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Tomás Corredor
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Hi,
My name is Tomás and I am a Colombian TV commercial director currently residing in NYC. My work in advertisement has given me an approach to the audiovisual language, but at the same time it has distanced me form the “reality” that I’m very eager to explore as an individual and through the camera lens. Therefore, since some time ago, I am interested in exploring my own documentary language. I am pursuing this exploration by currently taking the Documentary Production Workshop at The New School in NYC. As a final assignment of the workshop, I will make and present my first documentary short film of 7 minutes. In Colombia I have been working as a documentary theory, film history and filmmaking teacher at a range of universities. I have also contributed extensively to a range of workshops around the country organized by the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
I am 33 years old and for the last 12 years I have been producing images for other people and teaching others filmmaking. Being in NYC has triggered me to do my own film and the time to start to work in my own dreams has come.

Some of my work
www.laolimpo.com
www.imdb.com/name/nm3588348/
http://cinefiliaescrita.blogspot.com/

Edited Thu 10 Sep 2009 by Tomás Corredor

Doug Block
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Taylor. I highly recommend you look through our vast list of archived discussions, which is available to Enthusiasts. You'll get all sorts of production advice there. And feel free to ask questions in the Mentoring topic, as Robert suggests.

And welcome to Shelly and Tomás, as well. Both of you should feel free to apply for full D-Word membership (it's free) by clicking here ...


kate marvin
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Hello everyone, my name is Esther and I am doing my first documentary. A graduate of Dramatic arts, published writer, done a feature but decided on doing historical documentary of my people. Had it mapped out but now it's a differnt game as I have landed myself with too much researched materials being on it since december 2005. So now I watch the pictures on my editing table wondering which should be relivant? I'm being honest here because I need proffessional advice. I have read so much doc. but still need more info as i draw close to rounding up in early december 2009. Ok! let me talk less after all I just got here. Just one more thing, I think info on presentation style or story structures so as to attract funding for a television broadcast will help. Soon you will read about my experience, that I think should even be another doc. on it's own. An experience. i do love to share my experience and learn more from you out there. Thanks.


Ted Fisher
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Tomás Corredor's post on Thu 10 Sep 2009 :

Welcome Tomás,

While you are at The New School, be sure and participate in some of the "Doc Talk" events they host. Often it's a chance to meet filmmakers and discuss their work face to face.


Doug Block
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

A warm welcome, Esther. Glad you found us and good luck with your doc. You might want to read a special week-long discussion we did here devoted to Story Structure in our vast archives.


Floyd Webb
Thu 10 Sep 2009Link

Hello, My name is Floyd Webb and I am a docfilmmaker living in Chicago. Working on my first doc after working with a lot of interesting people, I also do short 3 minute profiles of Chicago people.

Of late I am working on a project that got me tied up in a Federal lawsuit over Fair Use in Boston. The case may be dismissed Sept 28, we will see. The film I am making covers a century of the marginal social community of martial arts from Teddy Roosevelt's Judo dojo in the White House to the Dojo Wars of Count Dante in Chicago.

This is site looks like it could be a very interesting place.


Tim VandeSteeg
Sat 12 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Niam Etany's post on Wed 12 Aug 2009 :
Thank you for the nice words...


Tim VandeSteeg
Sat 12 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Yocheved Sidof's post on Thu 13 Aug 2009 :

Yes, a fellow Minnesotan living in LA... and yes diehard Viking fan. My two biggest passions film and football. It's great to you.


Andy Schocken
Sun 13 Sep 2009Link

Sounds like an interesting project, Floyd. Welcome to D-Word!


Tomás Corredor
Mon 14 Sep 2009Link

Thanks Ted,
Sounds nice... it is a great option. I have to take a look of the "Doc talk" schedule.
Hope to see you soon and thanks again.

In reply to Ted Fisher's post on Thu 10 Sep 2009 :


Chris Hinrichs
Tue 15 Sep 2009Link

It's been some time since I've been on D-Word, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself with a short video some of you may enjoy. It is a rapid-fire slide show of the 240 docs I've watched since I got hooked on them through Netflix. Who knows? Some of you might find your film among them. As you can tell, I am an enthusiast. http://tiny.cc/B28WW


Christopher Wong
Tue 15 Sep 2009Link

welcome back, chris... 240 docs is sure an impressive amount. have you started any kind of review page where you list your thoughts on them? there have been a lot of people who have said they were going to start a blog reviewing docs, but those people never get very far. i think you'd do well with it.


