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Al Gomez
Sat 18 Feb 2006Link
Hello, documentary filmmakers. I am glad to have run across your
community as I have been involved in the entertainment industry for
over 25 years now and have never forayed into the documentary world...
until now. It is an exciting and thoroughly engrossing field. This
is how I got involved... I was producing a little movie in New Orleans
when Hurricane Katrina changed my life, the lives of my director and
his family, as well as thousands of others. My director, James L.
Bills had taken his Sony FX-1 hi-def camera with him when he evacuated
to a downtown New Orleans hotel. He thought he was going to capture
some storm footage as it glanced by the city, but as history has
already proven, that didn't happen. Instead, the storm hit head on,
and the city was flooded. He was in there capturing not only the
natural disaster, but the man-made disaster that followed. I was in
the Baton Rouge area when he finally informed me that he and his
family were alright. A few days later, he made his way to Corpus
Christi, TX, and we decided to create a documentary about his
experience. With the help of Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Corp., who was
so kind as to send us an editing bay, we put together a
work-in-progress over the period of a month. After getting feedback
from various distributors, and other experienced documentarians, we
have now completed our first feature documentary entitled "Refuge of
Last Resort". I now have such a deep appreciation for the documentary
process, and I salute all of you who endeavor to make films that
matter! Thank you for letting me share with you this experience that
has changed my life!

Doug Block
Sat 18 Feb 2006Link
welcome, linda and al. linda, we received your registration to the
community, so we'll see you there. al, feel free to join. this is
where the doc pros hang out: www.d-word.com/community/join

Diana Weilepp
Sun 5 Mar 2006Link
Hi everyone,

I have been a member for some time, but did not really use the forum.
But here I am now. currently I am still a student trying to finish at
the Munich Film School - studying documentary and camera. My last film
"Flight into Redness" was shown at Silverdocs last summer. Right now I
am planning to shoot my next film in my home town Hamburg. And I
decided to join the Forum for good now to be able to have more
exchanges with other documentary filmmakers.

Doug Block
Sun 5 Mar 2006Link
welcome, diana. having made a doc, you're certainly invited to join
the private d-word community, where the pros hang out. please
register at: www.d-word.com/community/join

Steve Holmes
Mon 6 Mar 2006Link
Welcome, Diana. Congrats on Silverdocs.

Ben Kempas
Wed 8 Mar 2006Link
Diana - you're already a community member, no need to re-join.

Greetings from across the street...

Erica Ginsberg
Sat 11 Mar 2006Link
Hi Diana. We met at Silverdocs last year and I loved your film.
Look forward to seeing you in the D-Word Community.

Mike Grant
Sun 19 Mar 2006Link
Hello to all here.
We have just finished our doco and its been a 5 yr struggle..self
funded and 100% indi with all the usual sweat and tears..now in its
ready to unleash on the unsuspecting viewing world..as first timers
we are relying on advice from others that are in or have been in
similar situations..so here we are ;-) .. our website is
www.valveman.co.uk
( requires flash 8 ) kind regards..mike

Doug Block
Sun 19 Mar 2006Link
congrats and welcome to the d-word, mike. you'll do better joining
the professional forum, though: www.d-word.com/community/join

Mike Grant
Mon 20 Mar 2006Link
Thanks Doug , will give it a try.

Steve Holmes
Wed 22 Mar 2006Link
Congrats and welcome, Mike. Pre-war TV? Pre-WW2? Didn't know TV was
around then. Would like to have such a vintage model.

Joe Scherrman
Fri 24 Mar 2006Link
Greetings from Dyersville, Iowa. Home of the Beautiful Basilca of
St. Francis Xavier, Farm Toy Capital of the World and home to the
baseball field made popular in the movie Field of Dreams.
Just checked in. Thanks to Steve Holmes.

Doug Block
Fri 24 Mar 2006Link
welcome, joe. see, if you build it they will come.

Steve Holmes
Fri 24 Mar 2006Link
Joe, your beanie and secret password will arrive in about six weeks.

Joe Scherrman
Sat 25 Mar 2006Link
This should be fun. You guys crack me up.

