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Jason Reid
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Hi Riley,

Would love to chat about Sonicsgate sometime. We decided to release the movie for free so as many people as possible would be able to watch it. While not a great financial plan, I wouldn't have done it any other way. It has been a great way to get the word out about the film.

Also, I looked at your site and was interested in the Wonderland film you did. Looks cool. Check out the website for my film Man Zou (http://2rfilm.com/manzou) if you haven't already.

Also, Lenville...would like to meet up sometime as well. This week is looking kind of busy, but sometime soon for sure. Let's stay in touch

Jason


Doug Block
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Jason, and a big hello and hug to Sara, who I've been working with for years. Sister of d-goddess Beth.


Ryan Ferguson
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

...so seattle is something like the 24th most populated city in the country behind places like columbus, memphis, el paso, charlotte, jacksonville, and detroit.

so based on d-word demographics, it seem that something like one third of the city of seattle must be documentary filmmakers. it's incredible, really.


Marj Safinia
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

And 99% of that one-third is male. Take that, statisticians!


Riley Morton
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

despite being the 24th biggest city, we are absolutely the #1 coolest city in the country – thus explaining why we have so many doc filmmakers. but i can't explain the lack of d-women.


Andy Schocken
Mon 23 Nov 2009Link

Maybe it's all those mountain man beards. Although it looks like they've got a few of those in Chicago, too. Jason, I liked that Sonics jersey in the Man Zou trailer.

Looks like Mikal will be in town Friday night, so that's when we'll be meeting up. Tentatively, 7:00 at the Alibi Room. Enthusiasts and members welcome (if you're an enthusiast and can't access the F2F topic, feel free to contact me at aschocken at gmail)


Howard Shack
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Greetings all, I'm very happy to join the mix here on D-Word. I look forward to sharing ideas and hopefully collaborating with many of you. I am an experienced producer and cinematographer with a couple of Emmy Awards and over 20 years worth of film and television projects for PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and others.

A big thanks to Julia Welbourne for bringing D-Word to my attention. I look forward to meeting some of you at the Alibi Room get-together this Friday evening.


Andy Schocken
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

2nd best bald Jewish cinematographer to come out of Seattle in a long time. Seriously.


Marj Safinia
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Welcome Howard. Funny, Andy :)


S.Tavaris Belle
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

I how are you doing? My name is Shazard; I’m originally from the Bahamas but currently attending graduate school in Florida. At this time I’m pursing a Masters of Business Administration with one more class to go before I graduate. I’m interested the field of documentary filmmaking but I don’t have any experience. I purchased the book Directing the Documentary by Michael Rabiger, it’s my intention to teach myself how to make or go about making such films. It probably will take me a while to get the hang of things, but from now I plan to do a lot of reading and will purchase equipment later to get my feet wet. It look as if the website is full of professionals, so I don’t know exactly where someone like me would fit in. I hope to interact with the members on my journey to one day complete the documentary projects that I envision.

P.S I came across the website through the book Directing the Documentary By Michael Rabiger, which I recently purchased


Doug Block
Tue 24 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Howard and Shazard. Welcome to The D-Word!


Rob Bralver
Sat 28 Nov 2009Link

Hi Everyone,

New to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I recently started up a documentary production company with some friends called Gatling Pictures, based in Los Angeles.

Our first project is "SANDMAN: At Your Service" – about Mark Sandman, the late lead singer of the band "Morphine." Please watch our new promotional featurette at www.gatlingpicturesinc.com (or here: http://vimeo.com/7804512) and let me know what you think!

We're new to the field and welcome all words of wisdom and criticism.

Thanks,
Rob


Doug Block
Sun 29 Nov 2009Link

Good to have you aboard the good ship D-Word, Rob. Welcome and all best with your project.


Jill Woodward
Sun 29 Nov 2009Link

good luck with your film Rob. I'm a big Morphine fan, so my interest is piqued.


