Welcome Kali and Bridget. Great to have you both here with us. Bridget, easier to give advice if you have specific questions. Feel free to ask them in the Mentoring Room topic.
My name is Nick Bygon and while I am new to the film world I have an extensive background in art. You can view my artwork on my flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/nickbygon My main interest in film came after I researched the spectatorship or audience relation to paintings over time. The conclusion I came to was that at one point in time individuals viewed paintings for extensive intervals of time where they would contemplate its deeper meanings but in the 21st century you are lucky if you can even get someone to look at a painting. In the 21st century films had adopted that space in time, at least for most individuals and because of that I changed my major. My goal is to speak to people in the hopes of engaging them about the pressing issues that are at stake in our day to day activities.
One thing that I am struggling with and hope to get some feedback and guidance from all of you is what should I major in? I have a 4.0gpa and have a good list of resume items to transfer from my community college but I am not certain what programs are the best to take. I have seen that a lot of documentary film makers majored in english, philosophy or journalism and I just want to pick the best programs and the best schools to apply to and any help with that process would be greatly appreciated.
Hello, again, I was away from this site for a while. Here I am again.
I am storyteller living in LA, I write, I produce, I direct and sometimes I do camera and edition as well. Not new for anyone of us here that has multiple hats.
I have a doc short accepted to be screen at La short films and I am looking for help in advices about transfer. I need to give them a HD cam copy. Is a 3.25 minutes short, I wonder where can I do it that in an affordable rate. I am based on LA but I am in Maine for the following 2 weeks Maybe I can send the short on the web to someone that can make the proper tape in other location. Help!!!
Hello, My name is Joe. I have always been very into films, especially documentary films. I never thought I would be one to actually create one, but after some major issues came about in my life I thought it was something worth documenting. My sister who after a long bout with pancreatic cancer decided to use the death with dignity law available in Oregon. I was with her thru this process, and was asked to film it. However after reviewing the footage and its personal nature, I have been struggling with how to move forward. I have no professional film experience and no ties with anyone who does. All I have is some very powerful and personal footage of something I think should be shared. So figured some guidance with some people who have dealt with making documentaries of a personal nature would be helpful. Sorry for the long winded introduction.
Well, now what?
Hello folks. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, three kids, two birds, and one freak dog named Smudge. We have a documentary production company, New Animal Productions (note – our site hasn't been updated for some time and I blame Smudge).
We're working on our latest film and should be finished, scratch that, it WILL be finished in August. In fact the edit dungeon beckons.
over and out
Greetings, Seth, Joe, Florencia and Nick.
Nick, hard to advise you on a major. But there are some schools with renowned doc programs, like Stanford, Duke and Temple, as well as up and comers like the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
Florencia, D-Worder Eli Brown can probably help you out.
Joe, as someone who's made personal docs, I can say firsthand they're very difficult to pull off successfully (especially without any filmmaking experience). And you have the further problem that there's a great new doc on the subject, HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, that was at Sundance and has gotten a lot of attention. However, if you're really intent on making it, this might help.
Now back to the dungeon one and all ;-)
Hey everybody, my name's Aaron and I live in San Francisco. I have a long time background with computers, software development, and video production. During the day, I design and make software for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), but in my spare time I'm trying to make a feature-length documentary about Peak Oil, The Postmodern Condition, and how we need to change the way we address problems in order to coherently address our current energy crisis. I'd like to work on this documentary full-time, but until I secure funding I can't quit my day job.
This is my first feature-length anything and I'm planning on distributing my documentary entirely online. I am also creating an iPhone app that viewers can download after watching the film that will help them take action to reduce their energy consumption and encourage local and sustainable living.
I have a strong editing background using Final Cut Pro, and I think I'm the only one that's really excited about Final Cut Pro X :D
I'd love to meet people that are more experienced with filmmaking, and more specifically, the logistical aspects of putting together a documentary (funding, booking interviews, acquiring licensing rights for music, etc.). I'd also like to meet some great writers!
Welcome to The D-Word, Aaron. I'm sure you've seen A Crude Awakening and are going to do something different?
In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Tue 28 Jun 2011 :
Thanks Ben! I have seen A Crude Awakening and I loved it. However, a lot has changed since it came out in 2006. In addition to that, I want to directly address the the subject of The Postmodern Condition and how it affects the way people address the problem of peak oil.
