My name is David Liebling. I have worked mostly in live sports production for the past few years, with a long hiatus in Asia where I was teaching english and traveling.
While I was in South Korea I started shooting for a documentary I'd like to produce 'the right way.' Meaning that I'd like to figure out what I'm doing as far as pre-production and distribution to give my project the best possible chance at success.
I'll be lurking this site, searching for answers regarding budgeting, planning, distribution, financing, and all the other aspects of documentary making that are currently baffling to me. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!
I hope I can give as well at some point.
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My name is Louis Mole. I am a young aspiring documentary filmmaker from England. I have almost completed a one year documentary filmmaking course and I am now looking for employment, starting in November. I have made a number of short documentary films, and I am predominantly interested in social issue documentaries. I have made films on subjects such as homelessness, mental illness and newly released prisoners learning to reconnect with their children. Thank you for having me!
My name is Alyssa Bolsey and I'm currently directing a feature Swiss/US documentary about the film pioneer/inventor of the Bolex camera. If you're interested in checking out the development teaser it can be viewed on vimeo. https://vimeo.com/31740507
A young filmmaker myself, working in an international co-production has proven to be challenging but rewarding in the lessons learned. I look forward to learning more from d-word member's experiences as well as contributing all that I can in the process!
In reply to Brian Murphy's post on Sun 4 Nov 2007 :
Hi Brian. My name is Tarryn Crossman. I have been working in the TV industry in South Africa (Africa as a whole) for like 8 years and now I am producing my first independent documentary. The film lives between South Africa and Canada. I am looking for a journalist in canada, who might want to help me access some information on the ground. If you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate it. Here is a link to the trailer (although the film has changed somewhat since this was made) https://vimeo.com/43240496
In reply to Alyssa Bolsey's post on Mon 30 Jul 2012 :
It looks like an interesting film. Good luck!
Joshua, David, Louis and Alyssa, a warm welcome to The D-Word! Good to have you here with us.
Hi, My name is Alexandria Dionne, everyone calls me Alex. I'm a producer and production manager on a doc film called 10x10: Educate Girls, Change the World (10x10act.org). It's a film about girls education in developing countries. I'm based in LA, but spent many years in NY, working on various docs there. This is a great site. I'm very happy to be a part of this community.
Hey everyone, my name is Stephen Robinson, and I'm a young filmmaker working for a company called Ark Media based in Brooklyn, NY. I have my own nascent production company, and my first project is nearing its final stages. It's a short doc using footage that I shot while in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank back in 2009, and I hope to develop a feature length documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. I went to my first D-Word event last night through the Scottish Documentary Institute, and really enjoyed "Cutting Loose." Looking forward to participating in these forums!
I'm a budding filmmaker, with a background in TV news production and print journalism. I graduated from doc studies at the New School this spring and completed my first 20-minute short: "Keepers of the Flock" on NYC's pigeon-obsessed subcultures. Currently looking for ways to get my film out there, and working as an editor and researcher on several projects.
I made it out to the excellent screenings and meet-up yesterday, and met some great people. I definitely plan to get more involved online – and in the real world – with this community.
I'm just completing a monumental documentary and thought I should introduce myself here. It's about a guy going around the world by human power – no motors, no sails. It was shot over 15 years all over the world, and the resulting footage is now a 2 hour feature film. Happy to answer any questions and sure I'll have a few of my own.
You can see a trailer and more information here:
Glad to meet you all.
Welcome, Ben and Kenny.
Stephen, great meeting you last night!
In reply to Kenny Brown's post on Mon 6 Aug 2012 :
Nice trailer. Good luck with the film.
Andy: You as well. Let's grab a beer in BK sometime soon.
Kenny: Looks like a crazy saga! I want to see it.
Stephen, Ben and Kenny, a warm welcome to you all. Ben, feel free to register as a professional member. It will give you access to all 50 discussion topics.
My name is Nick and I'm a young filmmaker from Louisville, KY. For the last two years I've been working on my first documentary, The Potter's Field. -At face value it's a film about high school students who volunteer to give funeral services for homeless people. The film broadens its scope to explore how other cities dispose of their homeless (i.e. NY and Chicago) where there's an apparent lack of compassion in their methods. Throughout the film, the perspectives of the students are supplemented by homeless citizens who also provide insight into their own potential funerals, and whether or not they think anyone would actually come, or if they even care. The philosophy of the students and teachers is simple, "You come into the world being held and loved, and you should leave the world in the same way."
Here is a recent potential trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7I-9QrZcAc
I can't believe I'm just now finding out about this site, however, I'm excited to be here and I look forward to contributing all that I can!
In reply to Kenny Brown's post on Mon 6 Aug 2012 :
Kenny, just saw your trailer and... wow! Can't wait to see this! Awesome work.
Hi D-List Community:
My name is Simone and I'm glad to be "here."
