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John Burgan
Thu 4 Mar 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Steve. There is an even easier way to link to another Topic – click on the blue link "Help with Formatting" to the bottom right of the window where you type and you can scroll down a list of all possible Topics including reelisor

You also should sign up as a Full Member of The D-Word


Steve Buchta
Thu 4 Mar 2010Link

Thanks for the advise. :)
I'm just starting to check out all the opportunities the D-Word offers.

I especially like the approach not to divide discussions into too many different threads, but to present them in on steady stream of posts. That feels more natural, like a personal talk.


Lindsey Pearce
Mon 8 Mar 2010Link

Hello I heard about this site from one of my professors. I figured I would check it out. Hope to learn a lot! Thanks!


Jeremy Weinstein
Tue 9 Mar 2010Link

Just an update on the Docummunity project I mentioned here about a year ago – well it now has a blog that talks about collaborative media and documentary with the hope of building a small but dedicated group of filmmakers who are interested in the idea of a collaborative documentary. The link is http://docummunity.wordpress.com/ comments about anything and everything are welcomed!!


Doug Block
Tue 9 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Lindsey and welcome back, Jeremy. Helpful stuff on your blog, well done.


Dustin Grella
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

Hey all! I was just at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and every conversation was d-word this and d-word that. I thought people were trying to talk about something without letting me know what it was, The 'D' Word... Over the course of the weekend I figured it out though, and my paranoia passed.


Christopher Wong
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

welcome, dustin! really enjoyed your film (PRAYERS FOR PEACE) at the Sebastopol Film Fest. beautifully animated, simply narrated, with a powerfully emotional ending. jury award well deserved!

(btw, make sure you apply for full membership with the D-Word so that you get access to all the other topics...)


Anna Rodgers
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

So Dustin joined the cult ;) Yipeee! Loved your film too. Absolutely beautiful. You should put info on it up on the films page here.


Doug Block
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Dustin. By all means apply for full membership here . Then we dance in a circle and suck your blood.


Jason Perdue
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

Dustin, great to see you here. You will be talking mysteriously about the D-word soon enough too.


Ron Osgood
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

Dustin – I'm looking forward to seeing more of your animation and keeping in touch via D-Word


Erica Ginsberg
Wed 10 Mar 2010Link

Hey Dustin, good to see you in D-Word and glad to see your film is continuing its festival run. Congrats on another well-deserved award.


Jason Hutt
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone! I'm very excited to finally be a member of The D-Word. I've made 2 documentary features to date, "Orthodox Stance" (2008) & "Breezewood, Pennsylvania" (2004), and am in production on a third film. I'm looking forward to interacting with this inspired and talented community of filmmakers!


Doug Block
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Glad to have you here, Jason. Finally. We've had people working on you for years now ;-)


Daniel Morfesis
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

Hello! I am a documentary Editor (who also does Assistant Editor work) recently finished work as an AE on the documentary 'Countdown to Zero'. Our team was lucky enough to have the film play at this year's Sundance Festival. I was very excited by the documentaries I was able to catch at the festival!

I'm looking forward to joining a community of other documentary professionals!!


Doug Block
Thu 11 Mar 2010Link

And we're happy to have you here with us, Daniel. Congrats on Countdown, and feel free to dive right into the conversations here.


Leonard Lopez
Fri 12 Mar 2010Link

Hi Everyone,

Leonard here, came across your achivements through D-word with whom I
am a new member, and am impressed with the bio's I come across..
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I have taken the initiative in introducing myself through the work I do, by posting my company details, and our association with numerous of our existing Media companies ( TV
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producing companies etc;) who have found us to be very cheerfully
cheap Cost Effectively backed up by an awesome TAT both Regular (Two
to three business working days)and Rush. Here are a few of our
Media/Film companies using or have used our transcription service,
with whom we are in Contractual agreement backed up with a NDA (Non
Disclosure Agreement) for confidentiality.

1. Canvas Films.

2. Transformer films.

3. Fora tv.

4. City Lights.

5. Mostly Magic.

6. Expo TV.

7. Lion TV.

8. Jillian Tucker-----Independent for Plum TV

9. Dan Woods----For Clarity Films.

10. Racing Horse Productions----Rebecca Cohen.

11. UNICEF.

12. Institute For Inclusion. (NON Profit Organization)

13. Deaf Independent Living Association.

14. Media Policy Center

15. M Creative Group, Inc.

16. Current tv

Our general quote is US $60 to US$70 per hour of audio recording
(Category 'A') Depending on the audio quality for a Regular TAT of two
to three business working days, if in any event you are in a rush; the
RUSH TAT delivery is within 24hours for 1Hour of audio recording with
an additional charge of 30%. All transcription work undertaken
requires a payment of 40% upfront.

