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Ben Kempas
Fri 27 Feb 2009Link

Steven "Picture" Kennedy?


Doug Block
Fri 27 Feb 2009Link

John F?


Joe Moulins
Sat 28 Feb 2009Link

Steve Kennedy, Your Video Remedy?


Thomas Lennon
Sat 28 Feb 2009Link

James, Doug, Andy: Thanks for those greetings and all those good words. I'm actually writing from True/False FF, where "Tongzhi in Love" is playing. We were short-listed for the Academy Awards, so we had a v. good shot at a nomination (8 films on the shortlist) but we didn't make the cut. now we're sending around to FF. The 30 minute length makes that hard. I love that length – as a viewer, I love watching shorter work, esp for documentary – but to market it is really tough.


Doug Block
Sat 28 Feb 2009Link

Market it? You pick up the phone and say "Sheila darling, how are ya?"


Jack Trau
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

hi my name is Jack and i am living in israel and going to try to work on ideas for making docs here and about this area. i hope it all works out and hope to make a doc on skydiving as well.


Robin Das
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

Hi,
I am an Independent Filmmaker seeking co producer for my projects.
you can find my work at
http://youtube.com/robinfilmmaker
http://robindasichapore.blogspot.com


Ben Kempas
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Jack and Robin.


Doug Block
Sun 1 Mar 2009Link

Ditto. Good to have you both here.


Brett Story
Mon 2 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone,
My name is Brett Story, I'm a documentary filmmaker and journalist recently relocated to brooklyn from montreal. I'm currently working on a film about the paralysis of petrochemical workers in an industrial city south of Toronto in response to a major epidemic of cancers – a study, really, in post-industrialization and alienation.... I'm also working on a series of experimental super8 docs about cities. some of them are up at www.brettstory.blip.tv. anyway, great to be here, and looking forward to getting to know the forum....


Jenn Cherry
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

Hi,
My name is Jennifer Cherry. I teach writing and use videography/photography as an escape from reading student papers. I've decided to stop gazing longingly at all the documentaries being made by others and try to make a short one of my own. I've secured permission from my kids' school and parents to follow the track team this season. I'm kicking around some ideas as to what I want to focus on, so hopefully I'll get it figured out soon--the season begins tomorrow! Most likely, I'll be flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants this go around. I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions as I get further into this little venture.


Doug Block
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

welcome to the d-word, brett and jenn. glad you found us.


Craig Mcgillivray
Wed 4 Mar 2009Link

hi,
I used to lurk out here a lot,but never really had much to contribute, cause I wasn't working on a movie, and jeez, the regulars here can answer pretty much any question that gets posed. I've been off in the wilderness for a year or so and now I'm working on two movies at once. They are both about music. One is half in the can, the other is a collaboration about a defunct punk band with hundreds of fans that I'm organising over a popular social networking site. The second one is really snowballing out of conrol as I type.
So my days are shooting interviews and using the crap out of he razor tool in FCP, scrambling to pay rent in the bay area, and now spending time with you fine folks here on the d-word.


Doug Block
Thu 5 Mar 2009Link

hey, we're all scraping by in here, craig. glad to see you come out of the lurker's darkness and into the light of day.


Juergen Czwienk
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

hi,
I am a new member and hopefully this will be a inspiring forum for me.
Greetings from Wiesbaden


Doug Block
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

Greetings back at you, Juergen. Welcome to the always-inspiring D-Word.


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

Welcome all. Love the photo, Craig.


Ben Kempas
Fri 6 Mar 2009Link

Hi Jürgen, funny, I was in Wiesbaden just four days ago, at Bewegte Zeiten. Do you know them?

Anyway, it's nice to see the "Reelisors" slowly trickling in... Welcome!


Juergen Czwienk
Sat 7 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Fri 6 Mar 2009 :

Hallo Ben. Ich habe von Bewegte Zeiten gehört, aber auch Wiesbaden ist nicht so ganz klein. Ich arbeit seit einigen Jahren mit einem Studio in Mainz zusammen, denn dort kann ich so lange schneiden, wie es nötig ist. Derzeit bereiten wir uns auf den Umzug in eine Scheune vor, damit alles etwas gemütlicher wird. Bon weekend JC


Faraz Mohammad
Sun 8 Mar 2009Link

Hi, My name is Faraz Mohammed, I am very new to Documentary film making. and I have recently moved to India from NY and I will be in India for few months. I am looking to meet with some documentary film makers and get some experience. I will appreciate it if anyone can introduce me to people working making documentaries in the Indian subcontinent.


