Robert – thanks for responding. I'm going to post my question and response to yours in the editing section.
Public Classifieds and Announcements - Get The (D-)Word Out!
Here's your chance to reach a broad public interested in documentaries.
Please include a LOCATION. Spam will be deleted.
As this is a PUBLIC forum, it is also a good idea to write email addresses longhand (person[AT]d-word[dot]com)
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.
DOCUCLUB “IN-THE-WORKS” AT SILVERDOCS – CALL FOR ENTRIES
DocuClub is pleased to announce its participation in the 2008 SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival with an “In-the-Works” program.
The deadline for submissions is APRIL 18, 2008. SILVERDOCS takes place June 16-23, just outside Washington DC. For more information about the Festival, go to:
DocuClub is currently accepting submissions for an “In-the-Works” program at SILVERDOCS. The “In-the-Works” program offers filmmakers a safe environment to screen a rough-cut of their documentaries before an audience of their peers and lovers of the form. The audience is encouraged to give constructive feedback about the structure, content, characters and clarity of the film in a post-screening discussion facilitated by an experienced filmmaker.
Past films that have screened “In-the-Works” include BORN INTO BROTHELS, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, and THE BOYS OF BARAKA, which won an Audience Award at SILVERDOCS.
Submission requirements for the “In-the-Works” program at SILVERDOCS include the following:
• Films must be in rough cut stage and thus ready to be screened;
• Films must be no longer than 90 minutes and no less than 45 minutes;
• Filmmaker should be able to articulate specific challenges that you wish to workshop.
To apply, please mail a clearly labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.) :
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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday April 18, 2008
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In reply to Jamila Gaskins's post on Sat 6 Oct 2007 :
Hi Jamila, Kent is fine. Not much film activity but my teaching is going well. Sorry it took so long to reply, I don't always check this site.
I'm still looking for projects to work on.
I introduced myself, now let me introduce Ginger Ink Films.
Ginger Ink is a film and television production company based in Nairobi, Kenya and, as you will see from the following, we give creative input and practical support for any production from commercials through to documentaries and feature films filmed all over Africa.
• We have recently filmed documentaries for such clients as Crocs Inc in Malawi, “Soles United in Africa” http://www.solesunited.com/solesunited.mov,
and DHL in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana;
• Facilitated crew and equipment in Ethiopia on the feature film, “The Athlete”, for the German-based Grand Hotel Pictures/Invicta Entertainment, which will be released in 2008;
• Filmed and produced television shows for National Geographic – “Hunter, Hunted” & “Is it Real?” ; the Travel Channel – “Stranded with Cash Peters”, and Virgin Media TV – “Take Me to the Edge” , the latter of which is to be shown in the UK in July 2008;
• Produced commercials for the African market for blue chip companies as Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser and Diageo and have a team of producers, directors, cameramen, soundmen, art department, location scouts and managers, casting agents, assistant directors, production assistants, grip and lighting crew, etc.
We also have inhouse camera and sound equipment. Grip and lighting equipment can be hired in Kenya.
For your next project in Africa, give us a shout.
Kenya has been one of my all time favorite places.
Nowadays it seems to be in a big storm?
I'm not complaining. But I think it would be incorrect to state that being a Member is identical to not being a member.
I remember as a law student the first time I entered the Stanford Law Library. The wealth of information there is staggering. The general public is not allowed in, for good reason.
But being allowed to study in those stacks of 18th and 19th century books, where the majority of thoughts are in complete paragraphs, was a revelation indeed.
And I have lots of questions about Vertov. For example, what influence did his films have on the very famous German actress Leni Riefenstahl before she started directing many years later? She must have seen his films; they were a smash in Europe. What influence did Vertov have on Bunuel?
And James Longley (member and 3 time Academy award nominee) is the only person I know of who has spent 2 years in Russia absolutely immersed in Soviet montage. I know he's a member here, but I've never seen him post in the Mentoring section. And I'm sure he has the kind of deep, specialized knowledge I seek.
I'm not being ungrateful or complaining. I'm simply able to make distinctions between my specialized inquiries and the general needs of others.
If you are ever at the SF Doc-u-Link I'd love to meet you.
And I'm glad you understand my point about crown jewels, even if others do not. One thing I can say, for me it just seems essential to have an Islamic film crew filming in Saudi Arabia, especially given what I intend to film there. All my analysis starts from there.
In reply to Robert Richter's post on Fri 29 Feb 2008 :
The big storm slowed to a tiny squall. Now it looks like it's a beautiful breeze!
Things have gotten back to normal(what is normal anyway?)... and i have a deep-seated feeling that they will stay so.
Hey everyone I'm helping out with marketing and distribution for this feature documentary "Rapping With Shakespeare." Directed by Emmy Award-winner Michael King, it tells the story of how five Crenshaw High School students integrate Shakespearean literature with modern day urban music culture to express adolescence in South Central LA. We had a sold-out debut in Wisconsin and our next screening will be at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Any support or help getting the word out on this project would be greatly appreciated!!!
