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John Burgan
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hey Leonard – go easy on the sales pitch. You already listed your services a couple of posts ago, so it's not necessary to repeat. Double posts are redundant at The D-Word.

Please don't post there now, but in future, put ads like these in Public Classifieds – thanks.

Edited Sat 13 Mar 2010 by John Burgan

Leonard Lopez
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Thank you John, this is the type of advice and guidance I was hoping and looking forward to. I guess we have broken the ice with our non-verbal protocol

Will follow your advice.

Regards.
Leonard.In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


Leonard Lopez
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hi Hitomi,

Sure is nice to have you on board with us, do please settle in and make yourself comfortable for this pleasant journey along with friends.

Welcome Hitomi.

Leonard.HiIn reply to Hitomi Lei's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


Hitomi Lei
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Thanks Leonard =)


Daniel Sharon
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hi all,
I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I absolutely love documentary film and am trying to put myself in a position to learn more about this passion. However, I work full time to pay the bills and the jobs / internships I have found conflict with my Monday through Friday work schedule. How can I find something with a flexible schedule that will allow to pursue my dream without going broke?


John Gyovai
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Just plan on going broke, makes life easier.

NYC has lots of opportunities. Take money off the table and give your time, work your way up, meet some people and find your place. Try http://www.ifp.org and make some friends on d-word. Doc people drop the egos at the door and are generally pretty great people. Welcome!


Jason Perdue
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

But if anyone can answer his question, I'm all ears... And already broke.


Tom Dziedzic
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

I prefer to not call it "broke" but "financially challenged,"


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Daniel Sharon's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :

Daniel, I have a suggestion for you in the Mentoring Room. Want to keep this topic strict to introductions only. Follow me there.


Dino Reyes
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone! Whew! I'm here... My name is Dino Reyes and on occasion, when I'm inspired, I make films. I'm completely self taught and started making films when I was 8 years old. I have directed theater, shot a few shorts & music videos and I am getting close to completing my largest documentary project to date, Andy Paris: Bubblegum King.

I look forward to digitally mingling with such an impressive cast of film professionals and I hope to learn and share knowledge on the best way to help get a doc out there into the world.

Best,
Dino


Doug Block
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Greetings, Dino. Nice to have you here with us.


Karen Torres
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Hey film makers. I'm an "enthusiast" now but with the hope of ultimately becoming more. I'm attempting to produce my first documentary so sorry if I don't have much to add yet but I'm excited to learn from you all.


Doug Block
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Hey Karen, great to see you made it here. Now you have to take the next step and register for full membership ...

Might amuse you to know I posted my Packer speech in the Doc Bar & Grill last week and it got quite the reaction. For D-Worders who hang out in virtual bars, Karen is the one who hired me to give the speech.


Christopher Wong
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

oh, so then she owns the rights to your fart story...


Ellen Brodsky
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 : Hi Ted, Have you bumped in Dunya Alwan who is one of the founders of Birthright Unplugged? She and I co-produced a short doc years ago before she started this non-profit which brings North Americans on tour of the occupation in the West Bank. They also take Palestinian refugees on tours of their ancestral villages and holy sites. SHe has done some work on a doc as well.


Caitlin Brown
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Hi all, I'm a recent graduate of NYU's journalism school where my studies focused on documentary film. I just finished a thirty minute short about a day care facility that's housed in a home for the elderly. I'm applying to festivals now and learning as I go.


Doug Block
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Nice to have you here, Caitlin, and welcome to The D-Word. And to the real world, I guess.


Ted Nieters
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ellen Brodsky's post on Mon 15 Mar 2010 :

Ellen, no I haven't. She lives in the West Bank? Birthright Unplugged sounds very interesting and I'd love to talk to her more so if you could please send me her contact info that would be great. Maybe I could get together with her next time I'm on the other side. Thanks


Alex Beckstead
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Hi all. Just referred to this community by another member. I'm a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on public television and in various film festivals. Mostly I just get more excited about the possibilities of a great story and the process of putting it together than I get discouraged by everything else that goes along with this beloved process. Hoping to maintain that.

Looking forward to digging through what's been said here, and contributing where I can ...


Doug Block
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Welcome aboard, Alex. I see that it was the great Eddie Marritz who told you about us. Can't get a better reference than that.


Michael Leclair
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone,
Just found you guys and looking forward to learning from you and offering my advice. First question – I've got a bunch of old b & w photos that I'm planning to use in my next documentary. Any suggestions as to how best to scan these to my hard drive and at what ppi for best quality?


