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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.

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Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Welcome, Anne and Jon. Good to have you joining us. Anne, I used to play (badly, but who could hear?) in a Brazilian percussion ensemble a few years ago. Absolutely loved it!


Adam Chapnick
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I'm thrilled to finally be a part of this community! I'm a longtime doc marketer and distributor, a big social media evangelist, an IDA board member, and a dad.

I'm very excited about my new service that's now in beta, that gets indie films on iTunes for a flat fee without needing a traditional distribution deal, without surrendering rights, and without giving up any rev-share (it's at www.Distribber.com). I'm so grateful that people are already offering feedback here. I invite and welcome all thoughts, positive, negative or otherwise!

For the record, I also can spin a basketball on one finger almost indefinitely and juggle a soccer ball with only my head.


Marj Safinia
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Welcome, Adam. Glad to have you on board. Adam and I spend far too much time together in various IDA meetings and I can tell you that he's completely genuine when he asks for honest feedback, so I hope folks will jump in. Adam, the party's already started in Marketing and Distribution


Doug Block
Wed 27 May 2009Link

Great to have you here, Adam. Hope you'll leap right into the discussions.


Mark Barroso
Thu 28 May 2009Link

In reply to Adam Chapnick's post on Thu 28 May 2009 :

Spinning a basketball on my finger has always been a great mystery to me since junior high school. I tried and tried and never could get it. The guys who could were always the coolest cats around. What's the secret? If I fly to LA will you teach me? My life would then be complete.


Maureen Marovitch
Thu 28 May 2009Link

A colleague recently enthused to me how singing up for the D Word had changed her life and I had to join. With that endorsement, how could I not?! I've been researching, writing and directing (and occasionally co-producing) documentaries and non-fiction television since 1994. My partner and I co-own Picture This Productions (www.picturethis.ca) These days we are developing some one off documentary films and limited doc series, while also working on corporate projects and even the occasional fiction piece. I'm coming back slowly to the world of documentary activism and social engagement after five years of trying to balance just getting a basic level of work accomplished while raising two toddlers. It felt- and sometimes still does- like there are never enough hours in the day for it all, but I was finding that I really missed being part of the bigger documentary community. That all said, I am so looking forward to reading through some back posts and connecting up with the amazing people around the world I see listed on this site!


Ben Kempas
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Welcome, Maureen. Yes, there are never enough hours in the day, and it's getting worse now that you're adding The D-Word to your daily routines...


Doug Block
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Just remember your priorities, Maureen, and you'll be okay. D-Word first, kids second...


Maureen Marovitch
Thu 28 May 2009Link

Right. Got that straight. Now if I can just get them to write up funding applications for me, this time thing would all balance out. Oh wait- first they have to learn how to write...

Thanks for the welcome!


Jo-Anne Velin
Thu 28 May 2009Link

watch the f2f topic in about 3 weeks, Maureen.


Maureen Marovitch
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Will do- thanks, Jo-Anne.


Niam Itani
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Welcome!!


Dan Gasiewski
Fri 29 May 2009Link

Thanks sy about that Doug.


Fed Sanchez
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Hi there. I come from a photographic background, and I'm working on my first doc right now. I heard about this forum from a workshop I was taking this past week at SIFT, in Ottawa. I am based in Toronto.


Doug Block
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Welcome, Fed. Good luck with your doc.


Michael Anderson
Sun 31 May 2009Link

Greetings. Coming from the world of sound design for EA, including scoring, in game documentary footage and cut scenes. (Medal of Honor series). Fascinated by cross platform media and documentary styles.


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

hi michael – first off, WELCOME (and to you others too!)... please check out my recent posts in the 'multi-platform project' thread. definitely interested in your take.


