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Sharon Hewitt
Sun 16 Aug 2009Link

I'm producing my first documentary and hope to find answers to some of my questions and contribute back to the community when possible. Looking forward to exploring the site and seeing what topics are being discussed.

Chris Clauson
Mon 17 Aug 2009Link

"I'm just trying to figure out how to do a character-driven doc on a local woman who is on a personal mission to save unwanted pets. I hope to do it in episodes for a start-up web/cable TV station. Then,who knows, maybe there will be enough good stuff for a real doc. I plan to shoot most of it on a new consumer cam – the new Pany hdc-tm300, which is really small. The interviews can be shot on my JVC hd200. When I picture this story, it vaguely looks like Jon and Kate Plus Eight...that kind or reality. What do you D-word folks think about this method of "gathering" material episodically?"

I guess I mean: Has anybody out there tried that method before? And, if so, how did it work out?

Ben Kempas
Mon 17 Aug 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Chris and Sharon. Chris, that may be a good question for the Mentoring Room . This topic here is for introductions.

So who else is out there? Give us a shout, we rarely bite. :-)

Johnny O'Hara
Tue 18 Aug 2009Link

Hello All,

I'm the writer of FUEL. Winner of the Audience award for best documentary at Sundance 2008 and nominated for the 2009 WGA best documentary screenplay award. I'm working on a new doc about Benazir Bhutto. I'm looking for a very good archival footage person. Any suggestions?

Ben Kempas
Tue 18 Aug 2009Link

Welcome, Johnny. You should become a full member (which is free but not automatic) and check out the dedicated Research and Archives topic.

Doug Block
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Nice to have you here, Johnny. Ditto what Ben said.

Andrew Buchanan
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link


Elizabeth Klinck is highly recommended by many people.

Steven Lake
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link


I have just finished up a trailer for my new film 'Drying For Freedom'. Its an environmentaly minded documentary focusing on the banning of CLOTHESLINES in millions of communities across America. That probably sounds somewhat obscure but you would be surpised what lies behind this story.

We are trying to drum up as much support/ feedback as possible so if you fancied checking out the trailer and becoming a fan via facebook please do. This is a low budget independent film that is still being made.

Feedback is very welcome!

Sean Tracey
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Hello D-Word,
Just learned about your group in Docs in Progress newsletter. My doc, The Jesus Guy ( and had a nice run on the festival circuit & will be out late Fall via Cinevolve ( I am an advertising guy and commercial director by trade. Worked with Albert Maysles at Maysles films for a stint. Looking to learn, mentor, and meet via D-Word.

Doug Block
Wed 19 Aug 2009Link

Well, you've come to the right place, then. Welcome aboard, Sean.

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