Definitely post away, Kevin. Very pleased to have you joining us, and all best with your film. Sounds really promising.
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In reply to Paul van den Boom's post on Mon 19 May 2014 :
Paul, like everything about your project. Only thing that bumped for me is that career anxiety is not the only driving force. How about career dreams? I am 64 and still dreaming about affording that cottage on the Isle of Wight and everything on the way. As are numerous d-worders and others.
In reply to Paul van den Boom's post on Mon 19 May 2014 :
I saw Joris Ivens last film recently, A Tale of the Wind a journey through China, made when he was 91. That seemed to sum up what it is really about.. the privalege of being able to deeply explore other lives, your own, where ever you feel to go and hopefully and audience will find it just as fascinating, your whole life.
I was introduced to this community while reading a book titled "Directing the Documentary" by Michael Rabiger. I am very glad that I joined this community and I am looking forward to getting to know more film professionals. The film that I am currently directing is titled Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project (feel free to watch the trailer and provide feedback.) Prior to taking on this feature, I also directed a narrative feature film A Love That Hurts
I'm looking forward to scanning through threads for advice on entering festivals and distribution.
Welcome aboard, Walter. Any number of folks have found their way here through Michael's book, and he hasn't steered you wrong. Good luck with Cody High and see you around.
Thanks Doug!! In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 26 May 2014 :
Like Kevin, I've been on here lurking for a while but have never done a proper introduction.
I"m based in Boston but grew up in the Caribbean and I've been making short form docs for a number of years now. I sort of straddle a few worlds. But I left the numbing comfort of the 9-5 recently and am freelancing full time. I wear a number of hats but now I'm working on a series of 10 short profiles for the MBTA of unsung heroes living in the Mattapan, Dochester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston. I also hope to finish two of my own films this summer. The trailer for one is here: https://vimeo.com/channels/beemore/47216248
I'm hoping to making some new friends and get some sound advice on how to make great films and keep on eating.
I recently did a TEDx talk that actually serves as a great introduction: http://youtu.be/syBL9mg7ezM
I feel like this all overdue, but I’m ready to jump in the pool. As one of the founders of Docs In Progress, I so much believe in the documentary community, I just want to do more. After speaking with Doug a few weeks ago, the timing feels right for me to be a part of this wonderful D-Word community. Part of this is my own confirmation as a filmmaker which I am very proud to be. I have some very special friends here and I hope to find new ones as I continue to grow and learn as a filmmaker.
So now that you've introduced yourself, come on over to some of the other topics. It can be overwhelming at first so maybe pick two or three to start in.
Hello all! I'm Dava, and I'm a D-word newbie.
I've been editing professionally for about 18 years (it doesn't seem that long!), mostly non-fiction, and earlier this year I finished work on a 3D feature called "Under the Electric Sky" which was recently picked up by Focus Features.
I'm currently producing and editing a blues/civil rights documentary that the great Sam Pollard is directing, as well as a comedy doc project with one of the writers from Letterman.
Looking around the D-word here and there, I'm already blown away by how great this resource is. Such an excellent way to keep the community connected. I look forward to getting to know you guys and to help out however I can.
Welcome Dava. The Blue house Project looks like it's going to be a great film. Long live the blues!!!
Blues? Playing poker. You have four Aces, your opponent 4 kings and a razor. Bill Harris to David. Welcome guys.
I've just returned from Sheffield (UK) Doc/Fest, one of the great documentary film festivals. Being there reminded me of how important the community of documentary filmmakers is to help keep one motivated, share fresh ideas and spark the creative juices. I've been aware of The D-Word for some time, and am really happy at last to be part of this great online community of filmmakers. Sometimes, one needs all the support one can get – I started "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" 10 years ago. Although it released in the U.S. in 2008 with a good festival and theatrical airing and several awards, we have only just managed to get a distribution deal signed for the UK, a decade after we started filming! Let's hope the next one doesn't take as long!
I am Masa, and a new D-word memb.
I am documentary filmmaker from Bosnia living in Prague. I am currently working on project that follows the creation of a location-specific experience called 'Sacrifices' which involves ensemble of women coming from different cultures.
I looking forward to find out more about D-word platform and to participate in exchanging of ideas and new projects.
Welcome to Will and Masa – you both have a wealth of interesting experience to share, so dive right in and familiarise yourself with the Professional Topics.
Hello, my name is Adjul and I'm new here.
Over the past year I got my start with video doing a number of small editing projects with some stock footage for the Wisconsin, USA outdoor school I work and live at. I also got some encouragement from a filmmaker friend of mine Michel Scott ("The Horse Boy"). I spent hundreds of hours working with really rough material (horrible sound, and static image) learning the ins and outs of NLE programs.
I was sort of going the 'organizational man' route to get better and better at telling the story/philosophy of my school, until I realized that I have my own story to tell, and that's what gives me real fuel.
I joined this site to inquire as to what kinds of different ways stories can be told through documentary, especially ones with multiple threads that don't necessarily add up to a clear-message. As of now, I've got 2 cameras, sound gear, and a close connection with the three groups I'd like to weave together to tell my story. Thanks for being here and looking forward to the conversation.
