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...
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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.
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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.
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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 .
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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).
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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.
Thank you for the info. I am going to post the question on mentoring as per your suggestion. This is one crew person filmmaker who is trying to reach a professional as much as he can. so any help about shooting tips (camera, cinematography, sound) is VERY VERY welcome! :-))
Thanks for your support.
No worries Matt. The question comes from just an inherent interest for 'all things production' in the Middle East. I worked there for a few years and wondered if there had been any significant changes in access to Mecca. You stated you are a newcomer and I was impressed that you had this kind of access, the assumption I made was that you weren't affiliated with any large media group. I wasn't looking for any hard earned personal contacts just some basics, in the past we used crews out of Egypt because it was difficult to get any non-muslim producers into Mecca. I should have phrased the question differently, apologies. My days working in the Middle East are, in all likelihood, over.
You are right in assuming that I have no influence here and can do nothing to help you become a member quicker, I'll leave that to Doug and the more senior members here who have invested years of their lives creating this invaluable resource and support network.
I will say this though, it surprises me how little the mentoring section is used by enthusiasts, you mention you are not privy to a wealth of information, I disagree, all you have to do is ask a question, the members are incredibly generous with their time and advice.
In reply to Matt Dubuque's post on Sun 24 Feb 2008 :
Matt, I may be speaking out of school here, as I'm a fairly new member and not one of the hosts. This forum is, in my limited experience (though I have read every post since the beginning and found a wealth of useful information) one that is, almost above all, based on a selfless spirit of generosity and community. Established filmmakers help each other, and they also help newcomers to the field in public forums, such as this one. I haven't seen any quid pro quo requests here... if someone requests information or assistance the response is always generous and unqualified. Paying it forward, to use a trite phrase. I should think that your providing a member with requested information would be automatic and not come attached with conditions. You could request the member's e-mail and provide the info in private if you did not want to share your "crown jewels" with the public (members do this all the time). It's only my way of thinking, but if you demonstrated through your posts in the public threads that you could indeed be a productive participant in this little village by EXCHANGING information unconditionally with both members and enthusiasts in an intelligent, thoughtful, and professional manner, it might very well accelerate your admission as a member even though you are an inexperienced filmmaker. Food for thought. And don't get me wrong: it's great to have you here participating.