Very interesting website Yanky. I like the look. I wasn't able to watch the trailer but I think that's my issue.
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The site is simple, but effective. It has that antique style which works well with the film.
You can see more of what we do, including a rather aggressive archival restoration project, at www.jemedia.org.
I didn't actually see the list, it was John Mounier who told me about it. But hey, people do find us this way!
So who else is out there?
I saw the Moviemaker article in Nina's office last week. It was a really stupid description of The D-Word. Something like "MySpace for documentary filmmakers." Where do they come up with that stuff?
they must have only been reading farmer herman's posts...
"The D-Word – where docoholics converse."
Back to introductions now...
In reply to Doug Block's post on Sun 15 Jun 2008 : But we admit they are some of the best posts on d-word. Just when everything gets too self-important or serious, David describes piglets birthing...
We're going to shoot a doc in LA in january. The team is just two people, a small camera and no fixed locations (we're travelling with a guy). HOw would I get a permit for this? How do you guys do this in LA (or USA for that matter). Is there a small team permit or a documentary permit or should I just shoot without a permit? Any answers are welcome.
Johan, this topic is for introducing yourself. We have a place called The Mentoring Room where Enthusiasts can ask questions. So, let me just add... welcome to The D-Word.
uhum...oh, sorry. I had a hard time finding the forum....or maybe I didn't give finding the forum any time....
Welcome, Johan. You're actually a full Member now, so you've got the full choice of topics on The D-Word and won't be limited to the Mentoring Room with your questions. Anyway, tell us a little about yourself here, please.
Hey Johan, welcome to the D-Word. We met in Berlin at the HdK back in 2000. Now I'm living in Denmark and you're back in Finland. Good to have you here!
Hello everyone. I've been following some of the discussions as a ghost reader whenever member Paul Devlin walks away from his computer for any length of time and leaves the forum up...I really like what I see and am excited to join. I live in Brooklyn and co-edited Paul's latest movie, "Blast". I made the transition a few years ago from working primarily on PBS docs to now independent non-fiction films. Somehow more work/less money does end up equaling richer rewards and I really look forward to connecting with the world of people out there who are just as crazy to go for it. I'm currently editing a personal doc for another filmmaker and Doug's ten rules are coming at the perfect time. Thanks for those, Doug.
Welcome Laura. Sounds like you should apply for full membership.
In reply to Gita Pullapilly's post on Mon 21 Apr 2008 : Welcome new D-Worders! A big welcome to Gita! Nice to see you here. Saw a 20 minute rough cut reel of Gita & Aron's film and it's amazing! Gita & Aron are active Connect the Docs members.
Oh, I was sent a link for a blog that I thought was connected to D-word, but now I realize it's a separate site.
The Ten Rules of Personal Documentary Filmmaking. Painfully and amusingly helpful.
I'll just try again.....till I get the hang of it, how this forum works. I've been working more or less as an independent filmmaker since 2002...where I met John Burgan....that's actually we're I started. John got me interestd in Chris Marker...I'm very thankful for that, and it's very nice to find you here, John! Well, I've been working six years (doing art, shorts and documentaries). I have a broadcaster in Finland that buys my stuff and I guess that makes me a whole lot less independent – since they have to have their say about everything. Can they read this? Am I talking too much?
Anyway. I'm sick of television and want to do stuff where I'm more free...but for now, I'm going to use television money to take me to LA because I don't need another finnish winter.
Glad to have been of assistance, Johan! Good to hear you've been so busy. What's the LA project about?
Welcome, Johan. You can rest assured that no Finnish broadcasters hang out here. So feel free to speak your mind.
The LA thing is supposed to be a funny documentary. A redneck artist in LA trying to pitch his feature script. A sort of funny "making of". I sound very pessimistic about the funniness of this story....well. Let's just see what happens.
My name is Bryce and I have always wanted to join but for some reason I hadn't. Now I'm on and excited to learn and share. Hi!
I wish this resource had been around when I got started! I'm a DP / production company owner who works in a lot of reality TV (don't hold it against me!) and have been lucky to play in some feature documentaries these past couple of years.