Sonja Henrici
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Hi All

Sonja here from Scottish Documentary Institute. Thought I was registered ages ago but have just reinstated myself.

We are a research centre for documentary at Edinburgh College of Art, and run training and production initiatives such as Bridging the Gap and Interdoc, and produce short and feature documentaries.

www.scottishdocinstitute.com for more info
You can watch our films at www.docscene.org

If you're coming through Edinburgh at any point, please say hello!


Doug Block
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Welcome (back), Sonja! Good to see you here again – well, a photo would help ;-) Hope all's been well.


Joy-Marie Scott
Tue 1 Dec 2009Link

Hi Sonja, welcome! Do make sure your filmmakers know about the International Call production fund. There's a deadline coming up in February. If you have any questions, send me an email.


Christopher Reed
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I am the new Online Project Coordinator at reelisor.com, the MEDIA sponsored social networking site for European documentary professionals. If you have any suggestions or questions for the site, please let me know.

We are beginning another round of programming and so some new features are slated for the next few months. Training Initiatives and Festivals will be able to manage their own information, and Funding Groups will be able to create their own funding guides. We are also looking to improve our wiki (http://wiki.reelisor.com/) so if you teach a documentary class and are a looking for a good assignment for your students please get in touch me.

I am also going to be chronicling some things that I think will be useful for the documentary community on a site here (http://themadmaster.blogspot.com). Guides, news, etc. Maybe interviews too. We will see.

Looking forward to getting to know the community a bit better,
Christopher


Doug Block
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Christopher. We don't encourage double posts, but feel free to re-post your note about the wiki in the Teaching Docs topic. Good luck with all your reelisor initiatives, they sound great.


M Beatrix Mugishagwe
Wed 2 Dec 2009Link

Hello everyone!
I am Beatrix Mugishagwe, a producer/director from Tanzania. Currently I am producing a series called Unsung Heroines – African Female Leaders.
I am excited to join you since being in this business in my part of the world it can be real lonely.


Carlo Brescia
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Hi everyone!
I am currently producing an ethnographic doc in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Last June I filmed a short doc about a skater in Berlin and in 2007 I wrote and produced a series of 4 short documentaries about families living at different altitudes in the Andes. I also produce other types of cultural products like magazines, photo books and music.
Hope to learn more about filmmaking and share the little I know in this community.
Best best.


Doug Block
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Beatrix and Carlo. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to all of our discussion topics. It's where the pros hang out. And it's free.


Kate Barden Maloney
Thu 3 Dec 2009Link Tag

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the site and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kate, I recently moved to the Seattle area from NYC. I specialize in rights and clearances. If anyone ever needs and advice regarding licensing of 3rd party content (music, images, footage, etc...) please drop me a line.

I'm looking forward to being a part of the D-Word world!

Cheers,
Kate


Marj Safinia
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Kate. There must be an echo in here :)


Doug Block
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Nice to have you here, Kate, and to offer the benefit of your knowledge. Hope you'll participate on other topics, as well.


Ashley Sabin
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Hello D-Word,
Been meaning to join for a while now and with much urging from Josh Weinstein (Flying on One Engine). Well the day has finally come! I look forward to exploring the site and following conversations. My partner David Redmon and I make documentaries (Mardi Gras: Made in China, Intimidad, Kamp Katrina and Invisible Girlfriend).

A year and a half ago we started the distribution branch of our production company Carnivalesque Films. Carnivalesque Films now distributes all of our productions and also other gems including, Orphans, Manhattan, KS, Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose, The New Year Parade, and Woodpecker.

Looking forward to discussing issues and connecting with other documentary folks!

Ashley


Doug Block
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Ashley. Very curious to hear more about your experiences with Carnivalesque. Has it been a huge time suck? Has it been more difficult or more rewarding than you anticipated? Feel free to fill us in more in the Marketing and Distribution topic.


