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Doug Block
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

How to make a living from docs, Christina? Get thee to the Our Daily Bread topic.

Good to have both you and Bob with us.


Andrew Green
Tue 7 Dec 2010Link

Hello D-Word,

I am Andrew with Green Solutions. We are a US West and East coast DVD, CD, Blu-ray and Eco Friendly packaging company. We've been in business for almost 14 years. I have worked with hundreds of independent producers over the years. While self distributing can be difficult, I believe we have the ability to help. We work with a web fulfillment company in CA, who can set up your shopping cart, credit card merchant account (giving you complete control of the finances) and handle the drop shipping to your customers. Even if we don't do your work, I am dedicated to the Documentary Producer and will answer any questions related to authoring, packaging, replication, duplication, printing, credit card processing and fulfillment. I'm here to help.


Doug Block
Tue 7 Dec 2010Link

Great, Andrew. I'm sure there are a ton of members here who would love to pick your brain about such matters. We talk about self-distribution all the time in the Marketing and Distribution topic, so feel free to hang out there.


Jeremiah Glazer
Wed 8 Dec 2010Link

Hello D-Word!
My good friend Joshua Z. Weinstein recommended I check out this site and I'm excited to join such a supportive and knowledgeable online community. I'm an aspiring editor with three years of experience assisting on features and shorts (including 2010 SXSW-nominated "Dirty Pictures"). I'm currently looking for my next project so if anyone is interested in hiring an intelligent, experienced, and friendly AE feel free to e-mail me at jeremiah.glazer@gmail.com. You can see a few videos I edited here: http://vimeo.com/jeremiahglazer. Thanks!


David Piperni
Wed 8 Dec 2010Link

Office Share Available! 1 to 3 desks avail in office in historic Cable Building at corner of Broadway & Houston, downtown Manhattan (aka Angelika Film Theater Bldg; aka Crate & Barrel Bldg). 24/7 access building, lot of light, best n'hood. Anyone interested or know anyone interested, please contact me directly! (dpiperni@cargofilm-releasing.com) Thank you!


Larry Paros
Thu 9 Dec 2010Link

Hi,
My name is Larry Paros and I'm new here. I've just directed and produced a film called "Walk Right In." It's the perfect counterpoint to "Waiting for Superman" and "The Race to Nowhere," but we don't have the resources or contacts to get the word out. Help!


Doug Block
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Larry, and good luck with your film. You might want to check out the Marketing and Distribution topic, as well as Social Networking.


K.C. Marsh
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

Hello everyone,
Pleasure to be aboard. I'm new to the D-Word and currently in pre-production on both my first documentary and my first feature length project. After obsessively agonizing on cameras, knowing full well the content matters more than the camera, I settled on the Panasonic GH1 for it's DOF capabilities, the fact that you could hack the bitrate settings (which I have done) and it seemed to be the only hi-def still/video camera that was capable of shooting for longer than 15mins at a clip without the camera overheating and or cutting off the clip at the 12-14min mark (as in the ever popular Canon DSLRs). So far I'm very happy.

I'll be posting more updates as I go but my main area of focus now is quality sound capture. I have a good indy rig but no wireless LAVs. I will post more on that in another section of the website and will certainly be looking for pointers and recommendations. I'm certainly in the market for some good multi-channel LAV mics if anyone has tips there.

My documentary is a "son gets to know his Jazz Musician father through his music and those who loved him and his music". And yes, I've seen "My Architect: A Son's Journey". GREAT film that was a major inspiration. If you've seen that film there are some very similar themes for me. My father was lost to me when I was fairly young (19), we didn't have much chance to get to know each other (family drama and his obsessive dedication to his music) and within the Jazz community he is rather legendary for those who really know his music.