I've been working on a project that involves three people going on tour around the U.S. it involves some big sponsors and many different shooting situations so I'm just here to start getting my eggs in a row. By that i mean contracts, shooting styles, budgeting, and other things. I've been reading many books covering all of the subjects but nothing is better than advice from people first hand.
welcome erik & bryce...
"eggs in a row"? that's one of the best malapropisms i've heard in awhile! "all your ducks in one basket" would also qualify ;)
Thanks, I have some interesting ones and yes "all your ducks in one basket" would qualify. I'm going to be in L.A. over the 4th of July doing a mini tour with a nice energy drink company. If you would like to attend an event one night let me know. It will be fun and most of the spots were going to be at are supposed to be nice.
i've just become aware of the forum and am excited to know a doc specific community like this exists online. most of what i do falls into the doc realm, working as a cinematographer on independent doc films and programs for broadcast. but it's pretty varied... there's also some narrative / commercial / corporate / music work in my background too. looking forward to being around and meeting the rest of the group.
I too, just became aware of the existence of this site, and would like to say hi from sunny Seattle (which has been rare, lately). I have been spending all my free time working as the cinematographer on independent documentary films covering everything from the Ironman Triathlon to panhandling. In the last few years I've also been producing, shooting and editing some corporate and commercial work as well. Glad to be here, and looking forward to exploring the site.
Hi, my name's Gary. I'm a Scorpio and my favorite color is blue. I like indie documentaries, red wine, and long walks on the beach at sunset. More exciting details here: http://www.helveticafilm.com
How can you be a Scorpio AND like the color blue? Fascinating....
brand new here.
glad to have found this place. Been makin' lil movies since '84 and still lovin' it.
well, i guess we'll have to give you a lil hello then, grinner. and an official welcome aboard, gary. glad to see you already firing away here on all cylinders.
Mark, apparently I'm a double Scorpio, Scorpio rising. At least that's a what an old girlfriend who was into that stuff told me. So maybe it all cancels itself out. Or maybe that's why I like Kenneth Anger's films.
And thanks Doug, glad to enter the fray.
Hey crowd. I just started getting into documentaries. So far I've been making a series called "Etymology Minute". It's pretty amateur obviously but it's given me something to play around with.
welcome matt, gary, and grinner...
pretty funny stuff, matt. like the idea of the etymology minute. you should ask HELVETICA director gary hustwit how to make a compelling full-length feature about a seemingly "boring" subject!
I thought I'd posted here a long time ago when I signed up, but I couldn't find an earlier one, and since I'm listening in here again, I thought I'd reintroduce myself.
I'm aaron michels, and I now live in Oakland. I started working around documentary video around 99, and tried to make my first one in 2002 on the race dialog in my home town of St. Louis. It still screens sometimes in St. Louis, but I wasn't really happy with it, was short of funds, and didn't pursue wider distribution.
Since then, though I've done some editing work on other folk's docs, I've mostly been working on non-theatrical educational videos, with some of my own art-shorts (usually doc derrived) thrown in.
Right now I'm working on a piece for Wholphin DVD, and I've finally got footage to start editing again. The project is more of a thought experiment than a documentary video, but it has portions that are doc-like. It's kind of a DVD choose your own adventure with some radical science thrown in. Fun!
Anyway, I thought it was time to say "Hi" again.
Once this piece wraps, I'll be looking for editing work in the bay area again, if someone wants some help, or knows someone that does...
Hi all, I hail from sunny Florida in the states and am currently being cooked alive in Nong Khai, Thailand where I am shooting a doc on volunteerism in this gateway to the Kingdom. I'm here to hopefully get some info that can help me and my crew (that being Me, Myself, and I...we rarely get along). I will also offer up any assistance as I can.
Oh, and I too am a Scorpio, and green just does beat blue for my choice of hue. Though they both are the color of oceans, which I miss. The Meakong just doesn't have the dolphin activity I am used to seeing back home.
Hi: I'm excited to join this community, as I am just starting to get into documentary filmmaking. My partner and I finished a 50-minute doc on gentrification in East Harlem, loosely based around his own family roots in the neighborhood. I work as a news reporter, so I am often telling nonfiction stories, but not in long form and certainly not with the kind of voice you can bring to the documentary form. I'm curious about different shooting styles and types of docs...
