Welcome, Jonathan. You should also consider registering for Professional status here. It allows you to gain access to all 50 discussion topics.
Hello, all – Kathlyn Horan here. I'm a filmmaker and photographer living in Los Angeles. I've been working on a prison based documentary for the past three years called The IF Project. More info here, www.theifproject.com. I have just finished my pitch reel and am on the hunt for finishing funds and a stellar editor. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Evidently I'm not alone in skipping the intro section and moving straight to posting!... But better late than never, right?
I run a nonprofit called Art With Impact that works to directly link the power of film with opportunities for people to get engaged in social issues they care about. We are a new organization (just now entering our second year) and are learning a lot as we go. I look forward to learning from the filmmakers on this list how we can best serve independent film makers, and get their work out to interested/engaged folks around the U.S.!
An official welcome, Cary. Ditto to Kathlyn, who we hope will register for professional status since you obviously qualify as a professional.
My name's Mike Shen. I'm an Avid and Final Cut Pro editor based in Oakland, California. I've done tons of work for Current TV, in addition to shows for PBS, HBO, NY Times Television, and National Geographic. I'm looking forward to meeting other filmmakers and being part of this community. Thanks to all, especially Doug and co. for creating this site.
Welcome, Mike. Good to have you here.
My name is Maysam Akbarin. I am a Software Engineer based in Alabama. I have done close to nothing in this field( actually nothing ! ) .
However, I have some ideas for a documentary. But before I do anything I want to start learning about how to make one first then see how things goes from there.
Greetings, Maysam. For starters, you might want to look at some of the archived discussions we've hosted here (they're listed at the bottom of our homepage). Even though some took place years ago, they're still quite relevant. And it's like having a mini-tutorial on documentary producing and practices.
You might also enjoy the films listed in our Recommended Docs Topic
I joined because I was on a desperate search for your movie "Home Page". I watched it in class led by Professor Peggy Vail at Columbia University a couple years back (and you visited as well!) – I was completely awestruck. I had forgotten what the internet used to be like, (or did not realize, at the time, that the advent of the world wide web used to be populated with such strange and "new" things) in the 90s.
And now, I want to watch the movie again, somehow, but there doesn't seem to be any place selling, renting, or streaming the movie.
If you know where I could get a hold of a copy, please let me know!
Yeah, my apartment. On vhs. The good news is I'm hoping to do a digital release at some point this year.
But why worry about what the internet used to be like? You're on The D-Word, Patrick. This is where the internet is at right now!
True, but sometimes you need to know the past to understand the present. Also, I just really enjoyed your movie, that's all! Hopefully it will be digitally released – let me know when it does. I'll be jumping on it.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Wed 22 Feb 2012 :
Sure thing. Better yet, if you send me an email as a reminder, I can put you on my mailing list and let you know when it's available. doug(at)d-word(dot)com
Hello All, I am a doc film producer and made 3 films a few years ago, one that I had commercially picked up (it dealt with terrorism). While I had no professional (publicist) help, I managed to get into a few film festivals, but really found the "public eye" through the news/media, who wanted to use my footage...which I gave them freely of course. This said, I have joined some friends in post production of their film, which deals with the Middle East but a past snapshot in history...dealing with a peace treaty/Carter Admin. I have been working on getting us into film fests – NOT for the sake of winning prizes, but simply for getting "seen"...I know the "big mainstream" ones, a few which we have already been accepted to, but I was hoping to hear from ANY of you in this Forum about some other "more obscure" ones. Can anyone tell me about the Maine Int'l Film Fest and the Pittsburgh Independent Film Fest? Thanks!
I should have included my email address for feedback from ANY of you. My personal one is: LMagnas(at)gmail(dot)com
I'm the person asking about the 2 films fests (Maine and Pittsburgh) – thanks again!
