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Ben Kempas
Tue 30 Nov 2004Link
Wow, Doug, getting soft-gloved all of a sudden? ;-)

Anyway, who else is out there?

Mark Meatto
Wed 1 Dec 2004Link
Hi everyone - I think I just failed at making my first D-Word posting
on the introduce yourself thread. i hope i'm now in the right place.
i'm a first time chatter.

so i just moved down to new york from Cambridge, MA where i lived for
the last ten years. it's good to be back home, but i do miss the
little filmmaking community i left behind. i've poked around some of
the various threads here at D-word, and i have to say i'm quite
excited to be joing this community.

i'm in the process of trying to find enough funding to carve out the
time to cut my first feature, which i shot in the Ecuadorian Amazon
last winter. I'm still learning how to talk about the film, but
essentially it is a character-driven verite piece that investigates
the discovery and subsequent massacre of the area's last completely
isolated tribe. we are still without a web site, but i'd be happy to
describe the project more fully for those who are interested.

good to be aboard.

Jessica Butler
Wed 1 Dec 2004Link
Hi, my name is Jessica and i'm just about to graduate from
journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I'm
currently interning for a production company, where i'm doing
work for them on a documentary film. I've already done two 30
minute documentaries for one of my classes and loved it. I'm
really interested in social issues and cultures and one of the
films that i produced was on HIV and AIDS, which turned out
great. I just joined to get feedback from more experienced
filmmakers, since this is one of my passions.
Cheers

Jessica Butler
Wed 1 Dec 2004Link
I'm quite new to this, i actually just found this website when i was
researching for my documentary film. Well, just a hello to
everyone and i'm here to learn as much as i can. Do i just post
my questions here?

Ben Kempas
Thu 2 Dec 2004Link
Welcome, Mark and Jessica. Try to post any newcomer's questions in
the "Mentoring Room" {LINK NOT IMPORTED}. Cheers.

Doug Block
Thu 2 Dec 2004Link
ditto. welcome to both.

Ray Wood
Mon 6 Dec 2004Link
Welcome everyone!

Ren Sato
Sat 11 Dec 2004Link
Greetings everyone!

I'm currently just a VJ (doing live visuals at clubs,events) but am
planning on seriously getting into digital videography in general
and more specifically documentary making. My aspiration and goal is
to move to tokyo japan next year to make street type documentaries
of pop/subcultural odd/interesting social phenomena. initially i'll
probably tackle easy hip or youthful issues that seem more like a
music video but eventual would like to delve into serious social
issues in tokyo/japan that require more planning and resources... i
was thinking of moving there with a 2 man crew from here seattle but
now i'm thinking it be better to find a crew once i'm there on my
own for rent, financial issues. Since i have dual status i plan on
being there indefinitely to see this endeavour through. I plan on
having a website up soon and then eventually sell my product or
footage to, really, whatever broadcast outlet that will take
it...this are is my main concern and therefore the biggest are where
i'd like to receive realistic advise, etc... also is anyone on this
forum from japan? if so please hit me up! anyways, i'm glad i found
this place! yoroshikuonegaishimasu!

Doug Block
Sat 11 Dec 2004Link
nice to have you here, ren. good luck with your plans.

Ray Wood
Sun 12 Dec 2004Link
Hi Ren, I have been very impressed by Vj's works. I think that
imagery connection will prove inportant to you. Welcome

Jim Wharton
Tue 28 Dec 2004Link
Hello all,
Just dropping in to get some good advice from the pros. I have crewed
on Indie films and spent a couple of years as a videographer doing
corporate, wedding, and a little music video work. I am currently
prepping a doc of sorts involving two unsolved murders in Oklahoma
and Missouri. They are 5 and 9 years cold respectively so most will
be interviews with family etc. Hoping to get some good advice on
another thread to make the interviews as appealing and interesting as
possible. Thanks!

Doug Block
Tue 28 Dec 2004Link
welcome, jim. and happy holidays to all in d-world!

Michelle Plett
Tue 11 Jan 2005Link
Hello,
I am here to find out some info and become more literate in the
documentary film world. I am working on a documentary about couples
who make the decision/choice to not have children. I'm 21 years old
and finishing my Post grad in Public Relations. I'm working on this
documentary to gain experience in the industry and to help out my
cousin, who is the director/producer. I currently live in Ontario,
Canada but I grew up in British Columbia. I'm moving to London,
England within the year and can't wait. I am very excited to learn
as much as possible about the documentary world and to meet those
involved.

Ben Kempas
Wed 12 Jan 2005Link
Welcome to The D-Word, Michelle!

Anybody else out there? :-)

Doug Block
Wed 12 Jan 2005Link
nice to have you here, michelle. good luck with the doc and with
your studies.

Michelle Plett
Wed 12 Jan 2005Link
Thanks very much! I'm going to post some questions in the ask the
experts section. If you can answer, please do!! :)

cheers,
michelle

Sam Chance
Tue 18 Jan 2005Link
Hey there.

I'm an aspiring studenty type wanting to make docs when i grow up.