In reply to Terri Hartley's post on Fri 27 Jun 2008 :
Terri, voluntourism is a passion of mine. I am hoping to shoot some B roll on a project in Peru later this summer. Can I ask what kind of equipment you are using?
Hi Mari, sure. I am using two HV20's, I have a couple wide angles and one letus flip (not used it yet because I lack the proper sticks and rail support), and for audio, I have one nice Sennheiser wireless lav, a Rode and an AT shotgun for booming or shockmount. I am shooting this, physically, by myself. So I quite remind myself of those cartoon one-man bands with all this stuff when I am out on the street. Now, where did I leave my accordion? ;-)
It might be okay to try to shoot a film by yourself, but I would recommend finding partners as soon as possible. Filmmaking is a team process, and I have found it nearly impossible to make a film on my own.
Yes, I whole-heartedly agree, Peter. Every other shoot I've ever done has had full crews and support persons. The circumstances around this one were somewhat different, I suppose. Stateside, I had professional gaffers on site as well as professional audio consultation. All post will be done by a team other than myself (thank GOD!) but the Thailand leg of this project is only me. We could not find anyone in short notice who could pack up and come over for six months unpaid. I was coming here to volunteer already after my own job was outsourced to India...so life was already bringing me here.
I joined d-word a few months ago, but haven't officially introduced myself yet! My name is Anna Wexler, and I'm a filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH this year.
I've been working on a film called Unorthodox, which follows three rebellious Orthodox Jewish teenagers through a post-high school year in Israel. We (Nadja Oertelt is the co-director/co-producer) are currently in post-production. Last month we finished a 20-min work-in-progress reel.
This is my first major film – my background is actually in neuroscience – and I had absolutely no idea post-production would be this difficult!
If any of you are interested, I maintain a blog on the WGBH site… including a series of posts called “Lessons I’ve Learned (from the mistakes that I’ve made) in Documentary Filmmaking” – here’s the link: http://wgbhlab.wordpress.com/category/filmmakers-in-residence/unorthodox/
Meanwhile, here’s a blurb about Unorthodox. Website is forthcoming.
A year spent in Israel is a rite of passage for most teenagers brought up in the American Modern Orthodox Jewish community: nearly all high school graduates, both religious and non-religious, embark on this journey of spiritual renewal. Anna Wexler, along with fellow filmmaker Nadja Oertelt, set out to follow a new generation of young Jews as they spent their year in Israel. In addition to conventional documentary cinematography shot in the US and in Israel, narration throughout the film weaves Anna’s own story with that of the three subjects. Unorthodox explores the role of society, family and nations in influencing beliefs, the nature of religious metamorphoses, and the border dividing Orthodoxy and mainstream society. Unorthodox is a film that not only documents the unique year in Israel among the American Orthodox Jewish population, but also tells a bigger story —the story of anyone who has ever questioned her most deeply rooted beliefs.
Anyway, glad to meet you all, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about each of you and your work.
An official welcome, Anna. Glad you finally posted and good luck with the film. My first film was funded by WGBH, have many warm memories of working with Peter McGhee, Marcia Storkerson and Sheila Brass (albeit from afar).
welcome Anna. i just love all the WGBH people i've met. have you had a conversation with Judith Vecchione yet? she's awesome. btw, i think "Unorthodox" is a killer title.
I'm a Leo filmmaker from New York working on a documentary entitled "Homicidez." I was referred by Chris Wong and look forward to networking with other filmmakers.
hey nicholle, glad that you made it here! make sure that you apply for full membership. since you've got two docs under your belt, and a NYSCA grant award, i'm pretty sure that you qualify... if you do, then you can read all the other topics where there is a wealth of info.
I'm Jason Perdue, Programming Director of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. I'm not a filmmaker. My passion is in film festivals and taking over the programming for this year's festival is a dream come true for me. We're in the middle of our call for entry with an early (& cheap) deadline of 7/31. Come check us out at http://www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org/
Greetings all! Veteran broadcaster, remote production TVCommando – turned Teacher here... GREAT site! Teach docs, love docs, can't believe I just found the D-Word! Game on! Word!
