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Niam Itani
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Arwen! Lucky you to be in Africa. I love the nature and the colors there (more the plants part of nature than the insects part though!)


Doug Block
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

Glad you found your way here, Arwen. Welcome to The D-Word.


Jean Dunoyer
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

I am new to this forum. I have been producing segments on the kiteboarding community in New England and I am looking for help in reaching a Cable Television audience with these engaging films. Also I enjoy editing other people's films, my portfolio can be viewed at DunoyerFilms.com


Doug Block
Sun 25 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Jean. Hope you'll find it helpful here.


asdfadgasd dafggfda
Mon 26 Mar 2012Link

Hi my name is Ferdinand Casido. I live in the SF Bay Area. I'm a currently working as a producer on my first Documentary Feature called "Two Blind to Ride" which is about two blind adventurers cycling their way from Argentina to Alaska. Along the way they'll stop over at blind schools to tell their story.

Our indiegogo campaign:
http://www.indiegogo.com/Two-Blind-To-Ride

Website:
http://www.twoblindtoride.org/

This looks like a great website for networking, getting advice and finding resources.


Niam Itani
Mon 26 Mar 2012Link

I am already in love with this project, Ferdinand. Looks like a great human story to be told :)

I will share the link to your indiegogo campaign with my facebook friends. Keep us posted (And apply for professional membership if you didn't do it yet :) )


asdfadgasd dafggfda
Mon 26 Mar 2012Link

Thank you Niam! The riders and I appreciate anyone spreading the news of their journey.


Steven Fischer
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

Hey, everyone. Last year I produced Old School New School, a documentary exploring how we can tap into our full creative potential. Features actor Brian Cox, legednary cinematographer William Fraker, jazz great McCoy Tyner and many more world class artists. Check it out, and please share the link with colleagues and friends.

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/old_school_new_school


Angela Alford
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

I'm a newbie and I've already learned so much reading on D-Word. Thanks for this great resource and community. I'm a recent graduate of the program at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. I'm in post-production on my first film entitled "Granny's Got Game". It is the story of an amazing senior women's basketball team here in North Carolina. These women were pioneers of the game in the 1950s and are still playing now in their seventies! They've been together for almost two decades, so the team has become a support-system and they've become a family. It is such an inspiring story. I'm trying to do it justice despite my inexperience, and I'm glad to have D-Word to ask for advice.

http://www.grannysgotgame.com/


Holden Kepecs
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

Hi Everyone! I am from New York City – making a film called – Star in the Ring – it tells the close to forgotten story of when Jews DOMINATED the sport of boxing. While this can be seen as a film geared to one group – it really tells the story of so many new Americans. So – it is an important part of Jewish history, American history and sports history. I am proud to say I have received a grant from The Righteous Persons Foundation and am close to finishing all shooting – heading for post. I can sure use help from those that have been through this adventure. Please take a look at my website and trailer:

http://www.pugilistpictures.com/Pugilist_Pictures/Home_Page.html

and get in touch with me with any input. I am going to post questions and look forward to the groups help! Thanks so much!


Doug Block
Tue 27 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Steven, Angela and Holden! Holden, feel free to register as a Professional member.


Flore Cosquer
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Hello everyone! I work for the Scottish Documentary Institute in Edinburgh (www.scottishdocinstitute.com). We produce and distribute short and feature docs; we also run training programmes and organise an annual international pitching forum, The Edinburgh Pitch. I look forward to sharing all the opportunities our Institute offers... But first things first, I'm going to start exploring the impressive D-word resources!


Ben Kempas
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Welcome from across the room!


Ilka de Laat
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Hi there,

I'm a voice from the broadcaster's side of the biz. I currently work at CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) assisting the senior producers with commissioning original Canadian documentary programming for "Doc Zone," CBC-TV's flagship documentary series.

I produce trailers, promote our docs via social media, vet proposals, provide critical feedback on rough cuts, represent CBC at festivals and more. www.cbc.ca/docs

I also package-for-air acquired documentaries for CBC's "The Passionate Eye."

I'll be attending Hot Docs this year – my last official hurrah before I take a year off for maternity leave. Hopefully during that year I'll be able to sift through this incredible website!


