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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.

Ben Kempas
Pro

I didn't actually see the list, it was John Mounier who told me about it. But hey, people do find us this way!

So who else is out there?

Doug Block
Host

I saw the Moviemaker article in Nina's office last week. It was a really stupid description of The D-Word. Something like "MySpace for documentary filmmakers." Where do they come up with that stuff?

Ben Kempas
Pro

"The D-Word – where docoholics converse."

Back to introductions now...

Johan Karrento
Pro

Hi,
We're going to shoot a doc in LA in january. The team is just two people, a small camera and no fixed locations (we're travelling with a guy). HOw would I get a permit for this? How do you guys do this in LA (or USA for that matter). Is there a small team permit or a documentary permit or should I just shoot without a permit? Any answers are welcome.

Johan

Doug Block
Host

Johan, this topic is for introducing yourself. We have a place called The Mentoring Room where Enthusiasts can ask questions. So, let me just add... welcome to The D-Word.

Johan Karrento
Pro

uhum...oh, sorry. I had a hard time finding the forum....or maybe I didn't give finding the forum any time....

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome, Johan. You're actually a full Member now, so you've got the full choice of topics on The D-Word and won't be limited to the Mentoring Room with your questions. Anyway, tell us a little about yourself here, please.

John Burgan
Host

Hey Johan, welcome to the D-Word. We met in Berlin at the HdK back in 2000. Now I'm living in Denmark and you're back in Finland. Good to have you here!

Laura Minnear
Pro

Hello everyone. I've been following some of the discussions as a ghost reader whenever member Paul Devlin walks away from his computer for any length of time and leaves the forum up...I really like what I see and am excited to join. I live in Brooklyn and co-edited Paul's latest movie, "Blast". I made the transition a few years ago from working primarily on PBS docs to now independent non-fiction films. Somehow more work/less money does end up equaling richer rewards and I really look forward to connecting with the world of people out there who are just as crazy to go for it. I'm currently editing a personal doc for another filmmaker and Doug's ten rules are coming at the perfect time. Thanks for those, Doug.

Peter Brauer
Pro

Welcome Laura. Sounds like you should apply for full membership.

Johan Karrento
Pro

Hi,
I'll just try again.....till I get the hang of it, how this forum works. I've been working more or less as an independent filmmaker since 2002...where I met John Burgan....that's actually we're I started. John got me interestd in Chris Marker...I'm very thankful for that, and it's very nice to find you here, John! Well, I've been working six years (doing art, shorts and documentaries). I have a broadcaster in Finland that buys my stuff and I guess that makes me a whole lot less independent – since they have to have their say about everything. Can they read this? Am I talking too much?

Anyway. I'm sick of television and want to do stuff where I'm more free...but for now, I'm going to use television money to take me to LA because I don't need another finnish winter.

John Burgan
Host

Glad to have been of assistance, Johan! Good to hear you've been so busy. What's the LA project about?

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Johan. You can rest assured that no Finnish broadcasters hang out here. So feel free to speak your mind.

Johan Karrento
Pro

The LA thing is supposed to be a funny documentary. A redneck artist in LA trying to pitch his feature script. A sort of funny "making of". I sound very pessimistic about the funniness of this story....well. Let's just see what happens.

Bryce S
Fan

My name is Bryce and I have always wanted to join but for some reason I hadn't. Now I'm on and excited to learn and share. Hi!

Ben Kempas
Pro

Welcome, Bryce. What has brought you here?

Erik A Olson
Pro

I wish this resource had been around when I got started! I'm a DP / production company owner who works in a lot of reality TV (don't hold it against me!) and have been lucky to play in some feature documentaries these past couple of years.

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Bryce S
Fan

Ben Kempas,
I've been working on a project that involves three people going on tour around the U.S. it involves some big sponsors and many different shooting situations so I'm just here to start getting my eggs in a row. By that i mean contracts, shooting styles, budgeting, and other things. I've been reading many books covering all of the subjects but nothing is better than advice from people first hand.

Christopher Wong
Pro

welcome erik & bryce...

"eggs in a row"? that's one of the best malapropisms i've heard in awhile! "all your ducks in one basket" would also qualify ;)

don't mind me, i'm the (somewhat annoying) resident D-Word grammar expert!

Bryce S
Fan

Thanks, I have some interesting ones and yes "all your ducks in one basket" would qualify. I'm going to be in L.A. over the 4th of July doing a mini tour with a nice energy drink company. If you would like to attend an event one night let me know. It will be fun and most of the spots were going to be at are supposed to be nice.

David McMurry
Pro

i've just become aware of the forum and am excited to know a doc specific community like this exists online. most of what i do falls into the doc realm, working as a cinematographer on independent doc films and programs for broadcast. but it's pretty varied... there's also some narrative / commercial / corporate / music work in my background too. looking forward to being around and meeting the rest of the group.

Doug Block
Host

Welcome aboard, David. Glad you found us. Erik and Bryce, too.

Andrew Ernst
Fan

I too, just became aware of the existence of this site, and would like to say hi from sunny Seattle (which has been rare, lately). I have been spending all my free time working as the cinematographer on independent documentary films covering everything from the Ironman Triathlon to panhandling. In the last few years I've also been producing, shooting and editing some corporate and commercial work as well. Glad to be here, and looking forward to exploring the site.

Gary Hustwit
Pro

Hi, my name's Gary. I'm a Scorpio and my favorite color is blue. I like indie documentaries, red wine, and long walks on the beach at sunset. More exciting details here: http://www.helveticafilm.com

Cheers!

Mark Barroso
Pro

How can you be a Scorpio AND like the color blue? Fascinating....

grinner hester
Fan

brand new here.
glad to have found this place. Been makin' lil movies since '84 and still lovin' it.

