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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.

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Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome to The D-Word Safari, Carolyn. Discover the wonder!
Denka Dohre
Fan
Hello everyone, my name is Pekka and I'm a full time student, not in
film school though. I'm new to film making and have no experience, but
what I do have is an idea close to my heart and the people to work
with me; two camera men and an editor. Unfortunately I have no
experience in searching for financing and that's what I'm trying to do
now. To be more accurate, I'm trying to learn how to do that right
now. It will be a feature length documentary about mixed martial arts,
and I'm looking for consultancy as how I should go on about things
other than technical issues with shooting the film, meaning producing
it etc. I'm hoping to make few connections in here.. we'll see!

So far the project is being going on with big heart. Hopefully we can
move forward as soon as possible.
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Pekka, and good luck with your project. You might want to
read a couple of conferences we've done in here: Selling in the
International Marketplace and Fundraising for Docs, in particular.
Margarita Levasseur
Fan
My name is Margarita Levasseur. I just wrote my first treatment
with the help of a friend with whom I am collaborating with for a
television magazine/documentary series. I am intersted in knowing
where, or how, I can get names of people to contact and also how to
get funding. Any help and guidance I can get would be very much
appreciated.
Doug Block
Host
welcome, margarita. that's a very general question, so it's hard to
answer. lots of good books on the subject. go directly to morrie
warshawski and carol dean's conference here on Fundraising for Docs.
Lucy Carolan
Pro
Hi, my name is Lucy and I discovered D-Word through the Shooting
People network in the UK, that I'm also a member of. I'm a
photographer with a very broad professional experience across Europe
including film stills and AV production for installations. I'm
interested in forums like this more generally because film
documentary seems a far more vibrant area than its photographic
equivalent (though at heart the issues are similar?), and because I'm
working towards collaborations with filmmakers in community projects.

And that's all I can think to say right now!
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome to The D-Word Forum, Lucy. Are you based in the UK?
Lucy Carolan
Pro
Hi Ben, yes I am UK based (I try to travel as much as possible
though). And thanks for the welcome!
Emma Jane Richards
Fan
Hello, I'm a London based documentary film maker, I've come here to
look for tips on the perfect pitch. I've got a meeting with a
production company tomorrow and I want to make sure I've done
everything I can to reveal the excitement in my idea. I'm dead into
it but I'm entry level and learning, any advice is always
appreciated, glad I stumbled across this site, it looks great at
first glance.
best
EJ
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Emma. There are lots of articles with pitching tips out
there if you serach Google. The main thing to communicate is your
passion for the idea and confidence that you can do it really well.
That's what others pick up on and want to be part of.
Emma Jane Richards
Fan
I've been googling all day when not scribing! Great advice, thanks
Doug, I'll remember to bubble over with passion tomorrow, they won't
know what's hit them!
tc
EJ
Doug Block
Host
well, controlled passion, ej. don't jump their bones ;-)
Joe Mondello
Pro
Hi I'm Joe Mondello. Starting on Act Three of my life and coming full
circle back to film (my college major) after 30 years.

Professionally I have been in graphic arts for 20 years doing everything
(I was the manager) from typography on Mergenthaler VIPs to all aspects
of conventional slide production, co-founded and ran a small arts
charity and documented lots of our work and the work of two other
charities. Just about to produce and shoot a 15-20 minute doc on the
work of a charity in Concord, MA. I am based in Manhattan.
Doug Block
Host
welcome to d-word and act 3, joe. lots of luck.
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome, all!

Tips on the perfect pitch can also be found in our special
conferences, THE INTERNATIONAL PITCHING FORUM {LINK NOT IMPORTED} and MEET
COMMISSIONING EDITORS {LINK NOT IMPORTED}
Andrew Patterson
Fan
Hello everyone. My name is Andrew, I'm a firefighter for the city
of Sherman, Texas and I also make documentary films. I live a
humble life yet aspire to change a few hearts with the incredible
tool that film brings to the world.

I just finished my first doc film entitled, "Subtle Voices: Cries
from Colombia". It is a story about the complicated struggles of
the Colombian people. It's available on www.amazon.com.