Chris Hinrichs
Tue 15 Sep 2009Link

Hey Chris- Thanks! Actually, I do quite a few posts about docs. I wouldn't call them reviews since my threshold for whether I like a film or not depends entirely on whether I thought the time I spent watching it was wasted. Almost none of the documentaries I've seen fit into this category. But I do like to make people aware of these films because I think they're ofter overlooked. I also like to interview filmmakers on the blog and have been lucky to interview people like Eddie Schmidt, Eric Chaikin, Melody Gilbert, and Jenny Abel (Abel Raises Cain). Here's a link to my doc-related posts in case you're interested: http://tiny.cc/o8FlQ

If any of you have stuff you think I should check out, please let me know. I'm not a filmmaker myself, just someone who appreciates what you all do.


Jack Clancy
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

Hi Folks,
My name is Jack Clancy and along with my daughter Liz Clancy Lerner we have been producing pro bono shorts for non profits with our company Best Dog Ever Films, LLC. We are in the final stages of completing our feature length documentary The Renegades: A Beep Ball Story. Our temp site exists as a gateway to a 90 sec. teaser. We've been lurkers on this site for years and truly appreciate all the infor we've gleaned from the sites and subsites of d-word. We'd be pleased to get feedback on our teaser at www.bestdogeverfilms.com
Thanks. Jack and Liz


Riley Morton
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

wow, Jack-
when i read that article in the WSJ a couple weeks ago about 'beep ball,' i thought 'there's a doc waiting to be made – wonder if i should do it' – looks like i got beat to the punch. nice work. looks like you've got a good story there. when do you hope to have the feature done?


Justine Jacob
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

Glad you're on here Marshall and great/hard/interesting discussion re: your film. Thank you to you and Mikal for sharing.


Doug Block
Thu 17 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Jack, and all best with your film. You and Liz should each sign up (individually) as full members to get access to all the discussion topics.


Jack Clancy
Fri 18 Sep 2009Link

Riley,
Thanks for the kind words. With as long as it took us to get this done I suspect you could have created your version ahead of ours had the WSJ come out 3 years ago!
We have a festival cut just about done and hope to get it out to a few over the coming weeks.


Marit K. Corneil
Fri 18 Sep 2009Link

My name is Marit and I am a Canadian researcher/teacher (and filmmaker) living in Norway. I have been doing work on the NFB's Challenge for Change program, and teaching documentary theory and production for a while. I am working on a dissertation on contemporary documentary and am very concerned with ethical issues (!)


Doug Block
Fri 18 Sep 2009Link

Marit, welcome and sign up for our professional level right away!


Michael Attie
Mon 21 Sep 2009Link

Hello,

My name is Mike Attie and I just finished my MFA at Stanford's Doc Film and Video program. I made a few docs at Stanford, most recently a 20 minute observational film, "Famous 4A", that follows veterans in hospice in their final days. (It's not as grim as it sounds, most of it is pretty humorous.)

I know a few people on on the forum and hope to use the D-Word to connect with people in the Seattle area. I just moved here last week so my wife can start grad school at U. of Wash. Is anyone going to the NWFF's annual meeting tonight?


Ted Fisher
Mon 21 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Mike. Do you know Anthony Weeks in your program? I worked with him on two short films when he was out here in New York.

Edited Mon 21 Sep 2009 by Ted Fisher

Anna Rodgers
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Hi all, I actually joined ages ago and then, I'm very sorry to say, never introduced myself or dropped in. I'm going to do so more often now! I met Doug at Guth Gafa in Co. Donegal, Ireland a few years ago (if you remember Doug, I brought you and your wife to my favourite beach!) and this year I met Ben at the same festival so I really should become a more active d-worder! I'm an Irish documentary director/ producer. My film 'Today is better than two tomorrows' is currently doing a bit of a festival circuit, and the film I produced The Yellow Bittern is currently in Irish cinemas and has got some great press. My background is mostly in documentary research and I've been working in film for about 12 years. When I'm not trying to turn everyone around me's life into a film, I'm obsessing over my two beautiful dogs or making my friends swing dance in public places! I give classes from time to time on documentary and ethics because I worked on two important series here for Irish TV in a Hospice and a Psychiatric Institution. I just finished a short doc set in the closed wards of old style asylums which is part of a scheme run by The Irish Film Board called Reality Bites. It's going to premiere in Cork Film Festival. I'm about to come to Vancouver to show my Lao film there.. if any members are based there it would be super if you could come see it! x Anna


Ben Kempas
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Anna!!! So great to see you become active here. Congratulations on Vancouver and all the other fests, and a big welcome to The D-Word.

