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Jon Fordham
Sun 7 Aug 2011Link

Two last minute spots available for tomorrow's (August 8) HD for Post Seminar (see earlier posts)

contact jonf at framerunner.com for more info. Thanks.

New seminars coming later in August.


Nadia Awad
Tue 9 Aug 2011Link

In reply to Jon Fordham's post on Wed 13 Jul 2011 :

I had the privilege of taking Jon Fordham's seminar this evening and wanted to comment on it for those considering taking it.

I highly recommend taking it and feel that I learned a tremendous amount in a very short time. Jon and Evan were extremely detailed, thorough, and generous in their answers and explanations. We covered a wide arrange of topics, including post workflows for DSLR cameras, numerous codecs/formats and their specific limitations, preparing media for maximum usage and distribution (and not simply one function/outlet) as well as general media management-related topics at each stage of production.

Although the description outlines the topics that Jon and Evan (who also ran the seminar as well) covered, I was also asked ahead of time if I had particular postproduction workflow questions. I spoke on the phone with Evan and described the parameters of two ambitious projects that I have coming up in January.

I was very excited when I came in when I learned he had consulted several colleagues and had detailed information specific to my situation that was incredibly helpful and illuminating.

It is clear that both Jon and Evan are very excited about what they do and this definitely comes across in how they present material and respond to questions.

I have taken several other postproduction workshops in the past year on various topics and of varying quality, but this was one of the rare workshops that pushed away from the sort of Procrustean approach to technical aspects of filmmaking and postproduction.

I have also made a big effort to learn FCP more thoroughly as well as Avid and Premier (as several projects have required Premier) and this workshop definitely built on that knowledge and provided a deeper, much more nuanced understanding of concepts I thought I knew.

I can imagine that more seasoned postproduction professionals would benefit even more out of this workshop with Jon because of the his and Evan's breadth of experience and willingness to engage with a project's specific demands.

Thanks again Jon!


Jennifer Schmidt
Tue 9 Aug 2011Link

INTERN POSITION FOR DOCUMENTARY OUTREACH AND DISTRIBUTION

"Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?" is a documentary in the final phases of post production that investigates the roots of the current economic crisis, and the ongoing assault on working people in the United States. With clear, fact-based storytelling, "Heist" exposes the systemic, forty year corporate attack that has shattered America’s economy through deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs and tax policies favoring businesses and the very wealthy. Co-directed by Berkeley filmmaker Donald Goldmacher, the film is swiftly being edited for festival screenings in the Fall, and outreach and distribution in 2011 and 2012.

The ideal candidate for this unique opportunity will be interested in documentary film, and passionate about economic, social and environmental justice with experience in social media, community organizing and/or marketing and promotion. We ask for a 5-10 hr/week commitment for the next three months. This is an opportunity to learn firsthand about "hybrid" distribution strategies for important, social action oriented documentaries.

Scope-of-Work: With guidance from producers, the intern will help build strategic alliances by researching and contacting organizations doing critical work in the field; help build contact and email lists; assist in IndieGoGo fundraising campaign; promote the project via blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other online networking sites to help us create a buzz about "Heist"; and assist producers in developing outreach and distribution plans. The goal with the film is to help audiences understand the underpinnings of the country's economic problems and demonstrate what everyday Americans can do to make a difference.

Compensation: Unpaid internship initially with the opportunity to grow into role as project builds.

Send resume, a brief cover letter with relevant experience and interest in the cause to: Jennifer Schmidt at Bellafour@gmail.com

Location: San Francisco but work can be done remotely for right candidate.

Thank you for your interest!


Lani Simeona
Tue 9 Aug 2011Link

FULL FRAME'S 2012 NEW DOCS CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS AUGUST 15

Full Frame exhibits nearly 100 documentary films in various categories. By completing the online application, you will be submitting to NEW DOCS, the festival’s competitive program which includes films completed in the last two years. In 2011, 66 films were selected for NEW DOCS from 1200 entries. NEW DOCS are eligible for a number of awards in various categories. The 2011 festival offered 9 awards, with prizes totaling over $50,000 in cash and services. The 2012 festival will take place Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 15.

Regular Deadline: October 15, 2011 ($40)
Late Deadline: November 30, 2011 ($60)

Please visit our website for submission guidelines and requirements. (http://www.fullframefest.org/submit.php)


Garret Savage
Fri 12 Aug 2011Link

OPEN CALL FOR THE 2012 KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP

The fellowship is designed to help emerging editors in both doc and fiction by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations.

If you've edited at least one feature film (over 60 minutes) and are based in the US, we'd love for you to consider applying.