Just wanted to ask if anyone has any opinions on the future of
documentary making in relation to new digital technology

Doug Block
Tue 18 Jan 2005Link
lots more docs getting made. bar getting lowered re basic craft
(especially cinematography). pity the poor festival programmers
wading through all the crapola. still, any number of gems are getting
made that never would have otherwise: tarnation, dig!, etc.

David Teigeler
Wed 19 Jan 2005Link
Hi all,

greetings from Amsterdam, home of IDFA, one of the largest
documentary film festivals in the world held each year in November.
I'm joining because I love documentaries and to talk about them, to
answer any questions about IDFA, your opinions about IDFA and of
course to hear about interesting documentaries made in whereever you
live. Don't hesitate to ask anything. My personal favourites from the
2004 edition are Darwin's Nightmare by Hubert Sauper, Liberia: an
Uncivil War by Jonathan Stack and James Brabazon and last but not
least The 3 Rooms of Melancholia by Pirjo Honkasalo. If you have a
chance to see them, go! Greets

Will Rabbe
Wed 19 Jan 2005Link
Hello all,

I wanted to introduce myself and my new documentary production
co. to you all- AshfordFilm ( www.ashfordfilm.com ). We recently
completed a 45 minute doc on the New Hampshire Primary,
featuring John Kerry, of course. It is a great film and it played in
a few festivals. This was the "youngest" political doc to come
out of the election year, as we hadjust graduated from film
school in Boston.

Anyway, If you are in LA, on the 25th on January, listen to my
interview on Centerstage 88.9 @ 7PM with Mark Gordon.
www.stageandscreen.com.

Otherwise, I would love to keep everyone updated and
will contribute to this forum regularly. All the best!

Doug Block
Wed 19 Jan 2005Link
welcome, david and will r. glad you found us.

Richard Davis
Thu 27 Jan 2005Link
Hi,
In 1976, age 19, I wrote a wish-list of what I wanted to do & explore
in life, memorized it and tucked it away.

In 2000, I stumbled upon that old list and noticed I had seen and
done a little over half of it.

Also realized I really didn't want to do the rest of that list
anymore. Ha!

So I pondered and wrote a "wish-list" sequel for the rest of my life
on this stage. I carry it in my wallet, it contains 11 written goals.

The third one is, "Produce a TV Documentary Series".

Hmmm, well that may prove to be the most difficult one on the list,
but it's time to start that ball rolling.

So, Hello

Doug Block
Thu 27 Jan 2005Link
hey richard, welcome. hope you have more than a few years for wish
3...

Robert Goodman
Fri 28 Jan 2005Link
a second lifetime?

Richard Davis
Fri 28 Jan 2005Link
Thanks Doug,

"a few years" . . .Yea I realize, lol. I've prepared myself to allow
5 to 10 years before I see an internationally televised doc series.
But I've got 26 years of material gathering behind me, so I'm not
going to toss this goal aside, too much passion. I think that a
significant audience wants to hear what's in my head, as they're
already pondering these things privately. However very few (if any)
are doc'ing this stuff cross-culturally & religiously respectfull
enough to be marketable for national TV.

Like most up-start doc producing dreamers, I think I've got an edge.
We'll see. "I've got a dream", hope no one shoots me.

Very glad I found your work here Doug. Thank you.

Aliza Sherman Risdahl
Fri 28 Jan 2005Link
Hello all,

I'm a new media gal gone old media - from Web production to radio and
now film. I've also been a freelance writer for about 15 years so
video production is like a revelation - a whole new way for me to
express the visuals! I'm in the middle of producing a 12-part series
for Wyoming Public Television about social issues faced by families in
the state (domestic violence, economic assistance, child support
enforcement, etc).

For anyone wanting to break into producing, check your local public
television (PBS, not local access) station. They have smaller budgets
but in smaller markets are very open to newcomers.

The experience has been invaluable, and my husband and I have invested
in equipment and lined up a project in Alaska where I'll be moving in
June for a year. I have a few other personal projects I'd like to work
on as well - one in particular, about miscarriage - will be my labor
(so to speak) of love.

I'm excited to be hear, to learn and share. And I'm glad to reconnect
(virtually) with Doug!

Doug Block
Fri 28 Jan 2005Link
so glad you found us, aliza, and that you've made your way to the doc
world! and now hope you'll join the d-word community, where the pros
hang out: www.d-word.com/community/join

best... doug

Dan Satorius
Tue 1 Feb 2005Link
Hello,

I am a partner in the law firm of Abdo Abdo Broady & Satorius and
practice entertainment law.

I have worked extensively with documentary filmmakers and
organizations including Independent Television Service and TPT. I
have provided legal counsel to many documentary filmmakers who have
won Academy Awards and nominations, Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, and
numerous awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

I have served on the Board of Directors of the IFP MSP since July,
1987; president 2002-2004. I was instrumental in organizing the IFP
National and serve on that board.

I have also produced documentary films and have a MA in film
production from the University of Iowa. I am an active member of
the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports
Industries and serve as the Associate Editor of the ENTERTAINMENT
AND SPORTS LAWYER. I just returned from the Sundance Film Festival
where I chaired a seminar on “Independent Film Financing” co-
sponsored by the American Bar Association and IFP.

