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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

Pamela Harris
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

Pam Harris with Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media. Glad to be here.


James Longley
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

Pam – that's a very auspicious organization name. Welcome!


Joy-Marie Scott
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

Hi Pam, welcome! I'm a big fan of GFEM's work.


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

And likewise (as a former curator for Council on Foundations Film Fest). Welcome.


Pamela Harris
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

Thanks so much for the warm welcome! I'm still getting familiar with the site. I want to share a new fundraising tool that we have just launched. Where should I post that?


Landon Van Soest
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

Thanks James, Doug, and Chris. The film's coming along well, we're very close to locking picture and busy looking for a premiere. I'm still kicking around the idea of doing a short blast of narration at the head to help frame the film, I don't suppose anyone could recommend an advisor to me help write narration??


Erica Ginsberg
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

Pamela – suggest in "Finding Funding – North America" If you want non-members to see it, you may also want to put it in the Public Classifieds.


Doug Block
Tue 16 Dec 2008Link

Agghh, Erica! I just told Pam not to double post and now realize YOU encouraged her!!! Welcome, Pam, and remember not to listen to anything Erica says and you'll be fine ;-)


Oliver Hickey
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

Kitroom Monkey Limited are based in the Famous Ealing Film Studios, West London.
Established in 2000 by industry professionals KRM is more than just a hire facility.
We care about our clients and will always try to advise to the best of our knowledge to enable you to make informed choices.
Our tag line is ‘Here to help in the media jungle !’ and never has this been more true than now.
So many formats and cameras – it makes your head spin !
We offer a huge variety of equipment on dry or wet hire:
Crews – DOP’s / Ops / Assts / Runners / Sound Recordists / Editors and anything else you may need
Jimmy Jib
Actioncam (steadicam)
Red Cameras
HD / SD /DVCam / Minidv cameras
Minicams
Grips
Lighting
Sound
Editing
We have worked on many diverse projects –
Films “How To Lose Friends & Alienate People”
Light Entertainment “Scrapheap Challenge x 4 series”
TV Dramas “Prime Suspect 7”
Promo’s / Corporates / Awards and Conference set ups.


Ben Kempas
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

Dear "Kitroom Monkey", please see our email regarding the requirement to sign up as an individual with your full real name. Thanks...


Chris Eva
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

Hi everyone – Hope you are all well.

I am a young documentary film maker from Ireland, I have been making a Hip-Hop documentary 'Peace, Love, Unity and Havin' Fun' for the last 3 / 4 years. I feel it has international appeal and would be of interest to a lot of young people.

Discover and learn about cross-community relationships, Northern Ireland and the global phenomenon we call Hip-Hop.... (http://www.sub-cultureproductions.co.uk)

Its my first film so I would be grateful for some advice on what I should do next now that its nearly finished.

Regards,

Chris

Here is a Trailer


Baldev Rayat
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

Hi, I'm Bal;a sound recordist from the UK, interested in getting involved with documentaries. Please feel free to contact me, if you need help on future projects.Good to see Kitroom Monkey here (we've worked on Scrapheap together!).


Sarah Goldsmith
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

Hello all, I've just joined The D Word community. I'm Sarah from Devon in England and am currently ending the pre-prod stage of a 3-part 60m documentary series entitled HEMP FOR VICTORY II – the sequel. This is the first commercial programme my newly-formed company has made with its all-new team/crew. I have funding yet to source, but it's all looking good. Anyone in the local area want to say hello/join in the fun? It's all currently unpaid, but I hope that will change... http://www.necessaryproductions.com/page4.html


Doug Block
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

Welcome to all (including the anonymous monkey). Baldev and Sarah, feel free to go one step further and sign up for full membership . It will give you access to all the discussion topics here. Kitroom, you too when you come out of the closet.


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 17 Dec 2008 :

Doug, know you were teasing, but for new folks who haven't caught on yet to our sense of humor here, I do believe that there is an option for members to post something in the Public Classifieds about an event, screening, call for submissions, etc. if they want to reach a wider audience than just those in the members-only area. That said, I made my suggestion before seeing that Pam had gone ahead and posted in those two topics plus one or two others. So good that you clarified that.

And welcome again Pam, as well as Oliver, Chris, Baldev, and Sarah. Great to have you on D-Word.


James Longley
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

(Doug is very strict)


John Burgan
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

It's called tough love. And you behave yourself too, young man.


Ben Kempas
Wed 17 Dec 2008Link

Monkey has become Oliver Hickey! Welcome! (And Sarah and Baldev and everyone else!)


Jenniffer Salazar
Thu 18 Dec 2008Link

Hi everyone, I'm Jenn. I've worked as a runner and assistant on short films but I have a passion for documentaries and just want some advice on how to carry on and succeed!


James Longley
Thu 18 Dec 2008Link

Your question is too general to get more than a very broad and unhelpful answer, like "Never Give In, Never, Never, Never."

If you have specific issues with a project, it's more useful to address those.

But with documentaries, the general rule of thumb is that to make them as your main occupation is never easy and rarely financially rewarding. So the only reason to do it is that you really, really like to make documentary films.


Doug Block
Thu 18 Dec 2008Link

Or you have a subject you really really want to make a documentary about.


James Longley
Thu 18 Dec 2008Link

Or both. Hopefully both.


Christopher Wong
Thu 18 Dec 2008Link

jenniffer, if you're just getting started on the rather long and arduous road of filmmaking, here's a couple places to start:

1) watch a LOT of documentary films, not only modern-day ones but especially some of the older docs. if you google "top-ten documentaries", you'll find a lot of lists from which you can begin watching. there are a lot of different styles of documentary, so pay attention to whichever style suits your personality best.

2) read Michael Rabiger's "Directing the Documentary". there's quite a few doc books out there now (one by Hampe, another by Rosenthal), but Rabiger's is the best by far. a local library might have it, but most bookstores won't.

3) find a subject that you are absolutely passionate about. don't pick a subject that you think OTHER PEOPLE will find interesting – it has to be interesting and compelling to you, enough so that after three years of shooting, and two years of editing, you will still persevere with it.

4) Go to a local community college (or whatever they have in the UK) and take some cheap camera and editing courses. you don't have to become a pro at either, but you do have to understand the basics of proper technique.

5) Good luck!


Maya Stark
Thu 18 Dec 2008Link

Hi Everyone, I just joined D-Word. I am a director/editor living in NYC and am now working on my first feature length documentary, which I am co-directing with a good friend of mine. Since I've known the filmmaking and specifically documentary filmmaking process only through the work I do in the cutting room, I am sure we're going to have lots of questions in the coming months. We are super excited about the project and truly believe in the importance of it. The film is about a Navajo family's journey to understand their children's rare genetic disorder, which forces them to live and die in the shadows. In their quest for knowledge they uncover the disease's connection to the dark past of American colonialism.


Doug Block
Thu 18 Dec 2008Link

Welcome, Maya. Good luck with the film, sounds like a powerful one.


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