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Robert Richter
Wed 16 Jan 2008Link

Siddharth
Some festivals will not accept entries of productions that were released before a certain year. Some will accept entries regardless of the year of release. What is the situation with the one you describe above?


Le Sheng Liu
Wed 16 Jan 2008Link

This is a call for any members here with films on Netflix. I was interested in checking out works by all of you. So if you have something on Netflix, shoot me the title (and your role if you'd like) and I'll be sure to catch it. Thanx!!! lesliu@gmail.com


Joe Pedalino
Wed 16 Jan 2008Link

Anybody looking for a well equipped, reasonably priced DP/Camera person for any upcoming or current projects ? Check out my website @ www.independentpro.com for more details on experience and capabilities. Thanks ! Special deal for interesting projects, of course they are all interesting...Lemme know...


Chris Hinrichs
Wed 16 Jan 2008Link

I think you have a great idea, Le Sheng. I'd like to get in on that, too. If you could forward any movies you get on to me or if anyone who has their film on Netflix and would like it to be seen, I'm a doc junkie and guarantee I'll watch it if I haven't already. Here's the list of the ones I've seen (www.andsomeguy.com/films) and my e-mail is someguy@andsomeguy.com


Darla Bruno
Wed 16 Jan 2008Link

Hi,

I'm going to need an experienced international doc film/cinema verite editor who can work with PAL footage and who has FCP 6. Ideally, you'll know Italian (though I realize that can be a stretch) as I'd like to work with someone local, and I'm in New Jersey. Please have full-length international doc and/or cinema verite experience. I will be back in the States with my footage mid-late Feb and need to log and cut a trailer for an April 11 deadline.

Thanks!


Doug Whyte
Fri 18 Jan 2008Link

Hi all,

I want to let you know about an event I founded called The International Documentary Challenge (www.docchallenge.org). Here is some info:

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The International Documentary Challenge Returns to Hot Docs!

After a sold-out screening in 2007, The International Documentary Challenge returns to Hot Docs in April 2008! Registration for the 3rd annual Doc Challenge, held March 6-10, 2008, is now open.

The Premise: Filmmakers from around the world have just 5 days to make a short non-fiction film. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, the Presenting Partner, will once again host the theatrical premiere of the finalists and the awards ceremony during the Festival. After the premiere of the finalists, showcases of regionally produced films will be held, including an IDA sponsored screening in Los Angeles, a SILVERDOCS sponsored screening in Washington DC, a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival screening in Montana, a DOC sponsored screening in Toronto, a Northwest Film Forum sponsored screening in Seattle, a Film Action Oregon sponsored screening in Portland and many more! Additionally, a Best of DVD will be released and television distribution will be pursued by a distribution partner.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Early Registration Deadline: February 11, 2008
Final Registration Deadline: March 5, 2008
Event Dates: March 6-10, 2008
Hot Docs Premiere of Finalists: April 2008

Complete details and entry forms can be found online at
http://www.docchallenge.org/

Check out Hot Docs here: http://www.hotdocs.ca

The Doc Challenge is produced by Doug Whyte of KDHX Community Media and sponsored by Hot Docs, the International Documentary Association, the Documentary Organization of Canada, SILVERDOCS, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Film Action Oregon and the creators of the 48 Hour Film Project.

The International Documentary Challenge.
Real Life. Filmed Real Fast.
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Don't think a good doc can be made in 5 days? Check out some of the past submissions:

http://www.docchallenge.org/results2006.htm

Thanks!



Barry Zucker
Mon 21 Jan 2008Link

Film editor/maker to create instructional/educational video/DVD for Our Pesticide Alternatives for Safer Schools project in Ohio. Our project has been underway for 4 years primarily with grant funding. This is a paid position. Use your creativity to make an impact on the environment and on the health of children in Ohio. Contact Barry Zucker before March 1, 2007 at ocamp@neo.rr.com and visit our website for more info about our project.


Melanie La Rosa
Thu 24 Jan 2008Link

Please forward ...