Juergen Czwienk
Sun 8 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Faraz Mohammed's post on Sun 8 Mar 2009 :

Sorry, but Inda is not on my screen. I only will have a film in Jaipur for the film festival in july. Juergen


Ben Kempas
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

Juergen – If you're referring to the post right before yours, there's no need to use the "in reply to" line. We only do that when linking to earlier posts. Everything else is an ongoing conversation.

Faraz – Welcome. You can connect to other Enthusiasts and Members of The D-Word by using the People link on the top of the page, and then searching for India.


Michelle Ferrari
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

Hello to all. I'm an NYC-based filmmaker, currently making the leap from writing and story editing to directing, and ever so slightly nervous about it. I confess that I generally tend toward the Luddite and non-virtual, but a good friend of mine, who is an active and zealous member, told me D-Word "rocks" – and after trolling around a bit, I'm inclined to agree with him. Looking forward to getting to know you.


Doug Block
Mon 9 Mar 2009Link

Same here, Michelle. We do tend to have a fair share of F2F's in NYC, often built around the Stranger Than Fiction series on Tuesday nights at the IFC Theater. So speak up if you're thinking of going and I'm sure more than a few members will be happy to interact with you non-virtually. In the meantime, welcome aboard.

Edited Mon 9 Mar 2009 by Doug Block

Nick Verbitsky
Wed 11 Mar 2009Link

Hi guys,

I'm working on a feature length doc on the collapse of Bear Stearns and am in post-production on 2 TV docs focusing on male vics of domestic violence as well as an investigative piece on Polygamy. Along w/my little brother, I run Blue Chip Films in CT.


Mark Kendall
Wed 11 Mar 2009Link

Hey everyone,

I'm usually more of a reader than a poster when it comes to "virtual" communities, but this site seems really awesome. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a documentary filmmaker currently based in Nashville, TN. I started shooting docs while living abroad in Bolivia during my time in graduate school, and my first film about a network of indigenous filmmakers there had some successes on the festival circuit so I've managed to keep my momentum and continue pursuing stories that interest me. I was the personal videographer for Wynonna Judd for a while, and now I'm doing some work with the Nashville Film Festival. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better, and maybe even crossing the digital divide...


Nicola Lees
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Hi
I've worked in factual TV for 10 years, mainly specializing in developing science/history/lifestyle programmes for channels in the UK and USA. I'm now running TV Mole, which is a website dedicated to helping people originate, develop and pitch their non-fiction shows.


Ben Kempas
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Nicola – welcome to The D-Word, and please see my comments on TV Mole (great name!) in our Discovery Campus: Docu Series discussion. And please turn yourself into a Member already, will you? :-)

Mark – great to have you on board. I guess I'll see you in April during the Nashville Film Festival then? (Nashville deserves all the credit for making Al Gore watch my film...)


Ben Kempas
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Oh, and Nick, I didn't mean to overlook you (maybe you should upload a picture, haha). Welcome to The D-Word.


Annette Strauch
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

I grew up in the middle of Germany. The fall of the Berlin wall was one of my most memorable experiences 20 years ago because I lived close to the border in the west.

I come from the cherry area around Witzenhausen / lovely cherry-blossom in the spring!

"We perceive what we want to perceive" – it depends which pair of glasses we are wearing, as the German saying goes!

I love colourful cupcakes, latte macchiato (medium) with spoon-firm froth, bara-brith, lamb in Wales with mint sauce and good quality tea (Sahnetee). I love web 2.0 and my iPodtouch with good podcasts like audiobooks.

I believe in skills: you cannot have studied history only really – and then work in marketing or so. I was taught good quality work and education was too a high standard. I am interested in – and have studied psychology and neurolinguistic programming (discover your own potential!).