Doug Block
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Welcome, Flore and Ilka (much congrats on the pending addition)! Look forward to seeing you both at Hot Docs (Flore, over many fine whiskeys at the annual Interdoc revelry). And great to have you online with us here.


Ben Kempas
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Doug – Flore won't be at Hot Docs. Noé and Sonja and Finlay are going to be there.

Welcome Ilka!


Doug Block
Wed 28 Mar 2012Link

Oh, too bad, Flore. Well, see you online then. We'll just have to drink to your health at Hot Docs.


Flore Cosquer
Thu 29 Mar 2012Link

Now I regret not going to Hot Docs! I would have loved to see your pitch Doug.


Ross Whitaker
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Hi Folks,
Greetings from Dublin.
Hope to meet some of you at Hot Docs. We've a short screening at it and very excited to be attending.
Ross


Doug Block
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Hope to see you there, Ross. Meanwhile, welcome to The D-Word.


Ross Whitaker
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Thanks Doug – would be great to meet up.


Brendan Hogan
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Hello Everyone,
My name is Brendan. I'm a sound designer and audio engineer based in Seattle, Washington. I have produced a few short documentaries for radio but what I enjoy most is collaborating with film makers.
I work independently and with a world class post facility in town called Clatter&Din studios. Recently I served as lead sound designer on the feature films "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Eden". Both excellent films. I also recently did sound design, audio editing and mixing for the documentary "Uncertain Ice" by Cory Kelly. There's a clip from this in my demo reel on my website – www.brendanjhogan.com.
I'd love to find some more people to collaborate with and hope to find some interesting discussions on the role of sound in documentaries.


Doug Block
Fri 30 Mar 2012Link

Brendan, welcome and feel free to register for professional status as it will give you access to many more of our discussion topics.


Lara Hewitt
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Hi there : )
I'm Lara, a student at Bournemouth Uni in England. I'm hoping to do a documentary abroad for my final project in 2013. Trying to work out ways to fund it! Any advice would be very helpful.


homer etminani
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Hi,
I'm Homer. I'm pleased to join you at D-Word.
I'm a spanish-iranian filmmaker.
My film NATION will be premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival:
http://www.fullframefest.org/films/one_film.php?filmId=1356
Hope to see you there...

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnvOi4SfDUo


Niam Itani
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Welcome, Lara & Homer :)


Doug Block
Sun 1 Apr 2012Link

Ditto. Congrats and hope to see you at Full Frame, Homer. Check out our Full Frame topic to find other D-Word members who are going.


homer etminani
Mon 2 Apr 2012Link

Thanks everybody! Sure we'll enjoy with great films in Durham. See you.


Mahesh Pandey
Wed 4 Apr 2012Link

Hi guyz, any of you interested in making documentaries in Nepal? Looking for collaboration.We do have a hell of interesting topics that will keep you riveted on the spot.


Dieter Bartels
Fri 6 Apr 2012Link

Hello! I am Dieter Bartels, a German-American Cultural Anthropologist and filmmaker specializing in Muslim-Christian relations in Indonesia and worked also extensively with Moluccans in The Netherlands. Together with Helen Huwae I have made a full-length documentary, called Maju Terus! Go For It!, about the failure and success of four generations of Moluccan exiles in The Netherlands. We have been screening the film at film festivals and are on the way to show it at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (Florida) and the Ethnofilm Festival in Rovinj, Croatia.

If interested you can find out more about the film and my anthropological pursuits on my website www.nunusaku.com

Dieter


Jon Betz
Fri 6 Apr 2012Link

Hello Hello!

I'm Jon, I'm currently working as a director/producer at Collective Eye Films in Portland, OR.

I'm a filmmaker and a father of a 1-year old daughter. I've worked as a producer for the past 3 years on the documentary feature, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? Queen of the Sun was theatrical released in 2011 and we're now out on DVD & Digital in the US & Canada.

I've been working with the director of Queen of the Sun, Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) producing and editing the film for 2 years and as on the distribution leg for the past year and a half. We're now developing two new feature projects.