DOCUMENTARY INTERNSHIP

Coming to Terms With Impermanence is an impressionistic documentary about highly acclaimed poet Diane di Prima. Poet, memoirist, activist, and teacher, the “Poet Priestess” is the most well-known female writer of the Beat era and has published more than 40 books of poetry and prose, including Recollections of My Life as a Woman, Loba, Memoirs of a Beatnik, and many many more.

The film is about artistic conviction and commitment, and mixes impressionistic scenes drawing on the perception, feeling, and mood of di Prima’s prolific writing, set into context with humorous anecdotes from her peers.

Intern(s) will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in all aspects of creating a documentary. Ideal for motivated students wanting to learn or improve software skills and apply their knowledge to conceptualizing and creating an unusual and beautiful film.

Based on skills and experience, interns will assist with post-production, production and upcoming shoots, graphic design, creating websites and dvd's, writing promotional materials.

Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience with the following: Arri-S, Super8, DVX100a, lighting and/or sound recording for interviews, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Photoshop, AfterEffects. Training provided.

Director's previous work has screened around the world and won awards. Preference for students seeking academic credit. 1-2 days per week commitment, work will take place in media facility in Williamsburg.

Send resume and brief description of your strengths, what you would like to contribute to making a feature documentary, and what you would like to learn.


Robert Richter
Thu 24 Jan 2008Link

Looking for an intern for our doc production company. Based in mid-town Manhattan. Check our website to see what we've done: www.richtervideos.com. Several projects are now in house. Screen credit for responsible and reliable intern.


Adam Hyman
Tue 29 Jan 2008Link

Hi all,

I'm looking for skilled fixers in the following countries, for a doc on genocide. Feel free to write me directly if you know anyone.
Rwanda
Guatemala
Bosnia (Sarajevo)
Serbia (Belgrade)
Kosovo (Pristina)
Germany (Berlin based)
South Africa (Johannesburg)(Yes, I know there was no genocide there)

thank you for your help!

best,
Adam Hyman
JTN Productions
ahyman@jtnproductions.com


Stuart Harmon
Thu 31 Jan 2008Link

IN SEARCH OF DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER

Hi all -

I've wrapped up a rough cut of my first documentary film titled, "The Money Stone," and I'm in search of a NYC based producer to help finish the project. The film explores the world of illegal gold mining in Ghana, West Africa and looks at its impact on the people and the environment. The film was workshopped last November at the IFP Rough Cut Lab in NYC and has already gained some interest.

Ideally, I'm looking for someone experienced and who has a passion for film about human rights and development in Africa. More specifically, I'm looking for someone who will help secure completion funds, aid in the creative process of bringing the film to picture lock, and help in bringing the film to festivals and through distribution. Most importantly, I'm looking for someone to become part of the team who wants to see the film be successful and get the word out about the topic. Compensation will be provided once funding is secured.

Visit www.moneystonefilm.com for more info about the film. Please email all inquiries to swhfilm@yahoo.com.

Thanks!

Stuart Harmon
swhfilm@yahoo.com
www.moneystonefilm.com


Nina Davenport
Fri 1 Feb 2008Link

Hello Everyone-
I need some help. I am looking for an ASSISTANT EDITOR/ASSOCIATE PRODUCER to start Immediately.

I am an independent documentary filmmaker looking to hire a full-time employee to help me with logging and digitizing footage, cutting rough sequences, solving a myriad of technical problems, paying bills, writing grants, running errands, etc.  In short, assistant editing AND associate producing work. 
I have made four feature-length documentaries:  Operation Filmmaker, opening at IFC Center in June; Parallel Lines, Always a Bridesmaid, Hello Photo.  I am now starting another personal documentary, the sequel to Always a Bridesmaid, and need someone to help me jumpstart that process.