I support Nordic-Walking and Mountain-Walking in Wales.

I set up a good exhibition in my favourite Library, the SUB in Göttingen: http://www.sub.uni-goettingen.de/archiv/ausstell/2008/wales.html.

I belonged to the German Society when I lived in Cardiff.

I love Cardiff, London, Glastonbury – languages, cultures. I love the sun! I never mean to do any harm. People cannot take criticism sometimes – but it is their problem. I have experienced this in Wales (with some national institutions unfortunately). Trust is important – the chemistry has to be good and relentless honesty is important. I need – like every person – someone who tells me that some of my ideas is rubbish. I appreciate it – better than agreeing all the time – this has nothing to do with being rude (guerrilla marketing principal also).

Achievement means a lot to me – but not getting stressed. I never got certain jobs b'cause I am no "arse-licker"; a word and meaning I learnt in Wales. I have been into blogs for a while now, bookmarking / tagging, brand monitoring (MINI), content aggregation, crowdsourcing / voting (Starbucks), discussion boards and forums, vents and meetups, microblogging, video, photosharing, podcasting, presentation sharing, PR, ratings and reviews (Qype). I work to get sponsorship.

Combining culture with IT – this is my interest. I belive just IT is nothing, it is just technology – you still want to read the classics and books that are kept in the libraries. If you don't – I do ;-). I like the art of giving and helping! About me – in one sentence: Very happy!

Some Links: http://www.mrdgallery.com/
http://www.wiki-goettingen.de/index.php?title=Annette_Strauch

N.B.: Mark and I are interested in professional film-making (we have good equipment). Wales offers great locations. You can film here very well.
Photography and film-making go very well together. I have studied Visual Anthropology (Georg-August Uni Göttingen) when I chose the subject "Europäische Ethnologie" in which I have a degree.

Edited Thu 12 Mar 2009 by Annette Strauch

George Kachadorian
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

My name is George Kachadorian and I've beem working for nearly a decade on my latest feature documentary "SHOOTING BEAUTY"– selected to kick off the 2009 Full Frame Film Festival. Also playing in April at IFP/Phoenix Film Fest and IFFBoston.

Check out the brief trailer at our facebook page to see what I've been doing up here in my little NH studio...:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71146290201


Doug Block
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Greetings to all the new Members. George, much congrats on having your premiere be the Full Frame premiere, that's pretty awesome! Now be sure to take the next step and sign up for full membership . Annette, now that's an awesome introduction!


Tina Flemmerer
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

George,

I just saw the trailer to your film, it is amazing. I can't wait to see it. Are there any plans for the film to come to New York anytime soon?


Mark Kendall
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Thanks Ben...I'll be there all week, so we'll definitely cross paths. Congrats on your film.


Sean Flynn
Thu 12 Mar 2009Link

Great trailer George, and I love the tagline "Everyone deserves a shot." Hope to catch you and the film at IFF Boston!


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Dear all, my name is Joshka Wessels, I am a eco-documentary maker based in the Netherlands. My background is in visual anthropology and geography (yes, I have a PhD in that...)I have been a member of D-Word since 2007 when I was based in the UK but just didn't get round to properly introduce myself! I have been working a lot on climate change, water and middle east issues lately. Attached is a list of broadcasts and screening in 2009 of 5 different films I made. You can see my showreel on my youtube channel www.youtube.com/joshkawessels

Have fun !


Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Joshka. Pretty cool list!


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

thanks, Ben


Doug Block
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Glad to have you finally posting, Joshka. Though now I can see why, you've been quite a busy boy. Much congrats.


Joshka Wessels
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

hi doug, thanks, busy girl you mean...I know confusing hey, Joshka can be both....:)


Ben Kempas
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

You know, Doug's eyesight... and he doesn't really read the bios... :-P

[looking for shelter]


Doug Block
Fri 13 Mar 2009Link

Hey, I'm on vicodin and not responsible for anything I do these days (just ask my wife!). But sorry about that, lovely Joshka.


Nick Verbitsky
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Thx for the Welcome Doug, I'm really psyched to be involved w/this group.