Mitch Teplitsky
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

In reply to Carlo Brescia's post on Thu 3 Dec 2009 :

Welcome/Buenvenido Carlo – I will be passing through the Cordillera Blanca Sunday! Can I see you or make guest appearance in your movie? (Enroute to Llamellin for the week-long fiesta as seen in that Soy Andina movie). D-WORDERS – Carlo is really talented and prolific, great to have him here


Doug Block
Fri 4 Dec 2009Link

We're happy he's here, too, Mitch. Now encourage him to register as a full member.


J Damon Chang
Sat 5 Dec 2009Link

Hi,

I'm originally from LA but have spent the last four years in Taiwan where we shot three Asian/US based documentaries. Now, I'm in San Francisco, working on the post production for these films.

We're actually looking for editors or assistant editors (PAID) to work on these right now. They must be bi-lingual and have feature documentary experience.

Please email me (info@subtitledfilms.com) if interested.

And, nice to meet everyone! This looks like a really great website for documentary makers!


Doug Block
Sat 5 Dec 2009Link

It is, JD. And it's even greater when you sign up as a full member and have access to all the discussion topics. Meanwhile, welcome...


Ben Nimkin
Mon 7 Dec 2009Link

Hello All,
My name is Ben, I am a student at the School of Visual Arts. I am in their new program in the Social Documentary department. Looking forward to meet and work with y'all. Seems like a great crowd. I am living in NYC, so if any of you need a hand I would love to do what I can.


Doug Block
Mon 7 Dec 2009Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Ben. Curious what you think of the SVA program. Heard good things but it would be good to hear from someone directly involved.


Kevin Tostado
Tue 8 Dec 2009Link

Hi There,
I'm Kevin Tostado and I'm currently producing and directing "Under the Boardwalk", a documentary about the game of MONOPOLY, the people who play it, and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon over the last 75 years. You can watch a trailer and find out more about the film at http://MonopolyDocumentary.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MonopolyDoc


Doug Block
Tue 8 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Kevin. Great title! Lots of luck with it.


Robert Charles Czepiel
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

Hi There,
I'm Bob Czepiel (pronunced SeePeal). I have produced 4 local historica documentaries. The most recent, The Kate: Old Saybrook's Crown Jewel,
the new theater for the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.


Doug Block
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

Nice to have you here, Bob. Welcome.


Suzanne Taylor
Wed 9 Dec 2009Link

I'm not a filmmaker who found a subject, but am a subject who became a filmmaker – to tell the world about the crop circle phenomenon. My new film is "What On Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mystery." My fundamental interest is in the consciousness expanding awakening going on, and the circles could create the biggest shift ever in how humanity perceives itself. If we knew we were being visited by another intelligence, we would be one humanity in relation to 'the other,"' and, given how dangerous we have become to one another, as someone in the film says, "That could be what saves this civilization." Am doing DIY marketing, with an internet official launch a couple of weeks ago. This is the marketing site to which we are directing traffic: http://CropCircleMovie.com. This is the film website – http://www.WhatOnEarthTheMovie.com – a trippy, beautiful source of info about the film and the circles, but not as hard hitting to sell DVDs as the site we created for that purpose.


Mridula Bhatia
Thu 10 Dec 2009Link

Hi,

I've been lurking around reading the posts for a while, I think its about time I introduced myself as well:).

I'm Mridula Bhatia, a first time documentary filmmaker staying in Seattle. I've just finished editing my first film -The Mountaineers. Its a thirty minute long film about three women cancer survivors who try and climb Mount Adams. Its been a long, fun though isolating experience to do this on my own. Now that its done, I am at a loose end planning the next step for the film.

I'm looking for some guidance and to learn. Thanks Doug, for having this forum.
Mridula


Doug Block
Thu 10 Dec 2009Link

Our pleasure, Mridula. Great to have you here. Feel free to sign up for full membership ...