I just completed my first doc called Casting By which is about the range of influence that casting has had on film history. I have a few questions about how to sequence our credits for the locked cut..is there a 'standard' as to the placement of Director, Producer etc cards or is it entirely up to us? Thanks!
Joanna (at) filmsocial (dot) biz
Welcome to The D-Word, Joanna. I'm fascinated by casting so can't wait to see your doc! Please keep us posted on when and where we can see it.
As to your question, it's always up to you, but if you want to learn what's standard I'd simply watch a few other documentaries and see how they do it.
If the credits are at the beginning, it generally ends with Produced by and Directed by. If at the end, it begins with Directed by and then Produced by.
Thanks for the welcome and the suggestions!
Hello everyone, I am an audio engineer that has worked on documentaries and other post audio projects. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know if you needed any help of info about sound i would love to help!
Hi, I've edited many many hour-long documentaries for French TV, and am currently working on my third one as a director (rÃ©alisatrice). The economic crunch is pretty disheartening right now. Would like to stay in touch with other professionals, share information, develop international potential for our films.
My current project is a portrait of an amazing artist who spent over 10 years doing the reproduction of the prehistoric Lascaux caves.
I am Zeljko Mirkovic awarded documentary director/producer, owner of the Optimistic film.
Hi everyone, my name is Anthony Rydzon but my friends call me Tony. I'm a documentary film producer, director, and writer living and working in Chicago IL. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas, making new 'Doc-Head' friends, learning from some of the best and brightest minds in the doc film community today, helping other filmmakers by passing along information to screenings or crowd-sourcing links, bouncing around new ideas with you guys in the discussion rooms, and whole lot more too.
Whew, I shouldn't have had that last cup of coffee!
Currently, I am working on my first feature length doc,"Finding Vivian Maier", a story about a "French-American" nanny who took over 100k photographs of people she encountered in the streets she walked in both NYC and Chicago- all the while keeping her passion and skill a secret till her death in 2007, when her archive of black and white negatives went to auction and was purchased by a young man living in Chicago's north side. You can learn more about the story at www.VivianMaier.com
Production is moving right along.
I also ran a successful Kickstarter campaign with my friend and director of the film and was selected to pitch at HocDoc's 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
Thanks everyone for giving me the opportunity to say hi and inviting me into your community. I promise to upload a profile pic soon and feel free to email me here or at mmadocfilms AT yahoo! Cheers!
Wow, a wave of newbies today. Justin, Constance, Zeljko and Anthony, a warm welcome to you all!
Hellooooo documentary community
my name is Victoria and I have completed one feature length doc. titled 'House of BOnes' on my family and a house. I am currently enrolled in the SVA MFA doc. program which is a wonderful program thus far. Have been learning a great deal. HAve some projects in the works and trying to finish a small film I am making on a neighborhood in port-au -prince. HAve been going there over the last 3 years since earthquake. I'm in NYC and delighted I finally signed up to be part of this. Hi D.
And we're equally delighted, make that even MORE delighted, to have you joining our virtual doc shindig, Victoria.
Having been one of the lucky duckies to have seen "House of BOnes," (I'll spell it your way, it's more fun) I can attest to the enormous talent of Ms. Campbell.
However, one demerit for posting a photo so dark we can barely see ya.
Hiya, my name is Tessa! I'm Belgian and currently working as an executive producer on a film noir about time travel in Venezuela. More than the scifi aspect, we focus on the Cuban exiles in Venezuela and the issues of dealing with a constantly changing environment, both as an immigrant and a timetraveller. As a setting we decided to use downtown Valencia (VE), to put the old colonial houses in a bit of a different light. This is our Prezi: http://prezi.com/fafeiphjnbx0/almost-midnight/
Seeing Casi Medianoche (Almost Midnight) is my first production, I joined D-Word to learn, look, read and discuss. I look forward to meeting people here!
Greetings, Tessa, it's great to have Venezuela represented here. Glad you found us, even if you seem to be working more in the fiction than doc world. Do you have a film background or do you come to film from another path?