We accept payment by PayPal, Google check out or Bank cheque.

We have a unique way of starting our association with A NO CHARGE
TRIAL OFFER OF 5 TO 7 MINUTES of your audio/video recording which you
can upload by logging on to
http://transcriptionstar.com/freetrial.html which is then sent back
for your quality feed back and go ahead and this comes with A NO
OBLIGATION STAMP. We will commence the remaining transcription only on
receiving your go ahead e-mail. for more info do please accept our
invitation to visit us at our website given below.

Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest,

Thanks and Regards,
Leonard Lopez.
Toll free---877 323 4707
714 782 7013

Fax---------909 992 3138
e-mail------leonard@transcriptionstar.com
steve@transcriptionstar.com

www.transcriptionstar.com


Hitomi Lei
Fri 12 Mar 2010Link

Hey all! This is a great doc community...glad to be here!


John Burgan
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Welcome Hitomi and Leonard. Always good to hear of reliable transcription services


Ted Nieters
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hola, I'm a long-time watcher first time poster here on d-word. Just wanted to take a second to introduce myself to all in hopes of joining the conversation more often and making some new friends. I'm a visual journalist who works with Polaris Images covering the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I'm currently living in the Gaza Strip where I'm working on a long-term project about daily life, which consists of still images, audio, & video.

Salam

Ted


Leonard Lopez
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hi Ted,

Leonard here, Yes we do understand and appreciate the work you are doing in a very HOT and VOLATILE spot in the world.

Ted, reading from your post, you did mention stills, now, at Transcriptionstar.com we do Audio to Text Transcription which I am sure you will be needing most times for your ENGLISH RECORDINGS to converted into a Text Document, we would love to offer our services though in a small way to make your work IN THE LINE OF FIRE MORE COMFORTABLE.

TED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN I am attaching a pdf for your reference,aLSO, GIVEN BELOW IS A BRIEF ABOUT US.

I have taken the initiative in sending you our company details in brief pertaining to our activities specific to media companies.

As is the case with numerous of our existing Media companies ( TV Documentaries, commercials, journalist celeb interviews, Film producing companies etc;) who have found us to be very cheerfully cheap Cost Effectively backed up by an awesome TAT both Regular (Two to three business working days)and Rush. Here are a few of our Media/Film companies using or have used our transcription service, with whom we are in Contractual agreement backed up with a NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) for confidentiality.

1.       Canvas Films.

2.       Transformer films.

3.       Fora tv.

4.       City Lights.

5.       Mostly Magic.

6.       Expo TV.

7.       Lion TV.

8.       Jillian Tucker-----Independent for Plum TV

9.       Dan Woods----For Clarity Films.

10.   Racing Horse Productions----Rebecca Cohen.

11.  UNICEF.

12.  Institute For Inclusion. (NON Profit Organization)

13.   Deaf Independent  Living Association.

14.    Media Policy Center
           
15.   M Creative Group, Inc.
            
16.   Current tv
          

Our general quote is US $60 to US$70 per hour of audio recording (Category 'A') Depending on the audio quality for a Regular TAT of two to three business working days, if in any event you are in a rush; the RUSH TAT delivery is within 24hours for 1Hour of audio recording with an additional charge of 30%. All transcription work undertaken requires a payment of 40% upfront.

We accept payment by PayPal, Google check out or Bank cheque.

We have a unique way of starting our association with A NO CHARGE TRIAL OFFER OF 5 TO 7 MINUTES of your audio/video recording which you can upload by logging on to  http://transcriptionstar.com/freetrial.html which is then sent back for your quality feed back and go ahead and this comes with A NO OBLIGATION STAMP. We will commence the remaining transcription only on receiving your go ahead e-mail. for more info do please accept our invitation to visit us at our website given below.

Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest,

Thanks and Regards,
Leonard Lopez.
Toll free---877 323 4707
              714 782 7013

Fax---------909 992 3138
e-mail------leonard@transcriptionstar.com
             steve@transcriptionstar.com
              
   www.transcriptionstar.com

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


John Burgan
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hey Leonard – go easy on the sales pitch. You already listed your services a couple of posts ago, so it's not necessary to repeat. Double posts are redundant at The D-Word.