Which is a great segue to a question I have as it regards fair use. As I mentioned, I am working on a feature doc on the collapse of Bear Stearns, I've already had a bunch of fantastic interviews and have a bunch more scheduled through April.

However, I also have an absolute trove of internal corp vid from Bear Stearns that was spirited out of the bldg before it could be destroyed. There is much in this trove that will be useful in one way or another, and yes, some of it is pretty sensitive and documents meetings while the company is on its way to oblivion during that fateful last week.

My question is, what, if any guidance does the group have vis a vis the Fair Use claim. Based on the American Univ Best Practices statement, I feel I'm on pretty firm ground in using what I have, and I also plan on obtaining Fair Use insurance; but just wanted to see what some of you thought. I guess the best way to think of what I have is similar to SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, which was of course, chock full of internal Enron corp vids.....

Look fwd to any/all comments....


John Burgan
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Given the sort of material you are thinking of using, it would seem imperative that you speak to a lawyer.


Nick Verbitsky
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Thanks John. In order to get the Fair Use insurance I mentioned, I must have a statement from a lawyer attesting to the veracity of the claim....Was just wondering if there was anyone w/a shared experience who could give me some guidance.


John Burgan
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Hopefully you'll get some more feedback from the D-Word.

In the interim, Richard Lee is a longstanding member of our community and well versed in these issues. I haven't used him myself, but many colleagues here can attest to his competence in this area.


Nick Verbitsky
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Thx a bunch, John! I will see about contacting him....


Shuibo Wang
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Hello dear documentary colleagues!
I'm Shui-bo Wang, a Montreal based filmmaker and I also teach at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, as a visiting professor. My animated autobiographical documentary Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999. I made two other documentaries titled Swing in Beijing and They Chose China, and currently working on a couple of documentary feature film projects both in Canada and China.


Doug Block
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Shuibo. Be sure to apply for professional membership to get full access to all of the discussion forums.


Shuibo Wang
Mon 16 Mar 2009Link

thank you very Doug! All the best!


Simone Francis
Tue 17 Mar 2009Link

Hi, My name is Simone and I started a project a few years ago- www.nomadichands.com
If anyone is interested in helping out with an upcoming documentary in the Ecuadorian Amazon very soon, I´ve just posted info about it in the public classified section. I´m always open to help with all other areas of the project too ;)
Cheers,
Simone


Ben Kempas
Wed 18 Mar 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Simone, Shuibo, Nick...


Adam Lichtenstein
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

Greetings and Thanks for welcoming me into The D-Word. My name is Adam Lichtenstein and I am an Avid and Final Cut Pro Editor of features, commercials (web, too) and documentaries (TV news docs, reality, and theatrical). My most recent project was for HBO about the late great 70s character actor John Cazale called I KNEW IT WAS YOU. It's making its tour of film festivals, having recently been at Sundance where it was in the Documentary Spotlight program. It's a great little gem and particular favorite of film people. I hope you all enjoy. Again, thanks for inviting me into The Discussion. Warmly, Adam L.


Doug Block
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

A warm welcome to Simone and Adam. Good to have you both here and leaping in.


Ben Kempas
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

I saw I KNEW IT WAS YOU at Sundance and really liked it. Welcome, Adam!


Riley Morton
Thu 19 Mar 2009Link

SCRAPPLE is a personal fave of mine...


Mark Kendall
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

Hey Simone...good to see you on here!


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 19 Mar 2009 :

Many thanks, Doug.


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 19 Mar 2009 :

That means a lot, Ben. And thanks for having me.


Adam Lichtenstein
Fri 20 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Riley Morton's post on Fri 20 Mar 2009 :

Thanks, Riley. SCRAPPLE's my favorite too.


Ruby Yang
Sat 21 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone,
This is Ruby Yang from Beijing, my home/work base for the last 5 years. Relocated from San Francisco in 2004, I am still fascinated by Beijing and the rest of China.
Thomas Lennon, my colleague has been telling me about this site. Glad I am now part of this professional community.


Doug Block
Sat 21 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Ruby! I've known of you through Tom for many years now, so it's great to finally have you joining us here. I guess modesty prevented you from mentioning the documentary short Oscar you and Tom won last year for "The Blood of Yingzhou District", but not me.