Deadline: September. 30, 2012 (earlier than last year)

Our 2011 Fellow, Erin Casper, has had an amazing past few months as she's attended the SXSW and IFFB film festivals, both ACE EditFests in New York and Los Angeles, met with editors Jean Tsien and Geof Bartz for career and craft advice, and received a shipment of books and DVDs from Powell's. Her first doc feature, "Our School," is showing at film festivals around the world. Lately she's been working with Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on a new doc project. She's written about some of these experiences in blog entries on our site: http://www.karenschmeer.com/index.php/Blog/ More posts to come soon.

In addition to our continuing partnerships with ACE, Manhattan Edit Workshop, SXSW, IFFB, Stranger than Fiction, and Docuclub, we’ve added a $1000 cash award and a new partnership with Rooftop Films.

The website has all the info:

http://www.karenschmeer.com/

Press release in the Hidden Section.

Twitter @karenschmeerFEF
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KarenSchmeerFEF

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Travis Burgess
Fri 12 Aug 2011Link

PORTUGUESE TRANSLATOR NEEDED!

Coalition Film and CABULA6 in New York editing a feature documentary about Death Metal musicians in Angola organizing the first ever national rock concert. The footage is beautiful. The stories are fascinating. The music is awesome. And we have a world class post-production team assembled. It has every possibility of being a great film. The film is all in Portuguese. We need a number of TRANSLATORS to work on this project as we are currently in the editing process– this

We are in desperate need of TRANSLATORS. PORTUGUESE TRANSLATOR NEEDED! You can contact me at travis@coalition-films.com

War ravaged and potentially the richest country in Africa, Angola is the epicenter of the African hardcore music scene. Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores live and breath rock and roll. They run and live in the Okutiuka orphanage in Huambo, Angola and have a dream. They are going to mount the first ever national rock concert, bringing together for the first time the best and the brightest in Angolan hardcore death metal, thrash metal and melodic deathcore. The site will be Huambo – the town most devastated during the war. Their shared dream is to pick up the pieces, reverse the ruinations of the past and lay down roots for the future, providing home and family for the burgeoning community rockers, much in the way they have provided refuge and continuity for the orphans of war they live and work with.

In a country where only 20% of the population have access to internet, radio and television they have their work cut out for them. But regardless of the obstacle, the drive is strong enough to overcome almost anything. As Wilker and Sonia explain, for them Rock is about "poetry, love and joy. It innovates and opens minds. It speaks about the fallacies of war and opposes cruelty, it pulls things out of our souls that we never knew were there. Rock is a form of expression that enables us to remove all the debris and our suffering from all the years of war. We are at the beginning of a great story. 10, 20 years from now people are going to tell this story. They'll look at us and and say, 'hey, you're one of the people who inspired rock, who inspired all of us here now, who love rock and play rock.'" So they set out on their quest to mobilize the loudest most powerful bands they can find to jointly and joyously scream into the night.

You can contact me at travis@coalition-films.com

These are beautiful: Check out some of the stills @

https://picasaweb.google.com/cabula6/EARLYSCREENSHOTSANGOLAFILM2011?feat=directlink#slideshow/5609996174455644818


Richard Burst-Lazarus
Tue 16 Aug 2011Link

Call for Entries / Upcoming Deadline Aug. 17: Paley Center for Media $5,000 Documentary Pitch Workshop

The Paley Center for Media in Manhattan is now accepting entries for its 12th annual documentary pitch workshop for emerging directors with work-in-progress films. The regular entry deadline is Wednesday, August 17.

http://www.paleycenter.org/pitch2011

This is a competition for a $5,000 finishing grant for a relatively new documentary directors (two or less projects) with a project they've started but haven't finished. This year's sponsor is The Documentary Channel.

To apply, you'll need to submit ten minutes of selects from your project. PCM chooses five finals to pitch their projects in Manhattan in late October in front of an audience and a panel of judges, who choose the winner of the grant.

Regular deadline is August 17, with entry fees going up for subsequent deadlines.


Nancy Crowley
Tue 16 Aug 2011Link

RFP FOR THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

The Nature Conservancy is looking for an individual or firm to create a series of branded video documentaries that showcase some of our most important conservation work in California.

If you think you might be interested in this project, please take a look at the attached RFP.

Here is the summary:

The Nature Conservancy seeks to hire an individual or firm to create a series of five to six branded documentaries about the California program’s key conservation priorities. The purpose of the films is to inspire major financial investment by current and prospective donors, including large and sophisticated foundations. Each film should tell a story about that individual priority. We expect each film to be approximately three minutes in length, feature video of beautiful natural areas and include interviews with key stakeholders.

