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Katie Robbins
Fan
Are there big companies that specialize in corporate stuff that I
could look to for information?
Robert Goodman
Pro
The Jack Mortons of the world are pretty much gone. There are a few
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.
Chris Brown
Fan
Hello everyone. I'm new in town. I'm working as an assistant editor
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
Erica Ginsberg
Host
Welcome Chris. Keep in mind "here" is everywhere in D-Word, not just
New York...although there are numerous New York members who could
probably make recommendations on space.
Tara Bush
Fan
Hello everyone. I am in Tennessee, and I am just starting my first
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
Doug Block
Host
glad you found us, tara. good luck with your project. if you're
anywhere near nashville, i'll be coming down your way for the festival
in april.
Tara Bush
Fan
What festival? I am in Knoxville. I have located a group here in
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.
Robert Goodman
Pro
Tara - that person misunderstood your question about copyright. When
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.
Tara Bush
Fan
Thank you. I am reading one right now written by Barry Hampe called
"Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos." It has been a big
help. I will keep on reading and looking into other books.
Mike Seely
Pro
Hi ,

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..

mike
Doug Block
Host
welcome, mike. also noticed you posting in the community. good to
have you leap right in.
Tara Bush
Fan
Hi...I wasn't sure where to post this, but in my researching, I came
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!
Michael Amish
Fan
Hi.
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?
Doug Block
Host
michael, there are a few events each year that present good
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.
Robert Goodman
Pro
One note - Sunny Side is no longer in Marseille. This summer it will
be in La Rochelle on the Atlantic Ocean coast of France. June 27th to
30th.
You can fly or take a train from Paris.
Linda Pattillo
Pro
Hi: I am new to the forum. I have recently completed shooting and
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.
Al Gomez
Pro
Hello, documentary filmmakers. I am glad to have run across your
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!
Doug Block
Host
welcome, linda and al. linda, we received your registration to the
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
Diana Weilepp
Pro
Hi everyone,

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.
Ben Kempas
Pro
Diana - you're already a community member, no need to re-join.

Greetings from across the street...
Erica Ginsberg
Host
Hi Diana. We met at Silverdocs last year and I loved your film.
Look forward to seeing you in the D-Word Community.
Mike Grant
Fan
Hello to all here.
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
www.valveman.co.uk
( requires flash 8 ) kind regards..mike
Steve Holmes
Pro
Congrats and welcome, Mike. Pre-war TV? Pre-WW2? Didn't know TV was
around then. Would like to have such a vintage model.
Joe Scherrman
Pro
Greetings from Dyersville, Iowa. Home of the Beautiful Basilca of
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.
Doug Block
Host
welcome, joe. see, if you build it they will come.
Steve Holmes
Pro
Joe, your beanie and secret password will arrive in about six weeks.
Joey Kneller
Pro
Hi all, I had been trolling other sites such as DV forum etc. etc. but
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.
Joey Kneller
Pro
Hi DB [ I just like the sound of that ;-) ]
I did register earlier for the proffesional forum and was
waiting to hear back, for the yay or nay.

Cheers
Cliff Knopnik
Fan
Hi,

I'm planning out a documentary/drama and am interested in finding
resources on what you can / can't include in documentaries from
existing works, and how to go about purchasing licenses for
copyrighted works. For example: How do you include a news clip about
current news? How do you get the rights to include a clip from an old
John Wayne movie, etc.

I'll find a more accurate topic to post this under too.

Cliff
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome, Cliff.

Answers to be posted in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} ...
Don Stroud
Fan
Hi everyone. New to the forum, and new to the world of documentaries.
I'm just starting research on a small documentary for a studio in Los
Angeles, and I'm looking forward to tapping the brainpower and
experience of my fellow filmmakers.

Don
Steve Holmes
Pro
Welcome, Don. Does Los Angeles have a film community?