I hope to explore the reasons why those fans and devotes of my father's music keep insisting he is a genius improviser and one of the top three improvisers of the 20th century (often listed with Charlie Parker and Lester Young others). These are odd things to digest about about someone whom you saw in a very different light growing up. I both seek to tribute my father but also get to know him better through his music. Hopefully both the viewing audiences and myself will get to know him a little better and come out the other side with a better understanding of what makes his particular stripe of musician so special.

So, next steps for me? Editing a fundraising snippet for Kickstarter and other online fundraising sights, finding some good wireless lavs and continuing to seek encouragement for this daunting task.

I do have a producer by the way. He is a former Cal Arts screen-writing instructor and huge fan/devote of my father's music. Wonderful fellow named Eddie Richey. My wife is also an ever-present producing partner and the other half of Leo Rising productions.

Here's to getting to know everyone better and most certainly sharing about the process.


Doug Block
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

Welcome, K.C. You might want to know about a similar doc by D-Word member Stan Warnow called "Deconstructing Dad", which is about his own famous musician father. Not to worry, though, since each filmmaker's journey is their own unique story.


K.C. Marsh
Sun 12 Dec 2010Link

Great recommendation! I'm not worried. I love the other stories like this. The Glenn Gould docs were also wonderful.


Doug Block
Mon 13 Dec 2010Link

32 Short Films About Glenn Gould isn't exactly a doc, but it's one of my all-time favorite films.


K.C. Marsh
Mon 13 Dec 2010Link

True, there is also a brand new doc that I just saw at a theater in Pasadena. It was much more of a traditional doc. I saw both of them back to back and was lumping them together. Both wonderful pieces. The new doc has some amazing archival footage. "32 Short Films..." reminded me of a book written about my dad in which the author wrote as if he was my father (1st person) narrating his own life. Fascinating and brave way to tackle a subject. My producer is leaning toward experimental with the style and he told me to watch "32 Short Flms...". Loved it.


Jennifer Howd
Wed 15 Dec 2010Link

Hi Everyone –

I stumbled upon this community and am happy to have found you all. This seems like an incredibly supportive environment, and that's a huge testament to both the members and the moderators. Kudos!

So, a little about me – I’m a multi-hyphenate Creative Producer/Writer/Marketing Consultant with over 15 years of experience working in the entertainment industry. More specifically, I've produced everything from the visuals for the groundbreaking documentary feature, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE – to broadcast design packages for major cable networks. I also co-created and produced a grassroots media conference in NYC and LA, served as a publicist at a MGM/United Artists in NYC for four years and wrote a book (published by the Princeton Review).

I recently moved to LA to focus my career on producing larger-scale projects and seem to keep finding myself gravitating toward the documentary world. I dipped my toe into reality TV development and sold a pitch to Sony Pictures Television a few years ago but ended up backing out of the deal for personal reasons (the subjects were friends of mine, and Sony wasn't willing to give me Exec Producer credit because I had never run a show before – so, in the interest of protecting their interests, I pulled the plug). What's that they say about not being involved/close to your doc's subjects? Learned that the hard way...

Onward and upward! I'm now producing the visuals for a feature doc that's based up in Oakland and have recently started developing another non-fiction project about the business of cancer that has numerous media extensions, including a feature component. Having never helmed a project of this size, I'm here to absorb as much info as I can from the community – and to give back, as well.

That said, I'm a huge fan of indie empowerment and have been doing quite a bit of research re: Hybrid Distribution that I'm happy to share. I also have solid experience creating grassroots marketing and outreach strategies.

If anyone here would like a free outreach consultation for their project, please get in touch with me. I'd be happy to help point you in the right direction.

One question – do D-Listers ever get together for local in-person gatherings? As I mentioned, I'm fairly new to LA and am eager to meet like-minded folks.

Thanks!
Jennifer


Doug Block
Wed 15 Dec 2010Link

Great to have you joining us, Jennifer! Feel free to leap right into the various discussions going on here and all the best with your projects.

