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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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Leonard Lopez

Thank you John, this is the type of advice and guidance I was hoping and looking forward to. I guess we have broken the ice with our non-verbal protocol

Will follow your advice.

Leonard.In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :

Daniel Sharon

Hi all,
I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I absolutely love documentary film and am trying to put myself in a position to learn more about this passion. However, I work full time to pay the bills and the jobs / internships I have found conflict with my Monday through Friday work schedule. How can I find something with a flexible schedule that will allow to pursue my dream without going broke?

John Gyovai

Just plan on going broke, makes life easier.

NYC has lots of opportunities. Take money off the table and give your time, work your way up, meet some people and find your place. Try and make some friends on d-word. Doc people drop the egos at the door and are generally pretty great people. Welcome!

Jason Perdue

But if anyone can answer his question, I'm all ears... And already broke.

Tom Dziedzic

I prefer to not call it "broke" but "financially challenged,"

Dino Reyes

Hi everyone! Whew! I'm here... My name is Dino Reyes and on occasion, when I'm inspired, I make films. I'm completely self taught and started making films when I was 8 years old. I have directed theater, shot a few shorts & music videos and I am getting close to completing my largest documentary project to date, Andy Paris: Bubblegum King.

I look forward to digitally mingling with such an impressive cast of film professionals and I hope to learn and share knowledge on the best way to help get a doc out there into the world.


Doug Block

Greetings, Dino. Nice to have you here with us.

Karen Torres

Hey film makers. I'm an "enthusiast" now but with the hope of ultimately becoming more. I'm attempting to produce my first documentary so sorry if I don't have much to add yet but I'm excited to learn from you all.

Doug Block

Hey Karen, great to see you made it here. Now you have to take the next step and register for full membership ...

Might amuse you to know I posted my Packer speech in the Doc Bar & Grill last week and it got quite the reaction. For D-Worders who hang out in virtual bars, Karen is the one who hired me to give the speech.

Ellen Brodsky

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 : Hi Ted, Have you bumped in Dunya Alwan who is one of the founders of Birthright Unplugged? She and I co-produced a short doc years ago before she started this non-profit which brings North Americans on tour of the occupation in the West Bank. They also take Palestinian refugees on tours of their ancestral villages and holy sites. SHe has done some work on a doc as well.

Caitlin Brown

Hi all, I'm a recent graduate of NYU's journalism school where my studies focused on documentary film. I just finished a thirty minute short about a day care facility that's housed in a home for the elderly. I'm applying to festivals now and learning as I go.

Doug Block

Nice to have you here, Caitlin, and welcome to The D-Word. And to the real world, I guess.

Ted Nieters

In reply to Ellen Brodsky's post on Mon 15 Mar 2010 :

Ellen, no I haven't. She lives in the West Bank? Birthright Unplugged sounds very interesting and I'd love to talk to her more so if you could please send me her contact info that would be great. Maybe I could get together with her next time I'm on the other side. Thanks

Alex Beckstead

Hi all. Just referred to this community by another member. I'm a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on public television and in various film festivals. Mostly I just get more excited about the possibilities of a great story and the process of putting it together than I get discouraged by everything else that goes along with this beloved process. Hoping to maintain that.

Looking forward to digging through what's been said here, and contributing where I can ...

Doug Block

Welcome aboard, Alex. I see that it was the great Eddie Marritz who told you about us. Can't get a better reference than that.

Michael Leclair

Hi everyone,
Just found you guys and looking forward to learning from you and offering my advice. First question – I've got a bunch of old b & w photos that I'm planning to use in my next documentary. Any suggestions as to how best to scan these to my hard drive and at what ppi for best quality?

Ben Kempas

Michael – Welcome to The D-Word. This topic is really for introductions, so I'll keep the answer brief:

As higher resolution means better results but considerably longer processing times, requirements for scanning really depend on the size of the original photos and the magnification to which you wish to electronically "zoom" into them later on. So my recommendation would be to do a test run of the whole process with just a few photos scanned with various resolutions, and you'll see what you need.

More questions? Enthusiasts can post them in our Mentoring Room .

Wade Kimbrough

Hi Everyone!!

I am an aspiring filmmaker who just found out about this site from a fellow member. I am really interested in new models for marketing, distribution, financing, micro-financing, crowdsourcing, social media, transmedia, and all other aspects of film that are rapidly changing due to the internet. I understand that what I have just mentioned encapsulates much more than just documentary filmmaking, however, it has really been the documentary filmmakers who have been most successful at this (i.e. Robert Greenwald, Sandi Dubowski, etc. etc.).

I am hoping to find some great information on these forums about these topics. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Specifically, I am interested in marketing/promoting videos on YouTube. I recently created a video for a non-profit for which we acquired sponsorship based on the amount of views that we get. The more views=the more donated.

While this video is not a documentary I think it illustrates (along with Pink Glove Dance) a form of altruistic advertising or in essence the most micro way in which to finance a project. Specifically, by donating time people can fund a cause/film.

Here is a link to the project that I just launched:

If it is not ok that I posted this because it is not a Doc. Please flag/remove my post and I will post again without the link.

Once again any feedback on promoting/marketing YouTube videos would be greatly appreciated!!!!


Ben Kempas

Wade, there's plenty to wade through here (sorry, couldn't resist) especially in the Archived Topics (featuring Dubowski etc.) – you could read for weeks on end.

Can't watch your clip right now but it's perfectly acceptable to post a non-documentary link. Our regime isn't that tough. :-)

And welcome to The D-Word! So, who else is lurking out there?