Just kidding.
Monica Morales
Fan
Hi everyone! I'm new to this and also new to making documentaries
but I'm working on one right now and hoping to find more resources
and learn as I go...
Steve Holmes
Pro
Glad you're here, Monica. You've come to the right place.
Doug Block
Host
good luck, monica. care to tell us what the doc is about?
Monica Morales
Fan
The documentary is about natural births, cesareans and vbacs
(vaginal birth after cesarean) and the controversy surrounding it.
I'm not sure how exactly it'll end up cause I have a lot of ideas
and a lot of information to gather but I definitely plan on
including artistic elements as well as providing a resource for
women as well as their families and the sky is the limit as where
I'll be trying to exhibit it...

Thanks for your support!
Marc Wayne
Fan
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Fan
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Fan
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Erica Ginsberg
Host
Ack, D-Word's first spam. Hopefully the hosts will delete it soon
enough and send Marc Wayne packing.
Doug Block
Host
done, with 3 easy clicks of the finger. xmint01, yer history!
Jon Foy
Fan
Hey,

Just found this site. I've sunk about a year so far into my current
full length doc, Resurrect Dead (www.resurrectdead.com) It's a
first time effort for all of us involved - we're really excited.

It follows an excentric artist obsessed with solving a crop circle-
esque mystery.

I'm glad to find this forum. Cheers, -Jon
Doug Block
Host
glad you found us, too, jon. good luck with the resurrection.
Steve Holmes
Pro
Welcome, Jon. Happy trails on the road to completion.
Gil Karni
Pro
HELLOW,
Nice to find the site,i am filmaker from israel,my name is gil
karni,i want to tell you that we have in Israel forum for the
documentary filmakers ,in 8 th of May we are having the first
cermony ending the competition in some section of documentary,like
feature length,t.v 60 min,short,and first apearance, after selecting
168 films they choose 5 films in each category, they are the
finalist,we have 3 screening for the fourum members they goung to
decide who is going to win. my film Troubled WATER is one the 5 in
the feature length. i think that the Israeli documentary filmaking
had developed and getting better a lot because our very dramatic
life in ISRAEL that give us,the filmakers a lot of very dramatic
issus to handle. good luck to all filmakerrs.
Ben Kempas
Pro
Welcome, Gil. We're looking forward to your introduction in our
private forum {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well!
Doug Block
Host
Hi, Gil. I make sure you're registered in the Community. Look
forward to having you join us there.
Dustin Ogdin
Fan
Hello. I just discovered this fourm through the Docurama website.
I haven't even looked around yet! I just registered and hopped in
to introduce myself.

I'm yet another one of those "aspiring" documentary filmmakers the
digital age has bred. I'm currently researching for a doc in
Chicago (where I live) and have shot some footage that couldn't
wait for my research. Hope to find some other Chicagoans.

Glad to be here - I'm going to go dig around and see what all
you've got here. Very excited to know this forum exists.
Kenzie Soedt
Pro
Hello all-

I'm a Chicago filmmaker working on my first documentary. I'm excited
to be a part of the community, and I'm sure I'll be visiting often for
your insights. Thanks for having me!

Kenzie
Steve Holmes
Pro
Cool! Two more Midwesterners (I'm in Iowa). Welcome, Dustin and
Kenzie. You guys in IFP/Chicago? D-Worder Cheri Pugh is a Chicagoan.
David Seidman
Fan
Howdy. My name's David Seidman, and I'm a print journalist and
non-fiction author in the Los Angeles area. I want to enter the
world of documentarians, so here I am.

I've written for the Los Angeles Times, among other publications,
and I spent a few years on staff at Disney (in the publishing
division, but deeply tied to film and TV). I've written books on
everything from U.S. history to the science and medicine of
longevity to Christmas lights to careers in journalism (including
documentaries). These days, I'm a full-time freelancer.

Thanks for letting me join the group. I realize that I'm not a
filmmaker type (not yet, at least), but I'll try to fit in.

David Seidman
davidseidman@earthlink.net
Robert Goodman
Pro
Welcome David. Our humble hosts are either on holiday or working hard
these days but I'm sure one of them - Doug, Ben, or John - will make
an appearance.

Nonfiction filmmakers show up from every corner of the known and
unknown career world. Glad to have another even if those of us who
have been digging in the trenches for years sigh at all the new arrivals.