Finally found the long-lost email that had my sign-in info for the new D-Word site. I'm the associate editor of DOCUMENTARY magazine & blog at www.documentary.org, produce new media for an entertainment ad agency, and do a lot of on-camera hosting work.
Greetings, Jason, Chip, Timothy. And special greetings to Tamara, whose writing I've long admired. Welcome one and all.
Timothy, you should tell this community a bit more about your background and your recent success with your students' documentaries.
(Other users don't get to see what you wrote in your Member application to us.)
Hello, used to work for international news organization for 14 years now a freelance videographer
presently based in Jakarta, Indonesia. wants to do some documentary for a change.
Welcome, Rene. Make sure to take the next step and apply for full membership here.
Hi. I am a Bay Area-based doc filmmaker: a recent graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where I produced Stuffed, a short film (with classmate Cerissa Tanner) under the instruction of Jon Else, Debbie Hoffmann, and Frances Reid. At the moment, I work as an AP for both Justine Shapiro (Promises) and for Nancy Kates (Brother Outsider), on her new film about Susan Sontag. I have recently begun fundraising and development for my feature-length doc about writer Ursula K. Le Guin. I also work in print and radio. Looking forward to back-and-forths with you all.
Great instructors you had there, Arwen. And Promises was a great doc (heard terrific things about Brother Outsider but didn't see). So lucky you to be learning from the best. Welcome aboard.
Hello. I live in Boulder, CO and am currently distributing and screening a documentary I produced while I was an Anthropology student at the University of Colorado. Its entitled "La Quinceañera" a is a portrait of Ana Maria as she prepares for and celebrates her Quince Años(15th birthday) in Tijuana, Mexico. more info at www.laquinceaneradocumentary.com
I am also in post production on a feature doc called "El Duque de La Bachata" about a bachata musician from the Dominican Republic as he strives to make it big. www.bachatamovie.com
I found out about the site through Moviemaker magazine and it looks like a great community.
Hello Nicholas! I just checked out your website for La Americana and found it very interesting. You know I had dinner with some friends of mine the other night, a husband and wife. She is from El Salvador and he from Ecuador and both have incredible immigrant stories to this country. One thing that they along with their extended families expressed to me was the need for documentaries about immigrants from central and South America. They felt these stories were not being told. So I was glad to see that your film follows a Bolivian woman and her life. I will send your film's info to my friends. Take care and best wishes.
i am film activist working in Jharkahnd in eastern India working for the tribal and indigenous peoples struggle... one of my film Buddha weeps in jadugoda (struggle against uranium mining) and other films are stiil in use against anti nuke struggle in otner part of the world.
Hello to all, I'm an editor and my wife is a producer and together we are slowly working our way towards making something of our own. Thanks to the D-word we are learning a lot about the funding struggle vicariously. It’s great to see so much encouragement being dished out. We are in need of it! I hope to be able to share more when we get a little further down the track.
Hi I am Nishant from New Delhi, India. I am a documentary filmmaker and a production person. I also handle an online DVD store showcasing exclusive Indian documentaries – www.synclinefilmstore.com
Currently I am working on a new documentary on use of Technology in the rural India.
I am working on my first doc about jazz in Washington DC. I am a big jazz fan (and saxophone player myself), and it always bugged me that nobody really knows what an amazing jazz music history and lifely jazz scene there is in DC, so I decided to make a doc about the history and current status of jazz in the DC area, and by showing the amazingly talented young lions. Another reason I picked that topic is that I was looking for a project that I can shoot locally without a big travel budget.
It's been fun so far and I hope that I will have a doc that viewers will enjoy soon.
I am not trained in film making or journalism (I ran an audio recording studio for a few years), but thought that I can learn what I need on the fly. Not easy, but challenges are always a great opportunity and fun. During my "day job" I am a space scientist with very flexible working hours which helps a lot shooting the doc.
Looking forward to learning from you all and to talking to you!
Nishant and Stefan, great to have you joining us here at The D-Word. Feel free to apply for full membership
Hey Stefan, welcome from another DCer with another career and also working on a DC-themed film. Hope you'll consider submitting the rough cut for a Docs In Progress workshop when it's ready. Glad to meet you here in D-Word.