I bet I know some of you personally as well. I have worked for many film/media support organizations & Festivals in the SF Bay Area, for indie film studios, more recently co-produced a documentary (City of Borders) that premiered at Berlinale and am now working as a producer for filmmaker Tiffany Shlain's Moxie Institute working on the marketing & distribution of the 2011 Sundance premiering feature doc: Connected. (http://www.connectedthefilm.com). I'm currently running our Host A Screening Tour before we launch our DVD/online distribution in early 2013.
I also work as a producing, marketing, PR, distribution consultant and am on the Faculty of a digital filmmaking program at an Art Institute where I teach producing and acting for directors.
Love supporting mediamakers & being part of a supportive community in turn.
Welcome, Nick and Simone. Looks like a great subject, Nick, best of luck with it. Simone, terrific work you've been doing with Tiffany on Connected. Very impressed with the outreach on it.
By the way, we're The D-Word, not D-List. While you can be notified about posts in any topic by email, we're not a listserve but an online discussion forum. Just wanted to make the distinction.
My fair use attorney introduced me to the site (I know, kind of odd). I'm currently in the festival/exhibition circuit and shopping around my second feature "CODE 2600" (code2600.com).
It is so wonderful to see a real documentary community like D-List online. I'm based out of Pittsburgh but I am currently teaching film at OU while on a Masters scholarship. I'm looking forward to spending time on the site and meeting other doc makers.
Shoot, my apologizes for the mis-type. Surely I realize "D-List" is not the appropriate terminology. First impressions, berg, sorry I do have the best intensions. Just a nervous-nelly on the keyboard for this tread.
Obviously you were all discombobulated from the Pirates being 63-48 this late in the season. I'm from Pgh. too so I understand. Great to have you here, Jeremy. [Actually, you might be the sole representative from Pgh.! (Many of us are from da Burgh but now hang our black-and-yellow hats elsewhere....)]
Hello to Everyone!
I am Olivier Uwayezu from Kigali Rwanda, I have been searching the forum of professionals and Finally I got it. I will learn more from you indeed.
I am in doc film field since 2007, working as an Editor and participate in many intensive courses in editing, the last and very important is the one with Jason Osder (and I thank you) from GWU/SMPA currently I am working as freelance in Rwanda and making research on Rwandan Genocide, in recording rwandan testimonies.
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 31 Jul 2012 :
Thank you Doug Block! I am planning a documentary film trip to Africa in the near future. The country will be either Kenya or South Africa. Where do you suggest looking for information on getting camera gear into those countries? I understand that customs can be hard on filmmakers.
In reply to Olivier Uwayezu's post on Mon 13 Aug 2012 :
I'm delighted to meet a Rwandan documentary filmmaker, Olivier, and I look forward to seeing the country through your eyes & ears.
Thank you Vivian Kleiman, I look to show you the country of thousand hills
Hello everyone. I'm a current film student at Columbia College in Chicago. I've completed (99%) my first short film documentary on the exploitation and corruption within the Chicago taxi industry.
Would love to receive some professional critique before I entered it into film festivals.
My name is Kevin Sarnoff. I've been a cinematographer for the last fifteen years shooting feature films, commercials, promos and the occasional doc. Last summer, armed with an abundance of optimism, a fair amount of magical thinking and no shortage of ignorance, I traveled to a remote part of Nepal to film a doc which was to be my directing debut. Angry villagers and altitude sickness threw a wrench into my master plan but left with me some tremendous footage. I'm trying to piece the film together now and map out my next steps. Documentary is my true love and I'm in awe of the work many of you do. I am thrilled that a community such as this exists and very happy to be a member.
Some stills from Nepal project:
You need to copy and paste that entire link to get to the proper site...
Greetings! My name is Marcus, I'm currently working on my first documentary project. I've come to this site to seek knowledge in this art.
I'm also a US Army Combat Veteran who is aspiring to become a stand-up comedian. Over the past year I’ve documented some of the struggles I've face in addition to seeking mental rehabilitation.
The Documentary will include struggles with re-integration, transition, depression, alcoholism, addiction, PTSD and impact on family.
I’ve already started filming. Just have no idea what I'm doing...
Welcome to the club, Marcus. Most people starting on their first doc have no idea, either. Hope you'll feel free to ask questions in The Mentoring Room, and go thru our archives to read some of the conversations we've held here over the years. Should help a lot. Meanwhile, welcome to The D-Word, as well.
Hi All! Just joined. Delighted to be a part of the group. I've been a documentary filmmaker for 12 years and a television news video editor for 22 years. All of the sordid details may be seen at www.YouTube.com/NicoleFilms.
Looking forward to seeing you where I hang out most on Twitter @Nicoleedits. Have a wonderful week!