My email if you have questions
I sincerely hope you are right! I look forward to another visit, and this time a side trip to Lamu.
CALL FOR ENTRIES [Deadline April 9, 2008]: LOOK Presents: Things To Come... A Sci-Fi Film & Music Festival
FILMMAKERS: Deadline: April 9, 2008: We are seeking short films with themes of Innovation, Man vs. Technology, Globalization, Conspiracy, Big Brother, the Apocalypse, Time Travel, Alternate Reality, etc. –- all are welcome.
Go to http://www.LOOKpresents.com/events/thingstocome.html for further details.
Also Appearing that evening will be DJ Chris Alker on the mix spinning a unique blend of space dance rock,
go-go dancers decked in the height of futuristic chic, and to close it out a very special performance by one of our interplanetary live bands.
GUESTS: Open to everyone. We hope to see you all there April 27th.
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Seeking English speaking producer and/or videographer based in Santiago.
Please send resume to: email@example.com before March 14 after which time search will be closed.
Time is of the essence—
We're looking for a small doc video crew, based in Dubai, to shoot March 8th, 9th and 10th. The gig is shooting a prestigious art opening for J.P. Morgan Chase.
We need a professional broadcast format (i.e. Beta, Digibeta, high-end DVcam.) We're shooting 16:9 NTSC but tapes can be converted from PAL or SECAM
Please send resume to Tina DiFeliciantonio, Producer, Naked Eye Productions Ltd., Tina@NakedEyeProductions.com
Try my friend Basheer firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't know if he's a producer himself, but he was a good coordinator for me at the Dubai Film Festival, very helpful. I think he'd be able to point you in the right direction.
In reply to Robert Richter's post on Fri 29 Feb 2008 :
Lamu is fantastic... well, at least the beach though. Was there for Christmas and they have let the street (their version of 'streets') get filled with donkey crap, which makes sight seeing hard as you have to walk with your eyes fixed to the ground...a pity, there is so much to see!
Holla when you are around, will help you get make the best out of your trip!
A recommended posgraduate course (diplomado) in "creative documentary" in Cali, Colombia.
I’m looking for a flat for 2 person in the period between 15th April – 12th May in New York (Lower East side, East Village, LES…). I’ll be there shooting a documentary for the French- German channel “arte”. My name is Alessandro Cassigoli and you can contact me at:
I have a friend who recently got a job offer to work in ROME and EGYPT for a year – for a Discovery documentary. If anyone has any contacts or advice please do pass it along. She will be moving at the end of March !!
Oh and i am looking for a LA sound guy for a shoot from the 19th – 22nd of March
Any suggestions ?
Amelia: I know a good sound guy in L.A. E-mail me for details...
For folks in New York:
TWN Wednesday Night Seminars
Walk-in seminars on production topics you need – from fundraising to budgets, to media management. All classes are $20/$10 (low income) unless otherwise noted. Register now at email@example.com.
March 19, 6:30PM, Production Planning and Budgeting with Ann Bennett
Preparing to produce your film – from research and preproduction to post production and distribution, with a special focus on preparing budgets. With lots of useful handouts! Led by Producer/Director Ann Bennett, who has worked for WGBH, WNET, HBO, The History Channel, England's Channel Four, and the renowned Blackside Productions.
March 26, 6:30PM, Byron Hurt, Director of Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Byron Hurt, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and anti-sexism activist, talks about making his recent documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, which premiered at the Sundance Festival and was broadcast on the Emmy award-winning series Independent Lens, and his film I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America. A former graduate of the TWN workshop, Hurt aims to make films that help make change. Free Workshop!
April 2, 6:30PM, Fundraising: Grant Proposals and Producing a Winning Sample with Dorothy Thigpen
Just in time to talk about the NYSCA proposal and sample, Dorothy Thigpen, Filmmaker and Executive Director of TWN, goes over useful tips on grant writing and sample production. Bring your proposals and samples for critiques!
April 9, 6:30 PM, Techno Organizing with Rolando Brown of the Hip Hop Association
This workshop demystifies using the new age of Web 2.0 online services instead of desktop applications, and details how storing data online rather than onto one's desktop or laptop hard drive can help with the overall effectiveness and value of the information being created, stored and/or distributed among the community.
April 16, 6:30 PM Sound Tips with JT Takagi
April 23, 6:30 PM, Camera/Hard Drive/P2
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In reply to Amelia Hanibelsz's post on Mon 10 Mar 2008 :
Amelia, Advice first..we had to get permits for everything when we filmed there, and literally had to pay the police to stay off our backs.
Contact – we used a guy called Tamer Abass from Egypt Productions –
Good luck to her!