Marth Christensen
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Hi,
I'm a retired Boeing engineering manager (and horror filmmaker) up to my eyeballs right now helping Larry Paros make a feature documentary. “Walk Right In” is the story of an experimental summer high school where kids from poverty backgrounds nationwide assembled on the campus of the Yale Divinity School in the summer of 1968 and tackled some of the most difficult issues facing the country — race, diversity, and identity. See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-E6IBeWVBc
We have a 90 minute rought cut we are screening at a reunion at Yale on 6 June. Marth Christensen, www.yshs.org


Doug Block
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Nice to see "horror filmmaker" and "eyeballs" in the same sentence, Marth. Welcome to The D-Word and to the world of docs.

Edited Mon 1 Jun 2009 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Worrying to see "Boeing engineering" and "horror filmmaker" in the same sentence... although I guess today is more about Airbus horror...

Anyway, welcome to The D-Word!!!


Josh Dinner
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Hello!

I am Josh, age 25, living in Los Angeles, CA! I found my way to this board via the USC School of Cinematic Arts Online Community. I am an alumni. Greetings!

www.EarthrisePictures.com
www.TracersTables.com
www.YouTube.com/TracersTables


Khemarak Tor
Mon 1 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone!

I've been researching books about Documentary film making and it has led me to this website. I've had a huge interest for this genre for quite awhile but had not ever tapped into it the way I would imagine how an enthusiast would. Thereby, I'm now taking those steps to learning as much as possible. Hopefully, I can pickup significant knowledge, tips, and the sorts from everyone here. Thanks!


Gilly Mathieson
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

The D-Word has been very insipirational site for me as I prepare to pitch a documentary proposal..

I feel a little bit of a fraud as I am currently not a documentary film-maker but a television journalist. I began working as a journalist in 1994 but became a producer/director and made documentaries for Channel 4. I moved from documentaries back to journalism in 1999 because of job security and an offer of a BBC staff job which was too good to turn down. Ten years on, four children later, I am still reporting at BBC Scotland but have ditched the crew and editor and now work as a video journalist. I report for our flagship current affairs programme, The Politics Show. Over three days I have to find a story and make a five to nine minute film and arrange a discussion to follow. I film with a Z1 and edit on Avid. My stories are all character led and take me across the world. I was one of the first reporters at BBC Scotland to train as a video journalist in 2002 and have loved the transition despite the huge workload.

For me, the last six years have been about honing my film making and story telling skills so that I can go back to making documentaries when the kids are at school and there are fewer demands from me as a parent.

For 8 years I have been dreaming about making a documentary series set in the Canadian Arctic and I am now finally preparing to pitch the idea to BBC Scotland and BBC Four. In 2001, I spent two months living in the Canadian Arctic and made a series of radios features. It was then that I met my key characters and since I have been building up my relationship with them and knowledge of the area and people. I am now planning to go back in May 2010 armed with my camera. Well that's if they buy the idea!

Now that the proposal is almost in place, I need to think about whether I should be trying to get on a BBC course to use a more advanced camera than the Z1. I'm proposing to self shoot as the budget will mostly be eaten up by travel and staff costs, so there is no room to bring an ap/sound person. There's a lot I have to learn and find out about..so many questions..so I am so happy to have found the d-word..

If anyone ever needs any Scottish contacts/interviews/footage etc, I'd be more than happy to help out as a favour. Or if you're bringing your film to one of our festivals in Edinburgh get in touch. We're only a few minutes walk from the Filmhouse and if you're stuck for a place to say we may be able to help out.


Nick Verbitsky
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

In reply to Gilly Mathieson's post on Tue 2 Jun 2009 :

Good luck Gilly, and welcome! Pls keep us informed about your progress...


Doug Block
Tue 2 Jun 2009Link

Thanks for introducing yourself, Gilly, and great to have you among us. Wish you'd posted last year, I was in Edinburgh for a mentorship program with the Scottish Documentary Council (if I remember their name correctly) and I screened 51 Birch Street at the Filmhouse. I've also been working with Edinburgh-based filmmaker Amy Hardie as producer on her upcoming personal doc. Do you know her? It's really extraordinary, just saw the latest cut yesterday and I'm very excited.

Anyway, hopefully we'll meet up next time I'm there. Good luck with your project, in the meantime.


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