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
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.
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.)
with what sounds like an interesting project. so much of the success
of a doc comes from access, and it sounds like you have that solved.
Just came across this site and can't wait to get more involved in it. Just started production on a documentary film and wanted to gain more knowledge on the process. Look forward to hearing from you.
company that is trying to branch out from doing primarily long form
journalistic documentaries to include some educational/industrial
work. I'm trying to do some research on those markets- are they
growing, are there numbers available on sales, etc. Has anyone seen
such information? Thanks so much.
happens, i guess. but welcome here, for all your doc needs.
i've been googling like mad, and thus far to no avail
to the game. It's all moved to the web. These days most is 2-3 minute
pieces done for websites - and done very cheaply.
The educational stuff for schools was all under 4 minutes tied to text
books. The longest was 4 minutes that covered WWII and the Holocaust.
It's educational support and when classes are 20 minutes long you
don't have time to do more than flash cards.
Corporate stuff was generally 8-15 minutes. Long was 20.
could look to for information?
large players - companies with a 100 people or so scattered around the
country in specialized markets. The only larger ones are the guys
doing meetings and incentive travel.
on a doc. that just moved up here. I'm excited to be here and looking
to do good work. I'm from Austin and am very interested in music/
concert/musician documentaries. Also, live video for shows too. I work
with both Avid and FCP focusing on work with HD.
Currently, we are looking for an empty space to set-up in. The sooner
the better. Something in Manhattan, with internet access, and 24/7
access. If anyone knows anything please let me know. Thanks guys and
good luck!! CB
New York...although there are numerous New York members who could
probably make recommendations on space.
documentary. I have done some historical biographies before. I like
historical documentation, and I will be doing a short documentary
about a local historic business and building. I believe the business
will be going on, but the building will be coming down to make way for
condos in the near future. I am hoping that this experience will lead
to more documentaries in the future. I found this website while I was
doing a search for documentary release forms. I am sure I will be
able to learn a lot from this forum. Thanks, Tara
anywhere near nashville, i'll be coming down your way for the festival
Knoxville called Tiptoe which stands for Tennessee Independent
Production and Talent Organization East. It is a local nonprofit.
They meet once a month, so I will be going to my first meeting Jan.
31. I am sure I will find out about different festivals and more
about the industry. There is a Secret City Film Festival in nearby
Oak Ridge TN. I believe that occurs during late summer. I have met
with the local film commissiioner here, and that was an eye opening
experience. One thing that he told me is that I need to make sure I
get all rights to my documentary. Would that be called an
"assignment of copyright" contract. I have been searching for what I
might need, but I have not found it yet. Could you possibly lead me
in the right direction. I have an initial meeting with the owner of
the building next Thursday. The film commissioner also told me that
when I finish the production, I need to send the master copy to
myself registered mail. When I receive it...he said not to open it
but to put it in a safe deposit box unopened and leave it there. He
said that would help with the copyright. Anyway, sorry to go on for
so long....just thought I would share that info.
you complete a film (not write a script which is somewhat applies to
his/her answer) simply put a copyright notice (c)2006 Tara Bush in the
end credits. You can protect yourself further by registering the film
with the US copyright office - go to their website - fill out the one
page form - send in a copy of the film/dvd/vhs with the fee ($30).
There are separate legal issues regarding permissions to make a film
about someone or a business entity. There are good books available
about making documentary films and the issues involved.
"Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos." It has been a big
help. I will keep on reading and looking into other books.
I am a recent grad of the stanford doc program, now living in San
Francisco, and finally getting around to joining D-word officially.
It's comforting to find so many people who share my obsession with
documentaries! I'm working as a freelance camera person (I own a
DVX100A) and editor around the bay area. Right now i'm working on
editing a propaganda piece about equity and scoail justice at SF State
University. I'm also working on distributing my most recent short doc
, Radio Grito, about a spanish- language radio show for migrant
farmworkers and their families in the CA valley. I'm in the
development stages of a piece about a mobile hospital truck and boat
in Ecuador that serves remote indigenous communities. .. Other recent
projects include a 16mm short doc that I did the cinematography for,
Under the Rollercoaster (directed by Lila Place), about a Coney Island
woman who used to actually live under a rollercoaster - this film will
be at Slamdance next week, and I'll be there from the 19th-26th if
anyone is around. It would be great to meet other d-worders in the
non-virtual world sometime...
thanks, and I look forward to be a part of d-word..
have you leap right in.
across a couple of helpful DVD's. I purchased them off of the Vasst
website. "Lighting it Right" by Victor Milt - this really has helped
me with the creative aspect of lighting and took away some of my fears
of lighting. It has loads of different techniques and tips and
inexpensive lights to create whether you are on a strict budget or
not. Also, I purchased "Understanding Copyright and What You Need to
Know." This DVD covers all different aspects of copyright and has
included forms for use. Just wanted to share this information for
those who are just starting out like me. There is so much to learn!
that written for non-technical people.