In reply to Amelia Hanibelsz's post on Mon 10 Mar 2008 :
Amelia – what exactly is your friend in need of? I have a friend teaching in Rome right now. If she is looking for a place to stay, he might know of something. IF she is looking for any other advince, i lived in Rome for 5 months and short a few little projects there.
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Eyes of the World Media Group is a dynamic, team-oriented company that specializes in socially conscious media. Visit our website (www.eyesoftheworldmediagroup.com) for more information about us and METH INSIDE OUT. Please submit a resume and cover note to email@example.com.
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CALL FOR REPORTS & DOCUMENTARIES SHOW
This here is a call for art in any medium that accounts the result(s) of some inquiry, investigation, or experiment and purports to document reality in one fashion or another. This may include science fair reports, news reports, book reports, progress reports, process reports, re-enactments, etc… Video documentaries will be played on our small in-store TV's. DVD's for play and sale welcome.
DROP-OFF DATES at the beginning of the show: Apr 12 and 13, noon to 7pm
Duration of show/ Arterrarium dates available: Apr 20 to Jul 13, 2008
Address: 515 Balboa Street, San Francisco 94118
ADD TO THE SHOW DURING THE SHOW by making art in the arterrarium
People of all ages, of all skill levels, are invited to make artwork in any medium in response to the show's theme. The show grows as more people participate. You can make an arterrarium appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you don't like to plan ahead, Thursday nights are drop-in arterrarium nights,6-9pm.
the frankenNews hour
Add your local news via our drop boxes. Or come read the news or do a segment on air with us. See our website for taping times – www.frankenartmart.com.
Writing, drawing, and photography (B&W only, 4 pages max.) submissions will be "published" in the frankenmagazine once a month during the show.
We need TV's, DVD players, and a digital video camera for this show. If you could lend us any of these for the duration of the show, we would be forever grateful. Thanks!
leslie, reuben, and zeke
515 balboa street
(((Screen Your Movie in Cambodia!!!)))
CAMBOFEST: Film and Video Festival of Cambodia continues to accept entries for its 2nd year, the 2008 Edition, to be held in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat City), CAMBODIA
To submit, or for more information, visit WWW.CAMBOFEST.COM
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We have several gorgeous furnished and unfurnished offices in a variety of sizes, Edit Suites with or without systems available for short or long-term rentals. Desk rental is also available in large shared office space. We are in a great location, close to subways and restaurants. High ceilings, lots of light, in a quiet and newly refurbished building.
Please call/email Edna to schedule a viewing and discuss options.
PALESTINE DEMOLITION FOOTAGE?
I'm a film student in City College of San Francisco working on a short doc on Palestinian Home Demolitions by the Israeli military. I need some more demolition footage to finish my film. Does anyone out there have demolition footage I could use or know anyone who does?
Thanks so much for your help.
In reply to Amelia Hanibelsz's post on Mon 10 Mar 2008 :
Amelia, I live in Roma, if she wants to contact me for any kind of infos she's welcome to do so. Better via e-mail: e-mail is just "info" and then the @ and then "marioberlinguer.com" ( without the "s of course, sorry I'm trying to keep my e-mail spam free).
DocuClub’s first session for 2008 is scheduled for Thursday April 3rd, at 7:30pm, at the screening room of our partner Goldcrest Post (799 Washington Street, between Horatio and Gansevoort. For map with directions, go to www.goldcrestpost.com), in New York City.
We will watch Kimberly Reed’s PRODIGAL SONS, the story of “a brotherly rivalry between a man and a woman... and Orson Welles.” Reed was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2007. Our moderator will be DocuClub founder Susan Kaplan.
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and I look forward to meeting you on April 3rd!
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I saw an early cut of Prodigal Sons about 6 months ago and, while it needed more work, it's an utterly fascinating (very!) personal story. I hear Kim's put narration in so can't wait to see it again.
Yes, it's an incredible story with many twists and turns, and it will benefit from the input of DocuClub's smart and dedicated audience.
To all NYC-area doc makers seeking funding for prod. and/or post...
>> Are you working on a feature-length documentary that is in
> production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition
> in 2009? Does your film examine or document people who are
> ignored, ostracized or otherwise marginalized; people fighting for
> social or political change; or broad social movements? If the
> answer is yes, then you should know about the Gucci Tribeca
> Documentary Fund.
> The Fund will provide finishing funds to documentaries that promote
> social change and illuminate issues in need of comprehensive
> coverage currently missing in mainstream media. Grants ranging from
> $5,000 – $30,000 will be awarded in 2008, totaling $80,000.
> Come hear more and bring your questions for Ryan Harrington who
> will answer questions and share information about the application
> Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
> Thursday, March 27th, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
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Hello again. As i said on my "introduce yourself" post, I'm available for composing original music for interesting documentaries.
Some of my work can be heard on my website at http://www.marioberlinguer.com.
Best way to contact me is at "info" and then the @ and then "marioberlinguer.com" (without the " of course).
