Welcome, Aaron. Best of luck with your filming.
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Greetings from the Polar Vortex of Chicago! My name is May Tchao, I've just joined last week and am trying to navigate my way through your plethora of interesting topics.
I'm a first time doc maker, my previous life for <30 years is in the advertising business. Just finished my first feature SPILLED WATER after 4 years and am submitting it to film fests. My website: www.SpilledwaterDoc.com
Will be attending Hot Docs next month although I don't know if my film is being selected. I'm going for the Distribution Rendez meetings and hopefully for other conferences for learning and networking. (So much to learn in this biz.) For those of you who've been there, I'd love your pointers to selecting the must attend events for the full benefit of this festival. I'm interested in broadcast and distribution since I've now a finished product to show for. And if any of you are going, would love to meet up for a little pow wow! If interested, here's my trailer https://vimeo.com/81825881
Thanks and look forward to hearing from you.
Greetings, May. You should check out the Archived topics for past ones we've done with the staff members of Hot Docs (one done last year, for starters). It's filled with recommendations.
We'll be starting a special Hot Docs topic here in a few weeks, so be sure to check it often as we always try to arrange a D-Word F2F gathering. I, for one, will be there.
Thanks Doug, I've tried putting in key words to search, but nothing much came up. Shows I'm still learning to navigate your site, I'll check it out again. Thanks.
Hey May, check out the links in the hidden section below.
Hi Marj, I went to the hidden section of Topic list – Documentary Festivals, but there is no filter to Hot Docs, went all the way to post 440 and worked my way up to 470 – still couldn't find the post Doug mentioned except the one on SXSW. Oh well.... Thanks anyway.
May, if you look right above your previous post at my post, you'll see a greyed out link which says "show hidden content". Click on that and it will reveal the links to the topics you are looking for.
Yeah! Found the link for last year's Hot Docs and read every post! Thanks Marj, looking fwd to the posts for this year.
I just found this website and it is good to see that there are documentary communities on the web like this one.
So to introduce myself a little bit, I have worked professionally in the film and television industry for over eight years and have recently focused mostly on short documentaries.
However, I am currently working on a feature length documentary about the dog and cat meat trade within South East Asia – specifically focusing on South Korea, Mainland China and Thailand, where the multimillion dollar industry is the largest – and to make this film I am currently crowd funding it on Pozible (http://pozible.com/yeller).
I look forward to getting to know you all better and sharing my knowledge in the documentary industry.
If anyone has suggestions on how to improve my pitch on Pozible I would also love to hear comments. I am currently trying to work out how best to improve my marketing of this film – whilst on a limited budget – so it would be good to hear suggestions from other documentary film makers.
I tend to make films on social issues such as the slave labor, forced labor through re-education camps and sweatshops that are used to manufacture a lot of big name brands clothing and products, along with films about the environment and films about animal welfare and I have recently become a lot more interested in fiction film writing and using fiction narratives to convey some of these messages. However I also like to create entertaining sci-fi and comedy films and television shows.
Have a good day! :)
Great to meet you, Zade, and welcome to The D-Word. You obviously qualify as a Professional member, which would give you access to all 40 discussion topics. So take the extra step in registering.
Given that you're from the land of Oz, and we have a warm spot for that hearty breed, we're gonna wave our host's magic wand and, abra cadabra.... you're a pro!
Gotta say, though, that profile picture is a bit creepy.
Ha, thanks a lot Doug Block and thanks also to Marj Safinia for that info about the Crowdfunding topics from Crowdfunding with Jon Reiss.
I will definitely check that out.
I may change that profile pic after the doco has been created. I'm just trying to market it as much as I can, as I have very little funding at the moment, ha however I agree it may work better if I have an actual profile pic...although that may also be a bit creepy.
Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you all and I appreciate the upgrade to a pro account, I am very busy at the moment however I'll try to update my details and check out the extra info soon.
Have a good week! :)
Got news for you, Zade. That pic ain't helping you market the film with me :) At least not in here. Good luck with it, though. The film, I mean.
Hi There, I am a Documentary filmmaker from India , currently based in Salt Lake City USA. Am an old member but introducing myself for the first time. I have made Four documentaries and 3 short films. Currently making a feature length documentary " THE THIRD BREAST". It's about rape, sex and gender violence in India. My DOP is veteran Sunny Joseph.
Would love to collaborate with some of the D-WORDS professionals during post production and color grading.
Until then wish me luck !!
Ok, good luck, Anamika! And thanks for coming out of the darkness to post here. I assume by "old member" you mean having registered in 2012. Because 40 doesn't nearly qualify.
As I was walking down the street one day... Got really tired of adults defining childhood obesity. So, my in-process documentary is turning things around and will ONLY let the children/adolescents speak! They may not even buy into the concept/mindset.
Hello! I'm a documentary filmmaker, mostly working in short form, although actively pursuing two full length projects. I also manage a documentary intensive workshop in Washington State called Wild Mind Film Camp (under the direction of filmmakers Doug Pray and Pete Vogt: www.wildmindfilmcamp.com) and I am the managing director of NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth www.nffty.org). Nice to meet all of you!
Welcome Anamika, Deborah and Stefanie...
Stefanie – you look like you qualify to join us as a Professional Member – amongst our Pro Topics, you might like to check out our Teaching Docs Topic
Thanks, John! I'll check out the pro membership and the teaching docs section. In reply to John Burgan's post on Tue 11 Mar 2014 :
Welcome, Stefanie. Our fundraiser is going so well it's made us positively giddy and we've promoted you to Professional status ourselves. Nice to have you here.
Thanks so much, Doug! I look forward to supporting your fundraising efforts for your redesign. In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 11 Mar 2014 :