Please send resumes to ninadavenport@earthlink.net with ASSISTANT EDITOR/AP in subject line.
for more about me:  www.operationfilmmaker.com
<http://www.operationfilmmaker.com>


Julia Welbourne
Fri 1 Feb 2008Link

Hello-
Just wanted to repost this on behalf of the company I work for:

Brooklyn based documentary company Flicker Flacker Films seeks experienced, talented, dynamic people for the following positions for a feature-length documentary about immigration for theatrical release and national broadcast:

- Associate Producer
- Production Coordinator
- Business Manager (part-time)

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Duties include: assisting in casting, working closely with producer/director and key characters, and communicating with network. Must have a proven track record with at least 2 years experience on feature-docs (not reality TV). Highly organized, outgoing, professional, detail-oriented, fearless, and, if possible, mellow. Multi-lingual a plus.

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Responsible for organizing all the logistics of shoots: local, out of state and international. Communicating regularly with shooters and field-producers. Must be sharp, highly organized and detail-oriented with a strong knowledge of equipment, insurance, and releases and permits. Bonus points for a good sense of humor.

BUSINESS AFFAIRS (part time): Experience with budgeting, line-producing, payroll, insurance, HR, Quickbooks. Must understand the intricacies of managing the books and deliverables.

This project will start in mid-late February 2008 and continue through the summer.

Please email cover letter and resumes to julia@flickerflacker.com if you are interested.

Thanks!


Richard Burnsed
Sun 3 Feb 2008Link

The Sacramento International Film Festival is coming March 29 to April 6 and we want you to be a part of it. Inspired by local filmmakers' contributions last year in our component of the 48 Hour Film Festival we are inviting you to make a submission for Current TV.

Current TV is a network started by Al Gore that features viewer generated content. Instead of the networks telling the people what is news, the people are telling the network what the news is.

for more information:
http://www.ncwfonline.org/id61.html


Sarah Park
Tue 5 Feb 2008Link

ISO: Jacksonville, FL camera person, sound person to shoot at a breast cancer conference from Feb 22 to 24.

Email me at park@thcn.com for details.


Matt Dubuque
Wed 6 Feb 2008Link

Might anyone have a reasonably priced copy of The Technique of Film Editing by Karel Reisz for sale? I would prefer the first edition, but the second edition would also be acceptable.

Thanks!


John Burgan
Wed 6 Feb 2008Link

Try http://www.abebooks.com/


Robert Goodman
Wed 6 Feb 2008Link

Why? Are you planning on cutting workprint? If you want to learn how to edit read Walter Murch's book or mine "Editing Digital Video." My co-author and I wrote it to replace Karel's fine book which was great when we were cutting on flatbeds with workprint.


Matt Dubuque
Wed 6 Feb 2008Link

Hi-

I'm currently studying the Technique of Film and Video Editing in its 4th printing, by Ken Dancyger. It has an excellent history on how different editing techniques are featured in different genres and how technological changes have impacted editing decisions and styles.

It's an extraordinary book and is at:

http://tinyurl.com/2f4t7z

He cites Karel's book as a deep inspiration and I need to study it. I am extremely serious and thorough about what I am doing and I can't afford to gloss over all the great cinema before video was invented.

My view is that quality editing is to a substantial extent independent of the medium. Alternatively stated, if I immerse myself in the study of the editing techniques of Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Resnais, Welles, Goddard and Fellini, I will be serving my interests well. I will never achieve my idea of greatness in cinema without mastering what each of these masters was all about.

Edited Wed 6 Feb 2008 by Matt Dubuque

Matt Dubuque
Wed 6 Feb 2008Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Wed 6 Feb 2008 12:30 UTC :

Thanks John. Much better than spending 80 dollars!

Much appreciated.


Robert Goodman
Thu 7 Feb 2008Link

Then you should read Eisenstein. Karel took his tiny bit of editing philosophy from him. Most of the book is about the mechanics of editing film. Another series of books worth reading are by EDWARD DMYTRYK. Called "On Screen Directing" "On Film Editing" etc.


Boyd McCollum
Thu 7 Feb 2008Link

Another good book would be "Story" by Robert McKee. Don't forget, editing is storytelling.


