I certainly demand it.
My name is Ruchi, I love documentary, I want to make documentaries. I'm a student in the Media Studies program at The New School here in NYC and now, happy to be a part of this community. I found you through the strange, but usual, confluence of things. At a talk at school the other day, two filmmakers mentioned Doug Block's 51 Birch Street, and I thought, I'd like to see that. Then the next day I got an email about a screening of the film in my neighborhood. A click on a link, and here I am.
I recently completed a short doc entitled Making the City that showed at the US Super 8 Film and DV Festival. If anyone is interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7XCcKCKu4s
Wow, Ruchi, and here I am. Life sure is strange. Hope I'll get to meet you at the screening on Sunday (if not you can always rent 51 Birch on Netflix). But welcome to The D-Word, regardless.
I just signed up. It's great finding this community. After surfing through several of the forums I'm blown away by the quality of the discussions and the good solid advice being passed around.
While I do have a doc on the back burner – I'm a post-production guy who does a lot of work with documentarians. Doc work is my most satisfying work... and often the most challenging.
I run my own boutique post house in NYC, specializing in Final Cut Studio workflows. I am also the President of The Moving Pictures Collective of NYC ( www.mopictive.org ), which is 501c3 and a D/B/A of the NY FCP User Group. Its mission is educating digital filmmakers through monthly meetings and educational events.
Since I'm a vendor-type guy as it relates to docs, I'll cut short the details of my business life and just say: Thanks for having me! I look forward to helping out when I can. And I'm sure I'll have some questions for all of you!
Good to have you here, Patrick. Glad you found us. Feel free to jump right into the discussions.
I'm a filmmaker from Zimbabwe and I've been in the industry for almost 5 years. I've been researching two docs for about a year now both focusing on our capital city, Harare – one on water and the other on garbage/waste management, both hot topics here. We hope to start shooting in the next couple of weeks.
It's really exciting to find such an incredible resource on the web – thanks so much to all of you D-Worders who make it happen.
Welcome to The D-Word, Patrick and Nigel.
Nigel, you might want to connect to our other man in Harare.
Welcome to Nigel and Patrick. I remember your posts at Creative Cow, Patrick, your expertise is welcomed. As Ben says, you're our second member in Zimbabwe, Nigel, so go out and spread the D-Word!
The hidden section? Oh yes...
Good day to all, I am fuelled! Is that the way I should begin? I have written a book and script which tells true accounts of the wrongs within the justice system. There has been a great deal of interest in hearing this story. Now I am searching for direction as to how to get this very important film out there. After reading many of the posts, I am confident that forum will help me acquire knowledge that will guide me.
...and for now, I thank you
No rules on how to begin, Marian. Good day is as good as any ;-)
Is your script for a fiction film or doc? Is it finished?
In reply to Nigel Hulett's post on Sun 28 Mar 2010 :
(I didn't even tell him about D-word, I swear. I was keeping this secret all to myself.)
Nice work with Mana by the way – Nigel is quietly going about saving our most beautiful National Park from being destroyed.
And he lent me a spare battery and some filters for my recent trip to Mozambique.
And he organised the Age of Stupid screening here.
And other good stuff.
Thanks for the welcome and kind words Ben , John and Simon. Glad to have found the D-Word treasure chest, even though my fellow countryman was keeping it secret!
Hi, I have an idea for a documentary short that has 1st place at Sundance etc written all over it. It's called "The Holy Ark of the Covenant – The Crystal Meth Controversy."
I have been able to prove on paper that the Ark of Covenant (and the Batteries of Baghdad) were used to manufacture amphetamines in a process similar to the way Crystal Meth is produced today. You can read all my evidence here at http://ark-of-the-covenant-crystal-meth.blogspot.com/ to see that I am not kidding around. This is a very real and bonafide Biblical, Archeological, Societal, Anthropological etc bombshell. This information will literally change the way we see the ancient world and just might influence the shape of the modern and future world for all times sake. This discovery is that important.
A little about me. First of all I don't know anything about film making. I have worked before as a production assistant and back ground extra on some feature films before but that certainly has not prepared me for anything quite this spectacular. I do have an associate of arts in creative writing and a diploma in business administration. So, I should be able to pull this off with a little help from an organized producer. What I need is someone who 'sees the light' and really believes in this project for it's cultural significance. But, more importantly I need someone who can make this thing work financially and just get it done and off to the market because I know already this film will be a big hit and very controversial. So, in other words it has what it takes to make it big.
If this sounds like a project you are interested in then just email me and let me know.
I am ready to start work on this anytime.
Norman Christian Hoffmann
Just embarking on a video production of documentary/interview style on material related to machinery and vehicles specifically.
Narrow target market but of great interest to the petrol heads and machinery nuts out there. Think Top Gear and Long way Round.