D-Worders, you should all go and see TODAY IS BETTER THAN TWO TOMORROWS – it's a little gem.

Just one thing, Anna, why didn't you show me your favourite beach...?


Anna Rodgers
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

That was a bit lame of me, I must say! I didn't even go there that time. You'll have to come back! I'll be more chilled out now that all my films are finished :)


Michael Attie
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

I do know Anthony. He's a talented filmmaker and great person. Whenever he spoke in class it was always with purpose. (as opposed to running of the mouth which we're all prone to do.)


Doug Block
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Fantastic to have you posting at last, Anna. I remember that day on the beach very well, a highlight of the trip. Hope to be back to Ireland soon with the new film (my editor, Maeve O'Boyle, is from Dublin and I love the entire country), so maybe we'll get to see each other again. Meanwhile, all best with your short – try and get it shown here in NY.

Edited Tue 22 Sep 2009 by Doug Block

Anna Rodgers
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Hi Doug – Hopefully my feature is going to be shown in NY at a festival ... the programmer liked it but waiting to hear. Any excuse to come to NYC :) The short... well I'll be posting for advice on that soon because haven't had much luck with getting shorts into festivals in the past and really want to get this one out there. Give me a shout for sure if you come to Dublin! I'll take you to the pub this time ;)


Doug Block
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

I'd follow you anywhere, Anna. And vice versa regarding NYC. Have many pubs here awaiting.


Jalyn Henton
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Hi Doug – My name is Jalyn Henton and I work in Programming at PBS. I signed up for The D Word just to see what it's all about!


Doug Block
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Well, heck, Jalyn, that qualifies you as a professional. So be sure to register for professional membership here and get full access to all the discussions.


Peg Diaz
Tue 22 Sep 2009Link

Hi all. My name is Peg Diaz. I have been documenting life with a still camera and am currently working on my first video project. I look forward to learning from all of you and eventually giving back down the road. I am applying for a grant for partial funding of the documentary and have a question about a "letter of interest". I need to submit a letter from a broadcaster who might be interested in airing the film. Can anyone recommend the best way to do this.

Jalyn, since you work at PBS, perhaps you have a suggestion? I sent a request to the local PBS station but have not heard back.

Thanks in advance for any help.


Jason Perdue
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Hey Michael, great to see you here. Michael won our Jury award for his short film BOB'S KNEE at this year's Sebastopol Doc Fest.

Edited Thu 24 Sep 2009 by Jason Perdue

Tom Jackson
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Hi folks,

My name is Tom Jackson. Glad to be a new member here. I produce documentaries on social justice issues. Right now in post on another one about the oil/environmental/economy issues (following "Out of Balance" www.worldoutofbalance.org). Looking for a veg-burning vehicle again, to travel with this latest doc.

Looking forward to talking with you all.

Tom


Ben Kempas
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Tom. I was trying to watch your OUT OF BALANCE trailer but only got sound, no picture. Not sure whether that's a problem at my end or yours...


Hima B.
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Hi, All-
I'm Hima. Working on a production grant that's due next wk but in full procrastination mode. I guess this is "research" right now so it's not entirely off track....


Doug Block
Thu 24 Sep 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Hima, where there's always a grant due on the horizon and always like-minded folks to procrastinate with.


Eva Bain
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

Hi everyone I'm Eva ~ new to this world alittle... am about to embark on my first documentary, as a co-director for an observational feature length doc covering issues around a couple who have had just had a baby but due to their medical difficulties have been denied access. I am new to the game and already feel I am walking on eggshells!Great to learn about this place though! I think I will find most useful.


Tom Jackson
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 24 Sep 2009 :

Hi Ben,

No problems on this end with the Out of Balance trailer, on the film's website. There's a few trailers for Out of Balance at www.youtube.com/joepublicfilms ...