Anyway, I look forward to the message boards here. What's your
background Doug and what are you working on now?
Stephen Slocomb
Fan
I think I hung out here 10 or so years ago. I have 32 years in
film/video. Started with Charles Eames, went on to Hollywood, and
moved to Montana and spent 9 years working on my basically self
funded doc "The Story of the Bitterroot". It looks at the plant and
its relationship to the Native Americabns who vererate it. I have it
showing in 5 states on PBS, and selling in maybe 50 museums, visitor
centers, and book stores. I did this on my own, as I could not find a
real distributor. I do have it in 6 national catalogs...but they
provide disappointing sales.
Doug Block
Host
well, we've only been here for 6 years, stephen, but time flies.
especially when you self-distribute, right? anyway, welcome (back)!
Ionee Waterhouse
Fan
ATTENTION: DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT VENEZUELA.

Hi my name is Ionee, I am a part of Dharma Films, an Independent
Production Company that works in South America.
We do all kinds of social documentaries and we are now in Venezuela.
We are open to work with other documentarians. Contact us.
We are in need of financing and we can do all kinds of socumentaries
about Venezuela (the people, the cities, the turistic attractions,
the native people, the oil, the social issues, Politics, the
history, Hugo Chavez.)
It would be a pleasure to work with you.

Sincerely,

Ionee Waterhouse
Independent Producer


011 58 416 2165818
dharmafilms@gmail.com
Caracas, Venezuela
Clayton Green
Fan
Hello everyone,

My name is Clayton Green and I just graduated with a 2nd Associates
degree. I obtained the first one in Information Technology
Mulitmedia in 2004 and finished up a degree in Film at Full Sail
Real World Education this past Dec. 16th 2005. I am lucky enough to
have off until Jan. 30th where I will be going back to complete a
Bachelors in film. I plan to use my off tiem for research when I can.

I am glad to find this forum and it's community that is linked to
it. I have a passion for films and Documentaries. I have only
finished one documentary that was about twenty minutes long but come
Feb. of 2006 I am buying a Panasonic HD cam that I plan to go hog
wild with.

I have many ideas in mind that would collect the interests of the
younger adults but I am still searching to find worthy topics that
might make a difference to those who watch it.

Well, I just wrote a lot I guess. Thank you for having me and I look
forward to conversing with all of you, learning what I can as well.

Clayton
Marc Maurino
Pro
Hi folks, I plan on posting several questions and comments in various
forums around here in the next several months because I've got a
documentary project started and I'll want lots of advice. About a
year ago I thought I had a project nearly off the ground but at nearly
the last minute my subjects deemed themselves "too important" and my
experience . . . well, too inexperienced. So I introduced myself then
(Nov. of 04) and posted for a few months, but then when my project
fell apart I took a long hiatus from D-word. Now that I'm back it
seemed appropriate to make another short introduction.

To wit: I studied Film and English in college, have a day job very
far removed from filmmaking (though I am a criminal investigator, and
investigations are a bit like doc making--lots of interviews and then
a big showy bundle of info and evidence to go to court.) I am working
on a few narrative fiction projects but I'm always on the lookout for
a compelling doc idea, and in this case I found one next door. My
good friends and neighbors are in the process of starting a Montessori
school, and my family and I have been big supporters of the project
(we'll send our children when it opens) and after a bit of
conversation and e-mail, it looks like I'm going to film some
interviews and cover some meetings and dig into their journey as they
birth their school. They're open and excited for it, and I am too.
So that's me, my project, and now I will go post some questions in
some of the more specific forums.

(And by the way: the reception, support, and outright loving welcome
that I recieved on this site last year was absolutely amazing, and I'm
thrilled to be back here with a project to discuss. I've read through
hundreds of posts in various discussions on this forum, and I am
continually amazed at how supportive and nurturing this community is.
Nowhere on the internet and rarely in the real world have I found a
group of people so willing to give freely and compassionately of
themselves. It is truly so unique and nice that I felt compelled to
comment on it. Thank you.)
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