James Longley
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

Hi Ruby – good to see you again, if only virtually.


Athanasios Palos-Papantonopoulos
Sun 22 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Ruby Yang's post on Sun 22 Mar 2009 :
Ruby halo,
please, keep me in mind in case you come along with medical video footage.
Regards
A.Palos


Richard Eisenstein
Mon 23 Mar 2009Link

Hey Documentary community. I am Rick Eisenstein of Los Angeles and I am working on a documentary about the mortgage meltdown leading to the the foreclosure fiasco.


Rob Ferguson
Mon 23 Mar 2009Link

Hello, all!
I'm very new to the documentary production process. I am helping a friend raise money to realize his dream of making a documentary questioning the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe against the backdrop of the socio-economic and political realities of 19th century Baltimore.
He's been working on this for well over a decade now, and has a very detailed and well-thought plan, in addition to some participation arrangements with successful documentary filmmakers, so I am confident in the "bedrock" of the written materials and accounting data upon which I am building our funding strategy.
I am familiar with fundraising for social service agencies, higher education, and the visual arts, but this is my first foray into documentary film and it looks like there are significant aspects of documentary funding that are unique to the discipline.
I've found some solid information online and even a few leads worth pursuing, but would definitely be grateful for any wisdom and advice I could gain from those more experienced than I.
Most notably-what are good ways to get leads/ideas/contact information for organizations that issue grants for documentary films (particularly those focusing more on the American history and/or literature fields)?
Thanks for any guidance anybody should provide!


Lynn Casper
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Hello!

I am merely an amateur who is just getting into filmmaking. My real passion lies in Social Media. I am the Social Media Strategist for a nonprofit organization called Working Films. We work with a lot of documentary films and help create audience engagement strategies so that their films can really have an impact on the social issues they are about. I am really interested in seeing how filmmakers are using social media to get the word out about their films and to engage their audience.

Are there any filmmakers here who have been using social media tools in their film campaigns?


James Longley
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

In reply to Richard Eisenstein's post on Mon 23 Mar 2009 :

Rick – sounds interesting. Just make sure to include a montage of a baby carriage rolling down steps.


Doug Block
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Welcome Richard, Rob and Lynn.

Lynn, you might want to browse thru the Marketing and Distribution topic, where a number of filmmakers are discussing social media and networking tools (most lately, Angela Alston).


Jody Hassett
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Greetings,

I'm a reformed network news producer who has spent the past 2.5 years shooting in India, Pakistan and W. Africa for a broadcast-length doc called SOLD:Fighting the New Global Slave Trade. It's about three courageous people who defy death threats, carry out daring rescues and challenge powerful interests in the battle to end child slavery in the 21st Century. It's not another film about what's wrong with the world, it's a film about a Christian, a Hindu and a Muslim who are kicking butt and making a difference. (I'm still trying out my loglines ... as you can guess).
Mira Nair has just signed on to be our narrator and we are working with several NGO's on our outreach campaign. I'm navigating the foreign broadcast sales world right now and look forward to the wise counsel of those who have already trod this thorny path ....

Jody Hassett Sanchez


Jody Hassett
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Okay, I already screwed up. Was trying to insert that odd picture into member slot. Figured I'd let you guess which one is me. – Jody


Thomas Lennon
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

far and away the best self-portrait in the dword to date – welcome Jody, and glad to see us spicing things up


Thomas Lennon
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

and Ruby, greetings across the Pacific


Doug Block
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Jody, clearly you're the one humping the column, right? Smart undercover disguise, I say. Good luck with your film, sounds kick-ass, for sure. And welcome to The D-Word.


Jody Hassett
Tue 24 Mar 2009Link

Yeah, that's me. Same outfit I wore while filming in central Pakistan. Got several requests for the head cover.


Brian Lio
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

Greetings everyone,

My name is Brian Lio, and I am excited to have found a community of so many established documentary filmmakers. I just recently got into this space about a year ago when I founded a small production company with my friends and left a job in marketing to see if we could strike out on our own and make something work. I had not so much as held a camera when this whole thing started, so it has been quite the whirlwind learning process for me along the way.