I am Sudarshan from Bhubaneswar,India,I am a Journalist and a Filmaker.I have made 13 Documentary films on Social issues like Tribal rights, Displacement,Water issues,Child Labour, Right to Information, Migration etc.I am happy to be here.Pls.
visit my site www.orissalive.com
Thanking you ALL
A warm welcome to you, Sudarshan. No need to sign your posts, your name appears automatically above them.
Hi. I worked in newspaper photojournalism in the 80's, in the 90's did 7 years as a theatrical photographer and a couple years as a TV news videographer and editor. Then I got a tech degree and worked in the IT business as a desktop support guy and now am learning digital video editing and the related software with the intent of finding a position as an Avid editor somewhere, likely not Florida. There are few to no filmmakers where I live in Gator country.
Hi, thanks for your interesting initiative. This is who I am:
Mary Ellen Davis grew up in Paris and lives in Montréal, directs documentaries, teaches part-time at Concordia University's School of Cinema, Montréal, helps organize the film and video program of the Montreal First Peoples' Festival Présence autochtone, in collaboration with André Dudemaine, the Festival's director; and Regards palestiniens (Palestinian Perspectives). Her works: “Nelson Symonds Jazz Guitarist” 1984; “The Devil's Dream” 1992; “Tierra Madre / Sacred Earth” 1996; “Mexico, Dead or Alive” 1996; “Haunted Land” 2002; “Los Músicos” 2007; “Territories” 2007; “A Day in Palestine” 2007.
Hi. I'm Brian. I've been working in broadcast television for the past twenty years. I've produced and directed commercials, newscasts, sporting events and children's shows. I've also been a standup comedian, a member of two improvisational comedy troupes, and a competition chili cook. I can also say "I am going downstairs" in seven different languages. Eight if you include sign language. After nearly half a century on this planet I've decided that what I really want to do is tell stories. I could make up my own, but there's so many interesting ones out there waiting to be told. My main focus for the short term is finding funding and learning how to 'pitch' my ideas.
Thanks for a great forum
Welcome, Mary Ellen and Brian. So, are you guys gonna register as :full-fledged Members?
I am a an artist/poet/writer, and my day job, I am a Chef. I have been wanting to make a film for years and finally am in the beginning stages of telling a story through this medium. I want to learn all I can about making an interesting and unique story and use it as a tool to help others who have been through similar circumstances.
How we handle grief around the loss of a child – and how others “handle” us – through my relationship with my personal chef client who lost a child as I have. A tough one, then maybe the next will be on my favorite topic, food!
I plan on being the female personna of Anthony Bourdain
Hi my name is Subasri and i am a Film-Maker from New Delhi in India.
Welcome Elizabeth and Subasri. And didn't mean to skip over you, Larry. You guys are coming aboard fast and furious!
Hello! My name is Cherie and I am a filmmaker from Utah. I am currently working to find funding for a doc I will be shooting in March in Iquitos, Peru. My team and I will be following a volunteer medical team into the Amazon. The team takes medical students from all over the U.S. and teaches them about tropical disease, the effects of disease globally and how to treat people instead of the disease or illness only.
I am 26 years old and have had a love affair with film ever since I can remember. Wanna know anything else? Just ask! :)
hello! I'm karen – I'm a producer from vancouver, BC. I spent the last year working on post for a doc swearing that I'd never, ever work on a doc again...and somehow next week I'm heading off to shoot this insane little 10-day band road-trip/reunion/last hurrah tour of sold out shows in and around NYC with my friend's husband's band, three tour buses and 30 people alll squashed together...
welcome, karen. you were absolutely great in "five easy pieces" ;-) good luck with the shoot.
Hi all, I'm Yura D., making a documentary here in NYC... the project so perfect from every angle that everybody smiles, giggles and LOLs, etc. when they hear about it, including those who could fund it with their beer money. As of this minute I'm going it alone (yeah, you've heard it before on a different occasion), but the time of "seeing other people" has come, I guess. Almost done shooting it, though. HD, feature length, celebs, love, NYC, music.. oh yeah: FOOD. Lots of FOOD. And feelings. And FOOD.
My family members also do irart.com/show (wife Irina) and armlessfilms.com (daughter Yeva)
Welcome, Yura. We're always hungry in here, so you've come to the right place.