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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

Doug Block
Thu 8 Dec 2011Link

Welcome, Eric and Stephen, and welcome back, Lowell.

Stephen, would work much better if you ask questions like this (and any others) in The Mentoring Room. This is just the topic to introduce who we are to each other.


Doug Block
Thu 8 Dec 2011Link

That said, a number of people here, including myself, have recommended the Charles Whelan Insurance Agency. You might want to give Charles a call.


Stephen Cooper
Thu 8 Dec 2011Link

Thanks, Doug. Here's what I just put on my Profile:

I'm a Los Angeles-based writer and a teacher, MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine, PhD in English (and film) from USC. I've published articles in literary magazines and film journals, and short stories here and there. My first book (as editor) was "Perspectives on John Huston." I also wrote "Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante" and edited several other books by and about Fante. Due out in 2012 in an anthology entitled "Film and Genocide" will be my interview with Polish filmmaker Irek Dobrowolski as well as an essay I wrote about Irek's award-winning Holocaust documentary "The Portraitist." Thanks to email and Skype, the two of us are currently collaborating on the development of a documentary film project about the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920--and boy do I have a lot to learn!


Dave Kreatrix
Thu 8 Dec 2011Link

Hello, all.

As a fellow admirer, I'd like to offer a service of free from copyright, music. We have several songs available as instrumental and/or vocal. These are original film scores, composed with over ten years of experience. The label " Kreatrix" has produced 6 undergound techno albums. You're welcome to message us for material and/or produce a score for your doc. We know what the power of imagery can bring with an emotional score behind it. Thank you.


Stephen Cooper
Thu 8 Dec 2011Link

Hi again, Doug--

I just had a long and enlightening talk with Chuck Whelan about insurance, so thanks again for the tip.


Stacy Jill Calvert
Wed 28 Dec 2011Link

Hello everyone!

I was so excited to find this community! I'm currently a Grad student at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, studying Digital Documentary. SIU is also where I spent my undergrad years in the early 90s. I'm currently working on my first doc, "Jake and Janie", a story about family, and gambling addiction.
http://jakeandjaniemovie.com. I'm hopefully launching my Kickstarter campaign in the beginning of February to help fund the film.

A little about me:

As I mentioned above, I was here in Carbondale once before as an undergrad in the Radio/TV department.
I moved out west after graduation and instead of diving into the world of television, I ended up in the exploding world of E-Commerce, working for companies like eToys and Ticketmaster. It was a great ride (I ended up in London for a year!) However, as life moved on, I wanted to make my way back to my passion, which is telling great stories.

While I am focused on filmmaking, my former life in the online world is still with me. I work in the Marketing department at the SIU Student Recreation Center, focusing on their social media marketing efforts. I'm also one of the co-founders and VP of Social Media Club Southern IL, a professional networking group.

Anyway, I am quite excited to learn more about the website and everyone involved!


Doug Block
Wed 28 Dec 2011Link

Great to have you here with us, Stacy. Here's The D-Word's one sad attempt at e-commerce.


John Gyovai
Wed 28 Dec 2011Link

That is sad...


Doug Block
Thu 29 Dec 2011Link

Well, sad mainly in that we sold about ten hats. The model is the decidedly not sad Lucy Block when she was sweet 16.


John Gyovai
Thu 29 Dec 2011Link

Yes, Lucy did a great job and the backdrop is interesting, just the thought D-Word had hats and I never knew about it. Not saying I would buy one, but...


Jill Woodward
Thu 29 Dec 2011Link

hey that's Amsterdam, no?


David Herman
Fri 30 Dec 2011Link

Ha! Sad? My d-word hat is still doing the rounds of the farm animals http://www.d-word.com/topics/show/80?post=99653

Edited Fri 30 Dec 2011 by David Herman

Doug Block
Fri 30 Dec 2011Link

Yes, that's Amsterdam. IDFA 2005. Brings back waves of nostalgia.

Edited Fri 30 Dec 2011 by Doug Block

leonard schillaci
Fri 30 Dec 2011Link

Happy New Year,
I am requesting help from a peer group that speaks to cartoon development. The script, audio and art is ready in rough form and ready for next step towards presentation.
I need advice for presenting best storyboard content as many possible target markets can be reached.
My original concept was a 30 minute MTV or Adult Swim style gag humor show but could also reach markets for education and has movie potential.
Any help in organizing and experienced agents contacts would be appreciated.