Joey Kneller
Mon 10 Apr 2006Link
Hi all, I had been trolling other sites such as DV forum etc. etc. but
what was missing, I found, was a Doc "site specific" home such as this
forum and the D-Word community. I've been in the trenches for years,
mainly with CBC and was on 'Canada A Peoples History' and other
projects for the Doc Unit out of Toronto, as well as doing A&E and
Drama/Comedy on the network. I struck out finally to do my own project
a few months ago, about a couple of modern day troubadors; puppeteers
actually, and followed them [2 camera] though their day up to an
Indian reservation in Northern Ontario. There was a puppet making
class for the children and then a show put on by these two artisans.
The easiest part was the shooting, funny how that worked out.
Anyway cheers all and I hope I can contribute and learn from the
others that find the art of the doc so drawing.

Doug Block
Mon 10 Apr 2006Link
welcome, joey. you'll want to register for the professional forum:
www.d-word.com/community/join.

Joey Kneller
Mon 10 Apr 2006Link
Hi DB [ I just like the sound of that ;-) ]
I did register earlier for the proffesional forum and was
waiting to hear back, for the yay or nay.

Cheers

Cliff Knopnik
Tue 11 Apr 2006Link
Hi,

I'm planning out a documentary/drama and am interested in finding
resources on what you can / can't include in documentaries from
existing works, and how to go about purchasing licenses for
copyrighted works. For example: How do you include a news clip about
current news? How do you get the rights to include a clip from an old
John Wayne movie, etc.

I'll find a more accurate topic to post this under too.

Cliff

Ben Kempas
Tue 11 Apr 2006Link
Welcome, Cliff.

Answers to be posted in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} ...

Don Stroud
Wed 19 Apr 2006Link
Hi everyone. New to the forum, and new to the world of documentaries.
I'm just starting research on a small documentary for a studio in Los
Angeles, and I'm looking forward to tapping the brainpower and
experience of my fellow filmmakers.

Don

Doug Block
Wed 19 Apr 2006Link
Welcome to the brave new world of docs, Don.

Steve Holmes
Wed 19 Apr 2006Link
Welcome, Don. Does Los Angeles have a film community?

Just kidding.

Monica Morales
Thu 20 Apr 2006Link
Hi everyone! I'm new to this and also new to making documentaries
but I'm working on one right now and hoping to find more resources
and learn as I go...

Steve Holmes
Thu 20 Apr 2006Link
Glad you're here, Monica. You've come to the right place.

Doug Block
Thu 20 Apr 2006Link
good luck, monica. care to tell us what the doc is about?

Monica Morales
Thu 20 Apr 2006Link
The documentary is about natural births, cesareans and vbacs
(vaginal birth after cesarean) and the controversy surrounding it.
I'm not sure how exactly it'll end up cause I have a lot of ideas
and a lot of information to gather but I definitely plan on
including artistic elements as well as providing a resource for
women as well as their families and the sky is the limit as where
I'll be trying to exhibit it...

Thanks for your support!

Marc Wayne
Sat 22 Apr 2006Link
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Marc Wayne
Sat 22 Apr 2006Link
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Marc Wayne
Sat 22 Apr 2006Link
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Erica Ginsberg
Sat 22 Apr 2006Link
Ack, D-Word's first spam. Hopefully the hosts will delete it soon
enough and send Marc Wayne packing.

Doug Block
Sat 22 Apr 2006Link
done, with 3 easy clicks of the finger. xmint01, yer history!

Jon Foy
Mon 24 Apr 2006Link
Hey,

Just found this site. I've sunk about a year so far into my current
full length doc, Resurrect Dead (www.resurrectdead.com) It's a
first time effort for all of us involved - we're really excited.

It follows an excentric artist obsessed with solving a crop circle-
esque mystery.

I'm glad to find this forum. Cheers, -Jon

Doug Block
Mon 24 Apr 2006Link
glad you found us, too, jon. good luck with the resurrection.

Steve Holmes
Mon 24 Apr 2006Link
Welcome, Jon. Happy trails on the road to completion.

Gil Karni
Mon 24 Apr 2006Link
HELLOW,
Nice to find the site,i am filmaker from israel,my name is gil
karni,i want to tell you that we have in Israel forum for the
documentary filmakers ,in 8 th of May we are having the first
cermony ending the competition in some section of documentary,like
feature length,t.v 60 min,short,and first apearance, after selecting
168 films they choose 5 films in each category, they are the
finalist,we have 3 screening for the fourum members they goung to
decide who is going to win. my film Troubled WATER is one the 5 in
the feature length. i think that the Israeli documentary filmaking
had developed and getting better a lot because our very dramatic
life in ISRAEL that give us,the filmakers a lot of very dramatic
issus to handle. good luck to all filmakerrs.

Ben Kempas
Mon 24 Apr 2006Link
Welcome, Gil. We're looking forward to your introduction in our
private forum {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well!