Yes, there are quite a number of LA-based D-Word members, including our co-hostess with the mostess, Marj Safinia. They're often up for in-person F2F's, so don't hesitate to organize one (on the F2F topic). You might also want to join DocuLink, which is a mostly LA-based listserve for doc filmmakers.

Edited Wed 15 Dec 2010 by Doug Block

Niam Itani
Sun 19 Dec 2010Link

Welcome, Jennifer! Good to have you here :)


Betty Palik
Tue 21 Dec 2010Link

Hello everyone,
I am the head of the documentary division at Muse Entertainment (www.muse.ca), a major independent film and television production house and an emerging force in international co-productions. We've won numerous international awards and were just nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the mini series Pillars of the Earth which we co-produced with Germany's Tandem Communications in association with Scott Free Films. We are mostly a live action, fiction producer but we are keen to work in the documentary world as well. The first documentary we co-produced with Switzerland and filmed in Jamaica was the successful doc feature Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae. Our head office is in Montreal but we also have a US operation based in LA and a sales office in London, England. We are happy to look at documentary projects that would be relevant to Canadian audiences specifically but also of interest to international audiences.


Doug Block
Tue 21 Dec 2010Link

Great to have you here with us, Betty. How far along with their project would someone need to be before approaching you? Would you at the least need to see a fairly polished work-in-progress sample?


Abe Dolinger
Tue 21 Dec 2010Link

Hi all – I'm a documentary sound guy from New York and happy to have found this community! I have been lurking for a few months, and I've enjoyed reading about (and participating in) your challenges and victories. I've been lucky enough to do some work with Josh Weinstein, Nick Higgins, and Amy Berg. I'm always looking for a good subject and a new challenge for work, and I'm happy to give advice where it's needed (I know a lot of you work alone).

Happy Solstice y'all . . see you on the other side!


Jaggy Singh
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

HEY!

HOPE EVERYONE IS WICKED, AND HOPE EVERYONE HAS AN AMAZING CHRISTMAS!

I JOINED UP IN SEARCH OF HELP FOR MY DISSERTATION I AM DOING, IN FILM PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY

I AM DOING IT ON:
An evaluation of the technology incorporated into documentaries targeted for cinema release

IF ANYONE COULD HELP, THAT WOULD BE WICKED!! ITS MAINLY ON CAMERAS USED FOR DOCU'S AND WHY? THE SOUND AND LIGHTING...AND WHAT THE FUTURE HAS IN STORE FOR DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKERS..

APPRECIATE ANY HELP ANYBODY COULD GIVE ME..

HAVE A WICKED NEW YEAR!


Jaggy Singh
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Abe Dolinger's post on Tue 21 Dec 2010 :

HEY, HOW YOU DOING ABE?

BOY AM I GLAD I SAW YOUR INTRODUCTION!

YOU MIGHT OF READ MINE...AND I WAS WONDERING, BECAUSE YOUR SOMEONE WHO WORKS WITH SOUND AND YOU HAVE FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO HELP ME...

IT WOULD BE LIKE AN INTERVIEW SORT OF THING...IF YOU COULD HELP, PLEASE PLEASE GIVE ME A SHOUT, IT WOULD BE WICKED TO INTERVIEW SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN THE ACTUAL INDUSTRY RATHER THAN JUST RELY ON BOOKS. IF NOT THEN HEY, THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT AND READING THIS.

HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON
TAKE CARE ABE


Jaggy Singh
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Magela Crosignani's post on Thu 18 Nov 2010 :

hey, how you doing?