Richard Burnsed
Sun 10 Feb 2008Link

Nor-Cal Filmmakers, Show your chops!

The Sacramento International Film Festival is giving people two chances to screen work. One is the 48 Hour Film Festival where teams complete a short movie in 48 hours.
http://www.ncwfonline.org/id42.html

The second is Current Visions. In conjunction with Current TV, Filmmakers are asked to submit a 10 minute documentary for screening. The documentaries can be about on any topic including: Bio, Humanities, Politics or other. The top documentaries will also be picked up for broadcast by Current TV.
http://www.ncwfonline.org/id61.html


Matt Dubuque
Mon 11 Feb 2008Link

Thanks Gentlemen, I appreciate it!

Yep, clearly Eisenstein is key. I'm really enjoying the war films of Humphrey Jennings; the way he combines music with a documentary (Listening to Britain) and poetry with a documentary (Words for Battle) is masterful. And although he clearly is influenced by montage, Jennings is singularly British as well.

I'm also enjoying how King Vidor weaves sound and scene in Our Daily Bread and his work generally (The Crowd).

And I remain a serious devotee of Bunuel and his editing throughout his very long career.

I'm interested in exploring new avenues in what role sound plays in a documentary and how to weave that into the editing process. Any reading suggestions you might have along these lines would also be warmly welcomed.

Thanks for all the help!

Edited Mon 11 Feb 2008 by Matt Dubuque

John Burgan
Mon 11 Feb 2008Link

If you're enjoying the Jennings, a must-read is Dai Vaughan's "Portrait of an Invisible Man: The Working Life of Stewart MacAllister, Film Editor". Remember that "Listen to Britain" credits Jennings and MacAllister as co-directors.

It's the single most inspiring book on editing documentary I know, written by the most experienced documentary editor in the UK. It's out of print, but you can still find copies via websites like http://www.abebooks.com

Edited Mon 11 Feb 2008 by John Burgan

Matt Dubuque
Tue 12 Feb 2008Link

Thanks John, I'm enjoying the heck out of Jennings. That fellow is masterful in so many ways and way, way ahead of his time.

That's an awesome tip about McAllister. Thanks!

Matt


Simon Fred
Wed 13 Feb 2008Link

The Streaming Festival is now accepting submissions for its 3rd edition in October 2008.

Deadline for submissions is 01 September 2008.
Accepted genres are documentary, animation, video art, flash and narrative.
No entry fee.

Send submissions through postal service, or provide a website link with a preview to the submission.

The Streaming Festival is an international artfilmfestival on the internet. Films are presented full screen on streaming servers with high image quality.
The 3rd edition will start in October, and lasts four days. The Streaming Festival is based in the Netherlands but has no geographic boundaries. Viewers can visit from any location in the world, at any given time and plug into one of the festival streams.

Online submission form : http://www.streamingfestival.com/submissions/
Website : http://www.streamingfestival.com


Anthony Giacchino
Thu 14 Feb 2008Link

Hello all . . . I'm working on a project in which I would like to use entries from an old diary I've uncovered. However, I'm having the hardest time reading a large portion of what the person wrote. Does anyone out there know of a good hand-writing expert who may help me "translate" the entries? Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!


Adam Hyman
Fri 15 Feb 2008Link

Hi all,

Still looking for experienced fixers for PBS documentary for:

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jo'burg, South Africa
Guatemala

Please reply directly to me if you have any recommendations or resumes.
ahyman@jtnproductions.com


Doug Block
Sat 16 Feb 2008Link

To "Anonymous Please", we've deleted your post because we have a policy at The D-Word that no one can post anonymously. We're not censors – if you identify yourself, and are willing to confirm it should we feel the need, then feel free to post it again.

Edited Sat 16 Feb 2008 by Doug Block

Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 16 Feb 2008Link

Adam, for Guatemala, you can probably get a good lead from Jan van Bilsen who is based in Nicaragua but has worked all over South America for 25+ years. He is/was a member of D-Word but I've not seen him post here. I know him from 2-pop, 6 years ago. Please share my best regards. This is the last email I have for him. bilsen@ibw.com.ni and if you google his name you'll notice his credentials...