We have been shooting a weekly documentary reality show called Jet Set Zero that follows the lives of a core cast as they attempt to start from nothing and fund their travels around the world living, working, and interacting locally.

Our goal is to try and tell the stories of what it is like to really live in a culture though personal experiences, and show that it an accessible dream to everyone by having a cast that funds themselves and opening the finances. We have been filming and releasing content for the past 9 months and have been shooting in Seattle, Saigon, Bangkok, Tokyo, and now Seoul. Its been an amazing experience and I am lucky to have a great team to learn from.

I look forward to getting feedback from everyone here and learning about what it takes to make a documentary series really successful. You can check out my work at www.jetsetzero.tv.

-Brian


Doug Block
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

Hmmm, great content + great promotion = successful series. As long as we don't talk about funding, how's that for a formula, Brian? Anyway, sounds like a great idea and loads of fun (if you're young). Welcome to The D-Word.


Girish Sharma
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

I am an aspiring filmmaker (is there a word like "aspiring filmmaker"?). I haven't done any productive work yet. I was looking for some guidance to start and do it. Can someone suggest which camera (new or old) we need to making short movies? Any other suggestions for aspiring filmmakers? :)


James Longley
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

about cameras for short films / low budget – I'm a big fan of the Panasonic DVX100A.


Simon de Swardt
Wed 25 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone
Just joined following a link from dvinfo.net. I am a very new documentary film-maker who has just jumped into the deepest of deep ends. I have two huge projects going on at the moment: one of which, considering my location, is politically sensitive and so will remain a mystery, but the other one I am keen to get some input on.
Basically over the years I have worked in many different capacities at a big Harare arts festival called HIFA. The festival is a complete miracle considering the economic and political context and I want to capture the sense of wonder and incredible achievement as the directors of the festival battle with the worst inflation in the world (over a sextillion percent), a cholera epidemic, a shattered economy, terrible phones and internet, arrogant foreign artists, indignant local artists, highly demanding corporate sponsors, difficult diplomats, etc. It is an exciting project, and I have just begun it. Started filming on Saturday – I have about 6 weeks before the festival starts. The real good footage will come in the last few days before the festival starts, but in the meantime I am laying the groundwork, trying to get some b-roll, building trust (a huge exercise, even considering my many years successful relationship with the organisers), practising some run and gun handheld shooting, etc.
Any recommendations, ideas, tips?
I am pretty worried about the millions of releases I am going to need. The dance rehearsal I just shot had 30 dancers in it! and that is only day two of shooting. Also, worried about incidental music appearing in shots, and the whole host of problems associated with clearing rights for that kind of thing. Seeing as this is an arts festival there will be a huge amount of artistic copyright issues I imagine.
Also I am trying to get as much observational stuff as possible and not interview people formally if I can avoid it. so what seems like a good shooting ratio in this kind of scenario, 60:1 ? I am trying to make a saleable end product which will have the duration of a tv hour – about 50 minutes. I am hoping to try and sell to tv stations etc, as I believe the topic will at least have some novelty value, and it is theoretically current affairs related as well. Anyways, any thoughts from anyone, any pointers as to possible difficulties I am going to have, warnings, tips?
This is my first post here, so this is almost certainly not the place to ask such detailed stuff, anyway – at least you know who I am and what I am up to!
Oh, I have a Sony EX1 and various mics etc. i don't have enough media or batteries, but maybe you never do?
Simon


Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Fri 27 Mar 2009Link

Hi,
I just joined the forum to see what stuff is being made everywhere!! And to be able to chat with James Longley of course!
Hi James!
p.


James Longley
Fri 27 Mar 2009Link

Hi Pablo.


Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Fri 27 Mar 2009Link

Hi James,

Its awesome to be in a forum with such great filmmakers as yourself. Ok, so Ive had something that ive wanted to tell you for a couple of years now. It all started about 3 years ago when I watched Iraq In Fragments. At that point I was on my 1st year of Film School and although I was learning about the sensitivity in storytelling, I was more impressed with camerawork. When I saw that film I was blown away. At that point I thought it was only the camerawork what was amazing and I managed to find your contact at DVX user and I sent you a note asking you ONLY about the presets you used to achieve these images. You replied in no time with all the numbers and I punched them into my newly purchased DVX 100A as if those numbers alone would aquire those pictures.
Now.. for all of these years i have regretted enormously just having asked you about those presets.. I have grown out of the tech freak school mentality and I can watch your film now without focusing on shutter speeds, or framings or whatever. That film has taught me lots of things. I go back to it once in a while to learn when Im feeling stuck creatively.