I noticed you were a cinematographer and you work on documentaries.

im currently doing a dissertation on the production technology used for cinema release documentaries, and i thought maybe you could help me with the camera technology used for documentaries.

i understand if you are busy and if you unable to help, and thats cool...but hey, it's a try right.

maybe I could interview you, ask you a couple of questions?

if you do have some time, that would be great, if not, i understand. hope you have an amazing Christmas and new year.

thank you


Jaggy Singh
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Jennifer Campbell's post on Sat 30 Oct 2010 :

hey, how you doing Jennifer?

it cant be colder than it is down here in the UK! The weather is crazy, but its wicked!...but hey...
I was looking through the pages, to see if there was anyone would could help me with a bit of work, and noticed you was kind of fresh out of uni.

im in the last year now, and have to write a dissertation. I know this is a long shot, but hey, what's the worse that could happen.

my dissertations on, the technologies used for cinema release documentaries, and I was wondering if you had covered any of the technology side in your course...

if you aren't to busy and you got a little time, it would be wicked if you could help. but if you cant, well hey, thanks for taking time out and reading this

have a wicked Christmas, and an amazing new year. :)


Jaggy Singh
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

In reply to chithra jeyaram's post on Wed 4 Aug 2010 :

hey, how you doing?

I noticed you studied film production.

im studying film production and technology, now in my final year, im currently working on a dissertation on the production technology used for cinema release documentaries, and i thought maybe you could help me with the technology side of documentary film making. im not to sure if you studied the technology side but, its worth a try right.

i understand if you are busy and if you unable to help, and thats cool...

if you do have some time, that would be great, if not, i understand. hope you have an amazing Christmas and new year.

thank you


Doug Block
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

Ok, Jaggy, good to see you calmed down and stopped shouting in ALL CAPS. Time to take your pleas for help to the Mentoring Room topic. This is just a place to introduce yourself, which you certainly have done enough of. And have a wicked Christmas, yourself.

Edited Wed 22 Dec 2010 by Doug Block

Jaggy Singh
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 22 Dec 2010 :

Oops.

Sorry. And a happy New Year.


Vitor Souza Lima
Wed 22 Dec 2010Link

Hello everybody. I'm a brazilian filmmaker, this year I've showed in some brazilian festivals my first film, a short documentary called "Hands of October". This film proposes a new way of looking at Círio de Nazaré in the city of Belém, Brazil, using the perspective of the hands. A poetic, almost surreal approach. The characters are the hands of marchers, workmen, sculptors, and others. The voices are just their memories. The duality of hands, which simultaneously suggest materialness and spirituality, constructs one of the biggest faith marches in Brazil. If you're interesting, visit film's website (unfortunately not translated to the English yet): www.maosdeoutubro.com
Regards,
Vitor


Doug Block
Thu 23 Dec 2010Link

Welcome, Vitor. Good to have you here at The D-Word.


Betty Palik
Thu 23 Dec 2010Link

Hi Doug,
In answer to your question: Yes the proposal would need to be very polished; not just idea stage but well researched on its subject, characters, relevance and uniqueness.
Betty


Doug Block
Thu 23 Dec 2010Link

Betty, would be great if you registered as a full member , which would give you access to all 50 of our discussion topics, including fundraising and distribution.


Mark Yount
Thu 23 Dec 2010Link

My name is Mark. I am a software developer and film student. I decided to go to film school because I had a documentary that was set to go twice and the production company flaked on me both times. The story is so close to my heart that I decided to learn how to do the doc my self. That was in 2008 and I have just finished preproduction. Production to start in March.

Edited Thu 23 Dec 2010 by Mark Yount

Doug Block
Fri 24 Dec 2010Link

Welcome, Mark. You may find the story of D-Word member Jon Foy inspiring. He was in the same boat as you, now heading off to Sundance with his first doc.


Nancy Shaw
Fri 24 Dec 2010Link

Hello, I'm Nancy, communications coordinator for the British Columbia chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada. I'm gonna be in here every week or so looking for news and stuff to share with the DOC BC membership and I'm curious to hear what other people are up to in terms of financing and developing their own films.


Ben Kempas
Wed 29 Dec 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Nancy! (Blame it on the holidays that nobody has greeted you yet...)

You should also apply for Professional status here ...


Niam Itani
Thu 30 Dec 2010Link

Welcome, Nancy :)


Errol Webber
Sat 1 Jan 2011Link

Hello folks, and Happy New Year!