Thanks and keep up with the good work!
Hmmm, the D-Word is a 34 year old male residing in New York New York. Who knew?
Your city, my age, and John's good karma.
We had to set these things, there was no way to hide them.
I am interested in advice on how to find right person (film maker) and fund a small documentary style effort and what might be interesting goals / benefits that makes it a win/win for company and film producer. Budget would likely be shoestring, but could be an interesting experience.
Say you have a big event every year like MacWorld (AppleWorld) or an auto show (but put on by only one company, not a tradeshow)... you show off your latest products, you launch 2 or 3 new things, and you show a vision of where your company is going (concept cars, or other physical immersive manifestations). You have to entice the media and your top customers to attend and you want to broadcast and create discussion around all 3 parts of this event experience...
I am exploring how a highly experiential event with similar attributes could leverage film/documentary storytelling in interesting, meaningful ways – meaningful to the company, its stakeholders, and the film maker...
Some nice to have goals for company might be:
+ capture people's reactions around new product innovation at large/major event in Eastern Europe (new product concepts around several themes, dramatic event experience in major city, new products being launched, other interesting products being demonstrated/show for sales in both business to business and business to consumer arena)
+ capture value design is adding to business
+ possible interviews with CEO/CMOs from top companies
+ many other areas that could be mutually interesting if discussed... but trying to understand if this might be interesting to a qualified independent film maker or high potential starting out
There could be two cuts... both would likely be very people-focused. But, one could capture essence of business value and the other could be all around creative/design side of things.
Need help getting your doc funded? I've written and gotten grants and fellowships from ITVS, NEA, LPB, Guggenheim, Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, NYFA and more. I can help you make your proposal successful. Email for more information: nicolecattell at gmail dot com.
Nicole, I see from your profile you helped Natalia Almada write a proposal that got her ITVS funding. Nice. Natalia's an old friend – be sure to say hi if you're still in touch. She's also a D-Word member who hardly ever posts, so nag her for me.
Glad to have you here as a member, too. Be sure to say howdy in the Introduce Yourself topic.
Looking for a NW based HDV Camera Operator to do 5-10 days of shoots (monthly) across the country. The shoots are boring and simple, seminars and green-screen standups. Non-doc, just commerce. And you get paid.
More info here:
Seeking experienced, professional grant writer in Dallas area with high success rate to help fund a major doc project. If interested please make contact asap. Thanks
Hey thanks to all who sent Rome contacts etc- i will pass them onto my friend. I just got back from a week long shoot – so sorry for the delayed vote of thanks !!
If anyone needs sound in LA – drop me a line .
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In reply to Bill Buchanan's post on Thu 27 Mar 2008 :
I've emailed you details of a D-Worder in TX who may be the right person for the job.
Hi all, if any of you know a qualified individual who would be interested and available in helping out with film festival submissions and marketing for this feature documentary, please let me know!!!
ABOUT THE FILM
A feature doc on five students at Crenshaw High School who express teen life in South Central LA through a mix of hip-hop and Shakesearean literature. Directed by Emmy Award-winner Michael King.
WHO YOU WILL BE WORKING WITH
The producer/exec producer who has plenty of contacts and experience in the TV, music, and film business. You might work with me a bit if I stay with the project and/or if I end up training you.
PRIMARY DUTIES: KEEP UP WITH FILM FEST DEADLINES
Manage and update Withoutabox.com acct
Help maintain calendar of film fest dates, deadlines, fees
Submit/send films and fees to film festivals; meet deadlines
Communicate with film festivals to request deadline/submission fee waivers
This is the top priority but in the event that the film gets accepted to a fest, you'll need to help out with publicity work ranging from updating our Myspace and website to making calls to radio stations. Please contact me if you're interested or have more questions. We are looking for someone who is flexible and follows through with tasks. Help out with as much as you can, and whatever you can't do, let us know and we can work something out. I started with the internship not long ago and it has been a great experience. My availability has changed so I am looking for an assistant/replacement. Thanks!!
or you can email me. Please do not merely reply as a post here as I don't check these forums daily. Thanks!!!
Le, you can subscribe to email updates on single topics, so you don't need to log on here every day.
"A powerful seminar that was jam packed with great information from the first hour to the closing night. Barely three months later I am now in production directing my first feature length documentary thanks to their guidance and wisdom." Shane Harvey, Producer/Director, Vancouver
As spring brings awakens creativity in all of us, we here at The Documentary Film Makers Course give you not one, but two, chances to get your non-fiction storytelling juices flowing. Filmmaker, consultant and author of The Documentary Film Makers Handbook, Andrew Zinnes gives you tips and advice on how to get your film MADE and how to avoid TRAPS.
Times and dates below. Go to http://www.script-tonic.com or call 310-941-2168 for more information or to register.
