thu 15 Jul 2004Link
Welcome. There are lots of good books on making docs.
Some have been discussed in The Mentoring Room: Ask the Working Pros.

Will Blesch
Fri 16 Jul 2004Link
Hi there folks,

I am a beginning film maker living in the Houston (Soon to be Austin)
area.

A partner and I are about to embark on a documentary journey that I
am pretty excited about.

I was given the link to this site by someone in the Austin film group
(A yahoo group.)

I am totally looking forward to reading these forums and asking
questions and learning in general!

Erica Ginsberg
Fri 16 Jul 2004Link
Cameron, first of all, clarify your topic and your likely audience.
Obviously you can't talk to 43 million uninsured people so find one
or a few who can serve as representative of the whole. Think about a
way to surprise us and tell your story in a way that is different
from how you would see it on the evening news or if Michael Moore
were telling it. How are the uninsured having an impact on our
economy in ways we don't usually think of (i.e., beyond emergency
rooms being used for primary care or mothers choosing welfare over
work because at least their kids will get some kind of health
coverage).

Identify your audience from the start. No film can be marketed to
everyone, so think about whether you are preaching to the choir or
trying to influence legislators, medical professionals, small
business owners, etc. Are you trying to encourage change in one
community, one state or the country as a whole?

In terms of production, if your friends have no experience in film,
count on them to help with ideas, production assistance, outreach,
and helping to keep you motivated. Ideally get a real cameraperson.
If you shoot it yourself, practice a lot first (maybe doing some pre-
interviews with potential subjects) and invest in a good tripod. And
do get an experienced soundman. The biggest mistake of many
beginners is trying to do too much yourself when you really need to
focus on directing. So-so camerawork is forgiveable for a compelling
topic. Bad sound is not.

Doug Block
Sat 17 Jul 2004Link
Welcome, Will. Glad you found us and good luck with your doc.

Tim Hardy
Mon 19 Jul 2004Link
Hi folks-

I'm Tim and I'm heading to Africa. Anyone with a camera & skills want to come?

Tim

Mike Lamb
Mon 19 Jul 2004Link
Hi Doug and friends,

I am a broadcaster/talk show host currently in pre-production for my
first doc. I've produced a couple of infomercials, some TV spots and
thousands of radio spots.

I host and produce a radio program about doing business and making
money using the Internet.

I plan on funding my doc using Internet income streams.

I found this forum by doing my research for producing a documentary.
You guys do an exceptional job here.

I'm looking for good advice (which I've already discovered with this
group), smart ideas and other creative ways to produce, promote and
make noise with my work.

I hope to meet many of you through this effort.

Thanks and have fun.

Mike Lamb
Host, The Moneyroom Show
dword@moneyroom.com

Cameron Page
Tue 20 Jul 2004Link
Just wanted to say thanks to Erica and Karim, I appreciate the
input. Good luck with your projects, hope you keep us updated!

Doug Block
Tue 20 Jul 2004Link
Welcome, Tim. Mike, anyone funding a doc through internet income
streams has more to teach us than vice versa ;-) Perhaps we can
adjourn to the Mentoring Room topic and you can tell us your plans for
fundraising. Consider me fascinated...

Karim Missouri
Tue 20 Jul 2004Link
You are welcome Cameron. feel free to contact me with your
question . I would be more than happy to help.
Good luck

Rill
Sat 21 Aug 2004Link
Hi. New here. Curious and want to get connected to other filmmakers.
I'm shooting a doc about dog fighting -- but my original script sucks.
Now what? Man, now that I've done a few interviews, there's a lot
more to the story. Also want to fund creatively by doing screenings.
Does that work? -- Rill

Jessie Logan
Sat 21 Aug 2004Link
Hi my name is Jessie and I'm a digital filmmaker and have been an
advocate of digital technology for filmmaking since 93. You might say
I was digital when digital wasn't cool.