Sincerely,

Len Schillaci 704 491 2821 Charlotte NC

EnergyNC@hotmail.com or ClaimsNC@Gmail.com


Manuel Tsingaris
Fri 30 Dec 2011Link

Hello all, and a happy new year! I hope 2012 brings happiness, health & prosperity to us all. I'm Manuel Tsingaris, a Freelance Editor based out of San Francisco but with my porta-edit suite I'm willing and able to go anywhere for work. I have accommodations in LA & NYC already in place because I tend to work primarily in the three aforementioned cities. Any way I'm wrapping up a documentary and just wanted to spread the word that I'm available. My site <www.tsingaris.com> has my resume, bio & sample clips. I'm an award winning Editor with 16 years experience under my belt. I look forward to becoming an active member in this cyber-community, and to eventually meet some of you in the near future. Peace to you all, Manuel
1-415-310-2404
<tsingaris@mac.com>

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Doug Block
Fri 30 Dec 2011Link

Welcome, Leonard and Manuel. Leonard, this is a documentary forum so not sure how many will be into cartoon developement. But you never know and wish you well.


Manuel Tsingaris
Fri 30 Dec 2011Link

Thank you very much Doug.


Brandon Watts
Tue 3 Jan 2012Link

Hello folks,

I am STOKED that I came across this community of doc enthusiasts/professionals and I'm hoping to make some friends and connections through this site. I'm Brandon Watts, a freelance shooter/editor and sometimes director. I have 6 years of video/broadcast production experience and I'm really looking to get into documentary production. Whether it be assisting on shoots and editing or brainstorming on new ideas. I have a camera, light kit (Cool Lights), laptop and editing software (Avid,Final Cut,Premiere). If you need help on your production or want to work together on getting something started please feel free to contact me as I'm looking to gain as much experience as possible. I have a passport and will travel anywhere for a good story. Here's a link to my work:
www.vimeo.com/wattsbrando

On there you will find my first attempt at producing a documentary titled, "The Sound of Progress". I'm very proud of it because it was my first shot at it and I was able to tell a story even though doubts flooded in throughout the process.

At this point, I'm willing to work for no pay just to get more experience and make my resume look interesting. I look forward to meeting and discussing things with you. Take it easy!

wattsbrando (at) yahoo (dot) com
Edited Tue 3 Jan 2012 by Doug Block

Nick Verbitsky
Tue 3 Jan 2012Link

In reply to Stacy Jill Calvert's post on Wed 28 Dec 2011 :

Hi Stacy, welcome....My in-laws are from Edwardsville, IL and my father in law is a fellow Saluki!


Doug Block
Tue 3 Jan 2012Link

Glad you found us, Brandon. Welcome.

Because this topic is open to the public, I edited your email address to include the (at) and (dot). Otherwise, unwelcome spammers might well be at your door.


Brandon Watts
Wed 4 Jan 2012Link

Hi Doug, I appreciate that.


Rachel Raney
Wed 4 Jan 2012Link

Happy New Year D-Word-ers! Rachel Raney here, I'm a documentary filmmaker and public tv/radio producer... I spent eons in the Bay Area (at CIR and KQED for starters) and now live in Durham NC. I've recently become interim Exec Director of the Southern Documentary Fund. SDF offers fiscal sponsorship/support for projects made in or about the American South. We review new proposals four times a year, our upcoming deadline is Jan 15:

http://southerndocumentaryfund.org/apply-for-sponsorship/

So to all y'all Southern docmakers out there, check us out, join our community. We're on Facebook, you can subscribe to our newsletter, and hopefully, come to an event or screening sometime. Let us know if you're out there, and what you're working on. Also if you come to the Full Frame Festival in April, we host the Work in Progress screening on Sunday...

I'll try and post more regularly here about our goings on, take care everyone, Rachel


Doug Block
Wed 4 Jan 2012Link

Really great having you here, Rachel, and having the SDF represented. An invaluable program. Say hi to my buddy Cynthia Hill. And all of our great friends at Full Frame!


Megan A Clancy
Thu 5 Jan 2012Link

Hello I'm Megan Clancy a deaf journalist who interviewed deaf and normal hearing Koreans in Seoul and Los Angeles. Please contact me if you are interested to help me with networking.


Doug Block
Fri 6 Jan 2012Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Megan!


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