Mridula Bhatia
Thu 10 Dec 2009Link

Thanks Doug, will do so:)


Christi Collier
Fri 11 Dec 2009Link

HI,
My colleague at ITVS, Joy Marie Scott, encouraged me to sign up. I am a production executive for Cup Rock Entertainment based in Austin Texas and also do Program development and production consulting work for ITVS International and for American Public Television.


Doug Block
Fri 11 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Christi. Glad Joy steered you our way.


Milton Alves da Silva
Sat 12 Dec 2009Link

Hi, I'm Ormuzd Alves, photographer starting a career in filmaking, just finished my post-graduation course in Cinema, video and photography in Brazil.


Doug Block
Sun 13 Dec 2009Link

Greetings, Milton. Best of luck and hope we can be of help.


pete nicks
Mon 14 Dec 2009Link

hey doug
I've known about the d-word forever and have finally joined at the urging of my neighbor justine jacob ("runner's high," "ready,set,bag!").
my latest project "the waiting room" was just funded at open call by ITVS.
www.whatruwaitingfor.com
looking forward to being a part of the community here.
pete nicks


John Burgan
Mon 14 Dec 2009Link

Welcome aboard, Pete. Very interested to see a social media/documentary hybrid. You can keep us posted in Multi-Platform Projects


pete nicks
Mon 14 Dec 2009Link

great. thanks john.


Leslie Li
Tue 15 Dec 2009Link

Hello –

I am a novelist (Bittersweet; Tuttle Publishing) and memoirist (Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes; Arcade Publishing) living in New York City.

Recently, I was blessed a wealth of visual and aural material about four Chinese-American sisters who became a jazz vocal quartet and performed on the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen during the 30s and 40s. So the book I was planning to write about them has become a documentary film instead. As a first-time filmmaker, I have completed videotaped interviews of the four sisters and a rough cut.

Now I am hoping to receive some advice about how I might go about obtaining rights, permissions, licensing for a number of songs and archival film clips that are part and parcel of my 1-hour film – as well as learn what the fees would be.

Looking forward to being part of your community, and thank you for this wonderful forum,

Leslie Li


Ryan Oliver Hansen
Wed 16 Dec 2009Link

Hello friends--
I'm in my fifth year of living in Cameroon, West Africa. I'm a documentary filmmaker turned full-time volunteer. But it's time to reach new horizons with our documentary "Green Eyes in Africa." It's a ready-to go project with almost all of the work done. I consider what we have a "rough draft." I just need a production company who would like to take it and make it bigger/better and incorporate the rest of the story. Then move on to distribution. The story is unbelievable. www.youtube.com/GreenEyesinAfrica has the trailer, etc. I hope to find people who want to make this happen...our website is www.GreenEyesinAfrica.org and my email is RyaninNev@aol.com.


Doug Block
Wed 16 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Pete, and congrats on your funding! Leslie and Ryan, a warm welcome, as well. You both should register for full membership here, which will give you access to all the discussion topics. And best of luck with your projects.


Bryan Donnell
Wed 16 Dec 2009Link

Hello –

So far I have been primarily a DP almost exclusively for docs, including a feature that's premiering in Sundance this year ("Countdown to Zero" for Participant). Have been involved with Doculink since it was just an idea, and have heard about this place for a long time, but for some reason am only now joining in! Seems great though and I look forward to mingling, especially as I'm moving into a place of producing as well. Thanks!

Bryan


Doug Block
Wed 16 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Bryan, and congrats on Sundance. Hope you get to go and see it with an audience on the big screen – nothing like it. You, too, should sign up for full membership here. It's easy and free.


Stephanie M. Brown
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Hi there,

I heard about D-Word from a director while chatting with him at his premiere and signed up the next day. A month later, I'm finally introducing myself.

I'm an aspiring doc filmmaker in the Washington DC metro area. A former Air Force and DOD producer-director, I earned a Master's certificate from the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking at George Washington University under award-winning filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey. I also have an MA in video production. Last year, I produced my first short doc (17 mins) from script to screen, "DC LSIC: A Little Justice Goes A Long Way," for DC non-profit legal aid agency and law clinic DC Law Students in Court. You can view it on my Web site at www.amicusmedia.net. If anyone views it, I'd love some feedback.

