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Beth Tom
Sat 6 Jan 2007Link
hi steve.
thanks for your input. i am in tempe, az. i have no budget, and no
crew! i thought i might check in with some schools that offer
documentary courses and see if i could put together some people
from there. my lessons and practicing will start feb. 5, so i need
to find a camera for at least me to use before then. any
suggestions? i also have a former teacher, my very first teacher,
in fact, from 5th grade, who performs with the cincinnati
symphony. i am hoping they will take an interest and donate their
services... i sound pretty naive and idealistic, don't i?!? :-)

Steve Holmes
Sat 6 Jan 2007Link
Beth: Tempe, huh? How about making contacts at ASU? Unless you're
going to set the camera on a tripod and let it run as you practice,
you'll need a shooter. As to the Cincinnati Symphony donating its
services, it never hurts to ask. They might want the PR.

Amy King
Tue 16 Jan 2007Link
I'm by NO means any kind of expert, but here are my two cents.
I agree with Steve- doesn't hurt to ask Cincinnati Symphony if they
will agree to the recording. Perhaps there is a middle ground, like
they agree that you can audiotape the entire performance, which will
not be reproduced and only a certain amount of the audio will be used
in the film. Perhaps you get some establishing shots of the orchestra
but then the remainder of the scene focuses solely on your performance
and it is like they are not in the room. You could pitch that you
donate the violin to a music school of the orchestra's choice, or sell
the violin on e-bay and give the profits to your director/producer!
Or give it to Doug Block! :)
This sounds like a really interesting arty short film (20-40mins) with
some experimental first person narrative mixed in. I'm sure you could
get a director/producer from ASU or UofA to work with you for a highly
reduced fee. I went to U of A - some great students come out of their
Media Arts program - call Prof. Guilio Scalinger there if you want
some referrals. You could also try the person who manages the student
crew at KUAT in Tucson, as they may be even more doc focused.
Danny Anker, director of MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT may have some
practical advice for you - not sure if he is on D-Word, but here is
his web site: The Philadelphia Orchestra was
the subject of his award-winning doc.
Good luck!!!

Steve Holmes
Tue 16 Jan 2007Link
Longshot, Beth, but picking up on Amy's comment about KUAT, you
might approach KUAT or the Tempe PBS affiliate about a co-production
through the ITVS LInCS program, which provides funds to such
partnerships. As with the Cincinnati orchestra, it doesn't hurt to

Nicholas Skidmore
Thu 18 Jan 2007Link
Greetings from Windy Bristol,
I'm an aspiring documentary filmmaker - having just finished studying
philosophy at university. I'm working in a bookshop for the
time-being, but I'm ditching it all and going off to Eastern Europe
with my camera in September in search of the 'European Soul'.

Doug Block
Thu 18 Jan 2007Link
wow, not exactly an unambitious subject, nicholas. lots of luck and
welcome to the d-word.

Steve Holmes
Fri 19 Jan 2007Link
I thought at first your name was Windy Bristol.

Welcome, Windy.

Nicholas Twaddle
Fri 26 Jan 2007Link
Hi, My name is Nic I am a kiwi (new zealander) that is trying to get
some footage through post production. our website is

Three buddies and I have just finished filming on HD our motorcycle
journey from Cape Town to London up the east side of Africa. We have
shot 67 hours and are about to head in to post production. We have
access to an editing suite and some skilled people back in New
Zealand. We got our technical support before leaving NZ from Greenroom
Productions a NZ based outdoor extreme sort (snow and surf) filming
company Greenrooms will also be backing our post

Our footage is all about four disorganised kiwis just getting out
there and doing it. Doesnt matter that we had limited or no real
riding experience, or filming for that matter. Now we can kind of ride
and hopefully in 67 hours we figured out how to film. The biggest
challenge on the trip was finding the energy to travel and film.
Trying to keep the travelling fun and the filming quality. Havent had
a good chance to reveiw too much footage yet stuck in London. Need
access to a suite and a few bits and bobs for a sony HVR A1P

Most of my searching on this site will be related to finding info on
seeking post production funds and how to negotiate contracts with end
users. Looking to keep our project independent.

Currently I am stuck in London for 5 weeks as I cant change my flights
home. I would love to get access to a suite to get the footage logged.
If anyone kows of any contacts in London that might be able to help
with FCP 5.1.2 that would be awesome, otherwise its going to be a long
5 weeks in London.



Doug Block
Fri 26 Jan 2007Link
welcome, nic. given the level of your work, and advice you're
seeking, you'll definitely want to register for the community for doc

David Rowe
Mon 29 Jan 2007Link
My name is David Rowe, I have directed and produced a number of
narrative shorts, written narrative screenplays, and am currently
shooting two (no budget) documentaries simultaneously in Seattle, WA,

I came here to seek wisdom from other's experience, and hopefully tell
some useful stories of my own.

Thanks for having me.

Amy King
Mon 29 Jan 2007Link
Welcome David! Two films at once? Are they shorts or features?

Steve Holmes
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Welcome, David! Glad to see another filmmaker with a foot in the
fiction world. Does Seattle still have an IFP chapter?

Yance Ford
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Hi Everyone-
My name is Yance Ford and I've worked as a doc programmer for the past
5 years. I'm happy to say that I'm producing a feature written by a
friend and I'm also beginning work own project (not sure if its a doc
or narrative)- both are firsts. This side of things is pretty new to
me, so I'll be looking for newbie advice.
Excited to be here...

Erica Ginsberg
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Hey, Yance. You were at POV - weren't you? Hopefully that's enough
of a track record to gain you admission to The D-Word Community.
Looking forward to hearing how your new projects develop. How does
it feel to be on the other side?

Yance Ford
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Still at POV actually and doing double duty. Ask me about the other
side is a few months- right now I'm pretty psyched to be here...

Steve Holmes
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Welcome, Yance.

David Rowe
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Hi Amy, approximately 30 minutes a piece, that's a short right?

David Rowe
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Hey Steve, I don't think we have an official IFP chapter here any
more, but a friend of mine did get some sort of grant from them
recently, I think that was from LA though. Check out the trailer

Doug Block
Tue 30 Jan 2007Link
Welcome, David and Yance. To sign up for the community (which I
highly recommend for anyone with doc experience), go to:

Amy King
Wed 31 Jan 2007Link
Yes - 40 minutes and under is considered a short

Cecilia Rinn
Tue 6 Feb 2007Link
I am making my first feature doc on Bellydancing in America, titled
BELLY. I need more advice then I have to offer, but hopefully that
will change.

Ben Kempas
Tue 6 Feb 2007Link
Welcome, Cecilia. Fire away with your questions in our Mentoring

Steve Holmes
Tue 6 Feb 2007Link
Welcome, Cecilia. You have one of the more interesting subjects in D-
Word Universe.

Donovan Emerson
Thu 22 Feb 2007Link
Hi Everyone!

I'm from the frozen wastelands of Kalispell Montana, transitioning
from creating low budget 30 second commercials to my first doc: "Human
Conflict", going to be interviewing veterans from all wars and
nationalities and/or parents and family members of soldiers to
determine why we go to war, how it changes lives, and if there's ever
a good reason.

Steve Holmes
Thu 22 Feb 2007Link
Welcome, Donovan. Our first Montana D-Worder?

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