When: April 26-27, 2008, 9AM-6PM
Where: Filmmakers Alliance, 1030 W. Hillcrest Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301
Price: $299 (organization and student discounts available – call for more info)
When: May 3-4, 2008 10AM-6PM
Where: East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: $299 (organization and student discounts available – call for more info)
DocuClub, a New York-based film series of works-in-progress documentaries, is seeking submissions for 2008.
The format of DocuClub is to screen a rough cut and to have a moderator facilitate a discussion of the film between filmmaker and audience. Past films that have been screened at DocuClub include "Born Into Brothels," "The Boys of Baraka," and "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster."
DocuClub is accepting entries that fit the following criteria:
- They are in the rough cut stage and thus ready to be screened
- They are no longer than 120 minutes and no less than 45 minutes
- They have specific challenges that you wish to workshop
If you would like to be considered, please mail a clearly-labeled DVD screener to the address below. (Please note that your screener will not be returned unless you provide a SASE.)
Membership in DocuClub includes free admission to all our events. To join, please go to: www.artsengine.net/store/#tools_consul
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
FREE Screening: Cynthia Wade's FREEHELD, The New School, April 11
The New School presents
The Sixth Annual Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival – Vision and Risk: The Films of Cynthia Wade
Date: April 11, 2008
7:00 p.m., with panel discussion and reception to follow
66 W. 12th Street, New York City
Free and Open to the Public
Screening and Discussion: FREEHELD, winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject
FREEHELD chronicles Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester’s struggle to transfer her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when the elected officials of Ocean County, New Jersey, deny her request to leave her pension to her partner, an option granted only to heterosexual married couples. FREEHELD captures the media frenzy and passionate advocacy campaign spurred by Laurel’s plight; it also tells the quieter, personal story of the deep love between Laurel and Stacie as they face the reality of losing each other, creating a powerful, nuanced study of a grassroots fight for justice.
YIKES! MIAMI-AREA DP / CAMERA OP NEEDED IN A HURRY!
Just received an opportunity for a talking-head intvw with a movie star that's very pertinent to my doc. It's in Miami Beach, this week, probably during business hours. Only about one hour of actual intvw, but then set-up and breakdown on top of the one hour.
If anyone fits this bill, is a DP with professional credits and his/her own camera (Sony DVCam preferred) and light kit, drop me a line at:
cultmovies [at] hotmail [dot] com
This is for an in-production feature-length doc that already has some interest from cable and has other movie-star intvws in the can.
Can anyone recommend a production fixer in Peshawar Pakistan.
Contact D-Word Members Cameron Hickey and Lauren Feeney. They shot close to the Afghan border in Pakistan. Maybe they can help?
The Utopia Film Festival, a community festival for which I have been serving as Program Director, is now accepting submissions. Would love to see any D-Worder submissions. No premiere requirements and we do accept films made within the past two years. Here's our blurb...
The Utopia Film Festival showcases short and feature-length works which entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages. Fiction, Documentaries, Animations, Music Videos, and Experimental Films are all welcome. This year's festival will take place from October 24-26, 2008 in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The Utopia Film Festival is an annual cinematic event, now in its fourth year. It reflects the utopian ideals of Greenbelt, Maryland – one of America's first planned communities. Located between the urban centers of Washington DC and Baltimore, Maryland, Greenbelt was designed and built under the Roosevelt Administration's New Deal Federal Works Program in the 1930s. It remains a vibrant community and its historic city center (where many of the festival events take place) has been designated a national historic district.
While we encourage all submissions, these are special strands which we have planned for 2008:
UTOPIAN VISIONS: Films which address themes of community building, promoting diversity, bettering social and economic conditions, or preserving the environment.
KID VIDS: Family-friendly animated or live-action works. Films produced by children and teenagers are especially encouraged.
HALLOWEEN SCREEN: Since our festival coincides with the week of Halloween, we welcome submissions of serious or spoofy horror films appropriate for the season.
Submit now to take advantage of the early bird discount rate on submission fees.
Early-Bird Deadline: April 25, 2008
Regular Deadline: June 13, 2008
Late Deadline: July 1, 2008
Looking for a cinematographer in Minneapolis/St. Paul to film one interview and possibly broll of a rally for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Prior interviews were shot on a Sony HDV camera – would prefer to keep this look. Shooting date will be either April 10th or 11th. Please contact me for more information: email@example.com.
Looking for a cinematographer in Los Angeles to film an interview for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Prior interviews were shot on a Sony HVR VIU and we want to keep a consistent look. Would like to use natural light as much as possible, but anticipate using lights as well. It should be a half day shoot on April 13th – there is some flexibility. Please contact me for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just wanted to let you know about an opportunity for anyone who's
interested to create a financed short that could broadcast nationally
on PBS. The WGBH Lab has joined with P.O.V. and is seeking compelling
pitches for video shorts about the 2008 Election. If selected,
producers receive $2,000 production funds, get feedback from industry
professionals, and their work may be broadcast nationally. The
deadline for pitches is May 2nd, 2008.