As I'm sure many of you know, filmmaking is a busy, busy business– and the past few years been WOW levels of busy. I'm just now beginning to feel the time opening up again. I definitely know a few here already (pst Danielle Beverly) and I'm excited to meet more of you.

I'm looking forward to reading up and contributing where I can. So far my experience lies in all of the hats it takes to get a doc made, but Queen being my first feature, I'd say I've had the most recent relevant experience with grass-roots distribution techniques, which we've done a consider amount of.

http://www.queenofthesun.com
http://www.collectiveeye.org


Douglas Lyon
Sat 7 Apr 2012Link

Hi all, Douglas Lyon here. I am based in Paris, France and have been working for almost 20 years all over Europe and Africa as Producer, Production Manager, Line Producer, Field Producer, Journalist and Director for all the major Japanese television networks. I have worked in broadcast news, documentaries, live satellite broadcasts, variety shows, reality shows, sports events coverage, TV films, commercials, etc.

In the world of Japanese television I have come to be known as an "Africa specialist", but actually I began with Fashion and News, then Variety shows and Reality Shows, and although I love it all, but I must confess a particular passion for Broadcast News, Documentaries, and... well, you guessed it : Africa !

I have been working almost exclusively for the Japanese market, and would love to branch out to the English speaking production world as well... Please have a look at my website, and I am sure you will know me MUCH better with just a quick glance ! :

http://www.excelman.com/

our alternate website is here :

http://www.excelman.jpn.com/

and we can be found on LinkedIn here :

http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/douglas-lyon/2a/b93/988

best wishes to all !

Douglas E. Lyon


Doug Block
Sat 7 Apr 2012Link

Welcome Dieter, Jon and Douglas! Good to have you all with us here.


David Herman
Sun 8 Apr 2012Link

In reply to Jon Betz's post on Fri 6 Apr 2012 :

Hey Jon, was a big fan of farmer john. After much research, the UK govt panel just published a report on bees. Having taken the tests out of the lab and into the field – more than a decade it took, they have realised the true impact of pesticides on the decimation of the bee population. Duh!


Jon Betz
Mon 9 Apr 2012Link

In reply to David Herman's post on Sun 8 Apr 2012 :

Hey David---Yeah just this past week there has been a bunch of "more conclusive" info making pesticides the culprit. Something the rest of us have known for quite some time. I see that you're living in a Camphill community! We have worked with biodynamic beekeepers and the camphill and waldorf communities have been incredible to get to know more. Are you familiar with the Center for Discovery in the US? They do a lot of farm-based work with the disabled.


David Rojas
Fri 13 Apr 2012Link

Hello everyone. I'm new to this and I have no experience in filming/producing any kind of work. I am currently training for a bike trip across the country which will begin late next month. My good friend and I will be raising money for a charity in the process. I would love to film this and create a documentary to show an audience what it's like to travel across the country (NY to LA) with just your bike and a few things. We will have no support vehicle which will make this trip a bit more interesting. I was going to create a project on Kickstarter until it asked me for a goal. Like I said before, I have no experience in this but I think it's an amazing idea. We have a website and that's where we've started. If anyone knows where I should begin or recommends I do anything, PLEASE, feel free to reply. Any advice is greatly appreciated. We really hope this happens. We just want to show people that anything is possible, promote healthy living and raise some money for a charity in the process. Traveling for a cause. Thank you and much love to all.

Edited Fri 13 Apr 2012 by David Rojas

Peter Brauer
Fri 13 Apr 2012Link

Since you are riding without support you need a very small set up. I recording cycling with a gopro, and would think that is your lightest/easiest/cheapest camera choice. Do you plan on bringing a laptop?

Fund raising for something like this is whole other story that I can't help as much with.


David Rojas
Sun 15 Apr 2012Link

In reply to Peter Brauer's post on Fri 13 Apr 2012 :

Hey, thanks for replying! I will not be bringing a laptop. I've thought about purchasing the go pro. Do you think we'd need a gps or will road maps do just fine? Also, can we contact the local news stations or any other place tothat might find our story interesting? Thanks for the help.


