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Difficulties with The D-Word? If you can't find the right answers on our Help page, please post in this topic. Ideas for future D-Word releases or projects can be posted here as well.

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David Herman
Wed 11 May 2011Link

put on new boots and bathed and it works – JB you are a genius.


AJ Rounds
Fri 1 Jul 2011Link

I'm doing some research on production pricing for documentary film making. Some films claim it cost them 1.8 million and some $250,000 yet quality and substance seem to be the same. Does anyone have a pricing model I can research that would show me pricing for low budget, mid grade, and high end documentary films? Help????


Dietmar Post
Wed 13 Jul 2011Link

Is it possible to upload an entire film so that festivals and potential TV buyers can watch it? We don't like to send out DVDs anymore. Previous films have ended up as bit torrents.


John Burgan
Wed 13 Jul 2011Link

Folks, this is definitely the wrong Topic – as the note above says, this is solely for questions about The D-Word.

AJ, your question is so wide that it's doubtful that there's a simple answer out there, but for future reference such queries go in the Mentoring Room Topic.

Dietmar, as a Professional this should probably go in Marketing and Distribution . Double posting is discouraged, but as this is in the wrong place you can repost there.


Ron Osgood
Tue 26 Jul 2011Link

Yikes – for some reason the camera topic has disappeared when I log into the site. Any ideas?


Marj Safinia
Tue 26 Jul 2011Link

Check "my topics" from your homepage and make sure you haven't accidentally hidden it.


Ron Osgood
Tue 26 Jul 2011Link

Thanks Marj – don't know why it changed but that was the solution.


Marj Safinia
Tue 26 Jul 2011Link

Easy to do if you check D-Word from an iPhone. I do it all the time.


Peter Gerard
Wed 27 Jul 2011Link

I'll add a warning on this link in the next update...


Paul Devlin
Wed 27 Jul 2011Link

Wish there was a separate SAVE for "Current Location".

Only seems to get saved after a post. Often I get thwarted somehow and forget to update, then I've posted and would have to post again to save it, so I don't and then forget to update next time. Not a big deal, just noticed when I realize I need to update, I am not able to do so.


Peter Gerard
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

-Hmm... Is it not in the post editor you get for 15 minutes after a post? I'll look into that.-

You can also change your Current Location while you're not posting by editing your profile

EDIT – If you forget to put in your location, you have 15 minutes to edit your last post, so just click the Pencil and then you change your Location as well as fix any mistakes in your post (like I've just done)...

Edited Thu 28 Jul 2011 by Peter Gerard

Anna Fischer
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

Hi, I am currently subtitling my film, Lucky Express, and I need advice about how to subtitle? Two questions:
1- I have put the translated subtitles as they are spoken...so sometimes the sentence is finished on the next image. Do I use an elipsis because the sentence is not finished?
Example:

He went to the store and bought ...
(and then next image) ... some milk and some bread.

Do I use the elipsis or not? Am very confused!

Question 2:
I have to subtitle my lead character because even though he is speaking English, it is really bad and basic English. So when I correct him, how much can I correct? The tenses? The words?
As long as I stick to the meaning of what he is saying, is it alright to put words into his mouth?
Right now, I have tried to use the exact words he is using even though the English is wrong. My theory is that all people will be able to understand the basic idea of what he is saying, even though the English is wrong.
When I corrected his English too much, later when I was reading the subtitles, I noticed that it was harder for the brain to fully understand the meaning, because what he was saying in English and what I was reading were similar but different.
Does this make sense? Its so hard to explain!
Anyway, is there a basic Rule Book for handling subtitles correctly which I can refer to?
Many thanks,
Anna


Marj Safinia
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

Anna, this topic is intended for Help with issues about how the D-Word is running. You should re-post your question in the Mentoring Room


Marj Safinia
Thu 28 Jul 2011Link

Actually, you should go ahead and apply for professional membership, then ask the question again in the Editing topic.


Troy LaFaye
Wed 3 Aug 2011Link

Hello,

Will my profile information be searchable on search engines outside of D-Word?


Ben Kempas
Thu 4 Aug 2011Link

As explained in the privacy note when editing your profile, the fields with the eye symbol will be visible to everyone.


Troy LaFaye
Thu 4 Aug 2011Link

In reply to Ben Kempas's post on Thu 4 Aug 2011 :

Yes, on The D-Word site, but – I am asking about off site search engines – Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.

Troy


Marj Safinia
Thu 4 Aug 2011Link

Troy, I believe that Google will index that which is "public" on this site.


Peter Gerard
Fri 5 Aug 2011Link

Yes, Google is included when Ben says "everyone". There's also a feature to preview your public profile. Click on your name at the top of this page where it says "Signed in as Your Name" and then you can click in the blue box to switch to Public Preview view. However, I've just noticed that it's not strictly accurate, since your photos and the links to your posts are only seen by logged in users and NOT by Google... I will fix this in the next site update...

Generally though, Google (and users not logged in) only see your name, your website links, your films, and your "Public Bio".


Ben Kempas
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Apologies for the downtime this morning. This was due to an outage at a data centre. Everything should be back to normal now.


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Anybody have a licensing contact at C-SPAN? I've got a bunch of footage that I need to get cleared, and it seems too much for the std form they offer on the website....


Doug Block
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Nick, please don't double post. We saw your request already in the Legal topic. Besides, this topic is for help with The D-Word, so pick the ONE topic you'll be posting in carefully.


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Sorry, Doug....Wasn't sure which would be appropriate....Elizabeth Westrate suggested I post it in the Research & Archives section, do you concur?


Doug Block
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Probably, but I'd leave it in Legal since most will see it there. If you don't get a response within a few days, maybe then re-post in Research.


Nick Verbitsky
Thu 11 Aug 2011Link

Thx DB


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