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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
I want to let you know about an event I founded called The International Documentary Challenge (www.docchallenge.org). Here is some info:
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.
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
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.
Don't think a good doc can be made in 5 days? Check out some of the past submissions:
I'm selling a Steadicam Merlin on ebay.
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 email@example.com and visit our website for more info about our project.
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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.
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.
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.
Germany (Berlin based)
South Africa (Johannesburg)(Yes, I know there was no genocide there)
thank you for your help!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
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:
ISO: Jacksonville, FL camera person, sound person to shoot at a breast cancer conference from Feb 22 to 24.
Email me at email@example.com for details.
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.
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.
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:
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.
In reply to John Burgan's post on Wed 6 Feb 2008 12:30 UTC :
Thanks John. Much better than spending 80 dollars!
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.
Another good book would be "Story" by Robert McKee. Don't forget, editing is storytelling.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
Still looking for experienced fixers for PBS documentary for:
Jo'burg, South Africa
Please reply directly to me if you have any recommendations or resumes.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org and if you google his name you'll notice his credentials...
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.
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
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 email@example.com. Or if others on D-Word know of people who might be interested, let me know!
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks !!
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.
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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:
You can read about my other work here:
Synopsis of current documentary available upon request.
Hi Laura, do you want the AE to transcribe the interviews? I'm sure that will take much more time...
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.
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!
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.
Robert – thanks for responding. I'm going to post my question and response to yours in the editing section.
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)
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)
any suggestions or help?
Just saw this info on the IDFA Summer School. Posting it here, so enthusiasts can see it too:
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.
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.
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.
or use new Sennheiser shotgun
(recently posted by D-worder Rafael La Luz in members-only "Sound and Music" topic)
Matt, I was interested to know how you went about getting permission to film in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
An XLR adapter will do nothing to improve sound quality for an HV20, or any camcorder. The adapter plugs into the mini-jack, so you're still dealing with that bottleneck. Plus, you're adding another noisy connection to the path between mic and tape, and the pots in the adapter itself which will get dirty and add their own noise. In fact, even when they're not dirty they're pretty noisy.
There are some decent mics available (Rode, Sennheiser,?) with 1/8 inch plugs. I'd go with one of those, or record audio to a separate recorder altogether.
Thanks for the clear thinking Joe!
Nigel, one of the qualifications for being a Member here is that I need to be of demonstrable use and benefit to the professional documentary community. As things appear to stand now, I need to wait until completion of one of my films before I am granted membership. Unfortunately for me, that will be next year.
I do not object to that requirement. I am willing to play by the rules; that's fine. I am not complaining about the rules and I am not attempting to change them.
If you can assist me in becoming a member sooner, then I am willing to share what I know about this with you and others immediately upon receipt of Group Membership. I am aware this decision is not up to you.
As a member, you have much more power in this group than I do. You have access to all sorts of discussions that I am not privy to, that I would benefit enormously from.
Until that fine day when I become a member, I have to zealously guard certain crown jewels which I do possess. Otherwise I would be at a complete and absolute disadvantage to every member here.
Nothing personal at all. It's just part of paying my dues.
Very best wishes to you.