Someone who had been giving me advise on legal matters, told me about D-Word. I myself come from a completely different background. I worked for a while as an assistant in training and education, than did my masters in education. After univ, I met an old friend from Venezuela who was assembling a team to make this movie... I happily jumped at the opportunity and left for South-America.
Both of us are interested in a variety of topics, so joining D-Word is a logical choice for me. My partner has done an as yet unpublished documentary for the Venezuelan state. We've been designing (and dreaming about) about doing a documentary on teaching workers in heavy industry about film, an emancipatory project... but at the moment, our fiction film takes up all of our time.
Well, any friend of Richard Lee's is a friend of ours. We've upgraded you to Professional status so you can take better advantage of all the different discussion topics in here. Hope you find it helpful and best of luck on your film.
Thank you very much Doug!
Hi everyone! Am a Canadian documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, currently based out of Liberia, West Africa (where I've worked for much of the past three years). Although the majority of my film work has included pieces commissioned by NGOs, I have also completed a couple of independent documentaries, and am currently working on a third – a short to be filmed in Monrovia next month.
As I often work solo or with a small crew, I've had experience in most areas of production and post-production – and currently shoot with a couple of Sony HVR-A1s and edit with FCP. Working across West Africa and mainly in post-conflict countries, I'm used to dealing with somewhat difficult filming conditions – charging cameras off generators or car batteries, building makeshift 'sound rooms' in closets, cursing humidity's effects on electronics, etc. As you might guess, I don't have access to a lot of fellow filmmakers where I am, so I'm very excited to be able to join this community, and look forward to following along with the discussions. And of course if anyone is keen on projects in my part of the world, would always love to hear from you!
You're very welcome, Arwen. The D-Word is here 24/7, so do check in regularly.
Welcome, Arwen! Lucky you to be in Africa. I love the nature and the colors there (more the plants part of nature than the insects part though!)
Glad you found your way here, Arwen. Welcome to The D-Word.
I am new to this forum. I have been producing segments on the kiteboarding community in New England and I am looking for help in reaching a Cable Television audience with these engaging films. Also I enjoy editing other people's films, my portfolio can be viewed at DunoyerFilms.com
Welcome, Jean. Hope you'll find it helpful here.
Hi my name is Ferdinand Casido. I live in the SF Bay Area. I'm a currently working as a producer on my first Documentary Feature called "Two Blind to Ride" which is about two blind adventurers cycling their way from Argentina to Alaska. Along the way they'll stop over at blind schools to tell their story.
Our indiegogo campaign:
This looks like a great website for networking, getting advice and finding resources.
I am already in love with this project, Ferdinand. Looks like a great human story to be told :)
I will share the link to your indiegogo campaign with my facebook friends. Keep us posted (And apply for professional membership if you didn't do it yet :) )
Thank you Niam! The riders and I appreciate anyone spreading the news of their journey.
Hey, everyone. Last year I produced Old School New School, a documentary exploring how we can tap into our full creative potential. Features actor Brian Cox, legednary cinematographer William Fraker, jazz great McCoy Tyner and many more world class artists. Check it out, and please share the link with colleagues and friends.
I'm a newbie and I've already learned so much reading on D-Word. Thanks for this great resource and community. I'm a recent graduate of the program at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. I'm in post-production on my first film entitled "Granny's Got Game". It is the story of an amazing senior women's basketball team here in North Carolina. These women were pioneers of the game in the 1950s and are still playing now in their seventies! They've been together for almost two decades, so the team has become a support-system and they've become a family. It is such an inspiring story. I'm trying to do it justice despite my inexperience, and I'm glad to have D-Word to ask for advice.