I'm now looking for funding for a doc on 4 middle aged siblings who
each have very different and distinct mental disorders spawned by an
abusive mother and her lovers. They live in the deep south which
always offers rich storytelling in documentaries I believe. Some of
the things they went through are almost unbelievable. Such as being
put into a raccoon cage (or coon cage as they put it) with one of the
wild animals as punishment. To a possible murder witnessed by the
middle child (male) that he was sworn to secrecy over. And countless
other abuses. Some sexual.

An interesting little piece is that 3 of the 4 siblings and the
mother all see the same psychiatrist, who by the way is so enthralled
with their life he has urged them to participate. The crux of the
story will be to get the mother, who is a foul mouth chain smoking
born again christian, to finally admit the truth about what she has
done. Something her kids have needed to hear for a long time and will
hopefully provide a very dramatic ending.

So here I am trying to get us much information as I can to help me
with the project. Looks like I came to the right place.

Marlene Francia
Sat 21 Aug 2004Link
Hello there! I'm Marlene C. Francia from the Philippines and I've
been doing documentary videos for the past fifteen years. I went
freelance in 1997.

Early this year, I did a documentary on domestic violence in Cebu
City in Central Philippines. Here, women victims of domestic
violence, a local women's group and a nongovernment organization
successfully engaged the city government in passing an anti-domestic
violence against women and children ordinance, putting gender on the
budget, and making gender equality a priority in all aspects of
governance. This model on gender responsive governance is now being
shared in other Philippine towns and cities.

I have also done a documentary on local community experiences in
biodiversity conservation (especially since the Philippines has one
of the richest yet highly threatened biodiversity systems in the
world); the indigenous women of Southern Philippines and their ties
to the land; good governance stories; health risks of women workers
in the workplace, and so on.

Also, I do a lot of production management, coordination,
interviewing, filming, etc for foreign filmmakers. These include
award-winning documentaries on Filipino women migrant workers, the
kidney organ trade, internet mail order brides, child labor, the
devastation wrought by mining, and the global maritime industry,
etc.

I got to know about this site through the SilverDocs newsletter and
I look forward to participating in and learning from the various
discussions here.

Cheers!

Doug Block
Sun 22 Aug 2004Link
Welcome, Rill, Jessie and Marlene! Rill, why would you script a doc?
Maybe that's part of the problem.

Ann Yamamoto
Mon 23 Aug 2004Link
Hello, I'm an American living in Tokyo; I'm not actually making any documentaries right
now, so I probably can't offer any practical advice, alas. For the past 2 years I've been
involved with the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and I co-edit a
journal called Documentary Box (issued in English & Japanese). You can read back
issues here! http://www.city.yamagata.yamagata.jp/yidff/docbox/docbox-e.html I've been
feeling the need to have more documentarists in my life, so here I am. Ann

Doug Block
Tue 24 Aug 2004Link
Welcome, Ann. Noticed you've registered for the community... we'll
see you there soon.

Frank Zadlo
Tue 24 Aug 2004Link
Hello, I started work on my first documentary this summer. I actually prefer to call it an
intimate character portrait about a 60-year-old man in Philly who is a digital-aged Robin
Hood, collecting used computers and giving them to the poor. He's also a master Rolfer
who focuses on children with developmental problems. (Rolfing, in my words, is a type of
deep muscle manipulation that realigns the body along a vertical plane of gravity.)

I've made several scripted shorts in the past, but this is my first time diving into the
documentary pool, and I'm absolutely in love with it. I love the extended commitment I've
forced myself to take and the amorphous nature of it all which will ultimately yield a
touching portrait of a person's soul. I'm having a blast, and I know this is the right place
to come for answers.

Frank

Doug Block
Tue 24 Aug 2004Link
sure is. glad you found us, frank. welcome and keep having a blast!

Julia Camenisch
Fri 27 Aug 2004Link
My husband and I are video professionals, working for a non-profit in
the Chicago area, and while we've done some small documentary-style
projects in the past, we're embarking on our first long-form one.
So, we thought we'd join this community to learn and interact with
others in the field.

julia

Doug Block
Fri 27 Aug 2004Link
welcome, julia (and hubby).