If you'd like to submit a pitch or want more information, visit:
I don't know if this is the right section, but for all that are interested:
My name is Christian Kragh and I'm a freelance Flash designer/developer. I create full Flash websites and am interested in creating websites for films as well. In the past, I've mostly designed sites for portfolios, galleries, artists and photographers, that type of thing. But I want to expand and think film sites can be really great. My website is at http://www.christiankragh.com – please contact me if you are interested at ckragh – at – gmail – dot – com – I don't think I'll be checking d-word so often.
Hi my name is Karen and I'm a freelance web designer, I offer affordable websites, and interest free financing is available. These are tough times and Filmmakers don't have a large budget. I just completed film site that will play at the Newport Beach film festival.
Hello! Does anyone know of any New York-based documentary film makers with internship opportunities? I am looking for some hands-on experience before i attend the Maine Media Workshop's four-week documentary film making course this summer (August). Thank you for any advice or suggestions you can share with me: email@example.com. Best regards, Cynthia
Subtitling job for a German speaker:
Someone wants to have his late father's video Holocaust testimony subtitled from German to English. The interview has already been transcribed and translated. Length is 1:43.
Having just worked with subtitles myself, I know that it works better when the subtitler speaks the native language. That's why I'm passing up this opportunity.
It would be easiest if the editor lives in the States, since the tapes are in NY, but an accomodation could probably be reached if this is not the case.
Please contact me if interested.
I am looking for a group to view my film. I am just finishing editing it. (I think, LOL) I did a private viewing a couple of weeks ago and made some adjustments and now I would like to screen it again. If anyone is in the Providence/Boston/Conn area and would provide a place to screen it and up to 10 or 15 people to critique it I would be greatly in your debt. (Basically I can go anyplace driving distance,any day, as long as I can make it back to work the next morning)
I am not offering money, just an opportunity to watch a film and network. Just a little background, This is my first film and I did not get any grants.
For more background on the film please go to my website at
Hi there! I'm about to graduate from college (University of Virginia) and am looking for either an editing internship or, better yet, assistant editorship. I've sent out 30-odd emails, queries, demos, and resumes, but I imagine I have another 100-odd to go. Any recommendations for post houses to get my start in editing?
My demo is online at youtube.com/user/xtinatracik
email is firstname.lastname@example.org
ANY suggestions are welcome! (Hey, I hear Starbucks has pretty good benefits these days, too...)
RoleModel Enterprises is casting for a series of very Short Films (total of 70-80 minutes): "Budget Justified." Filming will be in the June time frame in Vienna, VA. We will work with your schedule if possible.
Looking for "Alan"—male, white, thirties or forties, funny guy who works for the federal government. (Major Role)
"Tim"—male, white, forties or fifties, funny guy with an attitude who works for the federal government. (Supporting Role)
“Barry” –male, white, forties to sixties, an unfriendly middle manager (minor role)
“Gigi” –female, forties to sixties, a dumpy but nice lower manager (minor role)
“Jeff” –male, forties to fifties, a nice yes-man in lower management (minor role)
“George” –male, white, forties to sixties, a grouchy yes-man in lower management (minor role)
“Brian” –male, thirties, husband to main character (minor role)
“Yvette” –female, white, twenties, office worker, speaks a few words in French (minor role)
“Jane” – female, thirties, attractive, professional
Please be prepared to do a monologue (not to exceed two minutes), and/or complete a cold read at the audition.
This is unfortunately for no pay, BUT we will provide a COPY of the finished film, all the FOOD you can EAT, and a LEARNING EXPERIENCE you will never forget!!
If successful, there will be an opportunity for paid appearances at RoleModel Enterprises evening events starting in September.
Contact Information: roleModelEnterprises@gmail.com
In reply to Christina Tkacik's post on Mon 14 Apr 2008 :
Please check this job internship announcement.
INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION for RoleModel Enterprises
Job title: Internet video producer
Job description: Since RoleModel Enterprises is a small company, you will have the opportunity to take on as much responsibility as you would like. You will have the creative freedom to impact the company with your own ideas. Part of the job will be to learn about anything you might need to do the job.
Job duties: Depending upon the candidate’s skills, the job duties will encompass a subset of the following tasks. Some of the skill sets necessary for the tasks will be taught on the job if necessary.
Creating stories for new media
• Video logging and editing
• Creating a plan for story distribution using social networking sites, text messages, etc.
• Creating web site content, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, etc.
• Operate video camera at networking events
• Ecommerce web site design
Ideal candidate: Has an entrepreneurial spirit, is creative, willing to try out different ideas, and likes working with web technology. Must be familiar with video editing software and comfortable operating a small digital video camera. Also should be familiar with Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and other new media capabilities. Experience with web site design is a plus, but not required.