Hi Everyone! I am from New York City – making a film called – Star in the Ring – it tells the close to forgotten story of when Jews DOMINATED the sport of boxing. While this can be seen as a film geared to one group – it really tells the story of so many new Americans. So – it is an important part of Jewish history, American history and sports history. I am proud to say I have received a grant from The Righteous Persons Foundation and am close to finishing all shooting – heading for post. I can sure use help from those that have been through this adventure. Please take a look at my website and trailer:
and get in touch with me with any input. I am going to post questions and look forward to the groups help! Thanks so much!
Welcome, Steven, Angela and Holden! Holden, feel free to register as a Professional member.
Hello everyone! I work for the Scottish Documentary Institute in Edinburgh (www.scottishdocinstitute.com). We produce and distribute short and feature docs; we also run training programmes and organise an annual international pitching forum, The Edinburgh Pitch. I look forward to sharing all the opportunities our Institute offers... But first things first, I'm going to start exploring the impressive D-word resources!
Welcome from across the room!
I'm a voice from the broadcaster's side of the biz. I currently work at CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) assisting the senior producers with commissioning original Canadian documentary programming for "Doc Zone," CBC-TV's flagship documentary series.
I produce trailers, promote our docs via social media, vet proposals, provide critical feedback on rough cuts, represent CBC at festivals and more. www.cbc.ca/docs
I also package-for-air acquired documentaries for CBC's "The Passionate Eye."
I'll be attending Hot Docs this year – my last official hurrah before I take a year off for maternity leave. Hopefully during that year I'll be able to sift through this incredible website!
Welcome, Flore and Ilka (much congrats on the pending addition)! Look forward to seeing you both at Hot Docs (Flore, over many fine whiskeys at the annual Interdoc revelry). And great to have you online with us here.
Oh, too bad, Flore. Well, see you online then. We'll just have to drink to your health at Hot Docs.
Now I regret not going to Hot Docs! I would have loved to see your pitch Doug.
Greetings from Dublin.
Hope to meet some of you at Hot Docs. We've a short screening at it and very excited to be attending.
Hope to see you there, Ross. Meanwhile, welcome to The D-Word.
Thanks Doug – would be great to meet up.
My name is Brendan. I'm a sound designer and audio engineer based in Seattle, Washington. I have produced a few short documentaries for radio but what I enjoy most is collaborating with film makers.
I work independently and with a world class post facility in town called Clatter&Din studios. Recently I served as lead sound designer on the feature films "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Eden". Both excellent films. I also recently did sound design, audio editing and mixing for the documentary "Uncertain Ice" by Cory Kelly. There's a clip from this in my demo reel on my website – www.brendanjhogan.com.
I'd love to find some more people to collaborate with and hope to find some interesting discussions on the role of sound in documentaries.
Brendan, welcome and feel free to register for professional status as it will give you access to many more of our discussion topics.
Hi there : )
I'm Lara, a student at Bournemouth Uni in England. I'm hoping to do a documentary abroad for my final project in 2013. Trying to work out ways to fund it! Any advice would be very helpful.
I'm Homer. I'm pleased to join you at D-Word.
I'm a spanish-iranian filmmaker.
My film NATION will be premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival:
Hope to see you there...
Welcome, Lara & Homer :)
Ditto. Congrats and hope to see you at Full Frame, Homer. Check out our Full Frame topic to find other D-Word members who are going.
Thanks everybody! Sure we'll enjoy with great films in Durham. See you.
Hi guyz, any of you interested in making documentaries in Nepal? Looking for collaboration.We do have a hell of interesting topics that will keep you riveted on the spot.
Hello! I am Dieter Bartels, a German-American Cultural Anthropologist and filmmaker specializing in Muslim-Christian relations in Indonesia and worked also extensively with Moluccans in The Netherlands. Together with Helen Huwae I have made a full-length documentary, called Maju Terus! Go For It!, about the failure and success of four generations of Moluccan exiles in The Netherlands. We have been screening the film at film festivals and are on the way to show it at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (Florida) and the Ethnofilm Festival in Rovinj, Croatia.