We smile at the newly addicted. ;-)
Steve Holmes
Pro
Welcome, David. You sound as if you have skills that will transfer
to filmmaking.
Leah Pate
Pro
Hello there-
I just joined the forum. I have spent the past year working on a
documentary about women working in survival sex in Vancouver, Canada.
Between 1986 and 2002 sixty-eight women virtually disappeared from a
tiny area in the dowtown eastside. However, for a variety of reasons,
a full-scale investigation was not launched until 2000.

My major problem is one of ethics. There are three major advocacy
groups that service women in the area. In order for them to
participate in the film and to assist us in anyway, they demand that
women working in the sex trade that agree to participate in the
documentary be paid an honorarium. This is my first film but it is my
understanding that documentary participants should not be paid. We
are about half way through filming and while several people have
participated in the film, the women that are actually still on the
street have been paid an honorarium thus far. Are honorariums ever
acceptable? If we want to find a market and have the film be
considered credible, can we use any of the footage that women were
given an honorarium for?

My concern is this: people will think that we exploited these very
poor and most often addicted women by offering them "easy" money to
be interviewed (without showing their faces or using their real
names). Yet without the support of the advocacy agencies, we really
would not have been able to get anything done; also because we have
met most of the women while they are working on the street, offering
an honorarium shows them that we respect that they are, in fact,
working and that their time is valuable. Any advice or insight would
be greatly appreciated!
Robert Goodman
Pro
A small honorarium will not cause concern for most. Given the
circumstances you really have no choice. Just keep it small and the
same for all.
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, David and Leah. I know Leah has already registered, and
David feel free to join our forum for doc professionals, too. your
journalism background definitely qualifies you:

www.d-word.com/community/join.
Dustin Ogdin
Fan
Hi Steve, no I'm not currently a member of IFP Chicago. Have
looked into though and will likely join in the future.

Kenzie, if you'd ever like to grab a cup of coffee and compare
notes sometime let me know.
Ryan Ferguson
Pro
Hello to all -
I just signed up on this forum and am extremely excited to join
the communal discussion. I, along with four co-conspirators,
created a production company out of Chicago called Fly Back
Productions. The company was created during my last semester in
film school in order to begin fundraising for our first
documentary feature. This documentary, 'The Future's Past', is
now nearing completion. It examines the nuclear age and the
nuclear threat we face today and into the future. We centered the
film around several powerful interviews we conducted with the men
who dropped the atomic bombs on Japan - the only humans in history
to use nuclear weapons!! We have also interviewed other notable
figures such as Noam Chomsky, Gar Alperovitz, Al Franken, and
Howard Zinn. This project, being our first, has been SLOW and
difficult. Meanwhile, our company has taken off and is now
(barely) my full time job. After accumulating our equipment, I am
now able to split my time between our independent projects and
hired production work for clientele. I recently completed the
second installment of a video podcast series for Washburn Guitar.
The series is called 'Chicago Guitar Shop' and is available for
download on ITunes. We also in the last 6 months have begun our
second feature documentary. It was spawned by my desire to finally
kick my 10 year old cigarette habit. I realized the potential
conflict I faced and decided I wanted to capture it. This small
idea turned into a much larger one. The film, entitled 'Smoking or
Non', has entered production. After gaining the support of our
local American Lung Association, we spent the month of May on an
intense 20 day journey examining the Science, Culture, History,
Business, and Truth of tobacco in American society. We returned
with over 70 hours of amazing footage and then I, along with three
other members of my crew, quit smoking, documenting our toils
along the way. As I write this, we are on day 17 off the nicotine
and it does feel good. We are now entering an intesive fundraising
phase. What we completed on our road trip comprises about a third
of the final project. If we are able to raise our budget (and my
fingers are crossed) , I think we really are on to something that
could be amazing. Anyway, I'm blathering, so I will quit. I just
wanted to let you all know what I am shoulder deep in and I look
forward to participating in worthwhile discussions and meeting
people with similar drives and passions as my own.

Ryan Ferguson
Producer/Director
Fly Back Productions
ryan@flybackproductions.com
Kacie Cal
Fan
Hey!! I just want as many people as possible to know about this newly
released film - and see it!! Its an awesome film documentary based on
ALL the music of beautiful Brasil- the soundtrack is out too- check
it out its amazing!!

heres the only site i know of so far:

www.myspace.com/moronobrasil
Doug Block
Host
Kacie, the Classifieds topic is the place for announcements/shameless
self-promotion like this.
Luke Walden
Fan
Hi, I just posted a request for info in another forum and then noticed
that I should introduce myself here! So I will.