Please don't post there now, but in future, put ads like these in Public Classifieds – thanks.

Edited Sat 13 Mar 2010 by John Burgan

Leonard Lopez
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Thank you John, this is the type of advice and guidance I was hoping and looking forward to. I guess we have broken the ice with our non-verbal protocol

Will follow your advice.

Regards.
Leonard.In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


Leonard Lopez
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hi Hitomi,

Sure is nice to have you on board with us, do please settle in and make yourself comfortable for this pleasant journey along with friends.

Welcome Hitomi.

Leonard.HiIn reply to Hitomi Lei's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :


Hitomi Lei
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Thanks Leonard =)


Daniel Sharon
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Hi all,
I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for me. I absolutely love documentary film and am trying to put myself in a position to learn more about this passion. However, I work full time to pay the bills and the jobs / internships I have found conflict with my Monday through Friday work schedule. How can I find something with a flexible schedule that will allow to pursue my dream without going broke?


John Gyovai
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

Just plan on going broke, makes life easier.

NYC has lots of opportunities. Take money off the table and give your time, work your way up, meet some people and find your place. Try http://www.ifp.org and make some friends on d-word. Doc people drop the egos at the door and are generally pretty great people. Welcome!


Jason Perdue
Sat 13 Mar 2010Link

But if anyone can answer his question, I'm all ears... And already broke.


Tom Dziedzic
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

I prefer to not call it "broke" but "financially challenged,"


Erica Ginsberg
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Daniel Sharon's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 :

Daniel, I have a suggestion for you in the Mentoring Room. Want to keep this topic strict to introductions only. Follow me there.


Dino Reyes
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone! Whew! I'm here... My name is Dino Reyes and on occasion, when I'm inspired, I make films. I'm completely self taught and started making films when I was 8 years old. I have directed theater, shot a few shorts & music videos and I am getting close to completing my largest documentary project to date, Andy Paris: Bubblegum King.

I look forward to digitally mingling with such an impressive cast of film professionals and I hope to learn and share knowledge on the best way to help get a doc out there into the world.

Best,
Dino


Doug Block
Sun 14 Mar 2010Link

Greetings, Dino. Nice to have you here with us.


Karen Torres
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Hey film makers. I'm an "enthusiast" now but with the hope of ultimately becoming more. I'm attempting to produce my first documentary so sorry if I don't have much to add yet but I'm excited to learn from you all.


Doug Block
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

Hey Karen, great to see you made it here. Now you have to take the next step and register for full membership ...

Might amuse you to know I posted my Packer speech in the Doc Bar & Grill last week and it got quite the reaction. For D-Worders who hang out in virtual bars, Karen is the one who hired me to give the speech.


Christopher Wong
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

oh, so then she owns the rights to your fart story...


Ellen Brodsky
Mon 15 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Sat 13 Mar 2010 : Hi Ted, Have you bumped in Dunya Alwan who is one of the founders of Birthright Unplugged? She and I co-produced a short doc years ago before she started this non-profit which brings North Americans on tour of the occupation in the West Bank. They also take Palestinian refugees on tours of their ancestral villages and holy sites. SHe has done some work on a doc as well.


Caitlin Brown
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Hi all, I'm a recent graduate of NYU's journalism school where my studies focused on documentary film. I just finished a thirty minute short about a day care facility that's housed in a home for the elderly. I'm applying to festivals now and learning as I go.


Doug Block
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Nice to have you here, Caitlin, and welcome to The D-Word. And to the real world, I guess.


Ted Nieters
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ellen Brodsky's post on Mon 15 Mar 2010 :

Ellen, no I haven't. She lives in the West Bank? Birthright Unplugged sounds very interesting and I'd love to talk to her more so if you could please send me her contact info that would be great. Maybe I could get together with her next time I'm on the other side. Thanks


Alex Beckstead
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Hi all. Just referred to this community by another member. I'm a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on public television and in various film festivals. Mostly I just get more excited about the possibilities of a great story and the process of putting it together than I get discouraged by everything else that goes along with this beloved process. Hoping to maintain that.

Looking forward to digging through what's been said here, and contributing where I can ...