All proposal responses must be received electronically by September 9, 2011, 5 p.m. Pacific to: Nancy Crowley at ncrowley(at)tnc(dot)org. Additional materials can be mailed to Nancy Crowley, The Nature Conservancy, 201 Mission Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Edited Wed 17 Aug 2011 by Doug Block

Doug Block
Wed 17 Aug 2011Link

Nancy, I added the (at) and (dot) to your email address. The Public Classifieds are open to search engines so we don't recommend anyone put their @ and .


Jill Morley
Wed 17 Aug 2011Link

Looking for a DP with a camera (preferably EX3) in Denver, Colorado for a half day shoot for a low budget doc. Please email me, jill(at)jillmorley(dot)com (Thanks for the reminder, Doug!)


Lynn Cassaniti
Thu 18 Aug 2011Link

Production Board or Production Strip Board

15" 4-panel Film Production Board, black leather exterior

Open measures: 16 ½”H x 41 1/2"W x 1 ¼” D
Closed measures: 16 ½” H x 10 ¼”W x 1 ¼” D

This 4-panel strip board is designed for a commercial shoot. The panels have a shallow pocket along the top and bottom to hold the Cast Header and Colored Strips.

A traditional film production board or production strip board is a cardboard chart holding color-coded strips of paper, each containing information about a scene in the script. The strips, called production strips, can then be rearranged and laid out sequentially to represent the scene order that the Assistant Director (AD) will schedule the film. The sequential order of the production board will be in perfect sync with the shooting.

Strips are available at: http://filmproductionworkshops.com/film_resources/film_production_strip_boards.html

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Catherine Stratton
Fri 19 Aug 2011Link

Hi There,
Not sure this is the best place to post, but I recently began making short profiles of creative people and organizations. Not sure if it's become a viable niche market yet, but it's something I'm good at and want to make more. I have embedded my latest video on the humor artist, Rick Parker called 'Finding Humor in Art.' To get an idea of the type of work he does, he recently finished the satiric comic, 'Harry Potty.'

I've pasted the url below.

Any ideas, tips or other chit-chat will be much appreciated.

Thanks!


Catherine Stratton
Fri 19 Aug 2011Link

Looks like I screwed up in the last post. Let my Vimeo Plus account expire. Anyway, below is the YouTube link to my video.

Thanks


Catherine Stratton
Fri 19 Aug 2011Link

Okay, I know this is probably getting annoying – but, if any of you know of someone who would like to have a profile made of them, love to know . . . ;-))


Yixi Villar
Mon 22 Aug 2011Link

Looking of an EXPERIENCED DOCUMENTARY FILM DP in the New York Area!! Experience on a Panasonic HVX and 16mm film camera would be ideal!

Hi,
We are a quarter of the way through shooting a doc "Life In The Balance" which lifts the veil on a testing procedure that helps tailor cancer treatment to the individual. This is single handedly changing the way cancer is treated in America. We are gearing up to pitch to networks and are presently re-cutting the trailer as well as putting together a 20min sample of film. This is our first documentary so we are looking for someone who is experienced ideally someone who has been recognized for their work. Please email resumes along with reels to the email below. If you want further details or have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Yixi Villar at:
phoenixrisingent@gmail.com

Check out our funding trailer:
http://tomgriffineditor.com/LITB/LITBTrailer_v10.mov


Ricky Fitzpatrick
Mon 22 Aug 2011Link

Yixi, out of curiosity, have you selected or arranged for music for your project yet? If not, I'd like to offer to get involved with you guys, in that end. – RF

In reply to Yixi Villar's post on Mon 22 Aug 2011 :


Yixi Villar
Mon 22 Aug 2011Link

Not yet lets chat, email me!


Yixi Villar
Mon 22 Aug 2011Link

Needed: GRAPHIC DESIGNER

We are looking for a graphic designer to help us simplify some of the heady subjects in our documentary "Life In The Balance", which highlights a testing procedure that tailors cancer medication to the individual, taking the guess work out of treatment. We will need you to start ASAP as we are in the process of re-cutting our trailer and will also need your expertise in shaping 20 min sample we are cutting of the film. We would like to get the trailer finished within a month and the sample within 2 months, as we will be pitching to networks.
Salary: is negotiable, we are willing meet industry standard rates.

Sample films whose graphics we like:
- Inside Job
- Freakanomics
-Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Please send reel and resume to:
Yixi Villar
phoenixrisingent@gmail.com


Doug Block
Mon 22 Aug 2011Link

In reply to Catherine Stratton's post on Fri 19 Aug 2011 :

Nicely done, Catherine, but not sure whether you're looking to get hired to do more of your short pieces or looking for subjects to build up your collection of them (for possible distribution?). Can you tell us more about what your plans are?