I'm 36 and live in New York. I love documentaries and one of my
favorite things to do is have "documentary club" nights for friends at
my apartment. I'll get out a classic documentary on 16mm from the
Donnell Media Center here in NY and then we eat popcorn and watch the
movie, then have dinner and discuss. It's like a book club but
without the homework!

I'm primarily a shooter, mostly DV, freelance for four years, but I
also do freelance producing, sound recording, editing, etc. In short,
I'm a product of the DV generation. Roughly once a year I'll
"one-man-band" an entire promotional video for a non-profit such as
the Science Industry and Business Library of the New York Public
Library, or a summer camp for physically disabled kids. The most
recent one of those that I did was a pro-bono for a medical school in
Mbarara, Uganda. Beautiful country, huge health care needs.

I'm also trying to do independent documentary filmaking as and I've
done a short about an abortion clinic that won the audience award for
best short doc at the 2004 SF indie fest. For the past two years I've
worked off and on with one other colleague on an indie historical doc
feature about a drug rehabilitation prison/hospital that was in
Kentucky in the mid 1970's. We'll be beginning the edit sometime near
the end of summer or by September.

I guess that's enough about me. Nice to be here! Look forward to
meeting you in cyberspace.

Luke
Steve Holmes
Pro
Welcome, Luke. Sounds like you've made major deposits into the Bank
of Karma. How did you swing a trip to Uganda?
Rehad Desai
Pro
Hello All

Rehad Desai here, Iam a doccy filmmaker from South Africa, just
finished my second feature length doc, and looking for inspiration
and intelligent discussion around our craft.
Monster Jimenez
Pro
Hi. My name is Monster Jimenez. I have a production based in Manila
called Arkeofilms (check out www.arkeofilms.com). I LOVE MOVIES--All
kinds. We have been producing independent films and using the
resources we get from client-based projects to partly finance it. I
recently co-created a movie called "Big Time."

Fiction Features are a lot of fun to create but I think I would like
to start exploring Non-fiction Features more. My next project is a
documentary that is ambitious to put together (at least for me)and
sensitive in nature. My past documentaries were always about pop
culture and I have never handled any serious topics until now. Just
reading everyone's posts is already inspiring me.
Doug Block
Host
Welcome, Monster (love the name). Feel free to join our professional
community, as well.
Monster Jimenez
Pro
Haha. I was trying to. I just got indimated by the question: What can
you contribute to the group? I'm sure living in Manila as it is makes
me a good resource for those who want to know more about our chaotic
but lovable city. I also do a lot of Final Cut. So for those who want
to ask technical stuff...ask away.
Doug Block
Host
yeah, well, coming from documentaries from a fiction film
perspective, that's always something interesting to us.
Monster Jimenez
Pro
I guess. It's very different. I'm actually planning to put the feature
film process that I'm used to when I do my documentary. You'll hear
more about it when I start asking questions.
Brent Donaway
Fan
Greetings Everyone.

My name is Brent. I have a B.F.A. in film productions from Rowan
University and am currently enrolled in graduate film school at
the New School University to earn my M.A. in Film and Media
Studies, with an emphasis on the documentary format.

For the past 14-months I've been in production on an historical
and cultural documentary on an 80-year old vaudeville/motion
picture theatre in Southern New Jersey. Its my 1st feature project
thats independent of my scholastics and it happens to take place
in my home town.

Thats me in a nutshell!
John Burgan
Host
And let's face it, you've got to be nuts to be in this business
sometimes...

Welcome Brent & Monster!
Jesse David
Fan
Hi all,

I'm Jesse. I'm new to film making, but have high hope for what I can
accomplish. I'm from NJ but I will be leaving the US for Israel in
the next week to make a documentary on special scools there that
promote mutual understanding between Arab-Israelis and Jewish-
Israelis. I am posting in hopes that someone who has experience
working in the Middle East and Israel, in particular, can give me
some advice about working there. What resources are available there?
What must I bring over with me from America? That kind of stuff.
Thanks so much in advance.