Hello all. I don't know how the D-Word escaped my grasp thus far. I'm a documentarian lucky enough to be based in Austin, with a sizable and supportive film community including a fairly sized documentary filmmaker cohort.
I've produced a number of "successful" documentary shorts and have been wrestling with my own identity as a documentary filmmaker for too long. I have finally accepted my destiny and the associated constant scrambles for funding.
Have researched for years and just recently started production on a feature documentary about the late Dock Ellis which I am writing, directing and producing. Dock is best known for his LSD inspired baseball no-hitter, but the back story on his life and times is perhaps even more fascinating. If you're curious, subscribe to the @dockumentary twitter feed. We're shooting interviews on DSLR and (despite the constraints) I find it to be a game-changing format for documentarians.
My core interests converge at the intersection of 21st century information architecture and classical ethnographic documentary. I think regularly about applying software development best practices like scheduling and asset management to the documentary sphere; crowd sourcing – funds, transcriptions, animation, and even user-generated content. I like to think about how the iPhone/iPad and mobile devices can be incorporated into documentary production. I also have some some thoughts on the crossover of gaming and documentary film, which I hope to apply to the current project.
Thank you for emailing.
The script is a completed true story dramatic film dating back to 1979, Sexual assault by a uniformed police officer. This was a groundbreaking case that set three precedents and changed law across Canada. There has been great interest in the case that people are getting hold of me and asking an awful lot of questions so I have begun speaking to groups about the legalities and assault of 1979 and the civil suit of 2008.
Some individuals have suggested that I do a documentary first and a film later, anything is possible.
I could go on and on about this – enough about me.
Thank you for asking.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 28 Mar 2010 :
I'm a doc filmmaker and TV doc/series editor (pays the bills) and programmer for a sweet up & coming, invitation-only doc fest I helped create three years ago here in my old hometown of Salem, Massachusetts (I'm back here after 30 yrs in NYC). Since returning, all those juices I put into my doc making have been diverted into community actions and the creation and sustaining of Salem Film Fest. Looking for new inspirations here to re-juice my filmmaking; and wanting to keep my eye on films for year 4 of our fest (March of 2011). We have kind of a different model for our fest – no application fees, and everyone who screens gets an honorarium paid by a sponsoring local business.
welcome joe. sounds like a very refreshing take on film festivals... please, please invite me ;)
Welcome Joe, Marian, Jeffrey, Phil and Norman! Lots of new folks around here. Norman, could this be an explanation for Jesus walking on water?
Hi Joe! Joe directed HAND OF GOD, an amazing doc that played at our festival a few years ago, and won our audience award for best documentary. It's a very compelling and personal look at Catholic Clergy abuse. A timely subject given recent headlines...
All hail the Ashland Indie Fest!!
Funny how the subject of HoG just won't go away, huh? I guess it's clearly no longer an "American problem," which is how the Vatican tried to explain it away before.
Hi, I have been producing and directing documentaries since –can't be true! – the early sixties back in the days when network owned TV stations were fearful enough about losing their valuable franchise on the public airwaves that they put some of their ill gotten gains into what used to be called Public Affairs programming. Was a fantastic opportunity for a guy right out of Journalism school to learn and learn fast. At WCAU in Philadelphia we had a weekly doc series, four major documentary specials a year, three shooters and three editors and won our share of Peabodys, Ohio State, Emmys and film festival awards. Moved on to Westinghouse station in San Francisco to head up a four man unit that produced four or five documentaries a year, where I got my first Steenbeck editing experience. Since then spent too many years producing and directing syndicated magazine formats with doc segments and couple of reality based kids shows for syndication and PBS.
Couple of years ago formed JC Productions, fancy name for a one man band, writer-producer-director, DV shooting, Premiere and Avid editing – producing affordable short documentaries for non profits like the Salvation Army and Make a Wish group Sunshine Kids Foundation and non profit housing developers.
Right now taking a big leap, self financing a process documentary on a LA African American Dance Company's production of a ballet based on Laurence Dunbar poem about having to "Wear the Mask" to get by in the white world.
Exploring non profit status thru the IDA but finding funders is a whole new ballgame to me, love to find a co producer who is a pro.
Welcome aboard the good ship D-Word, Jim, and good luck with your funding.
Hi, I'm Marina, and I'm a producer in Brazil. Now I'm producing a documentary film wich has footage in Lima, Peru; Washington and Michigan, US. Wolud like to recive informations about procedures filming in these cities. Mainly about Temporary Importation, because of the equipaments My directors will take.
Hey D-Word types,
I just joined up after leaving my job as a Interactive Creative Director in advertising. My background is in documentary film making and motion graphics. I've got lots of ideas in the works and am writing proposals and treatments like crazy right now. I am really interested in the potential of interactive, non-linear story telling in documentary. If you are into the interactive possibilities as well, hit me up. Interactive story telling is the wild west right now and anything can happen. I'd love to kick ideas around.