If interested you can find out more about the film and my anthropological pursuits on my website www.nunusaku.com
I'm Jon, I'm currently working as a director/producer at Collective Eye Films in Portland, OR.
I'm a filmmaker and a father of a 1-year old daughter. I've worked as a producer for the past 3 years on the documentary feature, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? Queen of the Sun was theatrical released in 2011 and we're now out on DVD & Digital in the US & Canada.
I've been working with the director of Queen of the Sun, Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) producing and editing the film for 2 years and as on the distribution leg for the past year and a half. We're now developing two new feature projects.
As I'm sure many of you know, filmmaking is a busy, busy business– and the past few years been WOW levels of busy. I'm just now beginning to feel the time opening up again. I definitely know a few here already (pst Danielle Beverly) and I'm excited to meet more of you.
I'm looking forward to reading up and contributing where I can. So far my experience lies in all of the hats it takes to get a doc made, but Queen being my first feature, I'd say I've had the most recent relevant experience with grass-roots distribution techniques, which we've done a consider amount of.
Hi all, Douglas Lyon here. I am based in Paris, France and have been working for almost 20 years all over Europe and Africa as Producer, Production Manager, Line Producer, Field Producer, Journalist and Director for all the major Japanese television networks. I have worked in broadcast news, documentaries, live satellite broadcasts, variety shows, reality shows, sports events coverage, TV films, commercials, etc.
In the world of Japanese television I have come to be known as an "Africa specialist", but actually I began with Fashion and News, then Variety shows and Reality Shows, and although I love it all, but I must confess a particular passion for Broadcast News, Documentaries, and... well, you guessed it : Africa !
I have been working almost exclusively for the Japanese market, and would love to branch out to the English speaking production world as well... Please have a look at my website, and I am sure you will know me MUCH better with just a quick glance ! :
our alternate website is here :
and we can be found on LinkedIn here :
best wishes to all !
Douglas E. Lyon
Welcome Dieter, Jon and Douglas! Good to have you all with us here.
In reply to Jon Betz's post on Fri 6 Apr 2012 :
Hey Jon, was a big fan of farmer john. After much research, the UK govt panel just published a report on bees. Having taken the tests out of the lab and into the field – more than a decade it took, they have realised the true impact of pesticides on the decimation of the bee population. Duh!
In reply to David Herman's post on Sun 8 Apr 2012 :
Hey David---Yeah just this past week there has been a bunch of "more conclusive" info making pesticides the culprit. Something the rest of us have known for quite some time. I see that you're living in a Camphill community! We have worked with biodynamic beekeepers and the camphill and waldorf communities have been incredible to get to know more. Are you familiar with the Center for Discovery in the US? They do a lot of farm-based work with the disabled.
Hello everyone. I'm new to this and I have no experience in filming/producing any kind of work. I am currently training for a bike trip across the country which will begin late next month. My good friend and I will be raising money for a charity in the process. I would love to film this and create a documentary to show an audience what it's like to travel across the country (NY to LA) with just your bike and a few things. We will have no support vehicle which will make this trip a bit more interesting. I was going to create a project on Kickstarter until it asked me for a goal. Like I said before, I have no experience in this but I think it's an amazing idea. We have a website and that's where we've started. If anyone knows where I should begin or recommends I do anything, PLEASE, feel free to reply. Any advice is greatly appreciated. We really hope this happens. We just want to show people that anything is possible, promote healthy living and raise some money for a charity in the process. Traveling for a cause. Thank you and much love to all.
Since you are riding without support you need a very small set up. I recording cycling with a gopro, and would think that is your lightest/easiest/cheapest camera choice. Do you plan on bringing a laptop?
Fund raising for something like this is whole other story that I can't help as much with.
In reply to Peter Brauer's post on Fri 13 Apr 2012 :
Hey, thanks for replying! I will not be bringing a laptop. I've thought about purchasing the go pro. Do you think we'd need a gps or will road maps do just fine? Also, can we contact the local news stations or any other place tothat might find our story interesting? Thanks for the help.