My name is Errol, and I'm a documentary cinematographer based in Baltimore, Maryland. Last year turned out to be a particularly good year for me with the film that I shot, 'Music by Prudence', winning an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short – most easily remembered as the film behind the "Oscar Kanye moment." lol. Since then, I've worked on projects in various African countries and along America's eastern seaboard.

In Summer 2010 Elinor Burkett & I finished another documentary, 'iThemba,' which went on to premiere at IDFA this past November as well as showing at various other festivals in Europe and Africa. iThemba is now in the distribution stage.

In Brooklyn NY, I'm working with director, Michele Stephenson on 'An American Promise' – a coming-of-age documentary that's 11 years in the making, about 2 African-American boys and explores the dynamics that surround them as they matriculate a private High School in Manhattan.

Additionally, in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York, we've begun shooting a nature-doc in the fall with director, Mike Mathis, on the life of Naturalist & Essayist, John Burroughs, who grew in notoriety for his research and activism in the early 1900s. For this shoot, all the footage (sans the interviews) was shot solely on the, now popular, Canon HDSLRs. There are many pros and cons to this new technology, but while working with the camera for the entire shoot, I was able to find ways to combat the issues that normally plague video shot on the any Canon HDSLR.

My forte is shooting – it's what I love doing and have been doing since 2003. Every day I try to learn something new, whether it be from other docs or from simply watching a TV Show and picking scenes apart. I'm a stickler for good sound and lighting and am maniacal about shooting things right, even if it means agonizing over a shot for another minute or two til it's just right, time permitting, of course.

Now where editing is concerned, I gained about 40,000 hours of my editing experience with Final Cut Pro while still in college, which helped greatly post-college when I started my documentary career in 2008. I do documentary editing but not nearly as much as I shoot. I find myself spending many hours now soaking up all I can about video and various technology because the more I know, the better I am able to become creatively. Plus I'll be prepared when it comes to video troubleshooting which I do a lot of for people when they're stuck in say, a Final Cut Pro problem...right upon a deadline, or making suggestions for their next camera/equipment purchase. So I hope I'll be of some help on some of the threads on the D-Word.

With this new year, my goal is to create more great work with great people, make new contacts and build friendships in this close-knit weave which is the documentary film world. I wish you all a very productive and successful 2011!


Doug Block
Sat 1 Jan 2011Link

Welcome, Errol. Great to have you here with us. There's a lot of collective knowledge in the various discussion topics for you to soak up. And I'm sure we'll be learning a lot from you, too.


Danielle Beverly
Sat 1 Jan 2011Link

Welcome Errol!


Adams Wood
Mon 3 Jan 2011Link

Hi Everyone – I'm a Director/Producer/ Camera-person from Asheville, North Carolina. Last year I finished a film called ON COAL RIVER with my wife/co-director and we're starting another project now. I signed up for D-Word a few months ago, but I'm just now starting to poke around the threads and appreciating the resource this is! I'm looking forward to learning a lot :)


Doug Block
Mon 3 Jan 2011Link

Good to have you come out of the darkness at last, Adams.


Jill Woodward
Tue 4 Jan 2011Link

Hi Adams, saw On Coal River at STF last year. Great job, good luck with your new film.


Jill Woodward
Tue 4 Jan 2011Link

I just heard the sad news about Judy Bonds from On Coal River. My condolences.


Steve Deline
Tue 4 Jan 2011Link

Hello everyone – Thanks to a tip from another doc maker I've been lurking about the forums for months now, trying to soak up as much wisdom as possible, but as 2011 dawns I figure it's time to wave hello.

I'm a writer/director currently stationed in Los Angeles and am in post on my first documentary project: a series about five starkly disparate elementary and high schools in New Orleans and Baltimore, the unusual historical origin they all share, and the stories of what it's like to educate inside their respective walls today. Thanks, all of you, for creating such a great collective resource and community, and Happy New Year!