Doug Block
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Welcome aboard, Alex. I see that it was the great Eddie Marritz who told you about us. Can't get a better reference than that.


Michael Leclair
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

Hi everyone,
Just found you guys and looking forward to learning from you and offering my advice. First question – I've got a bunch of old b & w photos that I'm planning to use in my next documentary. Any suggestions as to how best to scan these to my hard drive and at what ppi for best quality?


Ellen Brodsky
Wed 17 Mar 2010Link

In reply to Ted Nieters's post on Wed 17 Mar 2010 :
Here's the website: http://www.birthrightunplugged.org/ She spends several months each year in the West Bank. Take care


Ben Kempas
Sun 21 Mar 2010Link

Michael – Welcome to The D-Word. This topic is really for introductions, so I'll keep the answer brief:

As higher resolution means better results but considerably longer processing times, requirements for scanning really depend on the size of the original photos and the magnification to which you wish to electronically "zoom" into them later on. So my recommendation would be to do a test run of the whole process with just a few photos scanned with various resolutions, and you'll see what you need.

More questions? Enthusiasts can post them in our Mentoring Room .


Wade Kimbrough
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Hi Everyone!!

I am an aspiring filmmaker who just found out about this site from a fellow member. I am really interested in new models for marketing, distribution, financing, micro-financing, crowdsourcing, social media, transmedia, and all other aspects of film that are rapidly changing due to the internet. I understand that what I have just mentioned encapsulates much more than just documentary filmmaking, however, it has really been the documentary filmmakers who have been most successful at this (i.e. Robert Greenwald, Sandi Dubowski, etc. etc.).

I am hoping to find some great information on these forums about these topics. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Specifically, I am interested in marketing/promoting videos on YouTube. I recently created a video for a non-profit for which we acquired sponsorship based on the amount of views that we get. The more views=the more donated.

While this video is not a documentary I think it illustrates (along with Pink Glove Dance) a form of altruistic advertising or in essence the most micro way in which to finance a project. Specifically, by donating time people can fund a cause/film.

Here is a link to the project that I just launched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSkgWJvFeY8

If it is not ok that I posted this because it is not a Doc. Please flag/remove my post and I will post again without the link.

Once again any feedback on promoting/marketing YouTube videos would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Thanks.


Ben Kempas
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Wade, there's plenty to wade through here (sorry, couldn't resist) especially in the Archived Topics (featuring Dubowski etc.) – you could read for weeks on end.

Can't watch your clip right now but it's perfectly acceptable to post a non-documentary link. Our regime isn't that tough. :-)

And welcome to The D-Word! So, who else is lurking out there?

Edited Tue 23 Mar 2010 by Ben Kempas

Doug Block
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Welcome, Wade. If you don't mind making your way down to NYC, there are two events in the next two weeks you might be interested in: The Conversation and DIY Days .

Edited Tue 23 Mar 2010 by Doug Block

Dino Reyes
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Hi Doug, those two are very cool events. Thanks for posting...


Christa Boarini
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Hello folks,

As a newbie I will start with my name, Christa Boarini, my location, New York, and my deal: I am a filmmaker working on my fist feature documentary, The View From Bellas Luces http://www.theviewfrombellasluces.com

This community came very highly recommended to me by panelists in at a doc seminar and this is the first thing I am doing upon getting home.


William Kerig
Tue 23 Mar 2010Link

Hi All,

I'm pleased to have found you.

I'm currently working on several projects that are in the early stages while also in the final throes of distribution of The Edge of Never (www.edgeofneverfilm.com), a feature doc that is playing on Showtime right now. The film is based on a book I wrote of the same name.

We finished it in Sept. 2009, bought an old Airstream bus and hit the road with it. We did 45 shows from coast to coast (we rented the theaters, bought the advertising, did the PR, and charged at the door) over the course of three months. During that time we sold US pay TV rights to Showtime. We're working on getting onto iTunes, etc. with Distribber (Adam C. recommended this forum), have representation for foreign TV (beginning at MIPDOC and MIPTV), and are seeking a bricks and mortar distributor.

Though I've been involved with other projects – the last one, Steep, was sold to Sony Pictures Classics – this is the first where we've tried the hybrid distribution model. It's been a trial and error so far, but it beats the hell out of the all-rights deal.

Looking to learn from others about the many things that I don't know about, and if I do know anything useful, to share it.

Cheers,
BK


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