G Oliver
Tue 31 Aug 2004Link
hello,

my name is george oliver. decided to join up to get connected to
other like minds. i'm headed to antarctica for five months and the
thought of putting together a doco struck me. i'm open to
suggestions, ideas, comments and any possibility of collaboration.
please feel free to get in touch should you be interested:
junk@i8bozo.com

i'm currently editing my first short film (a little sub 10 minute
piece) and i hope to complete that while down on the ice.

thank you for hosting this forum!

Doug Block
Tue 31 Aug 2004Link
welcome. you're welcome. dress warm ;-)

Andrei Kirilenko
Wed 1 Sep 2004Link
Hello,

I am an independent film director and producer based in Bethesda,
MD.

I am currently working on a documentary entitled Technostorks:
Artifical Reproduction in the XXI Century (www.technostorks.com)

I am looking for enthusiastic people with equipment (camera, sound,
lighting) in the DC metro area to shoot a few interviews in
September, as well as people in DC-MD-VA, Philly and NYC to shoot a
couple of events in October. No pay.

I have produced and directed short narrative DV films before, but
never a feature length documentary. So, also need mentoring.

Please let me know.

Best,

Andrei.

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 1 Sep 2004Link
Andrei,

I think we met a few months ago (didn't you come to the GW screening
of CRUCIBLE OF WAR where you met me and Leon Gerskovic?). I know
Leon is pretty busy right now, but I can post your message to the
Women in Film and Video-DC listserv if you are not already a member.

As far as mentoring, feel free to join us at the next Docs in
Progress workshop in DC on September 14. My colleague Adele Schmidt
and I moderate audience feedback on documentary works-in-progress and
you might find it of interest to hear the feedback given to other
filmmakers to help you think more about your own. More info at
http://www.docsinprogress.org

Kevin Clark
Sat 25 Sep 2004Link
Hello!

I'm Kevin D Clark, and I'm preplanning to dive into my first
documentary next year. I'm here basically to soak up knowledge. My
primary concerns here is sound (I know NOTHING of how to handle sound
for this, much of it will be on the street in public interviews).

I'm planning on shooting in several places all over America, so my
project is doubling as the great college road trip, I suppose! :)

-Kevin

Doug Block
Tue 28 Sep 2004Link
welcome, kevin. good luck with your road doc.

Douglas Mcmillan
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Hi people.

My name is Douglas McMillan, and I am a Brazilian
writer/producer/journalist/documentarist. I currently work in Latin
America for Japan's NHK, and had stints with the BBC as well. Before
that, I was international reporter for a national daily here, did
stories in Europe, North of Africa and the Middle East.

If anyone thinks I might be of use, drop a line.

Ben Kempas
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Make sure to join the D-Word Community as well. It's our private
forum for documentary professionals:

www.d-word.com/community

Douglas Mcmillan
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Thanks, Ben. My entrance is still pending approval.

Congratulations for the great work. Been reading the forum with
commissioning editors and it just @rocks@!

Ben Kempas
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
I'm sure your entrance will be approved shortly.

(Hey, Doug, wake up!!)

Doug Block
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
i'm awake, ben! don't worry, douglas, you'll get in. just can't
register you from my work computer for reasons way too boring to get
into. i'll do it tonight at home. but til then... welcome.

and ben, isn't it your bedtime already?

Ben Kempas
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
it would be ... but there's this upcoming sales tax deadline ...

Adriana Marino
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Hello, I am yet another documentary filmmaker looking for a
community! I was based in NYC for 4 years doing a wide range
projects and films, and I recently came home to Bogota, Colombia
with the hope to tell so many untold stories from here that go
beyond the drugs, the crime, and our 50 year war. Anybody else in
Latin America with the same interests? Gracias!

Douglas Mcmillan
Thu 7 Oct 2004Link
Well, Adriana, me, for starters. I work as journalist and producer
(soon will add "film maker", hopefully) in Brazil. Latin America is
my point of interest.

I currently work for NHK as producer for Latin America.

Do you have anything on your mind already?

Doug Block
Thu 7 Oct 2004Link
welcome, adriana and douglas. since you've both been registered for
the d-word community, you should continue the conversation there
(also, be sure to introduce yourself there again).