You can find out more about me at our website at www.abdoabdo.com.

Doug Block
Tue 1 Feb 2005Link
dan modestly didn't mention that he's representing esther robinson's
terrific feature doc, "the danny williams story" (which i happen to be
producing with esther). in no way did he solicit this but he has my
unqualified endorsement. welcome, dan!

Dan Satorius
Tue 1 Feb 2005Link
Thanks Doug. It was great to see you at Sundance last year. But I
missed running into you this year. Esther is wonderful and the
project is wonderful. I am glad to be working with you on it.

Doug Block
Tue 1 Feb 2005Link
ditto, dan. was too busy working on a new film (apart from esther's)
to do sundance this year. alas.

noticed you registered for the community. look forward to continuing
the conversation there.

Jody Serkes
Wed 2 Feb 2005Link
this is great. Finally on UTNE. I am a doc film maker who does mostly
stories of rockers. I am working on the story of the late great Laura
Nyro. If anyone here has film, photos or stories of her please contact
me. Mostly what I am struggling with is funding (of course!) I would
benefit emmensely discussing funding. How? Grants drive me nuts. But,
have to do I guess.

Doug Block
Thu 3 Feb 2005Link
welcom, nyrogrl. good luck with your film. you should read the
recent conference we did here on fundraising for docs:

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Jody Serkes
Thu 3 Feb 2005Link
Thanks for the hello Doug. Your links were very important to the film
I am trying to launch. Thanks so much.

Doug Block
Thu 3 Feb 2005Link
You're quite welcome. The other archived conferences will be very
helpful, as well. Particularly Jan Rofekamp's on selling in the
international marketplace:

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Emily Meyers
Fri 4 Feb 2005Link
Hola! Just joined. The mission of my production company, Eyes of the
World Productions, is to use the power of media to raise awareness of
social issues. We're in LA. Right now, I'm making several
documentaries. Among
them are Her Meth Secret: The High Highs, the Low Lows (the powerful
way the methamphetimeine epidemic spreading across America impacts
women), Comparing Notes: Building an Arab & American Sisterhood
(women in both cultures share best practices to deal with their
challenges). Always looking for collaborators that want to have some
fun, make some money, and make positive change in the world. Contact
me for more info if you're interested!

Doug Block
Fri 4 Feb 2005Link
welcome, emily. see you joined the community, as well, so i'll greet
you there, too ;-)

Jody Serkes
Mon 7 Feb 2005Link
My company is called "FlyingPoodle Productions" kinda says it all and
nothing.

Christian Saladores
Wed 16 Feb 2005Link
hi all

im a student in melbourne, australia. i'm on holidays at the moment,
waiting for the school year to start. got a dv camcorder for my
birthday just recently and thought i make a lil documentary on a local
workshop educating kids on the elements of hip hop music.

meanwhile, just doing some research on how to get things started and
happened to stumble across this forum... feel a lil 'ameaturish' tho,
but we all gotta start somewhere :)

Ben Kempas
Wed 16 Feb 2005Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forum, J (?) and Christian!

Doug Block
Wed 16 Feb 2005Link
worse places to start from than somewhere, christian ;-) welcome.

Jay Heyman
Mon 21 Feb 2005Link
{erased by dbblock Tue, 22 Feb 2005 01:23:47 GMT}

Doug Block
Tue 22 Feb 2005Link
jay, the classifieds is, in fact, the proper place for this. i
erased your post because you double posted there.

Doug Block
Fri 25 Feb 2005Link
kyoko, i also erased your post because you posted the same thing in
the mentoring room (where it belongs) and i've answered you there.
please, folks, do NOT post the same thing in two different topics.

Michael Clark
Wed 9 Mar 2005Link
Hi, all. I've just gotten into video production as a facet of my job
working with a nonprofit. We're using video for internal communication
and are starting a project to produce educational videos for
commercial distribution. The experience has gotten me really excited
about the possibilities of documentary videomaking, and that's why I
ended up here. I live near Durham, NC, the home of the Full Frame
Documentary Festival - will any of you be attending?

Doug Block
Thu 10 Mar 2005Link
not i, but welcome to the d-word, michael. have fun in production
and at the festival. it's a great one.

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 10 Mar 2005Link
Michael, I may attend.

Ross Williams
Thu 10 Mar 2005Link
Hey everybody, I just joined up, thought I'd introduce myself. I'm an independent filmmaker living in Ashland, OR. I've made a couple short films and music videos over the last couple years. If interested, you can watch them at my website: eRATicate.com

I'm currently in the post production phase of my first feature, a documentary. I was looking for a good place to come for advice on finishing my film, it seems like this is the place. So you'll probably see me posting some questions in other areas.

I look forward to talking with you.


Doug Block
Fri 11 Mar 2005Link
good to have you here, ross.

Basil Shadid
Sun 13 Mar 2005Link
hey all, i'm new here as well. i'm working on two projects right now
and decided to try and connect with other doc filmmakers. my web sites
are: writinghome.com, and beingMEdia.com. if anyone is willing to
share, i'm really interested in seeing sample funding proposals. also,
i'm interested in meeting people in the chicago area who are working
on documentary projects...

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