I also want to make a point of not appealing to sensationalism, while still making the subject matter approachable and interesting. I feel most films that address peak oil try to sensationalize it so it sounds like the world is ending, when in reality, we are transitioning to a much simpler form of living. Michael Ruppert's Collapse is a good example of a film that I feel was overtly trying to communicate a catastrophic message.
While we do have very serious problems to address, we need to address those issues in a holistic and rational way as fear will only bring chaos.
I've been in TV for 13 years and gravitating toward the technical side, hoping and trying feverishly to get back to a creative place. I am currently a broadcast engineer at CNN and do a lot of web videos and live streaming on the side to stay sharp. I have a strong editing background and I've done just about every job in television from writing and producing to audio, graphics, shooting and field engineering.
I'm looking forward to meeting more of you, contributing to the conversation and ultimately I really do hope to work on some films.
Welcome, Scott. Upgraded you to professional status since you obviously qualify – and it's easier than giving you instructions on how to do it.
Hey Doug – thanks so much. Loved 51 Birch Street. Glad to be getting involved in here finally. Ran into some friends at Silverdocs that definitely get a lot of the group and decided it was time. I also keep tuned in on Doculink. Lots of great resources.
Thanks again and looking forward to the conversation.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 27 Jun 2011 :
Yes we had actually watched it together. It was one of the reasons we decided to move forward with the project. Things are actually getting rolling with it now though, Will keep you all posted as it goes forward. Thanks for link. I greatly value your opinions on the subject. I very much enjoyed "51 birch st" and "The kids grow up". To make two docs about such personal info, AND make them good, is no easy task. Thanks again.
My name is Andy. I'm pretty good with DSLRs, final cut, and generally getting stuff together. I graduated last December from Georgia State with a major in film/video and minor in history. I'm looking to get a documentary web series about living in Atlanta then and now – kind of like a super-localized travel show with an emphasis on culture and history. That's my main focus but I always have other ideas on the back burner.
I'm slowly building my gear. I have a rebel t2i and some vintage lenses. It was hard to lose the access to university equipment, but I was hired by the university upon graduation – so I'm trying to find a way to get my hands on the stuff again.
I'd love to hear from fellow doc enthusiasts from the south – AND EVERYWHERE ELSE!
Get in touch with me at:
tadeloach (at) gmail dot com
Welcome, Andy. While you don't have a lot of professional experience, I'd still recommend you register for professional status here, which will give you access to all 50 discussion topics.
so great to be here and to have found this great page through my documentary friend Line. I am a documentary film maker based in Berlin.
I am so much looking for new ideas in: how produce films and I am so tired of hearing... â€žthis is not possibleâ€œ. I have the feeling that D-Word is an enthusiastic community of people who want to bring projects further and who love what they are doing.
I have been directing 3 one hour documentaries. The last one was â€žShosholoza Expressâ€œ which successfully ran on many festival around the world.
I grew up in South Africa that shaped my later life as a documentary film maker a lot.
Further I am very interested in the whole crowd funding topic, where I also started a new project on, called â€žRestlessâ€œ. A film about my generation of women turning 30! Please check it http://www.indiegogo.com/RESTLESS.
I am looking forward to share lots of ideas with the community.
My contact: info(at)beamoeller-film.com
Welcome to The D-Word, Beatrice. As luck would have it, I'll be in Berlin from July 17 to 23. Showing my last two docs at Arsenal on the 17th and 18th (with my ZDF/Arte commissioning editors doing Q&A's with me) and speaking at AG Dok on the 20th. So hopefully I'll get to meet you in person.
i'm a DIY documentary filmmaker and just started production on a social issue documentary about higher education reform [www.elephantoncampus.com].
how great. Would be good to meet you in person. Will make sure that I am there. Ohterwise, if you have time, we can meet for a coffee. Let me know: info(at)beamoeller-film.com
Hi Michael, welcome.....I will check out your website, sounds interesting!
I thought I would re-introduce myself briefly, since I haven't been around in over a year.
My name is Jason Caminiti, I made a Documentary a number of years ago called Pawtucket Rising (www.pawtucketrising.info) which played on RIPBS. You can view the entire doc on my page through Vimeo.
Currently, I have been thinking about working on a documentary that I had the idea for during my work on Pawtucket Rising. Unfortunately, now that I have made a documentary, I know what work really needs to go into it. This makes me extremely worried about starting a new project. But, I figured I'd come here for some encouragement and comiseration.
Hope to see you all in the forums!