Lynn Lane
Wed 13 Oct 2004Link
Hello,

I just wanted to introduce myself to the group. I live in NYC and am currently working on a
Boxing Documentary. I should be wrapping up the shooting in the next 2 months and then
it is time to sit down and edit all of these hours of interviews, footage and photos
together. Just wanted to say hello. I'm looking for a community of people to talk with
about what we do.

Doug Block
Thu 14 Oct 2004Link
welcome, lynn. look forward to talking with you in the community.

Deepak Mehra
Fri 15 Oct 2004Link
namaste !
have been producing/directing/scripting docs since 1987.am based in
new delhi ,india and have dabbled in adult literacy,environment,
women empowerment, health communication campaigns, distance
learning. ....and most of the popular problems doc makers love to
carry the cross for....and...hey i also make slick corporate videos;-)
am a student of life, just begining to have fun.
looking forward to learning and sharing
warm wishes
deepak mehra

Doug Block
Sat 16 Oct 2004Link
welcome, deepak. you've now been registered for the community, so
we'll see you there (be sure to re-introduce yourself there).

Baxter Smith
Tue 19 Oct 2004Link
{erased by dbblock Wed, 20 Oct 2004 00:16:23 GMT}

Doug Block
Wed 20 Oct 2004Link
This isn't a topic for promoting films (which is why the above post
was erased). It's for introducing yourself to the rest of folks here.

Ruby Taylor
Sun 24 Oct 2004Link
Greetings, Everyone:

My name is Ruby Taylor. I'm new to the film world and even newer to
the documentary world. Within, the next 12 months I plan on starting
my documentary. My topic will be about the last year of a 16 year-
old life which happens to be my brother.

A little information about me I'm a social worker by training and
creator by passion.

Wishing everyone the best.

Todd Eckle
Sun 24 Oct 2004Link
Hey Everyone,
I'm in Chicago IL and have completed three short films. My friend
and I are about expand our scope and are looking for a little help.
In the s[ring of 2005 we're going to take a 1 - 2 week trip
somewhere in the world and film the whole thing. We're looking for
an experenced videographer / one man film crew who is willing to
travel with us (all expense paid). Where can I post more
information about this project?

--Todd
todd_eckle@yahoo.com

Doug Block
Sun 24 Oct 2004Link
welcome, todd and ruby. todd, you can post something in our
classifieds topic {LINK NOT IMPORTED}. ruby, your film sounds very powerful. hope
we can be helpful to you in your journey.

Neil Huxley
Mon 25 Oct 2004Link
Hi everyone

I am currently living in melbourne Australia, working in post production. I am originally
from South London been here for 2 years now. Currently putting together a documentary I
plan to shoot when I visit London next year, about an ex boxer turned actor friend of
mine. looking forward to learning lots here at the D word.

Like the sound of Lynn Lanes documentary on boxing.

cheers :)

Maurice Jacobsen
Tue 26 Oct 2004Link
Hello....

I just joined this D community and would like to say hello.

For the past three years myself and an international team have
been working on an interactive documentary project entitled
Jerusalem: A Living History.

It has been a slow process, as it always is with independent
work, but we making progress and as we start the final testing
and evaluation process, we would very much like feedback,
comments, suggestions......

You can find a preview of the work online:
www.4-dmediagroup.com/idocs

We also have a prototype available on a CDROM that we would
be happy to send along.

I can be reached at:
maurice_jacobsen@newmediacollaborative.net

The name of the group is New Media Collaborative and as the
name states we are happy to collaborating with other makers of
documentaries, especially those on the East coast, who have
projects that would work well in an interactive environment.

Cheers,
Maurice Jacobsen

Doug Block
Tue 26 Oct 2004Link
howdy, neil and maurice. neil, if you haven't already, introduce
yourself in the community (this is the public forum). maurice, feel
free to join: www.d-word.com/join.