I've been wanting to produce another doc, but have lost my momentum since I haven't been able to find a topic that excites me. Life has gotten in the way as well. Am hoping associating with other doc filmmakers will inspire me. In the meantime, I'm a freelance Final Cut Pro editor and taking some home improvement classes at my local community college for fun.


Tom Dziedzic
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Stephanie, Please feel free to network with other DC area documentary filmmakers at DOCS IN PROGRESS based in Silver Spring, Maryland. We're a supportive and welcoming group.

http://www.docsinprogress.org/


Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Simin Fallahzadeh Tehrani
Born in 1959,Tehran-Iran.Graduated from Television and Cinema Univercity.Worked for twenty years at Iranian Television broadcasting
company as an animation cinematographer.and documentary fimmaker
My last documentary(2009)is about Alzheimer disease,and several women
who are afflicted to Alzheimer.I want to know if i can take part to your Newport beach Film Festival 2010?


John Burgan
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

Hi there Simin – with your background, feel free to apply to become a full member

Not sure that the Newport Beach Festival is big on docs, to be honest – do you have a particular reason for wanting to apply there?

Edited Mon 21 Dec 2009 by John Burgan

Stephanie M. Brown
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

In reply to Tom Dziedzic's post on Mon 21 Dec 2009 :

Tom, thanks. I've heard of the group (and WIFV of which I'm a listserv lurking member). My Doc Center class project was shown there a couple years ago. A new year is coming, so I'm reaching out in the hopes of expanding my horizons and becoming more active. I'll definitely become more active with DIP. Again, thanks!


Doug Block
Mon 21 Dec 2009Link

A warm welcome to Stephanie and Simin. Don't let a little thing called life ever get in the way of your doc work, Stephanie ;-)


Marco Della Coletta
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

Hello guys,
nice to finally have the time to introduce myself... Excuse me for the delay, but I was lost in an edit when I first signed up!
I'm Marco Della Coletta and I'm an Italian/Dutch filmmaker based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I'm also a partner of Godmother Films, a creative production company that tries to focus on documentary and socially relevant advertising. In the past 2 years, among other stuff we produced one of the shorts of the "Why Democracy?" series: Interferenze (about Italian television pirates).
About a month ago, I met some of you during the Idfa dinner at the Mezrab, here in Amsterdam... I must say you looked like you are a very interesting bunch of people and I'm really looking forward to join the conversation and get to know more of you online.
Cheers!
Marco
PS. If you like you can see most of our work on www.godmotherfilms.com


Doug Block
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, Marco. We're actually far more interesting online than in person, so hope we'll correct your initial impression ;-) Feel free to register for full membership here to really find out.


Jo-Anne Velin
Tue 22 Dec 2009Link

Speak for yourself, Doug :-P.
Marco, they are all fabulously interesting in person...


SUSANTA BISWAS
Sat 26 Dec 2009Link Tag

I make documentary films on various themes for propagating the message of sustainable innovations that leads to sustainable development.

Two documentary films directed by me have participated in two International Festivals in 2009 organized by the Government of West Bengal.

The documentary on sustainable effort of tribal women in social forestry titled Tribal women, afforestation and sustainability was selected for screening in the Short & Documentary films Section of 15th Kolkata Film Festival.

Earlier, the documentary on establishing the first Small & Medium Forest Enterprise in India titled Artistic approach was selected for 8th International Social Communication Cinema Conference 2009.


Briar March
Sat 26 Dec 2009Link

Hi fellow filmmakers. I just arrived in San Francisco a few months ago and hoping to connect with other documentary filmmakers in the Bay Area. I would also love to get involved with any documentary film events in the city if there are any, or help to organize some of my own. Cheers!


John Burgan
Sat 26 Dec 2009Link

Welcome Susanta and Briar. There are quite a few Bay Area D-Worders, check the member database.