Erica Ginsberg
Sat 16 Feb 2008Link

Docs In Progress is partnering with NomadsLand to curate a special international edition of our popular works-in-progress screenings. After a worldwide call with excerpts from the finalists posted on the NomadsLand.com website, we have selected two documentary rough cuts to be screened and critiqued by a live audience with out-of-town filmmakers participating in the discussion via Skype.

WHEN? Sunday, February 17 at 6:30 pm. The screening will end no later than 10 pm.

WHERE? Busboys and Poets 2021 14th Street (at V Street), NW Washington DC. Closest Metro: U Street/Cardozo Metro Station. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DIFFERENT LOCATION FROM OUR USUAL WASHINGTON DC PROGRAMS.

HOW MUCH? $5 (cash only, at the door). Cost includes the screening and discussion only. Food and drink are available at cost from Busboys and Poets.

WHAT'S SCREENING?

COMRADES by Dean Hamer
Struggling against 5000 years of Confucian tradition and a communist government that views any type of organizing with suspicion, China's gay community is finding novel ways to fit into the fabric of modern society without hiding who they really are.

CASA (HOUSE) by Luis Alaejos and Raúl Díez Alaejos
In what was once the tallest building in all of South America, 1500 neighbors of all social classes co- exist. This is a portrait of Montevideo's Palacio Salvo and its occupants: artists of little and great renown, recent arrivals attracted by the building's bohemian atmosphere, those who want to leave, but can't, and those who are the ghosts of a building's faded past.

Please come join us and pass the word on. Filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike are welcome to attend and participate.

More at http://www.docsinprogress.org


Lucia Duncan
Sat 16 Feb 2008Link

I'm looking for a Spanish speaking boom operator in the San Diego area. Must have a valid passport. Shoot is March 1st to approx. March 10th. Will fly with a charter plane from San Diego to the San Ignacio Lagoon where the majority of the shooting will take place. Return will be by plane, if we're lucky, or by bus (14 hrs). Can pay $600 plus all expenses. Two-person crew, this is the fourth shoot. I'm an MFA student at the U. of Texas, Austin, and this is my thesis, a documentary about eco-tourism (whale watching), environmental conservation, and the displacement of local people. If interested contact luciaduncan@gmail.com. Or if others on D-Word know of people who might be interested, let me know!


Amelia Hanibelsz
Mon 18 Feb 2008Link

I am looking for a HD cameraman and a sound man based in Chicago- for a shoot this thursday and friday.
The camera is the Sony F900. It will mainly be interviews and some b-roll .

Please contact me directly at : amelia@pangolinpictures.com

Many thanks !!


Ivica I. Ramovic
Tue 19 Feb 2008Link Tag

Hi,
we are a film production company that produce and co-produce features,shorts and documentaries for theatrical release.Our philosophy is a simple one:We don't make films for you.We make them with you.
our web site:www.gffilm.tv
Thanks!
Ivica


John Burgan
Tue 19 Feb 2008Link

Ivica – welcome ( there's no need to double post at the D-Word)


Ivica I. Ramovic
Tue 19 Feb 2008Link

Ok, Sorry ...


Laura Moire Paglin
Tue 19 Feb 2008Link

EXPERIENCED ASSISTANT EDITOR NEEDED TO ORGANIZE LARGE SCALE DOCUMENTARY

I need an Assistant Editor to come to Cleveland for several days, a week, or however much time necessary, to come up with organization system for a long form doc containing 200 – 300 hours of footage and numerous characters. Footage needs to be logged and searchable, interviews need to be transcribed and we need to be able to train interns to do much of the rudimentary work. Editing HDV material in Final Cut.

Fee negotiable plus travel/living expenses and accommodations. Could eventually be an ongoing position depending on funding. Prefer someone within a 1000-mile vicinity of Cleveland (i.e. New York).