Elka Nikolova
Sun 31 Oct 2004Link
Hello!
My name is Elka Nikolova and I am an independent producer/director
based in New York. I am currently working on a documentary about
Binka Zhelyazkova, the first woman film director in Bulgaria, where
I am originally from. I am working on revising my script after I
shot some more material in Bulgaria over the summer and I am in need
of forum to share ideas and experiences. I also hope to find a
mentor to advise me on the next steps of this wonderful and at times
difficult process.
Elka

Doug Block
Sun 31 Oct 2004Link
hi, elka. hope to see you in the community soon.

Juliet Dervin
Tue 2 Nov 2004Link
Hello, all,
My name is Juliet Dervin and I've been working on documentary films and interactive
media for over four years here in Austin, Texas. I'm looking forward to learning from the
community, especially now that I'm about to launch into my own work, transition from
working for others (as associate producer, grant writer, researcher, story producer) and
proceed apace with my own stories (my development file needs to
be cleaned out!). Thanks for the opportunity to share and learn.
Julie

Austyn Steelman
Tue 2 Nov 2004Link
Hi,

My name is Austyn Steelman and I was recommended to the D-Word forum through my
cousin, a documentary filmmaker who has found the forum to be a great resource
throughout the production of her film. I am an independent filmmaker from California
and am in the process of launching my own documentary which will focus on the work of
two very talented musicians from Minneapolis, Minnesota. This documentary will be the
biggest project that I have worked on so far so I am happy to have found this resource. I
look forward to gathering knowledge through the forum as well as contributing what
knowledge I can.

Talk to you soon,
Austyn

Ben Kempas
Wed 3 Nov 2004Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forum, Juliet and Austyn.

Umesh Bist
Sat 6 Nov 2004Link
hello everyone
I am a filmmaker based in new delhi, india. 12 years back i stared my
journey in films with a expose' on the malpractices of Delhi
development authority- an organisation responsible for development of
Delhi. Since than it has been a exciting and a very charged trip. I
got the oppurtunity to show my films on the national television also-
censorship has now become a greater evil than what it was earlier on
TV. Though with digital tech the budgets have come down but the funds
have virtually disappeared for making the kind of film one wants to
make. International funding and invite to the film festival too is
not without it's politics and networking. but we go on. would like to
share my experiences and learn more from this place.
umesh

Doug Block
Sat 6 Nov 2004Link
welcome, umesh. be sure to join the d-word community, where the
professional doc makers hang out: www.d-word.com/community/join

Doug Block
Sat 6 Nov 2004Link
oops, just discovered you've already joined ;-)

Umesh Bist
Sun 7 Nov 2004Link
thanks dough
shall keep in touch thru this wonderful d-world community

Alette Schoon
Tue 16 Nov 2004Link
Hi, I am a documentary director from South Africa, working in
Johannesburg on development issues. I have made a few films on
HIV/AIDS and how it affects communities. I also make a lot of
educational films for broadcast. At the moment I am making a short on
mental disability. I would love to chat to other directors about
interesting ways of structuring doccies, as I think the classic
interview/ cut-away style can become quite staid. Looking forward to
hear from you all!
Alette

Doug Block
Tue 16 Nov 2004Link
welcome, alette. best way to do that is to join the d-word
community: www.d-word.com/community/join

Nathan Scholtens
Thu 18 Nov 2004Link
Hello,

Scholtens is my name, and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I ran across this
forum searching for info on interview techniques--I am in the pre-
production phase of a documentary on landmines.

My background is in narrative, experimental, and animated film. I have
examples of the latter posted on the web at
http://homepages.nyu.edu/~nws202. My favorite filmmaker and
greatest influence is P. P. Pasolini (whose fictional work would
sometimes border on the documentary--"Accatone"--and whose one
endeavor in the cinema verite was, sadly, at any given moment either
un-poetic or overly intellectual--but still worth checking out--
"Comizi d'Amore").

You can reach me at n_in_scioltezza@hotmail.com. I am always happy
to meet people in person, so don't be shy you New Yorkers!!! My home
base is a SOHO editing house called Subvoyant.

