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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.

John Gyovai

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...

Doug Block

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

leonard schillaci

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.


Len Schillaci 704 491 2821 Charlotte NC or

Manuel Tsingaris

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 <> 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

My experience ranges from documentaries and commercials to music videos and magazine style programming.  I have a fully portable FCP system running on the newest Apple Laptop and will relocate for a project. I have a places to stay in Manhattan and in Los Angeles for those times when I'm working in either town. I bring along a strong sense of story structure, development and aesthetic style. I create animated text, composite images and add complex and simple moves to still images. Aside from taking films on from start to finish I often come on to films once a long rough cut is built to then help structure the story and aesthetic, as well as work with composer(s) and graphic artists to distill the best possible story from the footage.
Some of my recent projects include:
"The Storm That Swept Mexico", a 2 hour film outlining the revolution of 1910, and the cultural renaissance and national identity that followed in its wake. This film is on the film festival circuit and will air on PBS in 2011.
'Writ Writer', a story about a jailhouse lawyer who from behind bars in the 1960's, alerted the public to the unconstitutional practices in the TX penal system, bringing about statewide change. This film aired on PBS on "Independent Lens" in 5/08.
'A Dream in Doubt', which received the Honorable Mention Award at the 2007 SlamDance Film Festival and Best Documentary at The AZ International FF 2007, follows a Sikh man's journey to find peace and justice after his brother is killed four days after 9/11. This film aired on PBS on "Independent Lens" in 5/08.
"China Blue' , a documentary on globalization and how the young are often paying the price for inexpensive good. This film is on the international film festival circuit, aired on PBS in the Spring of 2007, is on theatrical release in major American cities and in Europe. It also aired on PBS on "Independent Lens" in 9/07.
'Long Gone' a documentary about hobos was awarded best documentary in the 2003 Slamdance Film Festival.
'Test of Courage: The making of a Firefighter' a film for CPB/PBS, received the Bronze Medal in the 2000 Houston International Film Festival.
'Girls in Trouble: Teens in the Juvenile Justice System' was for MSNB Investigates and 'Ties that Bind' an episodic program focusing on American subcultures for the Discovery Channel. I was also a contributing Editor on the critically acclaimed mini documentary series, 'Life 360', a co-venture between ABC/Nightline and PBS.
Attached please find my resume. If you are at all interested or have any questions please contact me and I'll send you a sample of my work and/or a full length film. Visit my website for samples at:
A list of references is also available upon request. I look forward to hearing from you.


Doug Block

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.

Brandon Watts

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:

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
Doug Block

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.

Rachel Raney

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:

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

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

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.

Justine Jacob

Hi Rachel! You forgot to say how awesome you are and how much the Bay Area misses you, so thought I would add that quickly for you!

Oggi Tomic

Hi everyone,

My name is Oggi Tomic, I'm originally from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and currently based and working in London and Cambridge (UK).

I have recently completed a course (BA Hons) in documentary film and TV at the IFSW. I am professional camera and sound operator with my own equipment looking to collaborate on any current and future productions so please get in touch.

Best wishes to you all in 2012!


John Burgan

Welcome Oggi – hear good things about your work (as it happens, as well as being one of the Co-Hosts here at The D-Word I also work at the Newport Film School in Wales, formerly the IFSW). Always good to have the next generation of filmmakers join our community.

Oggi Tomic

Hi John,

Thanks – look forward to getting to grips with this community and get in touch with people. Hope all is going well at IFSW.

gabriella kessler

Hi everyone,

I'm French-American based between Paris and New York (mostly Paris for the last few years).

I'm going to Houston on the 24th of January for 2 weeks to do a research/trailer trip on a documentary about women who fall in love and marry prisoners who are either on death row or sentenced to life without parole. I am particularly interested in the dichotomy between these love stories and a judiciary system that is not built on rehabilitation or redemption, and does not encourage social reintegration. I am hoping that these love stories will allow for a greater reflection on forgiveness and reinsertion, in contrast to a prison system that is often times built on a vicious and violent cycle from which it is difficult to break.

An integral part of the film will be the weekly radio program called the Prison Show (recently profiled on NPR's All Things Considered), which, as its name indicates, is a radio show that discusses the Texas criminal justice system. It's a fascinating show, which has listeners who call in and leave messages for inmates, hosts and airs weddings by proxy, among general conversations about death row and prisons in Texas.

I'd love to meet any Houston doc filmmakers while I'm in town, or hear about anyone's experiences filming in prisons. Also, I'll probably need a PA for a couple of days work (paid), so if anyone has any advice on any of these fronts, I am open to all suggestions.

Many thanks!

Doug Block

Welcome, Gabriella. You can do an Advanced Search on the top of any page to find D-Word members from Houston. Good luck with the film, sounds like a really fascinating one.