Please email resume to:

lpaglin@en.com

You can read about my other work here:

www.noumbrellla.org
www.nightowlsofcoventry.com
www.shadowoftheswan.com

Synopsis of current documentary available upon request.


Boyd McCollum
Tue 19 Feb 2008Link

Hi Laura, do you want the AE to transcribe the interviews? I'm sure that will take much more time...


Laura Moire Paglin
Wed 20 Feb 2008Link

No. The idea would be to come up with the best system so we can train interns to do the actual grunt work. For example, should they be given clones of QT files? How will they log the time code? etc.


Laura Moire Paglin
Thu 21 Feb 2008Link

But if anyone has a better idea on how to start organizing a project for an editor before you can afford to pay one, please let me know!


Robert Goodman
Fri 22 Feb 2008Link

Your best solution is to get all 200 hours onto hard drives. Then make clones of sections of the materials that can be loaded into an edit system so people have control over the material. Let them make subclips with notes about the material. The transcript project should be done by a professional who can insert time code into the documents. That said, I wouldn't bother with transcripts of all the material. Too expensive. Just transcribe the 20% that may make it into the film.


Laura Moire Paglin
Fri 22 Feb 2008Link

Robert – thanks for responding. I'm going to post my question and response to yours in the editing section.


Fredric Lean
Fri 22 Feb 2008Link

Hello,
what would be the best options in terms of camera to shoot a shoestring budget documentary which requires a lot of outdoor shootings following a subject discreetly in different local public places and some indoors for interviews- (pretty much guerilla/ news style)?

here are the options:
-Panasonic DVX 100b
-Panasonic AG-HVX200(P2 cards + camera =outside our budget range-unless somone knows a great place to buy it cheap)
- Sony HDR-FX1 (someone told me good but not so great)
-Sony HVR-A1U
-Sony HVR-Z1U

now i have been told, since the film style will be pretty much hidden camera style (almost) , to use may be a high end HD consumer camera so i can hide it even in pocket.
does anyone know anything about the quality of these cameras below:
-Panasonic HDC-HS9 (HD & 24p)
Canon HV20 HDV (HD & 24p)
Panasonic AG-HSC1
Sony HDR-CX7

any suggestions or help?

thank you


Erica Ginsberg
Fri 22 Feb 2008Link

Just saw this info on the IDFA Summer School. Posting it here, so enthusiasts can see it too:
http://www.idfa.nl/industry/idfacademy/summer-school-2008/how-where-when.aspx


Christopher Wong
Fri 22 Feb 2008Link

it's nice that IDFA wants to do this, but c'mon, that's friggin expensive. first and second time directors who are currently in the midst of producing their films do NOT have the money to jaunt off to amsterdam for a bit of mentorship. to go from the u.s., you'd have to spend about $2500-$3000 for tuition, airfare, and accomodations. no IDFA Summer School for me.


Matt Dubuque
Sat 23 Feb 2008Link

Fredric-

This might well be a question for the mentoring section.

That said, the Canon HV20 is probably the best disposable high definition camcorder you can buy. Because of its plastic parts, it is unlikely to last you much more than one film. But for what it is, a disposable HD camcorder, it can't be beat. It has a very nice lens and superior image stabilization. Ranked as product of the year (2007) by Videomaker magazine.

Edited Sat 23 Feb 2008 by Matt Dubuque

Matt Dubuque
Sat 23 Feb 2008Link

I must add that one nearly fatal flaw in the Canon HV 20 is the sound. In my book, any camcorder that uses mini-jacks for its mike inputs is completely unacceptable for almost all serious work by any documentary professional.

You can, however, bring the sound quality of the HV20 up to a level that will be acceptable to the vast majority of viewers by using good mikes connected to an XLR adapter (such as a Beachtek). That XLR adapter then plugs directly into the HV 20.


Christopher Wong
Sat 23 Feb 2008Link

or use new Sennheiser shotgun

(recently posted by D-worder Rafael La Luz in members-only "Sound and Music" topic)


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