Peter Brauer
Sun 15 Apr 2012Link

I have never done anything like what you are trying to attempt. So I got no idea about the GPS. I would say, it will be very hard to carry enough SD cards without the ability to dump them onto a hard drive. You can always reach out to the news, but I would think FB would be the best way to build an audience for your ride. http://www.facebook.com/pianoacrossamerica Take a lot at this FB page for a guy who drove around america with a piano for inspiration.


David Herman
Sun 15 Apr 2012Link

My son and his mates did a similar in the UK 2 years ago. Lucky them had padre along to shoot. They made quite a bit of money hitting tourist buses arriving in rest stops, especially when the camera was recording the hit.


David Rojas
Mon 16 Apr 2012Link

That's awesome! Thanks for all the advice, guys! We have a website (AAFSO.org) as well as a facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Across-America-For-Special-Olympics/229855320432108) if you guys wanna check us out! We'll be posting pics and hopefully a documentary. Thank you all.


Syed Azfar Ali Rizvi
Sun 22 Apr 2012Link Tag

Incase you guys were not on the 'Hot Docs 2012' thread ... I'll be attending the entire festival and would love to meetup with any d-worder. Also as Im based in TO, I can meet after the festival, if you intend to stay back!

Cheers
Azfar
azfarali@gmail.com

(double posting ... sorry!)


Christine Beebe
Thu 26 Apr 2012Link

Hi there,
I'm finally getting around to introducing myself. Why? Because I need something!! Could I pick your wise and experienced brains?

I'm currently onlining my documentary, FELIX AUSTRIA!. At this very late point in the game, my experienced music composer raised a red flag and said that my credits don't look like the other credits he's scored – - it seems to him like they're missing a lot of the legal jargon.

Could someone speak with me about what I may be missing? I'm pretty sure my composer has only worked on films that have been pre-sold and have bigger backing with specific credits required, but I need to make sure I'm on the up and up here.

Thanks so much!
Christine Beebe
beebe(at)laturistafilms.com


Elise Laatz
Fri 27 Apr 2012Link

The biennial festival Berlin Documentary Forum is dedicated to documentary practices across a variety of disciplines. From May 31 to June 3, 2012, Berlin Documentary Forum 2 will investigate the ability of images to produce truth and authenticity, to provoke controversy, and to implement change.
http://www.berlindocumentaryforum.de


Marj Safinia
Fri 27 Apr 2012Link

Christine, since you're a professional member, why don't you ask your question again in the Editing topic, and perhaps give us a sense of what you have, so we can tell you if we agree that something is missing.


Jaron Gilinsky
Wed 2 May 2012Link

Hey Everyone,
I'm a video journalist and doc filmmaker who loves this line of work more than anything. I want to tell you all about this new media company I'm starting to empower VJ's and documentary filmmakers around the world. What we do is connect video journalists, doc filmmakers, and multimedia storytellers to the world's top digital publishers. Our mission is to help tell the world's most important, untold stories. Please check out www.storyhunter.tv for more information.
Thanks,
Jaron


Michael Oved Dayan
Thu 3 May 2012Link

Hi All,

I'm happy to share the news that my film, High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau, will be screening on CBC documentary channel next Monday (May 7th). I hope those of you in Canada will be able to check it out. I'm going to start sending it to international festivals and I look forward to meeting some of you along the way. Here's the link:

http://www.cbc.ca/documentarychannel/feature-programs/high_plains_doctor/

Best,

Michael


Amanda Nella
Thu 3 May 2012Link

Hi All,

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Juan Gamero
Thu 3 May 2012Link

hello, I'm a filmmaker from Barcelona working on handmade films. I like very much to film by myself and edit, but also to be involved in projects with other people. My prefered style of filming is close to a more photographic or "cinematographic" one. I can also offer long experience on documentaries done for public TV and also as a freelance.
https://vimeo.com/channels/juangamero
www.paradocs.es


John Burgan
Thu 3 May 2012Link

In reply to Amanda Nella's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :

Welcome Jaron, Michael Amanda and Juan. Who are the folks on your photo, Amanda, are they filmmakers?

Edited Thu 3 May 2012 by John Burgan

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