I have never done anything like what you are trying to attempt. So I got no idea about the GPS. I would say, it will be very hard to carry enough SD cards without the ability to dump them onto a hard drive. You can always reach out to the news, but I would think FB would be the best way to build an audience for your ride. http://www.facebook.com/pianoacrossamerica Take a lot at this FB page for a guy who drove around america with a piano for inspiration.
My son and his mates did a similar in the UK 2 years ago. Lucky them had padre along to shoot. They made quite a bit of money hitting tourist buses arriving in rest stops, especially when the camera was recording the hit.
That's awesome! Thanks for all the advice, guys! We have a website (AAFSO.org) as well as a facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Across-America-For-Special-Olympics/229855320432108) if you guys wanna check us out! We'll be posting pics and hopefully a documentary. Thank you all.
Incase you guys were not on the 'Hot Docs 2012' thread ... I'll be attending the entire festival and would love to meetup with any d-worder. Also as Im based in TO, I can meet after the festival, if you intend to stay back!
(double posting ... sorry!)
I'm finally getting around to introducing myself. Why? Because I need something!! Could I pick your wise and experienced brains?
I'm currently onlining my documentary, FELIX AUSTRIA!. At this very late point in the game, my experienced music composer raised a red flag and said that my credits don't look like the other credits he's scored – - it seems to him like they're missing a lot of the legal jargon.
Could someone speak with me about what I may be missing? I'm pretty sure my composer has only worked on films that have been pre-sold and have bigger backing with specific credits required, but I need to make sure I'm on the up and up here.
Thanks so much!
The biennial festival Berlin Documentary Forum is dedicated to documentary practices across a variety of disciplines. From May 31 to June 3, 2012, Berlin Documentary Forum 2 will investigate the ability of images to produce truth and authenticity, to provoke controversy, and to implement change.
Christine, since you're a professional member, why don't you ask your question again in the Editing topic, and perhaps give us a sense of what you have, so we can tell you if we agree that something is missing.
I'm a video journalist and doc filmmaker who loves this line of work more than anything. I want to tell you all about this new media company I'm starting to empower VJ's and documentary filmmakers around the world. What we do is connect video journalists, doc filmmakers, and multimedia storytellers to the world's top digital publishers. Our mission is to help tell the world's most important, untold stories. Please check out www.storyhunter.tv for more information.
I'm happy to share the news that my film, High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau, will be screening on CBC documentary channel next Monday (May 7th). I hope those of you in Canada will be able to check it out. I'm going to start sending it to international festivals and I look forward to meeting some of you along the way. Here's the link:
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hello, I'm a filmmaker from Barcelona working on handmade films. I like very much to film by myself and edit, but also to be involved in projects with other people. My prefered style of filming is close to a more photographic or "cinematographic" one. I can also offer long experience on documentaries done for public TV and also as a freelance.
In reply to Amanda Nella's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :
Welcome Jaron, Michael Amanda and Juan. Who are the folks on your photo, Amanda, are they filmmakers?
I'm the director of Finding Mabel, a feature length documentary film, about Argentina's infamous "Dirty War".
Finding Mabel is a gripping documentary that follows a young woman's journey to Argentina, to piece together the enigmatic disappearance of the woman she was named after, one of the 30,000 people who disappeared during Argentina's last military dictatorship. Part scavenger hunt, part self-discovery, Finding Mabel intelligently weaves Argentina's recent dark past with today's polarizing struggle for justice.
Filming begins Monday, May 7th in Argentina. The director is launching a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds to complete the film. Please use the below link to access additional information as well as to donate.
In reply to Eileen Reardon's post on Thu 3 May 2012 :
Sounds very interesting. Good luck during your trip!