Ellen Brodsky
Thu 18 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Wed 17 Mar 2010 :
Here's the website: http://www.birthrightunplugged.org/ She spends several months each year in the West Bank. Take care


Ben Kempas
Sun 21 Mar 2010Link

Michael – Welcome to The D-Word. This topic is really for introductions, so I'll keep the answer brief:

As higher resolution means better results but considerably longer processing times, requirements for scanning really depend on the size of the original photos and the magnification to which you wish to electronically "zoom" into them later on. So my recommendation would be to do a test run of the whole process with just a few photos scanned with various resolutions, and you'll see what you need.

More questions? Enthusiasts can post them in our Mentoring Room .


Wade Kimbrough
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Hi Everyone!!

I am an aspiring filmmaker who just found out about this site from a fellow member. I am really interested in new models for marketing, distribution, financing, micro-financing, crowdsourcing, social media, transmedia, and all other aspects of film that are rapidly changing due to the internet. I understand that what I have just mentioned encapsulates much more than just documentary filmmaking, however, it has really been the documentary filmmakers who have been most successful at this (i.e. Robert Greenwald, Sandi Dubowski, etc. etc.).

I am hoping to find some great information on these forums about these topics. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Specifically, I am interested in marketing/promoting videos on YouTube. I recently created a video for a non-profit for which we acquired sponsorship based on the amount of views that we get. The more views=the more donated.

While this video is not a documentary I think it illustrates (along with Pink Glove Dance) a form of altruistic advertising or in essence the most micro way in which to finance a project. Specifically, by donating time people can fund a cause/film.

Here is a link to the project that I just launched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSkgWJvFeY8

If it is not ok that I posted this because it is not a Doc. Please flag/remove my post and I will post again without the link.

Once again any feedback on promoting/marketing YouTube videos would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Thanks.


Ben Kempas
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Wade, there's plenty to wade through here (sorry, couldn't resist) especially in the Archived Topics (featuring Dubowski etc.) – you could read for weeks on end.

Can't watch your clip right now but it's perfectly acceptable to post a non-documentary link. Our regime isn't that tough. :-)

And welcome to The D-Word! So, who else is lurking out there?

Edited Tue 23 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Doug Block
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Wade. If you don't mind making your way down to NYC, there are two events in the next two weeks you might be interested in: The Conversation and DIY Days .

Edited Tue 23 Mar 2010 by Doug Block

Dino Reyes
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Hi Doug, those two are very cool events. Thanks for posting...


Christa Boarini
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hello folks,

As a newbie I will start with my name, Christa Boarini, my location, New York, and my deal: I am a filmmaker working on my fist feature documentary, The View From Bellas Luces http://www.theviewfrombellasluces.com

This community came very highly recommended to me by panelists in at a doc seminar and this is the first thing I am doing upon getting home.


William Kerig
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hi All,

I'm pleased to have found you.

I'm currently working on several projects that are in the early stages while also in the final throes of distribution of The Edge of Never (www.edgeofneverfilm.com), a feature doc that is playing on Showtime right now. The film is based on a book I wrote of the same name.

We finished it in Sept. 2009, bought an old Airstream bus and hit the road with it. We did 45 shows from coast to coast (we rented the theaters, bought the advertising, did the PR, and charged at the door) over the course of three months. During that time we sold US pay TV rights to Showtime. We're working on getting onto iTunes, etc. with Distribber (Adam C. recommended this forum), have representation for foreign TV (beginning at MIPDOC and MIPTV), and are seeking a bricks and mortar distributor.

Though I've been involved with other projects – the last one, Steep, was sold to Sony Pictures Classics – this is the first where we've tried the hybrid distribution model. It's been a trial and error so far, but it beats the hell out of the all-rights deal.

Looking to learn from others about the many things that I don't know about, and if I do know anything useful, to share it.

Cheers,
BK


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Christa and William.

Bill, what a great approach to distribution! See you in our Business Topics.

Edited Wed 24 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Thomas Papapetros
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Hi everybody,

I'm a film editor, editing (&loving) mostly documentary films, because i think its the greatest editing challenge you can get. I'm glad to have found this site with so many colleagues and film professionals, and i will contribute where i can.

All the best

Thomas


Ben Kempas
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

Welcome on board!

(Thomas is a bit modest and doesn't mention he edited BURMA VJ.)


Doug Block
Wed 24 Mar 2010Link

The extraordinarily well edited, Burma VJ, I should add. Welcome, Thomas, and Bill and Christa, too.


Yasmin Fedda
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Hello!
I have just joined D-Word which came highly recommended by a friend. I make doc's and I organise film festivals so I'm super exited about joining, learning and adding in from my experiences!