Doug Block
Mon 24 Apr 2006Link
Hi, Gil. I make sure you're registered in the Community. Look
forward to having you join us there.

Dustin Ogdin
Sat 13 May 2006Link
Hello. I just discovered this fourm through the Docurama website.
I haven't even looked around yet! I just registered and hopped in
to introduce myself.

I'm yet another one of those "aspiring" documentary filmmakers the
digital age has bred. I'm currently researching for a doc in
Chicago (where I live) and have shot some footage that couldn't
wait for my research. Hope to find some other Chicagoans.

Glad to be here - I'm going to go dig around and see what all
you've got here. Very excited to know this forum exists.

Doug Block
Sun 14 May 2006Link
welcome, dustin. dig away!

Kenzie Soedt
Sun 14 May 2006Link
Hello all-

I'm a Chicago filmmaker working on my first documentary. I'm excited
to be a part of the community, and I'm sure I'll be visiting often for
your insights. Thanks for having me!

Kenzie

Doug Block
Mon 15 May 2006Link
Great to be had, Kenzie. Welcome aboard.

Steve Holmes
Mon 15 May 2006Link
Cool! Two more Midwesterners (I'm in Iowa). Welcome, Dustin and
Kenzie. You guys in IFP/Chicago? D-Worder Cheri Pugh is a Chicagoan.

David Seidman
Sun 21 May 2006Link
Howdy. My name's David Seidman, and I'm a print journalist and
non-fiction author in the Los Angeles area. I want to enter the
world of documentarians, so here I am.

I've written for the Los Angeles Times, among other publications,
and I spent a few years on staff at Disney (in the publishing
division, but deeply tied to film and TV). I've written books on
everything from U.S. history to the science and medicine of
longevity to Christmas lights to careers in journalism (including
documentaries). These days, I'm a full-time freelancer.

Thanks for letting me join the group. I realize that I'm not a
filmmaker type (not yet, at least), but I'll try to fit in.

David Seidman
davidseidman@earthlink.net

Robert Goodman
Sun 21 May 2006Link
Welcome David. Our humble hosts are either on holiday or working hard
these days but I'm sure one of them - Doug, Ben, or John - will make
an appearance.

Nonfiction filmmakers show up from every corner of the known and
unknown career world. Glad to have another even if those of us who
have been digging in the trenches for years sigh at all the new arrivals.

We smile at the newly addicted. ;-)

Steve Holmes
Sun 21 May 2006Link
Welcome, David. You sound as if you have skills that will transfer
to filmmaking.

Leah Pate
Sun 21 May 2006Link
Hello there-
I just joined the forum. I have spent the past year working on a
documentary about women working in survival sex in Vancouver, Canada.
Between 1986 and 2002 sixty-eight women virtually disappeared from a
tiny area in the dowtown eastside. However, for a variety of reasons,
a full-scale investigation was not launched until 2000.

My major problem is one of ethics. There are three major advocacy
groups that service women in the area. In order for them to
participate in the film and to assist us in anyway, they demand that
women working in the sex trade that agree to participate in the
documentary be paid an honorarium. This is my first film but it is my
understanding that documentary participants should not be paid. We
are about half way through filming and while several people have
participated in the film, the women that are actually still on the
street have been paid an honorarium thus far. Are honorariums ever
acceptable? If we want to find a market and have the film be
considered credible, can we use any of the footage that women were
given an honorarium for?

My concern is this: people will think that we exploited these very
poor and most often addicted women by offering them "easy" money to
be interviewed (without showing their faces or using their real
names). Yet without the support of the advocacy agencies, we really
would not have been able to get anything done; also because we have
met most of the women while they are working on the street, offering
an honorarium shows them that we respect that they are, in fact,
working and that their time is valuable. Any advice or insight would
be greatly appreciated!

Robert Goodman
Mon 22 May 2006Link
A small honorarium will not cause concern for most. Given the
circumstances you really have no choice. Just keep it small and the
same for all.

Doug Block
Mon 22 May 2006Link
Welcome, David and Leah. I know Leah has already registered, and
David feel free to join our forum for doc professionals, too. your
journalism background definitely qualifies you:

www.d-word.com/community/join.

Dustin Ogdin
Sat 27 May 2006Link
Hi Steve, no I'm not currently a member of IFP Chicago. Have
looked into though and will likely join in the future.

Kenzie, if you'd ever like to grab a cup of coffee and compare
notes sometime let me know.

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