Ben Kempas
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

Hima, welcome to The D-Word. Please respect our policy that requires full names.

Eva, good to see that you signed up. I'm sure you'll learn a lot from The D-Word's wealth of Archived Topics alone...


Alec Sanchez
Fri 25 Sep 2009Link

Hello,
I am Alec Sanchez, about to become a linguist major at University of California, Santa Cruz, and I am an aspiring to become documentary filmmaker.
By blogging and watching films I hope to get insight to what the world of documentary film is made of.
-alec


Ben Kempas
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Welcome Alec, and thanks for introducing yourself.

Who else is lurking out there? Secret Enthusiasts and Members, the time is now...


Leon McCarron
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Hi everyone,

My name is Leon McCarron. I studied film here in England for 3 years, and decided documentary was my passion, specifically the production, I am a cameraman and one-day director. I had enrolled in the New York Film Academy for their Winter filmmaking workshop (because I wanted to learn how to shoot on film as opposed to digital which I know) but I heard so many bad reports Im now having second thoughts.
I'm moving to New York on the 20th Nov, and staying until the 15th Feb – I would love to take a short course in documentary filmmaking instead of the NYFA, or even find an internship. Anyone got any ideas or advice? Id really appreciate it, because Im kinda stuck now!

Also Im planning a documentary which I will shoot as I cycle from New York to Sydney following my study, you can check it out at www.leonmccarron.com

Thanks a lot everyone, sorry for the super long intro!


Doug Block
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Welcome, Leon. Hard to know which film schools actually teach shooting on film these days. I know the School of Visual Arts has a really strong and revitalized doc program, you might check them out. They also have individual film courses in their School of Continuing Education.


Leon McCarron
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Hi Doug,
Thanks for the welcome, and the tip about the School of Visual Arts. Seems great, although unfortunately Ill just miss the window of their teaching. Any other ideas for workshops this christmas? Im really up for anything that will help further my documentary practical skills/knowledge.
Also, just to say this website seems like a fantastic resource, great work!


John Sanvidge
Sun 27 Sep 2009Link

Hello

I've decided to start a documentary about finding my birth parents in Seoul, South Korea. I am in the early stages of preproduction and was wondering if anyone has had any experience shooting in South Korea and what it's like.
Here is a link to a short trailer I've posted a few years ago on youtube. Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It_AkCBAruk&feature=channel_page


Ash Anand
Mon 28 Sep 2009Link

Hi everone,

My name's Ash; I'm a British female journalist with seven years experience writing true-life stories for UK-based magazines and newspapers. Although my background's in journalism, I'm really passionate about breaking into the documentary film making industry, having recently been trained by a BBC producer and having made a documentary short.

I just wanted to ask whether anyone has any contacts or leads with Melbourne-based documentary film making companies, looking to hire someone in a research or production capacity? I'm hoping to relocate to Melbourne in early 2010 (I'm currently travelling through Australia, New Zealand and Asia).

Hope you're able to help and thanks so much for your time, Ash
ash.anand35@gmail.com
0064 2117 06195


Julian Samboma
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

I call myself a reporter. I have worked as a reporter for several organs previously, but even when I was not formally employed as one, i considered myself one.

I was drawn to the documentary format because it was a natural extension of what I do. To me it nothing more, nothing less than another medium of expression – and one which is very handy in the arsenal of the reporter.

Being new to the documentary format I have joined the D-word to learn and to share. I have so far made two docs and in the early planning stages of a third.

They can be found here:

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19117753MeAyXThB#watch%3Dv19140232dPKkyM6H

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19117753MeAyXThB#

I know the production values are not right up there, but I promise to do better next time. Ruthless and dispassionate criticism will be gratefully received.

Best,
tapeit


Manuela Corbari
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Hi all,
I'm a documentary editor and do almost everything else that's needed in a small production company in the rugged coast of Connemara in Ireland.
Just discovered the website, well done.
I'm about to go to Medimed Documentary Market, in Spain in October with a documentary I edited.. Just wondering if anybody has been to past editions and could give me any feedback and advice on how to make the best out of this event.
Thanks for your time
Best
Manuela


Julian Samboma
Tue 29 Sep 2009Link

Oops! Sorry guys, the first link in my earlier post does not work.
Please try this one, http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/news/watch/v19140232dPKkyM6H#
Cheers


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