About the company: RoleModel Enterprises is located in Vienna, Virginia (one mile from the Vienna metro station). It is a startup dedicated to getting more positive role models featured in entertainment and news stories in new media.
RoleModel Enterprises puts on structured social/educational networking events for people interested in putting positive role models in new media. RoleModel Enterprises creates and distributes fiction and nonfiction stories about role models in written, audio, and video form.
About the CEO: Lisa Schaefer has worked in the technology sector for various government contractors and has mentored interns for several summers. She taught statistics courses for non-math majors at American and Marymount Universities. Dr. Schaefer is the author of Grassroot Hollywood: Brand Yourself as a Role Model in New Media, a book about using a grassroots movement and new technology to put role models’ stories in new media. She serves on the board of several service organizations, hosts Fairfax County public access cable shows, and speaks at conferences. She has taken several graduate level video production courses and has participated in several novel writers workshops.
How to apply: Send a resume and cover letter to RoleModelEnterprises@gmail.com
Need Funding for Your Project? Get Grants From Foundations and the Govt. w/ IPF Fiscal Sponsorship
FREE: We would like to give guys a free add on so when you call please mention The D-Word and we will give you online donation acceptance with credit card processing free for six months.
Hey guys, we are the Independent Production Fund, an NYC-based non-profit documentary production company with 20 years of experience in cable and public television. Our mission is to assist filmmakers who focus on important stories and subjects in achieving their visions; because these films often have a tremendous impact on their audience and our world.
Because we know that many on The D-Word are working on great projects that are struggling for funding we would like to invite you to apply to our expanding Fiscal Sponsorship program. This will give you access to foundation grants and government funding that is unavailable to individuals and for profit production companies. I would like to emphasize we are not a school or a membership association but a professional production company with a dedicated, experienced staff that understands every step of acquiring public funds because we use them in our own projects.
Some of you may be experienced filmmakers who are just looking for a like-minded organization to act as a conduit for your funds and we can accommodate that. However if you are not as experienced with public sector fundraising we can help you every step of the way with a full range of services like fundraising (and production) consultation, financial management, online credit card donation processing and discounted rentals (including equipment, Avid suites and meeting space).
Take a look at http://www.IPFMEDIA.org/fiscalsponsorship to see the depth and breadth of the programs we have produced and the kinds of services we can offer your production.
Here is our press release: http://www.ipdgroup.com/pr-news/10125-six-time-emmy-winner-starts-program-to-help-independent-filmmakers
Thanks for taking the time to read this and we look forward to working with you on your next project.
Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator
The Independent Production Fund
Docs In Progress is seeking submissions for our summer and fall works-in-progress screenings.
We screen documentary rough cuts six times a year in Washington DC and once a year in Baltimore, MD. These screenings are attended by the general public and include a moderated feedback session with the audience. There is currently no fee to submit, although all accepted filmmakers must be willing to attend the screening at their own travel expense. Screenings are usually held on a weeknight.
For our next program in Washington DC (Tuesday, June 10), we are accepting documentary rough cuts which are shorter than 30 minutes. For our July, September, October, and November programs, we will accept submissions of any length. While we accept submissions on a rolling basis, to be considered for the June program, we will need to receive your submission by April 30.
Click here for more information on how to submit.
These screenings are organized by Docs In Progress. Location sponsors are The Documentary Center at the George Washington University (Washington DC) and the Creative Alliance (Baltimore).
Calling New York City's Finest Filmmakers and Supporters of Youth Film!
Want to know what your fellow filmmakers have been up to this year? Want to meet and mingle with leaders in the filmmaking, social issue, and education arenas? Want to show off the cool new projects you’ve been working with?
Come and join the party!
To celebrate the rich breadth of youth making social issue films in New York City, Arts Engine and the Tribeca Film Institute are putting together a bash to honor and encourage youth-produced media dedicated to documenting issues of great importance in our world today.
Making Media That Matters: A Celebration will feature a variety of Media That Matters shorts that highlight the role of youth in producing and promoting socially conscious media, with food and refreshments provided!
We invite educators, activists, and filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience to join us in appreciating the role of youth-produced media in exploring and changing our world.
More about TFI Youth Screening Series
The TFI Youth Screening Series is a yearlong presentation of films that serves NYC youth and educators with access to free, relevant programming. The aim of the program is to spark debate and galvanize awareness and action in young people around the issues that are affecting them.
The event will take place on April 25th from 5-8pm at DCTV on 87 Lafayette Street. Space is limited, so please email email@example.com to RSVP or with any questions you may have.
We hope to see you there!
We're looking for a good English-speaking production company or freelancers in Taiwan to help film a corporate commercial May 14-16.
We will need an HD camera package, sound, gaffer, etc..
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Leah, go into search and perhaps track down member Shashwati. She could be back in Taiwan and may have contacts; she's been off for a while.
Actually, to find Shashwati you don't want to "go into search", Leah. You want to search the database. Click on the People link at the top of the page to get there.