James LeBrecht
Sun 27 Dec 2009Link

Hi Everyone. I'm a post production sound designer/mixer, located in the Bay Area. I have a company, Berkeley Sound Artists and we specialize in post sound for documentaries. I'm looking forward to being part of the community and hope I can be of help.

My thanks to Alex da Silva (Ready! Set! Bag! and Runners High) for introducing me to y'all. Jim


Doug Block
Sun 27 Dec 2009Link

Welcome, James. And Susanta and Briar, as well. Nice to have y'all on board.


Alexandar Tomov - junior
Wed 30 Dec 2009Link

Hi everybody. My name is Alexandar Tomov – junior, from Bulgaria and i am inceptive director and writer who is looking for realization abroad.
MY SITE:
http://tomovjunior.webs.com/
Tomovjunior is an alternative site on cinema and literature.


Doug Block
Wed 30 Dec 2009Link

Glad that you found us, Alexandar. Welcome. Feel free to register for full membership here.


Julia Welbourne
Sun 3 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Howard Shack's post on Tue 24 Nov 2009 :

better late than never to thank howard for the shout out.

let's f2f again soon!


Thomas C. Gass
Tue 5 Jan 2010Link

Hello D-Word Community!

My name is Thomas C. Gass and I have always been fascinated by music, voices and languages. After graduation in "Music and Performing Arts" in Germany as well as several years of practical work as actor and musician, I started to concentrate more and more on voice acting and directing.

This involves productions as voice over artist for cinema-, television- and radio commercials, off-voice narration, radio plays, Podcasts, CD- und DVD-productions, internet applications, multimedia productions, as well as text doctoring, direction of voice recording and dubbing.

Thanks to my own SaVoA accredited digital recording studio with ISDN (all available codecs), SourceConnect and Phonepatch I'm availabled worldwide for VO recordings in German or English if you're in need of a "German accent" ;-)

www.thomascgass.ch

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thomas


Doug Block
Tue 5 Jan 2010Link

Welcome aboard, Thomas.


Vasilios Sfinarolakis
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Hello Everyone!

I signed up to the D-word a little while ago, and have been silently scouring the many posts and pages ... Now it is finally time to introduce myself proper.

My name is Vasilios Sfinarolakis and I'm a documentary filmmaker/photojournalist living in the New England/Mid Atlantic area... At the risk of eliminating a boring description of myself, I'll simply tell you why I am here, with the hopes that I get to know some of you through conversation and dialogue.

I am all about documenting 'things' thought whatever means most appropriate ... visual, oral, written word, etc. I am struck by an imperative to record things I find important, especially fading cultures/societies, things seemingly mundane, the world at large...
I am also compelled to travel to conflict zones and document the happening going on there ... especially underrepresented issues (but I never discriminate).

One of my ultimate goals in this journey as a storyteller is to go into war zones and tell those stories...

I've worked for Ken Burns and the Discover Channel and am beginning to branch out with other talented and motivated individuals to peruse personal projects.

I am currently working on a documentary with journalist Annabel Symington on the Guarani Aquifer (in South America). We just launched our website yesterday and we're extremely excited to get this project off the ground. You can get to the project as well as the team better by clicking the following link, and you'll see the grass-roots approach we're taking to this project.

http://TheGuaraniProject.com

I have several other projects that I'm simultaneously working on; an ongoing reportage on Native Indians in New Mexico, and am currently developing a documentary on low-income housing and poverty in Connecticut. I am also willing to consult and collaborate with other individuals if you think I would be a good fit for your team, or vise versa.

Ok, I think this is long winded enough! I look forward to your feedback and being a healthy part of this great community.