Thank you I have been. What's stressful is that some of the best footage I should be capturing is going on right now. In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 21 Aug 2012 :
Hello D-Worders. To Doug et al, thank you so much for maintaining this community. I haven't even qualified as a lurker since I signed up a while back, but am finally playing catch-up. I'm now lurking at breakneck pace. I kicked it off with Fernanda Rossi's excellent 5-day discussion about loglines and pitching. It's archived here: http://d-word.com/topics/show/189?pos=1
Part of the reason I haven't been lurking till now has been my first documentary as writer/director, which has occupied nights and days for most of the past 2 years. I'm pleased to report it is finished and has been very well received on the festival circuit. I just created the film page here: http://www.d-word.com/documentary/508-The-Movement
Much like the production process on our film, my approach to learning this craft has been a bit back-assward and I look forward to future discussions like Fernanda's to help me play catch-up. Doug, by the way, I found the format and presentation of the archived discussion very easy to follow. Nice job to you and all the folks who make this site easy to use. Keep up the good work. Cheers, Greg
Thanks, Greg. Glad you're posting, at long last. Congrats on all the success of your film on the festival circuit – do you have any other kind of distribution lined up?
My producer tells me there is much in the works for "The Movement" that we can't announce yet and he says to hold my horses for now. I'm not good at that, so I've been polishing up my own first narrative feature screenplay, writing the book on the story behind The Movement, and starting a trickle of work for my other filmmaker friends. I guess you could say this latest chapter of my indie filmmaking career (namely actually writing and directing projects like our doc) has got me hooked. Hope to be in this space for a lifetime. Or more. Cheers, GH
How nice to have a producer. You're already a big leg up on most first-timers.
He has a couple of pretty good narrators for a first-timer, too. Welcome to d-word, Greg. I grew up going to Warren Miller films before every ski season (with Warren narrating in person, of course).
Awesome, Andy. Working there (WM Films) was a dream from way back for me. I used to sell tickets to the film to support our high school ski team. You can't imagine the spine tingles sitting in the recording studio as Warren read our script. Three generations of Millers were involved in this film! One challenge I'm facing is how do I return to everyday life after this crazy ride. I like my everyday life, but it's a far cry from the heady buzz of releasing our film. Still trying to get my head around it...
It seems like tuning into the conversations here at the D-Word is going to be a good way for me to slow down and view this as a lifelong craft I'm pursuing that's going to have its ups and downs.
Any long-time D-Word folks have any suggestions on how and where I should get started within the resources of this site and this community?
Hello to the D-Word community.
My name is Peter. I have been engaged in the world of production on a somewhat limited basis for many years, but am just now taking on a relatively serious project. I live in Northern California and am a fairly recent member of the Capitol Film Arts Alliance.
I graduated in 1969 from Fresno State University with a BA degree in Radio-Television Broadcasting. I did some on-air work at a small radio station for a while, but did not break into the local TV market. Instead, I did a stint in the military and went back to graduate school to earn a law degree. After working full time for a number of years as an attorney in the environmental field, in 1995 I took on part time event videography, moving into the world of DV and desktop editing and doing a number of small projects. I have also spent the last 16 years in public access TV, crewing on numerous studio and field productions, in addition to serving on the board of directors of the local access organization for the last 8 years. Since 2005, (about the time I partially retired from my attorney career) I have been looking for a viable documentary topic.
It was not until a year ago that I acquired the equipment to support a 2K workflow that would provide minimum acceptable production values. I also found myself fully involved in the sports world. I am deeply enmeshed in what is essentially event videography, with a demanding shoot schedule and lots of travel. One result is that I have discovered a compelling story line that I want to take on and produce as a full-length documentary. It deals with the world of rowing, a very robust, competitive and established sport, but it still seems to fly largely below the radar here on the West Coast. I have some hard shooting deadlines coming up very soon, so I need to get moving with a lot of development and pre-production loose ends.
Welcome, Peter. Pretty wide range of experiences you bring to The D-Word, and to making docs. The world of rowing seems filled with potential as a subject, or just a setting.
In reply to Gregory I Hamilton's post on Sun 26 Aug 2012 :
Yeah, d-word is a great resource, and can develop into a tangible, real-world community if you get into it and meet people. There are plenty of places to start, so just pick some topics to browse and don't get overwhelmed by how much is out there. Sounds like you're in the distribution phase of your film, so maybe dive into the marketing and distribution thread, and you'll find some great conversations. You can always try to find other d-worders in your area to meet up with in person. Go up to the "people" tab, and do an advanced search by location. I see one other user in Steamboat Springs, and plenty more around Colorado.
I am the author of a new book on social change and am here to suggest my work as a topic to filmmakers. The book is called "Creating Sustainable Societies: The Rebirth of Democracy and Local Economies". Essentially, it is a blueprint for remaking our financial, economic, and governance systems so that they are more sustainable and better able to serve the common good.
As most people are aware, our society, and the planet, are in serious trouble. The book offers a practical strategy for change, based on demonstrating new systems at the local level. It has potential to fundamentally alter the course of our history. Rather than a finance and economic system driven by greed, we could have one driven by cooperation. Rather than a governance system corrupted by money, we could have one where all people have an equal impact on the political process. There is a viable path to real change, and I need your help conveying this message to the world.
You can view the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDO7JOsCaHA. More videos are coming soon. I welcome any discussion or interest. If you live in LA/Orange County, and have interest in the project, I would be delighted to meet in person.