Best,

Jesse
Gary Green
Fan
My name is Gary (or Mr. Green as my students say). I teach at Adele
Harrison Middle School in Sonoma, CA. Each year I have my GATE
students shoot films, edit on iMovie, and burn onto DVDs. I want
them to make a documentary this year and want to give them the basics
of a documentary. Does anyone have a good list of what should be in
a documentary? For example, is there a "set-up piece" followed by
other, specific pieces?

Would really appreciate help on this so that I am giving my 6th, 7th,
and 8th grade students the correct information.
Robert Goodman
Pro
Gary - are you asking the students to do a news piece - typically
40-90 seconds -- or a documentary?
Documentaries have no set structure. A news story does. For example,
watch how three of your local stations cover the same story. You'll
get the idea pretty quick. The best way to start thinking about
documentary is to watch some. Suggestions: Any doc by Jon Else, Werner
Herzog, Ross McElwee, or the Maysles. Hope this helps.
Doug Block
Host
Welcome Jesse and Gary. Wish I could help, Jesse, but can't. Gary,
Robert is absolutely right - have your class watch a doc or two and
talk about it.
Steve Holmes
Pro
Gary, have your class watch more than a few docs since they vary so
much in tone and structure. For contrast with Robert's suggestions,
offer up one or two "by the numbers" programs from the cable
channels so they'll see how an independently done doc differs from
what they may be used to catching on TV.
Justin Time
Fan
Hello all, I am so new to documentaries, i can barley even be seen as
a noob. I have been searching for sites about docu, and found this
forum, this is my first reading in a thread, and am so far very pleaed
i went throught the trouble of actually signing up. normally i just
look for the easy to get ones. anyway, home to see some of you in the
forums!!
Doug Block
Host
justin time for what? anyway, always good to have another noob here.
J.e. Browne
Fan
hello all,

I am joining this forum to float an idea/offer to be part of one of
the more unusual performance car events that happens each year; The
One Lap of America, or more commonly known as the Cannonball Run. I
have driven this event for the past couple of years and think it is
a decent subject for a short film. There is real drama (not the
invented sort of NASCAR), a plethora of personalities and the cars
and tracks make for interesting filming/angles etc.

My idea is to find someone who wants to participate as the co-driver
of my car. His/her duties would be to help me pilot the car between
events and be on their own at the tracks to pursue the film thing.
If there is interest, reply on this board and i will arrange an
email contact or phone call to discuss the details.

PS: we will be piloting a Corvette-powered Porsche.
Hemal Trivedi
Fan
Hi all,

I am new to this forum. Just came to New York City after finishing my
MA in documentary filmmaking from the Documentary Institute,
University of Florida. I am originally from Mumbai, India, and had
worked in mutual funds industry for three years before I came to the
U.S. for school.

I am interested in making social issues documentaries concerning
immigrants, minority communities, India, etc. I am currently working
with Carrier Productions, New York, for their documentary film on
Native Americans.

While at school, I had made a 25-min documentary, "Tell Me a Story."
The film witnesses an unusual friendship between an oral historian and
her 84-year-old Japanese patient, as the historian helps her patient
overcome severe depression by sharing memories. Shot in cinema-verite
style, I have been able to capture their relationship since the
beginning. Right now I am also busy marketing the film and need
advice on film festivals and stuff.

If there is an informal get together of doc filmmakers in New York
City, I would like to be screen my film and get feedback.

Thanks

Hemal
Doug Block
Host
greetings, hemal. try docuclub: www.docuclub.org. they usually
screen feature length docs in progress, but might pair yours up with
another shorter one.
Chris Baron
Pro
I am also new to this forum, I live in Los Angeles and am currently
working as a freelance shooter. I love shooting, but I love all
aspects of documentary production. I recently have been focusing on
creating a production company (www.occupantproductions) with the goal
of producing my own documentary series and films. I am hoping that
this forum will give me some guidance along the way.

Chris Baron
Doug Block
Host
welcome, chris. notice you've also posted on the d-word community,
so double welcome. if you haven't posted an intro there already,
please do.
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