Cheers,
Vasilios
http://vasofoto.com


Doug Block
Wed 6 Jan 2010Link

Good to have you finally posting, Vasilios. And best of luck with your many projects.


khuram Javed
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

Dear All,
My name id Khuram Javed & i have 11 years experiience in television industry.I am working as documentary producer in a Pakistan top most channel "Geo News".
I produced several programmes relating to current affairs and documentariwes on different social issues and also on some personalities of Pakistan and also on Wild Life documentaries those i have been produced their names are following

1-Indus Blind Dolphin
2-Quad-e-Azam(Founder of Pakistan)
3-Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan(A weel know Qawal of Pakistan)
4-Waheed Murad(A well know Film star of Pakistan resemble to Elvis Presley)


khuram Javed
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

its me Khuram Javed recently join this network for sharing and exploring more about documentaries and the art of Making documentaries.


Doug Block
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

Great to have you joining us here, Khuram. A warm welcome.


khuram Javed
Fri 8 Jan 2010Link

Its amazing site and search engine .I realy appreciate the team of d-word.I hope that i will fulfil my craetive satisfection and find professionals those really share with me the latest topics aboot PAKISTAN LATEST development againt war on terrorism i can help all members those who really want to produce a documentary on PAKISTAN .


Susan Harris
Sat 9 Jan 2010Link

I'm a garden writer venturing into telling stories with video (my first, amateurish attempts are on Youtube under "GardenerSusan"). Have upgraded my camera, am learning Premiere Elements 8, and am enrolled in a Doc Production course at Docs in Progress in Silver Spring, MD.

Ultimately my goal is to produce short videos of the Gardens of Washington D.C. Month by Month of sufficient quality to find sponsors in the tourism business or elsewhere.


Doug Block
Sun 10 Jan 2010Link

Welcome, Susan. Sounds like you're taking all the right steps. Good luck with reaching your goal.


Randy Lee
Sun 10 Jan 2010Link

Hello all,

My name is Randy Lee I am 24 and in the process of starting a Video Production company focusing on Documentaries. I've edited one feature-length doc before, (Mark My Words, which the producer is currently submitting to festivals), and have worked on others in a variety of capacities. I also have 3 years experience working for a Video Production Company in Madison, WI, and I am looking for a place for resources to make sure that I am on the right track to help change the world. I'm a shooter / editor / tech guy, and really need to either find producers to work with, or else pick up yet another set up skills and start producing, too...


Doug Block
Sun 10 Jan 2010Link

This is a good place to do that, Randy. Feel free to register for full membership if you want access to all the discussion topics.


Jan Selby
Tue 12 Jan 2010Link

Hello, My name is Jan Selby. I am a former independent marketing consultant who has turned away from the traditional life to make my way as a documentary producer and director. I co-founded a documentary video production company in 2007 (Darn Good Documentaries) in St. Paul, MN, USA. In this company, I am primarily a producer. I'm also working on learning to edit using FCP. I recently directed my first short doc (A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES about the history of the peace symbol) which has been accepted at three film festivals so far in 2010. My goal is to continue to learn about all aspects of documentary filmmaking. I'm glad to offer members my experience in marketing and entreprenuership.


Jo-Anne Velin
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

What a great topic for a short, Jan. Can one see this on-line anywhere (legally)? Welcome.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

Hi Jan, welcome. It's funny, when you wrote a circle and three lines the first thing that came to my mind was the anarchist symbol. I guess I should hang around less with squatters.


Jason Perdue
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

Welcome Jan. A CIRCLE AND THREE LINES will be screening in Sebastopol in March.


Chris Daliendo
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

Hey guys, my name is Chris (or Christian) and I'm trying to get into documentary film making after I got my degree in Film from USC. I most recently saw Mai Iskander's, "Garbage Dreams" at the IFC Center in Manhattan and thought it was a spectacular film! I'm glad it got the DGA nomination yesterday! Has anyone else seen it?


Jason Perdue
Wed 13 Jan 2010Link

GARBAGE DREAMS will also be playing Sebastopol in March. And yes, it's spectacular.