Doug Block
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Great having you here, Yasmin. Get thee to the Festivals topic right away. You'll find it super interesting.


Deirdre Haj
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

I'm the new Executive Director at Full Frame! We kick off two weeks from today with DA Pennebaker and Chris Hedgedus' US Premeire of "King fo Pastry"!
Come down to Durham for the best docs and a great fun festival! April 8-11...
www.fullframefest.org


Doug Block
Thu 25 Mar 2010Link

Great to have you here, Deirdre. We've put up a special Full Frame topic for those attending (there's a whole bunch of us) and those wanting to attend virtually. So feel free to drop in and post there, as well.

On a personal note, can't wait to be there and meet you.

Edited Thu 25 Mar 2010 by Doug Block

Stephen Miller
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

I have made a series of documentaries involving public nudity, including Mardi Gras, Key West Fantasy Fest, and Biker Rallies. Always looking for ideas on how to improve my work and find a market for it. I recently self-published a book, "WildLife – Naked Outdoors" available on Blurb.com


John Burgan
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

You're welcome at The D-Word, Stephen, whatever the state of your attire.


Christopher Wong
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

as far as finding a market for it, HBO and Showtime love nudity... in fact, their "premium subscribers" demand it. that's what one of their CE's told me one time.


Doug Block
Fri 26 Mar 2010Link

I certainly demand it.


Ruchi Mital
Sat 27 Mar 2010Link

Hello everyone,

My name is Ruchi, I love documentary, I want to make documentaries. I'm a student in the Media Studies program at The New School here in NYC and now, happy to be a part of this community. I found you through the strange, but usual, confluence of things. At a talk at school the other day, two filmmakers mentioned Doug Block's 51 Birch Street, and I thought, I'd like to see that. Then the next day I got an email about a screening of the film in my neighborhood. A click on a link, and here I am.

I recently completed a short doc entitled Making the City that showed at the US Super 8 Film and DV Festival. If anyone is interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7XCcKCKu4s


Doug Block
Sat 27 Mar 2010Link

Wow, Ruchi, and here I am. Life sure is strange. Hope I'll get to meet you at the screening on Sunday (if not you can always rent 51 Birch on Netflix). But welcome to The D-Word, regardless.

Edited Sat 27 Mar 2010 by Doug Block

Patrick Inhofer
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Hi D-Word'ers,

I just signed up. It's great finding this community. After surfing through several of the forums I'm blown away by the quality of the discussions and the good solid advice being passed around.

While I do have a doc on the back burner – I'm a post-production guy who does a lot of work with documentarians. Doc work is my most satisfying work... and often the most challenging.

I run my own boutique post house in NYC, specializing in Final Cut Studio workflows. I am also the President of The Moving Pictures Collective of NYC ( www.mopictive.org ), which is 501c3 and a D/B/A of the NY FCP User Group. Its mission is educating digital filmmakers through monthly meetings and educational events.

Since I'm a vendor-type guy as it relates to docs, I'll cut short the details of my business life and just say: Thanks for having me! I look forward to helping out when I can. And I'm sure I'll have some questions for all of you!

Sincerely,

Patrick

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Doug Block
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Good to have you here, Patrick. Glad you found us. Feel free to jump right into the discussions.


Nigel Hulett
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone,

I'm a filmmaker from Zimbabwe and I've been in the industry for almost 5 years. I've been researching two docs for about a year now both focusing on our capital city, Harare – one on water and the other on garbage/waste management, both hot topics here. We hope to start shooting in the next couple of weeks.

It's really exciting to find such an incredible resource on the web – thanks so much to all of you D-Worders who make it happen.

Nigel


Ben Kempas
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Patrick and Nigel.

Nigel, you might want to connect to our other man in Harare.


John Burgan
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to Nigel and Patrick. I remember your posts at Creative Cow, Patrick, your expertise is welcomed. As Ben says, you're our second member in Zimbabwe, Nigel, so go out and spread the D-Word!

The hidden section? Oh yes...

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Marian Evans
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

Good day to all, I am fuelled! Is that the way I should begin? I have written a book and script which tells true accounts of the wrongs within the justice system. There has been a great deal of interest in hearing this story. Now I am searching for direction as to how to get this very important film out there. After reading many of the posts, I am confident that forum will help me acquire knowledge that will guide me.

www.marianevans.com

...and for now, I thank you

Marian


Doug Block
Sun 28 Mar 2010Link

No rules on how to begin, Marian. Good day is as good as any ;-)

Is your script for a fiction film or doc? Is it finished?


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