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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.


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