Hello D-Word and all,
I just came across this site and realized all the fun and I had been missing! Glad to be here and hope to see and shear of some great Documentaries. I'm still in school at this moment but hope to become a Documentary Filmmaker someday. Hope everyone had a good weekend!
Hello to all Documentary filmmakers, artist, and enthusiast!
I'm Raymund Cruz from the Philippines, a country that has over 150 different languages (from indigenous to foreign types). Speaking of languages, I am glad to be part of the d-word community. Despite the variety of artist speaking different dialects, this website has enabled us to all communicate through what we all love, and that is DOCUMENTARY.
Well for me, I am a filmmaker in my free time. It is an intense hobby, since in it was my full time occupation during my previous career. Now starting over, I currently work in a Design and Construction firm in charge of renovating Casinos and Hotels. It's difficult to support a future family as well while stubbornly struggling to create works that is for personal reasons. However eventually, me and my wife plan to do such attempts abroad.
As for experience in films, I had held different parts of production in narratives, television shows, and documentaries. This ranged from directing, producing, screenwriting, editing, production design, and cinematography. My real interest however is the documentary genre. So I plan to actively pursue it, for it has the most powerful effect on people and the ability to reform them.
As a team, me and my wife are about to launch a production company as our stress reliever from the real world. Here, we will create short films, documentaries, and theater performances that are used to express ourselves through different subjects. Some plans are in the works, while the more ambitious projects will need to wait. One of the plans is to create a drama therapy for various people.
So there goes a long introduction. Hope to collaborate and learn from this useful website.
Great to have us with you on The D-Word, Raymund. I applaud you and your wife and wish you the best with your doc work.
Likewise to you and the website. This is the best thing that's happened to documentaries. Hopefully you'll continue to spread the love for the medium.
I'm based in the UK and work as an artist and film-maker mainly on self-directed projects, occasionally also creating short website films for the art organisation Grizedale Arts, based in rural Cumbria (England). With my company Somewhere, I work in close collaboration with my co-producer and co-director Nina Pope, based in our London studio. Our feature docs include: â€˜Jaywick Escapesâ€™ (2012) which premieres this summer, 'Living with the Tudors' (2007) and 'Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future' (2005).
Our work can be seen in more detail on www.somewhere.org.uk
I'm currently working on a barge cinema project The Floating Cinema and on a film about my family.
Cheerio for now!
Welcome, Karen. I love the idea of a Floating Cinema! Best of luck with that and getting your new film out into the world.
My name is Kathleen Erdelyi and I'm a current student at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. I'm currently in my junior year and I'm pursuing a major in Media Communication Technology with a concentration in video production. After graduation, i plan to get a job with a documentary company. I love telling a story, and I would love to be apart of something that could change someone's life. I have so many questions to people who are currently involved in documentaries, and I was wondering if anyone would like to answer a few questions for me. It would really help provide some insight for me into this career.
How did you work your way up to your position?
Did you have to endure a lot of "slave labor" to get to where you are today?
Do you feel your schooling providing you with a sufficient background in your field, or did you learn more through experience?
How reliable is this field?
Is there room for growth?
How do you feel is the best way to effectively intern?
How would you compare working for a small company vs a large corporation?
Is your job exciting?
Do you look forward to going to work every morning?
Do you work in a team, or are you mostly isolated?
How did you get involved in this field?
My Name is Florian. I am an independent environmental filmmaker, the founder of Berlin based AugeFilms. My current project is "Saving Papua by not cycling there". Last year I started on my bicycle from Germany with the plan to cycle all the way to Papua, Indonesia, in order to bring awareness to the spread of deforestation in Indonesia to the Papuan archipelago.
Due to border crossing regulation between India and Burma I could only cycle up to India. I now had to abandon my bicycle in India and am on my way back home on surface again. The film is going to be a colorful, thrilling roadmovie full of conflict and resolution, obstacles, commitment, lessons to be learnt about life, not giving up, realizations such as "Papua is everywhere" and "There is always a Plan Z".