DON'T DO IT, JASON! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Welcome back and remember that procrastinating on The D-Word is almost as good as actually making a documentary. And much less expensive. Good luck!
Lol! Thanks for the sage words of advice. BTW. I've been wanting to see your new doc, is it still making the circuit, or is it out on DVD yet?
As a matter of fact, THE KIDS GROW UP comes out on dvd next week, July 19. Includes 4 dvd extras with 45 minutes of bonus material. And you can pre-order it now!
Wait, is this the Shameless Self-Promotion topic?
I'm new here. I am an artist-curator-librarian who is currently working on a documentary film about Joybubbles – a blind phone phreak (telephone hacker). I made an audio documentary collage of sorts on the subject, which anybody can listen to over the phone at 718-362-9578.
I'm here seeking general advice about doc filmmaking for newbies.
My first question has to do with legal stuff. Is there a good general template out there for interviewees to sign – granting me permission to use them in my doc, for promotion, etc.?
I'm also wondering if there are any organizations out there that are more likely than others to give money to emerging filmmakers like myself?
Another newbie here.
After years of toiling cutting indy features, editing series TV (Numb3rs), I returned to my first love, docs, three years ago. Since then I've cut a doc feature on the Dalai Lama (Dalai Lama Renaissance), directed and edited my first doc feature (HomeGrown) and cut a biopic of the Native American leader Dennis Banks (A Good Day to Die)
I look forward to learning and sharing with ya'll!
My name is Melissa Silvestri. I was Assistant Editor for Filmmaker Magazine for two years, and have covered independent film for several film websites, including IONCinema, Cinespect, Women & Hollywood, Dance on Camera Journal, and Film Monthly. I truly enjoy writing about documentary films, because there is so much depth in topics that aren't as well-known to the public.
Currently I am working as a freelance writer, and am looking into doing transcribing jobs, such as transcribing from audio interviews. I am so interested as well in getting to know filmmakers and possibly covering them for future stories.
Rachael, I really liked your website, especially the 20 Things About Me part. That is cool that you are a librarian! I'm interested in being an archival assistant, but a few librarians advised me against getting an MLS degree, saying too many libraries are in trouble these days to make the investment for one.
Welcome to The D-Word, Rachael, Robert, and Melissa!
Phone hacking... how topical!
Welcome, everybody :)
My name is Bonnie Friedman and I just completed my first doc. It was a total labor of love and the process keeps me sane while working my "day" job. I now need guidance on the business side of things and hope to find that here.
Welcome Bonnie. Just ask away in the Mentoring Room .
My name is Andrew James. I co-directed a documentary called CLEANFLIX which had a pretty decent festival run last year. It premiered at TIFF in 2009 and screened at a bunch of other festivals. Its about the movie sanitizing industry (which started in Utah) and the Mormon culture which created it and supported it. We are working on a small distribution deal right now.
I'm currently working on a new project about how people are adapting to post-industrial spaces in Detroit. We are taking a direct cinema approach. No interviews. No graphics. No voice over. The subjects never even break the fourth wall. The working title of the film is STREET FIGHTING MAN. We are shooting with the 7D.
I'm happy to be here, looking forward to connecting with other filmmakers, and excited to take part in the sharing of ideas.
In reply to Andrew James Schleiffarth's post on Mon 25 Jul 2011 :
Welcome, Bonnie and Andrew....
Hello everyone â€“ I joined D-word a few days ago after meeting Doug in Berlin. It seems to be a great network! I just finished my third feature documentary with Eric Black, â€œHeart of Sky, Heart of Earthâ€ after wonderful 13 months living and filming with the Maya in Mexico and Guatemala (and a few difficult years of financing and post productionâ€¦). The film will have a theatrical release in Germany on November 17. In this world of vanishing documentary slots on television and after some negative experiences with world sales agents, I am especially looking forward to discussing new ways of distribution.
Kind regards, Frauke
Welcome to The D-Word, Frauke! Meeting you and Eric last week was a real highlight of my week in Berlin, so it's great that we'll get to see each other here from time to time. Or maybe we can lure you to join us in NYC on Aug 11 for The D-Word's 12th birthday bash ;-)
Dear Doug, August 11 is also Eric's birthday AND the beginning of the ancient Mayan calendar... But unfortunately I'm afraid we won't make it to NY so soon...
Ok, nice excuses so we'll let you off this time. Just two words for you: Film Forum. And two others: Fingers crossed.