I too am unsure where to post this...i have begun work on my first documentary as a director/
producer running up a few bills to do so. My need right now is funding in order to continue the
project so we have created a 5 minute "trailer" or "teaser" that gives some idea what we are
documenting as well as written synopsis and budget sheet (as would be required from something
like the Sundance Doc completion funds foundation)...my question is: where do you begin
showing something like this to potential commisioning editors? Do they just appear at festivals?
Do they accept solicitations for funding requests from nut-jobs such as myself?
opportunities to meet commissioning editors. one is the ifp market in
ny. another is sunny side of the doc, in marseille.
a better one is the toronto documentary forum on may 3 & 4, which is
part of hot docs. it's a two-day pitching forum, and you still have
time to apply as an observer. all the top ce's are there and there's
ample opportunity to meet with them briefly and introduce yourself
during the breaks and lunches. if you have your sample with you on
dvd, they may just take it back with them. or, if you mail it to them
later, presumably it's already on their radar.
there's also the original pitching forum in amsterdam, as part of
idfa. these events are expensive, of course, but kind of the price of
doing business when it comes to raising gobs of funding for your doc.
be in La Rochelle on the Atlantic Ocean coast of France. June 27th to
You can fly or take a train from Paris.
directing my first feature length documentary, The Breast Cancer
Diaries. We screened our work in progress at IFP in September
(where we heard Doug's doc panel and found it very informative) and
are now applying to film festivals. In a previous life, I was a
foreign correspondent for ABC News and CNN for 15 years. I have
recently begun research on several ideas for my second documentary
and am looking forward to being able to speak to documentary
colleagues on the forum.
community as I have been involved in the entertainment industry for
over 25 years now and have never forayed into the documentary world...
until now. It is an exciting and thoroughly engrossing field. This
is how I got involved... I was producing a little movie in New Orleans
when Hurricane Katrina changed my life, the lives of my director and
his family, as well as thousands of others. My director, James L.
Bills had taken his Sony FX-1 hi-def camera with him when he evacuated
to a downtown New Orleans hotel. He thought he was going to capture
some storm footage as it glanced by the city, but as history has
already proven, that didn't happen. Instead, the storm hit head on,
and the city was flooded. He was in there capturing not only the
natural disaster, but the man-made disaster that followed. I was in
the Baton Rouge area when he finally informed me that he and his
family were alright. A few days later, he made his way to Corpus
Christi, TX, and we decided to create a documentary about his
experience. With the help of Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Corp., who was
so kind as to send us an editing bay, we put together a
work-in-progress over the period of a month. After getting feedback
from various distributors, and other experienced documentarians, we
have now completed our first feature documentary entitled "Refuge of
Last Resort". I now have such a deep appreciation for the documentary
process, and I salute all of you who endeavor to make films that
matter! Thank you for letting me share with you this experience that
has changed my life!
community, so we'll see you there. al, feel free to join. this is
where the doc pros hang out: www.d-word.com/community/join
I have been a member for some time, but did not really use the forum.
But here I am now. currently I am still a student trying to finish at
the Munich Film School - studying documentary and camera. My last film
"Flight into Redness" was shown at Silverdocs last summer. Right now I
am planning to shoot my next film in my home town Hamburg. And I
decided to join the Forum for good now to be able to have more
exchanges with other documentary filmmakers.
the private d-word community, where the pros hang out. please
register at: www.d-word.com/community/join
Greetings from across the street...
Look forward to seeing you in the D-Word Community.
We have just finished our doco and its been a 5 yr struggle..self
funded and 100% indi with all the usual sweat and tears..now in its
ready to unleash on the unsuspecting viewing world..as first timers
we are relying on advice from others that are in or have been in
similar situations..so here we are ;-) .. our website is
( requires flash 8 ) kind regards..mike
the professional forum, though: www.d-word.com/community/join
around then. Would like to have such a vintage model.
St. Francis Xavier, Farm Toy Capital of the World and home to the
baseball field made popular in the movie Field of Dreams.
Just checked in. Thanks to Steve Holmes.
what was missing, I found, was a Doc "site specific" home such as this
forum and the D-Word community. I've been in the trenches for years,
mainly with CBC and was on 'Canada A Peoples History' and other
projects for the Doc Unit out of Toronto, as well as doing A&E and
Drama/Comedy on the network. I struck out finally to do my own project
a few months ago, about a couple of modern day troubadors; puppeteers
actually, and followed them [2 camera] though their day up to an
Indian reservation in Northern Ontario. There was a puppet making
class for the children and then a show put on by these two artisans.
The easiest part was the shooting, funny how that worked out.
Anyway cheers all and I hope I can contribute and learn from the
others that find the art of the doc so drawing.
I did register earlier for the proffesional forum and was
waiting to hear back, for the yay or nay.