Ok so all of this is to say.. sorry for just asking what the numbers in your DVX setting were, when you had made such an amazing, human piece.

pablo


James Longley
Fri 27 Mar 2009Link

Thank you, Pablo. You're very kind.

But if you're looking for humanity and sensitivity, there are a lot of filmmakers who've been able to capture that better – and a lot of them are on this forum. Take a look at Doug Block's film 51 Birch Street, just for instance.


Preston Hart
Fri 27 Mar 2009Link

Hi. My name is Preston Hart. I am a Brooklyn based composer and producer of music for films and have scored a couple of documentaries by DC's Eidolon Films. I am looking for new projects so please feel free to contact me.


Doug Block
Fri 27 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Pablo and Preston!

Thanks, James. I'll trade some humanity for your presets, though.


James Longley
Fri 27 Mar 2009Link Tag

These are okay:

http://dvfilm.com/maker/dvx100settings.htm

the settings are nothing special – keeping the iris open is more important. Oh yeah – and get close to your subject and shoot wide.


Valerie Reynolds
Sun 29 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone,
Stumbled upon this site via 2-pop and so glad that I did. I am currently working on a feature length doc working title: Jimi Hendrix: The Early Years
It's about the time right after the Army when he and Billy Cox were living in Nashville. It's about him but it's also about the thriving R&B scene in Music City at the time. It's a side of Nashville that really hasn't been told.

I finished the interviews (30+) and currently working in FCpro, researching archives, licensing, figuring out to pitch it etc.
I ran out and got the interviews first because these guys were not getting any younger...3 have already passed away that I got including Larry Lee last October. I have an hour interview with him and it was probably the last one he did.
I shot everything on a GL2 & an FX1 in SD Have gathered a few more people to help and things a moving forward. I'm sure I will have lots of questions. Grateful to have a place like here to ask them. Looking forward to getting to know some of you.


Doug Block
Sun 29 Mar 2009Link

Glad you found us, Valerie. Sounds like a fun project, hope it all works out. And you find the money for those music rights ;-)


Valerie Reynolds
Sun 29 Mar 2009Link

thanks, luckily most of people i interviewed have their own cd's so won't be using much (if any) hendrix tunes. we'll see. you know they did a documentary about bluesman robert johnson (at the crossroads) and all they had was a photo. we'll see...haven't approached Janie Hendrix yet but have a feeling it would be way out of my budget.


Gregory Rossi
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

happy to be here with the d-word. I'm a filmmaker from a book background which means I'm still learning to work with a more engaging visual style. I've got my first documentary CONNECT USA premiering at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Hollywood next month. Much of my work until now is oral history based (interview heavy), and CONNECT USA is the story of me traveling across the USA interviewing people over a game of Connect Four (see the trailer at www.bodegavision.com)

Going forward as I look to make more documentaries, I look forward to not making it in the woodshed like I did this one, but among a community of doc filmmakers.


Christopher Wong
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

very cool idea, gregory! welcome to the D-Word...


Marj Safinia
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Gregory. You should consider applying for full membership, which will give you access to all the topics. It's free, but not automatic.


Gregory Rossi
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

thanks for welcome, I'll apply for the full membership when I get a breather. Right now looking to poster and drop postcards in LA, Marj have any ideas on how to get someone to help me over there? I can be reached also at connect@bodegavision.com