Great to see all these introductions. Right now I guess I don't have too much to say about myself, but I have worked in production for a few years, now. I love storytelling, educating, and allowing people to tell their stories.
Right now, I am looking at creating a transmedia project that would be ongoing. I just need to get things ready to apply for grants. So, if you have any suggestions, please throw them my way.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 26 Jul 2011 :
Isn't The D-Word's birthday in September?
Hello all – I am film composer who was introduced to D-Word by friends at the 2011 Silverdocs Festival, where my film, "Long Way Home: The Loving Story" was screening with HBO. Feel free to give a shout out if there is anything I can help you with on the musical front. I will be at the party tonight and am very much looking forward to meeting you all. My D-Word link is here:
David, terrific to see you here. It was great to make your acquaintance at Silverdocs – and as I told you then, I think the music for The Loving Story plays an eloquent, effective role in a very powerful film.
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In reply to Frauke Sandig's post on Tue 26 Jul 2011 :
Frauke and Eric are fine filmmakers. Congratulations on the new film and welcome to The D-Word...
And keep us posted on your progress, Frauke. Did you ever hear from the Film Forum?
So nice to hear from you, John and Doug!
We haven't tried the film forum yet, but will be in New York for a few days in September...
Email me, Frauke, and let me know your dates. Would be nice to meet up again, if you'll have the time.
I'm a long time camera man with experience working on a handful of documentaries. I'm living in the Republic of Panama for the next few months but will return to the states and enter grad school seeking an MFA in documentary issues. I'm writing, photographing, and supporting the research of my girlfriend, a sociologist here in Panama.
Welcome aboard, Joe. Good to have you here.
Hello! I'm a beginner filmmaker. I'm working on a feature length film, 'Army of the Unemployed'(working title, a film by Immy Humes) as an associate producer. Recently I moved to New York from South Korea and just finished film school course here. During the course I had great experience to make short doc films in totally new place. Still I have interesting stories to tell so I'm trying to survive here as a filmmaker. I used to work mostly by myself like shooting, editing and producing. So I look forward to chances to collaborate with great people.
Greetings and welcome, Lahoe. Immy's great, you're lucky to be working with her.
Thank you Doug! Immy just asked me tell you 'You're the best!!!':)
I recently completed my first documentary short entitled "Porters on the Stone of God". The film focuses on the social justice issues surrounding the tourism and mountaineering industries on Mt. Kilimanjaro. My fellow producer and I shot the film on a very small grant, but we are now gearing up for festival submissions. I'm new at this so I would appreciate any input. We recently launched the film on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/27746760.
Looking forward to getting to know the community here.
Hi, folks! Just wanted to drop a line and introduce myself to you. I'm a documentary filmmaker who moved this past month from Los Angeles to New York City (clearly, the most timely of moves :-) I've recently completed work on my first feature, "Tales of the Waria"– an ITVS-funded project that follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country. The film's making its way around the festival circuit right now and will be airing on PBS next spring.
When not working on my own projects, I freelance as a shooter on other independent docs and TV docu-series. If youâ€™re in need of a shooter with a strong producing background, please feel free to contact me. Hope to meet some of you in the area real soon!
Welcome to The D-Word, Kathy. So you're the one causing all these "events", eh?
Welcome to the cult, Kathy. I can't wait to see your film (everyone else should, too), and you again for that matter. Apply to Full Frame and I'll buy that beer I owe you.
HI this is kesang, a Documentary film maker. Currently am working on a documentary titled "She Speaks"( actually it was my thesis project).Its about Women in Bhutan(Have you heard of it?)and why women in Bhutan pray/desire to be reborn as men in their next life! despite being in a matriach country.I want to make it into a bigger production, hence looking for co-producer who can help me financially.Also looking for grants...
Nice to have you join us, Kesang. A co-producer who can help you financially is a nice wish. Generally it's you who helps a co-producer financially.
Thanks Dough! i didnt know that!!! well that means i guess i should concentrate more on my grants. Any way thanks for the warm welcome, i look forward to interacting with you more.
Hi my name is Joe, I'm in the development stage of my first feature length documentary.
Howdy and welcome, Joe. Both you and Kesang would do well to read some of the back posts in our Finding Funding topic.
Documentary filmmaker here out of Seattle. My producing partner Karina Whitmarsh referred me to this site. We're currently in production for a documentary about up and coming MMA fighters in Bremerton, WA and the surrounding area.