NWScholtens

Doug Block
Thu 18 Nov 2004Link
welcome, nathan. do you work as an editor at subvoyant?

Nathan Scholtens
Thu 18 Nov 2004Link
Hi Doug,

I am unemployed. I am, however, doing quite well for myself as an
unemployed man. I spend a full work week at Subvoyant where my
official title is "friend." :)

As a friend of Subvoyant, I have access to their equipment and staff.
These are invaluable assets. When I get my production 'off the ground'
(which is happening very very soon) I'll be able to use Subvoyant as
my production office! Hooray!

NWScholtens

Marc Maurino
Sun 21 Nov 2004Link
Hello to all in the D-word community. Here's a little about me and
what brought me here. I'm 31 and I've been passionate about
independent filmmaking for over a decade. PA'ed in college and
interned for a very well known indie producer for a summer, have
pursued a career outside of film and have a family and now am putting
the finishing touches on two separate DV narrative dramatic shorts
with hopes of sending them on the festival circuit in 05. I have
about fifty books on filmmaking, I read about it all the time, watch
lots of indie film, am working hard on my own projects
(writing/directing/editing/producing/some acting) get every issue of
Moviemaker and Filmmaker (I believe I have a near perfect collection
of the latter from their first issues in 92) and so I've heard of the
D-word through that magazine (Filmmaker) and Doug Block b/c of
Homepage. Filmmaker excerpts a bit of the D-word discussions and I've
always read them but never fancied the notion of making a documentary
before; lyrical dramatic narrative has always been my thing (or at
least my goal!) . . . until now.

Since I'm introducing myself, I'll introduce the possible project that
brings me here, and apologize in advance if it sounds like I'm looking
for advice or whatever in the wrong place. Part of my goal in this
introduction is to look for guidance in navigating D-word. If this
should be posted elsewhere, please let me know; I don't want to double
post, so I'll leave this here and if I am guided to go to another
forum with some of the same introductory information and stating what
I'm looking for, I'll do that then.

I have a close friend of my family, husband to my wife's best friend,
father to my daughter's best friend, a general practice family doctor,
Jewish, who is intending to go to the occupied Palestinian territories
to both provide medical care to those in need and to bear witness to
the ravages of war. He is intelligent, erudite, passionate, and
committed to peace; as he says, he is pro-Jewish, pro-Arab, pro-Peace.
And it looks like after a year or so of negotiating, and recently
starting a brilliant web site blog devoted to deconstructing the
conflict, his wife recognizes that this is a passion and a need that
will not go away and is "letting" him go to what is essentially a war
zone. She's still not thrilled of course but she is a strong and
supportive partner. My own strong and supportive partner loves the
idea of me going with him and making a doc about his trip; the doc
would also by necessity I think use him as a framing device and do a
fair amount of exploration of his decision and his character and his
family and the notion of "bearing witness." He loves the idea of
doing a doc about these people (medically underserved victims of house
razings, etc.) and I think there's a lot in his character to explore
in addition to the simple awfulness of life in the occupied
territories. (He's not so sure about the doc being as much about him
and his choice, so we're talking through that; neither of us is
"committed" to the doc yet, which is part of why I'm here looking for
advice and encouragement.)

So why am I at d-word? Because I've never made a doc before and I'm
looking for guidance. Here's what I've got: a decade experience in
tiny no budget narrative fiction filmmaking, a one chip DV camera,
Final Cut Pro, and a couple hundred bucks I could use to buy a ton of
DV tapes and a home equity loan to buy a plane ticket to Israel. My
goal is to shoot a few hours of interviews with him and his family
here; look for some cinematic ways to highlight some of the issues
that he deals with in his blog on the subject of the occupation and
medical care therein, etc; travel with him and do some interviews with
the doctors in the group with which he's associated and perhaps
through a translator with some of the people who we'll meet; and then
probably look for a professional editor to help me edit the pic into
what I now envision as a 30 minute (more or less) no budget DV doc
that hopefully would get into a few festivals and perhaps play a
religious establishment circuit, maybe a university circuit.