Regan Brashear
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

Hi everyone,
I'm so happy to have found the D-Word and look forward to learning from and connecting with you all! I am currently finishing a film about human enhancement technologies (bionic limbs, brain-machine interfaces, prenatal screening technologies, etc...)and disability rights called Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. In it, I follow three main characters, each of whom has a severe disability and each has a different perspective and stake in these emerging technologies. The film is trying to raise ethical/philosophical questions for us all to grapple with: how will these technologies change what it means to be human, "who" is allowed to be born, what values are embedded within the culture that are perpetuated by these technnologies, etc... I'm very excited about it, and have received great feedback so far, but am feeling a bit stuck about where to go from here. I started the project as my thesis for my master's program at UCSC in Social Documentation (Documentary Film) which I completed this past June. While the program is excellent in supporting us to go deep with our research and analysis and thinking about story structure, voice, etc.. it was quite light when it comes to post and to distribution or anything relating to the business side of things! So I am looking for advice here on these fronts. (I'll post more specific questions in various threads but do welcome any feedback).

I also want to share that after working on my film intensely for the last three years, I'm really excited to connect with other documentary filmmakers and am looking for other projects to crew on. So if anyone is looking for help, i.e. camera, research, writing, assistant directing, PA, editing, even just brainstorming ideas together, please keep me in mind (especially in the Bay Area, but I'd be very willing to travel too for the right project).

I am also about to invest in a camera in the next few days, but am still wavering between the HPX170 and the HMC150 (I'd love more advice on this, but I'll take it to the camera thread).

So thanks to all, especially the hosts! See ya on the forums!


Doug Block
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Regan. I highly recommend you start by reading the vast archives of the Marketing and Distribution topic. Or at least the past year or so. You'll get up to speed pretty quickly just from that.


Ariel Saturay
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

i am a member of kodao productions here in the Philippines. Kodao is an indigenous word meaning journal. we make social and political documentaries. We also have a radio program that was blacklisted by the government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo because of being outspoken about the administration's corrupt management of our country.


Doug Block
Tue 31 Mar 2009Link

Welcome, Ariel. Do register for full membership .


Graeme Orr
Wed 1 Apr 2009Link

Hello Everyone,
My name is Graeme Orr and I was born in England, grew up in Australia and now live in Canada. I am finishing of my first feature length documentary at the moment. I am very glad to have found this site. I live in a kind of creative bubble. Been working hard on my doc which I am producing, directing, writing, shooting and editing on my own. I love the art forma nd have a subject I am very passionate about.

My film, 'Road to Nirvana' is about how a chance meeting with a humanitarian has changed my life for ever. It was kind of lost. Knowing only that I wanted to learn more about the world and had dreams of using my passion for Documentaries to somehow positively impact the world. Then I was shooting for the local news one day and had to interview a man who builds schools and orpahanges all over the world and bring medical aid to those in need. He still holds down a full-time job and helps his wife run a business. At first I didn't know what to expect but the more time I spent with him I realised he was the answer to a lot of my personal neds aswell as proffessional ones. We travelled to Kenya, Egypt, India, Nepal and Sudan on crazy adventures to see some of the poorest people on the planet. It didn't take long for me to realise how spoit the western world is. I came back from each trip a little different. With a new perspective. I knew I had to make this into a feature and get as many people as possible to see it. I was extremely fortuate and now I feel it is my duty to spread AShid (my subject) message. 'In helping others lies the true significance of living'.

The drama and arch of the story revolves around Ashid's realization that he isn't getting any younger and after 30 years he needs to find some way of making his society survive after he is gone. After being a humble man who did very little self promotion he now realizes he must bring a new generation into the mix so when he is gone it won't all fall away. That is were I come in. Together we are taking his message to the world from the point of view of some one who at first had no really understanding of what he was talking about to now dedicating what has been 2 years of my life on fulfilling what I believe to be my duty or calling if you like.

WOW!! I really can rant on about this project.

Long story short (kind of) .. that's what I am doing at the moment. We have one shoot left in Cambodia and possibly another in The Dominican Republic. I'll be at Hot Docs in Toronto at the end of the month trying to learn the pitching process and aiming to meet the people who can help get this story out to the world.

I look forward to interacting with fellow passionate documentary filmmakers here at The D-Word. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions for you all. I also look forward to researching some of your films so I can pick your brains even more about specifics. This site is just what I need. Wish I had found it sooner.

Graeme


Doug Block
Wed 1 Apr 2009Link

Great to have you here, Graeme. Like with Ariel, feel free to sign up for full membership here ...


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