Doug Block
Wed 5 Jan 2011Link

Welcome, Steve. Feel free to register as a professional member. You'll gain access to all 50 discussion topics.


Steve Deline
Wed 5 Jan 2011Link

Thanks for the welcome, Doug!


Doug Block
Wed 5 Jan 2011Link

Good to have you joining us, Steve. Say goodbye to all your free time ;-)


Stephen Grynberg
Fri 7 Jan 2011Link

Hi D-Word. Happy to be here. I just finished my first feature doc this past year and its been on the festival circuit having a pretty good time. The film is called A Life Ascending. You can find a trailer at ALifeAscending.com Im starting to enter the world of hybrid distribution and anxious to learn from others and share what Im learning along the way. Im also looking for some interns to share some of the experience with and to help with some of the research and marketing work. cheers, Stephen


John Burgan
Fri 7 Jan 2011Link

Congratulations on completing your film, Stephen and welcome as a full D-Word Member too – feel free to explore the place. You may also wish to re-post your request for interns (perhaps with some more details) in the Public Classifieds Topic


Mandy Rose
Fri 14 Jan 2011Link

I’ve just joined the D-Word, thanks to John Burgan for the connection. It seems like a terrific space/collective resource. I hope to make a useful contribution. Here are some headlines re my background.
These days I work at the intersection of documentary and participatory media. I was co-founder and producer of BBC2’s award winning Video Nation project, for which people across the UK recorded everyday life in the 90s, which we edited, with their approval, into over twenty hours of diverse TV output. I was Executive Producer of the BBC Capture Wales digital storytelling project, the first major initiative of its kind in the UK, which was informed by the work of The Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, and resulted in a wealth of autobiographical stories made in workshops around Wales, and contributed to a continuing.digital storytelling culture here.
I still live in South Wales though I’m now a Research Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, at the University of the West of England in Bristol. My research explores the emergence of collaborative online documentary. I’m interested in how a collaborative approach and the online network might enhance documentary’s role in the public sphere.
I blog at http://collabdocs.wordpress.com/
In the 90s I was a producer/director of documentary and arts TV. My work pursued themes of culture and identity – in Hilda at Darjeeling for Channel Four British women looked back on their role in India under the Raj, in Meeting the Masai Mob for BBC2, Aboriginal Australians met with Masai people to share experiences over land rights. I’ve also made work about culture and media – Pictures in the Post (BBC2) was a history of the 20th century told through postcards and their messages. Verite Today (BBC2) looked at ideas of truth in British documentary and included interviews with Jean Rouch Nick Broomfield and Richard Leacock. How the West was Lost (Channel 4) looked at Native American representations in Hollywood, and in Navajo Media.
Right now I’m looking for participants for a web based collaborative project. Within my practice based research I’m revisiting Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin’s seminal 1960 documentary, Chronicle of a Summer, in particular the question which opens the film, in the classic vox pops sequence, Are you happy? You can see a clip on the site homepage – 
http://theareyouhappyproject.org/
I’m seeking collaborators who are interested in getting involved by asking that question on video in their locality. This could be an interesting brief for media studies or documentary students. 
If that interests any teachers here I could offer a briefing via Skype, and could put the call to action into context, both of the original film and of the growing field of collaborative online documentary. (I should mention that I have some teaching experience. ) 
Thanks for reading. 
My email – mandy.rose@uwe.ac.uk


Doug Block
Fri 14 Jan 2011Link

What a fascinating background, Mandy. We did a bunch of collaborative projects here at The D-Word in our first few years, but sadly none since then. A shame since such great potential exists for it within a strong and supportive worldwide community like this. So certainly hope your presence helps inspire some more collaborations.


John Burgan
Fri 14 Jan 2011Link

Great to have you here, Mandy. I will definitely be encouraging colleagues and students to participate in the Are you happy? project


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