Doug Block
Host

well, i guess we'll have to give you a lil hello then, grinner. and an official welcome aboard, gary. glad to see you already firing away here on all cylinders.

Gary Hustwit
Pro

Mark, apparently I'm a double Scorpio, Scorpio rising. At least that's a what an old girlfriend who was into that stuff told me. So maybe it all cancels itself out. Or maybe that's why I like Kenneth Anger's films.

And thanks Doug, glad to enter the fray.

Christopher Wong
Pro

welcome matt, gary, and grinner...

pretty funny stuff, matt. like the idea of the etymology minute. you should ask HELVETICA director gary hustwit how to make a compelling full-length feature about a seemingly "boring" subject!

Aaron Michels
Pro

hi all,

I thought I'd posted here a long time ago when I signed up, but I couldn't find an earlier one, and since I'm listening in here again, I thought I'd reintroduce myself.

I'm aaron michels, and I now live in Oakland. I started working around documentary video around 99, and tried to make my first one in 2002 on the race dialog in my home town of St. Louis. It still screens sometimes in St. Louis, but I wasn't really happy with it, was short of funds, and didn't pursue wider distribution.

Since then, though I've done some editing work on other folk's docs, I've mostly been working on non-theatrical educational videos, with some of my own art-shorts (usually doc derrived) thrown in.

Right now I'm working on a piece for Wholphin DVD, and I've finally got footage to start editing again. The project is more of a thought experiment than a documentary video, but it has portions that are doc-like. It's kind of a DVD choose your own adventure with some radical science thrown in. Fun!

Anyway, I thought it was time to say "Hi" again.

Once this piece wraps, I'll be looking for editing work in the bay area again, if someone wants some help, or knows someone that does...

Terri Hartley
Fan

Hi all, I hail from sunny Florida in the states and am currently being cooked alive in Nong Khai, Thailand where I am shooting a doc on volunteerism in this gateway to the Kingdom. I'm here to hopefully get some info that can help me and my crew (that being Me, Myself, and I...we rarely get along). I will also offer up any assistance as I can.

Oh, and I too am a Scorpio, and green just does beat blue for my choice of hue. Though they both are the color of oceans, which I miss. The Meakong just doesn't have the dolphin activity I am used to seeing back home.

Laura Rivera
Fan

Hi: I'm excited to join this community, as I am just starting to get into documentary filmmaking. My partner and I finished a 50-minute doc on gentrification in East Harlem, loosely based around his own family roots in the neighborhood. I work as a news reporter, so I am often telling nonfiction stories, but not in long form and certainly not with the kind of voice you can bring to the documentary form. I'm curious about different shooting styles and types of docs...

Doug Block
Host

Welcome, Terri and Laura. Good to have you join us here.

Terri Hartley
Fan

Hi Mari, sure. I am using two HV20's, I have a couple wide angles and one letus flip (not used it yet because I lack the proper sticks and rail support), and for audio, I have one nice Sennheiser wireless lav, a Rode and an AT shotgun for booming or shockmount. I am shooting this, physically, by myself. So I quite remind myself of those cartoon one-man bands with all this stuff when I am out on the street. Now, where did I leave my accordion? ;-)

Peter Brauer
Pro

It might be okay to try to shoot a film by yourself, but I would recommend finding partners as soon as possible. Filmmaking is a team process, and I have found it nearly impossible to make a film on my own.

Terri Hartley
Fan

Yes, I whole-heartedly agree, Peter. Every other shoot I've ever done has had full crews and support persons. The circumstances around this one were somewhat different, I suppose. Stateside, I had professional gaffers on site as well as professional audio consultation. All post will be done by a team other than myself (thank GOD!) but the Thailand leg of this project is only me. We could not find anyone in short notice who could pack up and come over for six months unpaid. I was coming here to volunteer already after my own job was outsourced to India...so life was already bringing me here.

Anna Wexler
Pro

Hi everyone,
I joined d-word a few months ago, but haven't officially introduced myself yet! My name is Anna Wexler, and I'm a filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH this year.

I've been working on a film called Unorthodox, which follows three rebellious Orthodox Jewish teenagers through a post-high school year in Israel. We (Nadja Oertelt is the co-director/co-producer) are currently in post-production. Last month we finished a 20-min work-in-progress reel.

This is my first major film – my background is actually in neuroscience – and I had absolutely no idea post-production would be this difficult!

If any of you are interested, I maintain a blog on the WGBH site… including a series of posts called “Lessons I’ve Learned (from the mistakes that I’ve made) in Documentary Filmmaking” – here’s the link: http://wgbhlab.wordpress.com/category/filmmakers-in-residence/unorthodox/

Meanwhile, here’s a blurb about Unorthodox. Website is forthcoming.

A year spent in Israel is a rite of passage for most teenagers brought up in the American Modern Orthodox Jewish community: nearly all high school graduates, both religious and non-religious, embark on this journey of spiritual renewal. Anna Wexler, along with fellow filmmaker Nadja Oertelt, set out to follow a new generation of young Jews as they spent their year in Israel. In addition to conventional documentary cinematography shot in the US and in Israel, narration throughout the film weaves Anna’s own story with that of the three subjects. Unorthodox explores the role of society, family and nations in influencing beliefs, the nature of religious metamorphoses, and the border dividing Orthodoxy and mainstream society. Unorthodox is a film that not only documents the unique year in Israel among the American Orthodox Jewish population, but also tells a bigger story —the story of anyone who has ever questioned her most deeply rooted beliefs.

Anyway, glad to meet you all, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about each of you and your work.

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