Look for our work in the coming months; Here's a taste – http://vimeo.com/27974239
Welcome, Dan. You should feel free to register for professional status here.
My name is rich lerner, I am a longtime documentary dp and film maker. I was recommended to the site by Jill Morley. My web site is richlernercine.com. The latest doc I shot is about health care reform and will air on PBS in 2012. I also have experience in features and music.
Welcome to The D-Word, rich.
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Welcome to The D-Word, Rich & Jessica.
Jessica, this is where we introduce ourselves to fellow filmmmakers – please note our FAQ
Do not use The D-Word only to pitch your product or service. Feel free to recommend products and services in the course of conversation, but do not offend other users by coming in only to sell something.
You have also made multiple posts advertising your services in Public Classifieds – another rule is not to double post. As you're new here we'll let it stand, but please don't make it a regular habit.
BTW is that a photo of you ?
I am a newbie video editor who has been tasked with cutting (and crafting) a doc about the illuminati. The footage I have so far is just interviews with 5 different 'experts'. There is about 12 or so hours of the interviews. The director wants the doc to be 3 hours, but I'm thinking there is only enough good stuff to make 2 hours.
I am having trouble with organizing all the footage, and figuring out how to craft the doc for a target audience. There is not too much new info in there, so I am looking to target people who don't know much about the illuminati. Luckily (in a demographic sense) this is most everyone on Earth. The Director is pretty inexperienced (though more experienced than I) and has basically handed the project over to me. He doesn't have a clear vision of the project, and wants me to figure it out.
This is all pretty daunting, but the challenge is exciting. I am thinking I will probably learn more about what not to do than what to do in this experience although that is not a very positive outlook.
If anyone has any advice for me I would much appreciate it! Please message me here, or my email is positivecontact (at) inoutbox.com
Not too sure what to put here, but thought it would be rude not to introduce myself.
I'm to about to embark on making my first documentary film, after really enjoying devising a couple of documentary theatre pieces at uni.
The site was recommended to me in the book I'm reading at the moment, book and site very useful so far!
I have been a Director/Cameraman in NYC for almost 35 years growing up with the video industry. After all this time I recently completed my first feature-length documentary which will be premiering at the Boston Film Festival on September 19, 2011.
It's called GIVE ME A SHOT OF ANYTHING: HOUSE CALLS TO THE HOMELESS. The documentary provides a uniquely intimate view into the world of the homeless and the people that care for them. The film follows Boston street doctor Jim Oâ€™Connell and his extraordinary team as they make house calls to the homeless, delivering life-saving medical care and offering their patients a chance to feel whole again. It challenges us to look past the existing prejudices we may have, and examines how we as a society treat our least fortunate. http://www.givemeashotofanything.com/
I'm very proud and excited about this movie and came to this site seeking advice about festivals, marketing, promotion and outlets. The festival is only a few days away so any thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you. jeffschwartz (at) primaluxvideo.com
Welcome, Jennifer, Pippa and Jeff.
Jennifer, first thing I'd do is have a long talk with your director and make sure you have the same vision for the film. Frankly, someone who thinks there's a 3-hour doc to be made from 12 hours of interviews with so-called experts is completely deluded.
Pippa, are you talking about the Michael Rabiger book? It's a great one, for sure.
And Jeff (who I go way back with), great to see you here! And congrats on getting your feature completed, that's fantastic. I highly recommend you look over the back posts in our Festivals and Marketing/Distribution topics. You'll get lots of great advice there. And of course feel free to post any questions. Best of luck, my friend.
After watching "The Kids Grow Up" on HBO,(and getting quite emotional, having two grown up daughters myself) I googled you and was led to the D-Word. It is so nice to see what you have done with this site and the films you have made. Congratulations! Hope to see you soon. And now to those back posts!
Thanks, Jeff. I imagine you must have quite an archive of home footage yourself.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 14 Sep 2011 :
Hi Doug, thanks for your post :)
Researching how much footage is usually needed opened my eyes to the reality, although the director wants the documentary to be a similar style to 'The Fog of War' which I believe was put together from less than 10 hours of interviews with McNamara.
Talking at length with the director is needed, thanks for reinforcing that :)
Jennifer, this should go to the Mentoring Room. But you didn't say anything about fleshing out the interviews with other footage, so that wasn't clear. Nevertheless, your director is no Errol Morris.