So I have already started and will continue to read every single
possibly relevant post, thread, and discussion at D-word. I'm looking
at other doc websites but am eager for links to any that other
experienced folks find helpful. I am hitting the bookstore, Amazon,
etc. to look for good how-to books, but unlike narrative no budget DV
short production, where I feel like I have a grasp of steps one, two,
three, etc., I'm sort of at loose ends in the D-game. (And I've not
even yet fully committed to leaving my family/time off work/devoting a
year to this project, nor has my doctor friend committed yet to
letting me use him as a framing vehicle to explore the suffering in
the occupied territories and interview his family about how they feel
with him leaving wife and two babies to go to a war zone, though he is
committed to going with a physicians group, that part is already done.)

So here's what I'm looking for, at d-word and beyond: encouragement.
Ideas about funding streams, be they grant writing or "make a five
minute talking head trailer and send it to this company." Advice
about great how-to books and websites. Information about what and
where at D-word and IFP would be good places to explore and look for
collaborators, mentors, exec producers, etc. Experienced doc
directors and producers who might be interested in shepherding such a
project. Filmmakers on the ground in Israel or the territories who
would be capable of providing any sort of support when we get there
(translation, boom mike, interviews, etc.) Though we're not there
yet, ideas about hiring editors, finding finishing funds, marketing,
and distribution. Any technical advice (I've worked with DPs on
narrative shorts and can't afford to bring one to Palestine with me,
so it will be essentially (at this point) a one-chip DV point and
shoot DP job using the in-camera mike ... ) So I am looking for tech
advice about one man crew no budget shooting and sound recording,
including ideas about tools and good cinematography. I am eager to
hear from anyone with any experience, ideas, organizations, or any
information that might be helpful--thanks in advance. Hit me at
blue_sky_films@yahoo.com. Look forward to being a vital part of this
community--thanks!

Erica Ginsberg
Sun 21 Nov 2004Link
Marc, sounds like a great project. First things first: Make sure you
do have the commitment from your character to be filmed (or, as you
say, be the "frame" around which you build the rest of the story).
You'd feel really awful if you committed all this time, energy,
money, and work if your character doesn't sign off on being filmed.

Others here can offer far more cogent advice on many of your
technical issues. I'd be inclined to say trade in your 1-chip camera
for an upgrade to a 3-chip (it might even be cheaper for you to pay
the airfare, living, and food expenses of a hungry DP with his/her
own camera who'd love a chance to shoot gratis in Israel/Palestine
for a worthwhile project). Even if you end up shooting camera
yourself, the best investment you could make is for a soundperson --
hired locally. You will definitely need a local fixer/interpreter in
any case so you may want to start there. Queries here, ads in
Documentary magazine, or on Mandy or Shooting People websites would
be a good start.

Marc Maurino
Sun 21 Nov 2004Link
Erica, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I've just
finished a two page letter to my "subject", who really is also a
friend who is always over for dinner with his family, etc. I'm half
talking him into it but also making sure he's up for the commitment.
My main points to him are "i think people can be more affected when
they can see and feel things through someone's eyes, particularly
someone who looks like them." and i take what you've said about sound
to heart; i've experienced the muddy sound of using the in-cam mic, so
i know i have to figure out something better than that. also a 3 chip
or a pro DP are not out of the question if we commit to do some
fundraising, but that's a little ahead of myself for now. but i'll be
sure to keep you posted and again, thanks for taking the time!

Doug Block
Tue 23 Nov 2004Link
welcome, marc. normally wouldn't take someone without professional
doc experience into the d-word community but we sometimes make
exceptions for people with exceptionally worthy projects. you'll get
all the info you're looking for there. only request is that you do a
lot of reading of back posts, read the FAQ thoroughly before you start
asking questions. and when you do ask questions, make them as
specific as possible.

to join, go to: www.d-word.com/community/join

Marc Maurino
Tue 23 Nov 2004Link
Doug, thank you so much for this opportunity. I have registered at
the D-Word Community and I look forward to learning a lot and being a
vital part of that group. I assure you that I will do a lot of back
post reading, I will know the FAQ inside and out, and I will be very
specific with my questions. Thanks for this opportunity; it means a
lot to me. I look forward to sharing my passion and enthusiasm for
indie film. Thanks again!