Catherine Stratton
Tue 23 Aug 2011Link

Thank you Doug. I'm glad you liked it. To answer your questions, both really. I hadn't thought about creating a compilation piece but it definitely is food for thought. Also, I want to mention that I'm not just interested in creating films for artists but also any person who creates something unique and valuable in some way – chef, teacher, gardener, founder of an organization that helps others or a cause or creative endeavor, artisans, a filmmaker that creates a unique approach to filmmaking (like you???) – I have also made short videos nonprofits/NGOs and looking for more opportunities to do that too.

Currently I'm planning to make a few short films – one about someone who continues to do hand engraving, while machines are taking over and another about a man who builds clocks.

Below I have posted another video I made for the World Wide Orphans Foundation that I shot in Haiti. The founder is Jane Aronson who's been getting a lot of press coverage lately. It's only about 5 minutes. I'd love it if you can take a look at it.

One last thing that I know you can help with since you are the webmaster extroardinaire for the D-Word. How do I customize my settings so I receive an email when somebody responds to my posts. I have it set up so I'm emailed the post after mine but these are not always responses but posts that are on different topics.

Thanks again – cathy

World Wide Orphans: Helping Haiti's Children

Meet the children of Haiti. Experience their beauty and resilience while the founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation travels to orphanages with WWO board members following last year's devastating earthquake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11kPCKsJpvU


Diane Hendrix
Tue 23 Aug 2011Link

YoungWorldInventors- tweet: Watch #global #innovators at #work! http://kck.st/jrLUNg

Wednesday 6 am EDT is the deadline for our Kickstarter campaign [http://kck.st/jrLUNg and we are short ~$1600 in pledges, lest we lose them all. See update #8 for a nice link to Next Billion post. Funding is for transcripts, editing and music, by the first viral video band in Kenya. In fact, the first $1000 donor can meet the talented Just a Band – comics, photos, videos, music and teaching computer literacy to teenagers in Kibera, Africa's largest slum – at their video installation in NYC in late August, their first USA trip.

One YWI KS backer says:
"I have no connection to this project, other than I think it is very cool and the goals are near to my heart. I pledged $125, did a favor for someone and they pledged $100; posted it on Facebook and said this is what I wanted for my birthday and people pledged various amounts. My birthday wish was to be a funding "angel" and I hope you'll join me....every little bit helps....money not charged if goal not reached."

Review rewards at http://kck.st/jrLUNg –and welcome to our community! Kickstarter is the new networking tool!

Qs to: Diane Hendrix at hendrixproductions@gmail.com. twitter: @ynginventors
blog: youngworldinventors.com. PLS LIKE us http://www.facebook.com/YoungWorldInventors


Jennilyn Merten
Tue 23 Aug 2011Link

Working on a feature documentary premiering at TIFF in 3 weeks! We need a 3-5 second piece of stock footage ASAP.

Details:
3-5 seconds
HD or 35mm (Most of the film was shot on HD DVCPro 23.98 960x720)
High Production Value
Daytime, medium sunlight (it is London...)
Driving shot FROM inside of a car of an ICONIC London area/street. (Need to ID our subject is in London)
*A wide beauty shot of the city might work as well or in addition to the driving shot.
We need it immediately.
*Would love to get footage in return for a film credit, but can negotiate a purchase price.

You can respond directly to:
bkargs@gmail.com
jennilyn.leftturn@gmail.com

Thanks,

Jenni

Edited Tue 23 Aug 2011 by Jennilyn Merten

Doug Block
Wed 24 Aug 2011Link

In reply to Catherine Stratton's post on Tue 23 Aug 2011 :

Catherine, I'm hardly the webmaster here. You should ask your email question again in the Help With The D-Word topic.


Richard Burst-Lazarus
Mon 29 Aug 2011Link

Call for entries, Paley Center Pitch Workshop. Deadline Aug. 31

The Paley Center for Media in Manhattan is now accepting entries for its 12th annual documentary pitch workshop for emerging directors with work-in-progress films. The late entry deadline is Wednesday, August 31.

http://www.paleycenter.org/pitch2011

This is a competition for a $5,000 finishing grant for a relatively new documentary directors (two or less projects) with a project they've started but haven't finished. This year's sponsor is The Documentary Channel.

To apply, you'll need to submit ten minutes of selects from your project. PCM chooses five finals to pitch their projects in Manhattan in late October in front of an audience and a panel of judges, who choose the winner of the grant.


Andrea Swift
Tue 30 Aug 2011Link

Looking for documentary/reality TV series teachers for the Fall. You'd be teaching in The Documentary Program of The New York Film Academy, which is different from other college programs in a few crucial way. Most importantly, classes do not have to meet at the same times each week and rarely require an entire semester's commitment.

If you have relevant experience and are interested in teaching, please email me at: ASWIFT [at]NYFA [dot] edu

Thanks,
Andrea Swift
Chair, Documentary Department
New York Film Academy


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