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Heidi Gronauer
Thu 29 Jan 2009Link

Theatre- Music- and Filmenthusiast, in the hands of ZeLIG School for Documentary (Italy) since nearly 20 years and running ESoDoc – European Social Documentary (Media-Training-Initiative) creating Productive synergies between NGOs, documenary filmmakers and New Media people. Future of audiovisual production is our (practical) focus.


John Burgan
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

Greetings Heidi. Hear good things about Zelig.


Ben Kempas
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Heidi. It's great to see the first people finding us through Reelisor. Be sure to sign up as a full Member of The D-Word to see all our additional discussion topics. It's free but not automatic.


Amy Duzinski Janes
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

Hi All!
I am very excited to be here today! A friend of mine told me about this wonderful site yesterday. While I have heard bits and bobs about it, I am pleased I took the time today to say hello. Documentary filmmaking is my passion. I majored in film studies at the University of Boulder where I made my first doc, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. It is fun to look back and laugh now:). Most recently I produced a documentary that opens in theaters next month called As Seen Through These Eyes, on the surviving art and artists of the Holocaust.
Also, I am currently circulating a short film called Kaziah the Goat Woman on the festival circuit, which I directed and edited.
Finally, you can find my thoughts in the form of a blog on FilmIndustryBloggers.com.
Thank you for all your hard work putting this together!
Warmest,
Amy


Christopher Wong
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

welcome Amy! one of the editors (Zeb Smith) you worked with on AS SEEN THROUGH THESE EYES was the editor for my film. he doesn't post here very often, but he speaks very highly of your work.

make sure you become a full member here, and then you can see all the really interesting (and time-wasting) parts of the D-Word.


Doug Block
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

Welcome, Amy. There's just one more part of the application you have to go thru to become a full member ...

Edited Fri 30 Jan 2009 by Doug Block

Amy Duzinski Janes
Fri 30 Jan 2009Link

I love ZEB! He is really fabulous.


Anand A
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Hi
Thanks to all of you and D world. I am very new for making documentary and need your some advice. First I am not sure about camera that from which camera I should shoot documentary. I want my documentary should go in festivals also.
I want to use simple camera which I can rent cheaply but same time festivals should accept documentary which shoot by these camera.
Can some one tell that which type of camera shoot (documentary) is accepted by festivals?
Or festivals only accept documentary which is shoot by some special camera if so please you can mention those camera name (which should be simple and cheaper to rent).
Thanks to all of you and hope to get some good answer.


James Longley
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Festivals will accept films shot with this camera.


James Longley
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Try the Panasonic DVX100B for standard definition, or if you have the budget to work in High Definition, try working with the HVX200 or HPX170. But your choice of camera should also depend on what kind of material you are planning to film. Festivals are most interested in good films, not the kind of camera.

Just kidding about the Arriflex 535, BTW.

Edited Sun 1 Feb 2009 by James Longley

Anand A
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Lots of thanks James

You say Festivals are most interested in good films, not the kind of camera… please can you say some most simple camera which I can use for shooting and I can rent or buy camera on cheap cost.
Is this true that festivals accept only those films which have Resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, if so which normal and simple camera will give Resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels.
Thanks


John Burgan
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Anand – firstly please note that the D-Word is a "Real Name" community, meaning that everyone is asked to register with their full name, not initials, so please log-in and adjust your profile accordingly.

Secondly, there is no single technical standard for festival submissions – this can be anything from standard definition DV to full-blown HD. Check the festivals own submission guidelines although as James says, the main criterion is to submit a good film.


Anand A
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Hi
John Burgan
Thanks, my full name is Anand A.
I am a new person so have these types of question. To make a good film it can be shooting in simple camcorder also and I have simple camcorder almost 4 different companies and one is Sony DCR-HC26 but I am not sure shooting from these camera will be accepted by festivals. So before I start it is good if get clear idea from some professional people like You, James and so many other people then may I can start shooting. And thanks for your advice.
If you say festivals just need a good film then can you say that I can even shoot my documentary with sonny DCR-HC26 and I think this is the simplest camcorder.
Thanks


Ben Kempas
Sun 1 Feb 2009Link

Folks, this topic is for introductions only. Newbie questions can be answered in the Mentoring Room . (And you won't be very happy with the HC26 because it basically offers no manual controls...)

