I'm based in the UK and work as an artist and film-maker mainly on self-directed projects, occasionally also creating short website films for the art organisation Grizedale Arts, based in rural Cumbria (England). With my company Somewhere, I work in close collaboration with my co-producer and co-director Nina Pope, based in our London studio. Our feature docs include: ‘Jaywick Escapes’ (2012) which premieres this summer, 'Living with the Tudors' (2007) and 'Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future' (2005).
Our work can be seen in more detail on www.somewhere.org.uk
I'm currently working on a barge cinema project The Floating Cinema and on a film about my family.
Cheerio for now!
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Welcome, Karen. I love the idea of a Floating Cinema! Best of luck with that and getting your new film out into the world.
My name is Kathleen Erdelyi and I'm a current student at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. I'm currently in my junior year and I'm pursuing a major in Media Communication Technology with a concentration in video production. After graduation, i plan to get a job with a documentary company. I love telling a story, and I would love to be apart of something that could change someone's life. I have so many questions to people who are currently involved in documentaries, and I was wondering if anyone would like to answer a few questions for me. It would really help provide some insight for me into this career.
How did you work your way up to your position?
Did you have to endure a lot of "slave labor" to get to where you are today?
Do you feel your schooling providing you with a sufficient background in your field, or did you learn more through experience?
How reliable is this field?
Is there room for growth?
How do you feel is the best way to effectively intern?
How would you compare working for a small company vs a large corporation?
Is your job exciting?
Do you look forward to going to work every morning?
Do you work in a team, or are you mostly isolated?
How did you get involved in this field?
My Name is Florian. I am an independent environmental filmmaker, the founder of Berlin based AugeFilms. My current project is "Saving Papua by not cycling there". Last year I started on my bicycle from Germany with the plan to cycle all the way to Papua, Indonesia, in order to bring awareness to the spread of deforestation in Indonesia to the Papuan archipelago.
Due to border crossing regulation between India and Burma I could only cycle up to India. I now had to abandon my bicycle in India and am on my way back home on surface again. The film is going to be a colorful, thrilling roadmovie full of conflict and resolution, obstacles, commitment, lessons to be learnt about life, not giving up, realizations such as "Papua is everywhere" and "There is always a Plan Z".
This project is a follow-up to a documentary about deforestation in Indonesia that I made in 2011 called "Cari Hutan – In Search of Forest" – according to several NGOs in Indonesia, it is the most thrilling, informative, yet amusing documentary/roadmovie ever made about the subject of deforestation in Indonesia. I would like to encourage all of you to have a look at it and spread the awareness about this defining issue of our times. -> www.augefilms.blog.com/cari-hutan/
All this and much more can be found on www.augefilms.blog.com
I could definitely need some support at the moment – spreading the word and considering a micro-donation would be awesome!
Best wishes from Hong Kong!
All this and more can be seen
In reply to Florian Aurel Augustin's post on Wed 9 May 2012 :
That sounds great. Nothing like having a life changing experience to go alongside making a film. A roadtrip always steers life into a better perspective.
Break a leg! Will do my best to help.
Welcome, Kathleen and Florian. Kathleen, I think you'd be better served by asking your questions in the Mentoring Room topic and by only asking one or two questions at a time. Posting such a long list of them is way too time consuming for anyone to want to answer.
Best of luck with your project, Florian.
Just joined this community today and am part way though my first documentary (planned finished date this September). I am working on a documentary about the education system (with the help of about 12 others), its problems and how science is not being applied to it. I look forward to learning as much as I can from fellow enthusiasts and professionals.
In reply to Joey Savoie 's post on Thu 10 May 2012 :
That's interesting. I often feel that there is a need to challenge education, for it's methods and contents are what will shape the future of our children.
One note though: I hope that the group does not focus on all its problems. Sometimes as documentary filmmakers, we need to be more diplomatic. Truth is always the main characteristic of our works. So just show the picture of what is happening, focus on a singular topic that embodies the points you want to raise, and trust that the idea of change will grow from there.
Just my two cents. I know the documentary will be great.
A friend of mine, Monster Jimenez, made a brilliant doc about "sick" books that are used in public school around our country. If you want, you can get in touch with her here
Break a leg!
Thanks for the warm welcome,
We plan on making the movie much more solutions based them problems based. Our target audience already agrees that there is a problem in the system the trick is showing a innovative solution. We are also trying to keep it to around 30 mins so we will only have about 10mins for problems.
Thanks for the advice!
In reply to Joey Savoie 's post on Sun 13 May 2012 :
That's great Joey!
I just remember a very useful advice from my mentor. This was given to me when I was first pursuing documentaries. He told me: "For you to grab the audience's heart, you must simplify and be precise. LESS IS MORE. Chose a singular topic, squeeze it out, and the truth will come out."
Do great and change lives! I know you will.