I have a Sony ECM-44B Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone for sale for $150. It was purchased from B & H last year and only used for a few weeks. It's in perfect condition, except for a small scuff on the cable which does not affect performance. I have the receipt and it's in its original packaging. Great mic and great deal! Includes mic/capsule, tie clip, windscreen and case. Pickup in LA or ship to rest of US (add shipping cost).
From B & H's website: The ECM-44B makes the exceptional quality of Sony's electret condenser microphones available for budget conscious productions, and a variety of sound reinforcement requirements, such as lectures and demonstrations. Measuring only 8.5 x 14.5mm, the ECM-44B reduces the visual distraction to the audience. The ECM-44B can be depended upon for clean, bright, yet natural reproduction. To maintain its low cost, this microphone operates on a single AA (does not accept phantom power) battery for over 5000 hours of service.
sorry leah, doug's right. I did check to see you're a member though, because you can access the database only if so (right DB?).
We lost our intern to illness and her backed up college work. So we're looking for another. Come in a couple of days a week on a regular and reliable basis. Help on current projects. Email RRProd@aol.com
I'm auctioning off 83 promotional posters from New Yorker Films' Video collection. The posters are 14x21. View all titles here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZmjjvckp
We are looking for an executive producer for the documentary project The Navajo Riders.
The Navajo Riders covers the Navajo Nation Council Horseback Ride in which council delegates ride to different parts of the Navajo Nation to learn about the needs of the Navajo people at townhall meetings, recreating an old tradition. The seven day ride begins at the base of Navajo Mountain, goes through the Monument Valley, and ends in Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation. We follow the NaaTsis Aan Riders throughout this exciting 510-mile journey through three states passing the Navajo volcanic fields, a meteor crash site, and a glacial lake. Along the way suffering temperatures above a hundred degrees, we encounter wild mustangs and ancient Anazasi structures built thousands of years ago. During this week-long event we explore the unique traditions of the Navajo culture.
The Navajo Riders will be submitted to the Native American category for the Sundance Film Festival. Navajo producer, director, and writers are attached to the documentary project.
We have been doing the Navajo Council ride for the past eight years. For the past three years, I have been filming the ride. With these images, I created a trailer, The Navajo Riders 2005, to present the idea for this documentary. To see the trailer please go to www.joshuedeltoro.com
Phone: (213) 949-0938
Joshue Del Toro
Seeking native Italian or perfectly fluent Italian speaker experienced international doc film/cinema verite editor who can work with PAL footage and who has FCP 6. Please have full-length international doc and/or cinema verite experience. 16 hours of footage need to cut a trailer. Pay negotiable – new york, new jersey, boston, or will consider some travel.
I'm a brazilian journalist working as a field producer/fixer for foreign TV crews, film and video makers
that plan to come to Brazil in order to produce films, video documentaries, hard news reports and other productions.
Currently I´m a free lancer for YLE ( Finland) , ARTE ( France-Germany), ARD ( Germany), ABC ( Canada), CBC (Australia) and CNN Español ( based in Miami).
I would like to let you know about my availability for anyone who may need someone in Brazil and southern south american countries.
In my position I can quickly provide :
- field and travel arrangements
- filming permissions
- interviews and visits scheduling
- suitable natural sceneries and movie set
locations – indoor and outdoor
- local transportation and lodging anywhere in
Brazil and South America
- translations portuguese/english/spanish
- "making of" photography
- money saving logistics
- dynamic, productive and detailed trip
- cheap car and equipment rental
- fresh stories suggestions monthly ( if you wish to receive those)
If you know any media professionals who are willing to travel to Brazil
soon or someday for filming, and need a person to work
on the pre productions details, please let them know
our email adresses :
Phone number in Sao Paulo city : 11-30329302 or mobile 11-84024790
You can expect hard working and willingness to help
people bringing out the best of what is possible and
impossible to be done in a limited time
reporting/filming trip in Brazil. From organizing a
safe expedition to remote indigenous tribes of Amazon
forest to an interview with our new president Lula.
Here's a brief of our profiles :
Caio Vilela, 38 : Working with photography and
travel writing for brazilian and
foreign publications, has been traveled in
more than 50 countries producing written reports and images.
After twelve years travelling extensively inside Brazil
and South America as a nature travel guide and
reporter, he has contacts with media related people
all over the country and knows virtually every nature
travel destination in Brazil.
Wife and colaborator : Ana Busch, 40, executive-director of Folha de
Sao Paulo, Brazil's main newspaper and newswebsite (
www.folha.com.br ) , Ana has been working on
hard news for 18 years.
Owner of a precious phone directory and
having very efficient contacts in Brazil government
staff, she can help you get through burocracy and take
short cuts to obtain filming permissions, and
scheduling interviews with busy/important people.
All the best from brazillian warm winter,
Phone number in Sao Paulo city : 11-30329302 or mobile 11-84024790