Welcome, Adjul. Do fill out your member profile in more detail and apply for Professional membership. That way you'll have access to the discussion topics you're looking for.
A warm welcome to Masa, Will, Dava and Sam the Man. What a great collection of talent you all bring to The D-Word!
Hello everyone :)
How great that there is a resource for documentary like this. I'm looking forward to finding out more about how to use it effectively and how to contribute in a useful way.
A bit about me: I'm an editor by trade, but have been producing my own docos and projects for a little while, even shooting a fair amount of them. I'm currently in Japan for the next month shooting a self-funded feature doc called Road to Ruins (https://www.facebook.com/roadtoruins14) which is a follow on from a project I completed last year called Abandoned Brisbane (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AD2nQCyryg).
I just love docos. Absolutely my favourite form of story to work on, watch and be a part of.
Thanks to the people who put this together.
I am thrilled to be part of this community and eager to learn more about the trade. After many years in the industry, producing and writing from news to PSAs, I am now working on my first interdependent documentary ( http://scoutforever.com/ ) and trying to learn how to raise money while keeping sane. I am looking forward to connect with many of you.
How to raise money while keeping sane, now that's a goal, Dianela! Tell us your secret if you ever find out. A warm welcome to you and Alex.
Hi D Word Documentarians.
I have discovered a forum of people like me!
And I see I am in the company of some world class filmmakers, so I'd like to thank you for allowing me into the inner sanctum and I will refrain from bragging about myself. Having said that, I will say I do work in a war museum where there is no shortage of stories.
In reply to Dava Whisenant's post on Wed 11 Jun 2014 :
Welcome Dava! I recently read about Under the electric sky and saw that it's spreading a lot in US, congratulations!
Back after a long hiatus – didn't expect to make another documentary but the lure of finding a good story was too great! This time, hope to get more involved with the wonderful community you have here.
After having posted questions in Funding North America and listing my project in Works in Progress, I'm finally introducing myself:
Essay-filmmaker inspired by Marker, Varda, Keiller, Weerasethakul, Greenaway, Resnais & Kieslowski.
Born in the US, but having moved 39 times through four countries, I am a true existential migrant with the critical point-of-view of an outsider. Settled in the UK 16 years ago, I am now a dual UK/US citizen. After a 20-year career in senior planning and strategy roles, I escaped the shackles of a soulless life to explore his creativity in new ways: earning an MA Film Studies, creating and managing a film festival. My work as a filmmaker explores the intersection of art and narrative, personal and universal.
Thrilled to be a part of D-Word!
Know all about the perpetual moving, Steve. Hope that The D-Word becomes a place you feel a virtual sense of home.
People should check out Steve's short 2005 film Planespotting
Hello! I've been on the d-word for a little while now but I'm still learning about the site! I am just finishing up my first feature-documentary Trichster (trichster.com). My team and I are all first-time filmmakers so it's been an incredible learning process while shooting over the past three years. We're currently trying to map out our festival strategy and figure out which festivals are worth waiting for as well as what is realistic for us. There's no manual! Looking forward to e-meeting you all!
Great to see you here, Jillian. Looking forward to seeing Trichster.
Hi, my name is Khadijah White – I'm a professor in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and a former Assistant Producer at NOW on PBS. I'm finally investing in my own one-man band equipment and would really love some advice on what best professional gear (camera included) to buy on a budget of about 5K. Thanks for any help, glad to be onboard!
Welcome to The D-Word, Khadijah – amongst other topics, as a film teacher you might enjoy looking around Teaching Docs
In reply to John Burgan's post on Fri 11 Jul 2014 :
Ditto Niam's welcome to Steven, Jillian and Khadijah.
Jillian, there's no reason you shouldn't aim high. I think there's still time to apply to Toronto. And if that doesn't work out, there's always this little festival in Utah. Keep forgetting its name.
Hi folks! I'm producing and directing my first documentary called Jesus of San Fernando! I'm a Cardiff Uni graduate with an MA in International Journalism and I hope to get a career working docs.
I'm crowdfunding to gain funds for post production on IndieGoGo
udy from LA (7th Art Releasing), producer and distributor. touching base with the community...
now producing "Wrestling Alligators" (in post).
Hi, I'm Greg Smith. I am an audio post production guy and composer. I've been editing and mixing sound for documentaries for many years. I can't believe it took me so long to get here. (to this site)
A warm welcome to Rachid and Udy, who I've known forever, it seems. And to Greg, especially, who has done post mixing on my last 3 films and finally found his way here.
I'm a director/producer with my first feature, Vessel, currently in festivals. Navigating distribution, happily meeting other filmmakers, on a steep learning curve, exploring what's next. It was great to meet a bunch of D-worders at Sheffield, and I'm excited to be connected to you all!
Hey, my amazing Sheffield dance partner emerges! Welcome aboard the good ship, D-Word, or good vessel, in your case. Poke your nose around the various topics (starting with Marketing & Distribution, perhaps) and leap right into the discussions.
In reply to Diana Whitten's post on Thu 24 Jul 2014 :
Welcome, Diana! And congratulations on your success with the film! I've been following it through Mitchell's facebook page. Can't wait to see it!