Anand, is your last name really just "A"? Are you from India?


Rachel Leah Jones
Mon 2 Feb 2009Link

hello, I'm rachel leah jones, a documentary filmmaker based in Berkeley, CA (but who want to admit to that, especially these days?! so i wrote berkeley, ca instead...). i'm working on my 3rd doc (previous titles as director include 500 DUNAM on the MOON and ASHKENAZ). i'm editing with FCP right now, which isn't very popular in israel (its an AVID kind of country...) and i need some people to troubleshoot with. i'm not a technophobe, but i'm also not a tech-freak. so, hello...


Doug Block
Mon 2 Feb 2009Link

hello to you, rachel. i'm a bit confused, you say you're based in berkelely but writing berkeley instead? reading between the lines, did you mean to say israel? either way, happy to have you aboard the good ship d-word.

Edited Mon 2 Feb 2009 by Doug Block

James Longley
Mon 2 Feb 2009Link

Hi Rachel – great to see you finally made it to the safe shores of D-word. It's been ages. What's the new doc about?
I know how you feel, BTW:
I'm based in Seattle, but I didn't want to admit I was in the United States so I wrote "Iran" instead.


John Burgan
Mon 2 Feb 2009Link

Hi Rachel – Greetings from Wales where Hassina and I now live after leaving Berlin for Denmark back in 2006, living here since last Autumn. Good to see you here at the D-Word, have to get Phillippe on board one of these days.

Quite a few of us use FCP and there is also a dedicated topic if you come unstuck...


Rachel Leah Jones
Tue 3 Feb 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 2 Feb 2009 :

doug: yes i meant to write based in tel aviv... but i guess i was so ambivalent, and ambivalent about being ambivalent, that i couldn't even get the words right... anyway, i was born in berkeley, ca. and grew up there as well as here in tel aviv...

james and john: hello! i'd love to see you both in person again sometime.

james: sorry i missed you in seattle, i was there in november showing ASHKENAZ. the new/old (started shooting almost 10 years ago) doc is called GYPSY DAVY about david serva (nee jones) a white boy with alabama roots who reinvented himself as a flamenco guitarist in andalucian boots who fathered five children to five different women along the way, and one of those children is me...

john: sorry you're no longer in berlin, i keep imagining a repeat visit. i guess wales will have to do (after all, i am a jones)... warm regards to hassina!

ok, this probably isn't the time and place to do all this chatting, though i'm glad to encounter friendly familiar faces, so what's my next step in terms of posting a tech problem?


John Burgan
Tue 3 Feb 2009Link

Good to have you here and yes, a Jones should acknowledge her Welsh roots!

Take a look at our Technical Topics: if it's FCP specific, use Final Cut Pro , general post-production Editing .


Doug Block
Tue 3 Feb 2009Link

So what's wrong with chatting? We live to procrastinate! And have no fear, Rachel, I highly recommend you change your "Current Location" to Tel Aviv. Always helpful to know where people are currently. And it will keep all our SF area members from being disappointed when they discover you're not in Berkeley.


Michael Fagans
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

Hey gang!

I have been working for the past ten years as a photojournalist and I am now looking to make the jump into documentary film work out here on the left coast (of course I am located in the Bible-belt of the San Joaquin Valley, smirk). A former professor now colleague mentioned this site as a place I should join.

I have been working in FCP, doing mostly web shorts, but I would really like to not make too many 'tech' mistakes moving forward into documentary work. Looking forward to asking lots of newbie questions and then getting deeper into the process.


David Mcilvride
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

What's with everybody missing part of the heads? I guess I'll have to upload a new pix. Wecome Michael.


Doug Block
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

Nice to have part of you here, Michael. Welcome.


Michael Fagans
Wed 4 Feb 2009Link

Thanks Doug.

David, apparently I did not pay the photographer enough.

Used to live right near Kingston, Ontario and climb at the Shawanagunks. The cool part about Cali is now I can get to Yosemite and just visited Galen Rowell's gallery in Bishop.


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