Lily Henderson
Sun 28 Nov 2004Link
Hi there. I am very pleased to be a part of this forum. I am an
aspiring documentarian, studying at Hampshire College in MA. It means
a great deal to me to share ideas with you all, afterall, life is a
collaboration. Currently I am working for a documentary film company
on a film that focuses on the Spanish Civil War and how it was
portrayed in Hollywood films. I have made 3 short docs: "Associate"
(about how people percieve the same things in very different ways),
"April 2004" documentary about the March for Women´s lives in
Washington D.C., and "The Box" about the effects of television on the
young generation. My favorite documentarian is Frederick Weissman
("Highschool", "Titictu Follies" are ones that i recoment if you have
not seen them already). Anyone else share the same interest in his films?

Lily Henderson
Sun 28 Nov 2004Link
Sorry, its spelled TITICUT Follies.

Doug Block
Sun 28 Nov 2004Link
Um, it's also spelled Wiseman, Lily ;-) Yes, a number of his films
are considered documentary classics. On the other hand, his pacing
seems out of a different era. Hard to watch his films on television
now. They seem so slow and in desperate need of editing. His
historical importance and influence is unquestioned, though.

Lily Henderson
Sun 28 Nov 2004Link
And this kind of pacing is what i believe needs to be re-introduced. I
worked for a television station for a while and editing the pacing was
the most challenging. everything had to be snap, snap, snap. it is
amazing what the humans eye has adapted to in terms of how fast it can
read images. is this scary? or, is it part of the evolution process?
certainly, it is. but, are we leading ourselves in the wrong
direction? i think it is ironic that even the term "back to basics" is
as commercial as anything else. Do we document this as a problem, or
just a celebration of humans evolving into a new kind? These are the
kinds of seemingly unanswerable questions that make me want to
document, like WISEMAN, to discover with no pre-convictions.

Ben Kempas
Sun 28 Nov 2004Link
Doug, "so slow and in desperate need of editing"??? If you compared,
let's say, "Domestic Violence" (Wiseman) and "Divorce Iranian Style"
(Longinotto), how would you maintain the claim that the first one
seemed "out of a different era"?

Welcome everyone, by the way! :-)

Doug Block
Tue 30 Nov 2004Link
haven't seen the longinotto film, ben. but sounds like she's out of
a different era, too, then ;-)

anyway, a worthy goal regarding the pacing, lily. would be nice to
tilt the balance back in the direction of wiseman.

Ben Kempas
Tue 30 Nov 2004Link
Wow, Doug, getting soft-gloved all of a sudden? ;-)

Anyway, who else is out there?

Mark Meatto
Wed 1 Dec 2004Link
Hi everyone - I think I just failed at making my first D-Word posting
on the introduce yourself thread. i hope i'm now in the right place.
i'm a first time chatter.

so i just moved down to new york from Cambridge, MA where i lived for
the last ten years. it's good to be back home, but i do miss the
little filmmaking community i left behind. i've poked around some of
the various threads here at D-word, and i have to say i'm quite
excited to be joing this community.

i'm in the process of trying to find enough funding to carve out the
time to cut my first feature, which i shot in the Ecuadorian Amazon
last winter. I'm still learning how to talk about the film, but
essentially it is a character-driven verite piece that investigates
the discovery and subsequent massacre of the area's last completely
isolated tribe. we are still without a web site, but i'd be happy to
describe the project more fully for those who are interested.

good to be aboard.

Jessica Butler
Wed 1 Dec 2004Link
Hi, my name is Jessica and i'm just about to graduate from
journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I'm
currently interning for a production company, where i'm doing
work for them on a documentary film. I've already done two 30
minute documentaries for one of my classes and loved it. I'm
really interested in social issues and cultures and one of the
films that i produced was on HIV and AIDS, which turned out
great. I just joined to get feedback from more experienced
filmmakers, since this is one of my passions.
Cheers

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