Naziha Syed Ali
Thu 14 Jan 2010Link

Hello everyone! I turned my hand to documentaries a little late in my journalism career during which I worked for many years as editor and reporter at a news magazine. After doing a masters in TV journalism from the University of London, I switched to electronic media (although my love of writing has found an outlet in scripting).

I've produced several documentaries, including The Miseducation of Pakistan ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOImnAOkjWs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnGpHGNJuiA ). A couple of others I'd like to mention are one about the courtesans of Lahore (a city in Pakistan) and another on the social stigma that HIV/AIDs patients have to deal with. I've also worked for a year with Channel Four News (UK) as their stringer in Pakistan, producing and reporting on stories from the country.

Most recently, I've been working with Hemal Trivedi, a US-based director, on another documentary about education in Pakistan and how it can foster attitudes that will go far towards countering the extremist threat in the region.

I am particularly keen on networking with film-makers interested in working in Pakistan.


Doug Block
Thu 14 Jan 2010Link

Welcome, Naziha, Chris and Jan. Naziha, you've come to the right place in terms of filmmakers working in Pakistan. Once you register to become a full member , which we hope you'll do, take a look in the International Co-Productions topic.

Edited Thu 14 Jan 2010 by Doug Block

Hemal Trivedi
Thu 14 Jan 2010Link

Welcome Naziha. She worked helped me out with my recent shoot in Pakistan. She is great storyteller, a great writer and must a I say a superb person to work with. Also, she is really well connected and she really helped me get access to places I would have never managed to get into myself. We had wonderful time in Pakistan.


Ankit Bapna
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

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John Burgan
Sat 16 Jan 2010Link

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Edited Sat 16 Jan 2010 by John Burgan

vamshi krishna
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

hi all,
this is vamshi krishna
i'm intrested in making documentaries.
i'm new for making them.

pl advice or guide me in this regard.


John Burgan
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

What interests you in documentaries, Vamshi?

You might wish to check out Documentaries: And How to Make Them by Andy Glynne


khuram Javed
Thu 21 Jan 2010Link

Warmly welcome in D-word -Good luck for ur better future.
In reply to Jan Selby's post on Wed 13 Jan 2010 :


Sue Swinburne
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Hi Everyone,

I've posted a couple of times, but now realise I haven't introduced myself. Sorry!

I was an AP/Producer on docs mostly for Channel 4 in the UK for a while before returning to Australia seven years ago. Two children (and a stint in teaching) later, I'm getting back into filmmaking – now as a director/producer.

Having said that, my most recent outing was as AP on friend and neighbour Mick Angus' film Salt. At the moment I'm working on a project about ordinary folk who are long distance runners and the reasons why they run. I'll be sure to shamelessly self-promote when the time comes!

I really enjoy reading all your posts – thanks to all of you for your generosity with your experience and knowledge.


Jan Selby
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

In reply to Jo-Anne Velin's post on Wed 13 Jan 2010 :

Hi Jo-Anne, It's not online since I'm in the film festival world right now, but I did just upload a trailer on my website: www.acircleandthreelines.com. It will be screening at these festivals so far: Big Sky, Peace on Earth, Sebastopol and Heart of Gold. I'm very excited!

Edited Fri 22 Jan 2010 by Jan Selby

Sean Michael Beyer
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Greetings...

My name is Sean Michael Beyer and I come from the narrative side of filmmaking, having directed & produced numerous short films, music videos and two feature films. My only documentary experience until now, has been a few behind-the-scenes "making of" featurettes you often see as DVD special features.

Yesterday, I began production on a passion project of mine, currently entitled "In Search of My Father". I'm 46 y/o and have never met my real / biological father and plan to document the journey of finding him and hopefully becoming a part of each other's lives. I also plan to interview my family and friends and talk about growing up without a legitimate father figure in my life.

How's that for spilling my guts right out of the shoot! :)


Doug Block
Fri 22 Jan 2010Link

Pretty good, Sean. You're off to a flying start. Given all your pro experience, feel free to register for full membership here and get access to all the discussion topics.


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