This project is a follow-up to a documentary about deforestation in Indonesia that I made in 2011 called "Cari Hutan – In Search of Forest" – according to several NGOs in Indonesia, it is the most thrilling, informative, yet amusing documentary/roadmovie ever made about the subject of deforestation in Indonesia. I would like to encourage all of you to have a look at it and spread the awareness about this defining issue of our times. -> www.augefilms.blog.com/cari-hutan/
All this and much more can be found on www.augefilms.blog.com
I could definitely need some support at the moment – spreading the word and considering a micro-donation would be awesome!
Best wishes from Hong Kong!
All this and more can be seen
In reply to Florian Aurel Augustin's post on Wed 9 May 2012 :
That sounds great. Nothing like having a life changing experience to go alongside making a film. A roadtrip always steers life into a better perspective.
Break a leg! Will do my best to help.
Welcome, Kathleen and Florian. Kathleen, I think you'd be better served by asking your questions in the Mentoring Room topic and by only asking one or two questions at a time. Posting such a long list of them is way too time consuming for anyone to want to answer.
Best of luck with your project, Florian.
Just joined this community today and am part way though my first documentary (planned finished date this September). I am working on a documentary about the education system (with the help of about 12 others), its problems and how science is not being applied to it. I look forward to learning as much as I can from fellow enthusiasts and professionals.
In reply to Joey Savoie 's post on Thu 10 May 2012 :
That's interesting. I often feel that there is a need to challenge education, for it's methods and contents are what will shape the future of our children.
One note though: I hope that the group does not focus on all its problems. Sometimes as documentary filmmakers, we need to be more diplomatic. Truth is always the main characteristic of our works. So just show the picture of what is happening, focus on a singular topic that embodies the points you want to raise, and trust that the idea of change will grow from there.
Just my two cents. I know the documentary will be great.
A friend of mine, Monster Jimenez, made a brilliant doc about "sick" books that are used in public school around our country. If you want, you can get in touch with her here
Break a leg!
Thanks for the warm welcome,
We plan on making the movie much more solutions based them problems based. Our target audience already agrees that there is a problem in the system the trick is showing a innovative solution. We are also trying to keep it to around 30 mins so we will only have about 10mins for problems.
Thanks for the advice!
In reply to Joey Savoie 's post on Sun 13 May 2012 :
That's great Joey!
I just remember a very useful advice from my mentor. This was given to me when I was first pursuing documentaries. He told me: "For you to grab the audience's heart, you must simplify and be precise. LESS IS MORE. Chose a singular topic, squeeze it out, and the truth will come out."
Do great and change lives! I know you will.
Howdy Y'all! I just joined the community and have been feverishly reading posts for the last two days trying to gain a little insight into the business plan of the Doc I am currently working out and keep finding myself extremely distracted following threads that are completely unrelated but totally necessary for my brain to munch on!
With my recent move to Austin with my Partner Taylor and our newest devotion to the world of documentary I can not tell you how excited I was to stumble upon this community.
I just moved from Los Angeles and as much as I loved the smog rolling into to a morning hike in runyon canyon, Texas is a legitimate breath of fresh air. My Partner and I are are up on a ranch in the northern part of the state editing, writing, and preproducing the Documentary we have been working on for the last year before head back down to Austin. We shot in China, Japan, Fiji, Tahiti, and the Philippines and we still have about 4 more places to visit and a whole lot more underwater footage to get, so we are climbing the fundraising hill right now. Our documentary is the story behind Natures only living Gem, the Cultured Pearl, the Farmers and Divers who work to produce it and the environmental battles they must face, so funding has been a bit of a challenge. If any of you have the opportunity check out our trailer www.powerofpearlmovie.com I would love love love feedback, thoughts, or any ideas for collaboration.
Thanks Very much and really look Forward to meeting you all!!