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Jamila Gaskins
Mon 27 Jun 2005Link
July 2 @ 7am at Griffith Park I have a group training run with
other APLA fundraising marathoners. Then I run during the week.
The run is October 31, but I was planning to go around the 25th
since I lose a day. I want to be able to get used to the weather,
run there before the actual marathon, and possibly drive the
course. Feel free to email me at jkgaskins@yahoo.com.

Kathryn Burg
Sat 2 Jul 2005Link
Hi. Just signed up. Getting ready to shoot a doc of sorts (could
turn out to be experimental) with a gl-2, me, and a couple of
people helping out to record the music. A US choir tour in Europe
with members aged 8-64. I have some clearance/consent questions,
so I'll head to the mentoring room. Great to be in the fray!

Jamila Gaskins
Mon 4 Jul 2005Link
welcome kathryn. i'm pretty new too. best of luck with your
project.

Doug Block
Mon 4 Jul 2005Link
yes, nice to have you here, kathryn.

Christina Frederick
Fri 8 Jul 2005Link
hello. i've been a member for a while. my place got robbed and i lost
all my equipment so i've laid low, but now i've replaced my cam and
computer and have thrown myself into a bunch of projects.

i'm teaching a friend to shoot and edit an art piece he wants to do
for a show in Ghana this fall. he's a metalworker and sculptor, and
he's filming his West Indian customers, employees and friends.

i've worked on a couple of docs and informational pieces for the local
department of education, done a portrait for someone's reality show
application, and am now working on shooting footage for a doc about
teen performers in a musical.

i use borrowed equipment and/or the client's equipment a lot of the
time, but otherwise i'm using a Panasonic GS150 and editing on FCP.

really excited and feeling blessed by the opportunities to shoot these
new projects. thanks everyone for the community!

Doug Block
Fri 8 Jul 2005Link
well, glad you've finally come forward and introduced yourself,
christina. and good luck with your project. sounds like fun.

Benjamin Pastrana
Sat 9 Jul 2005Link
Hola!

Benjamin from Puerto Rico. Currently preparing to do a documentary
about the first Puertorrican Governor under USA mandate.
I work as a multimedia specialist for around 18 years. Just finished a
Movie making seminar for new directirs in Puerto Rico and Did my first
shortfilm and creating my first commercial one.

Doug Block
Sat 9 Jul 2005Link
welcome, benjamin. what kind of access do you have with the
governor? seems like that will make all the difference.

Steve Holmes
Sun 10 Jul 2005Link
Welcome, Benjamin!

Keri Dillingham
Tue 2 Aug 2005Link
Hi everyone---I'm Keri and I have recently been considering creating
a documentary for awhile, but I have no training at all in the field.
There is an injustice being committed, due to ignorance and lack of
education, which desperately needs attention in order to stop the
current atrocities, but that's about as far as I have gotten with the
idea. If the expense stays under $8000, I can fund the project
myself, but I am afraid that I will not turn out a great film or even
finish it. If that happens, I will have failed in helping with this
issue---should I find a professional to assist in the process?

Doug Block
Tue 2 Aug 2005Link
welcome, keri. don't know if you need a professional, per se, but
you do need someone who knows how to shoot and someone who can edit,
not to mention have access to equipment. but hard to advise when you
don't say how long the film will be or what's involved. maybe you can
take this to the Mentoring Room.

Steve Holmes
Tue 2 Aug 2005Link
Welcome, Keri. Yes, please tell us more.

Grace Stahre
Wed 3 Aug 2005Link
Hello,
I recently made the career leap from the tech world to documentaries
and docudramas. I've worked on a few small productions, but nothing
that is yet completed. Currently I am working on :

- A 30 minute educational documentary about the Camisea natural gas
pipeline in Peru
- A longer documentary about the environmental and human rights
issues created by the pipeline construction and operation
- A silent docudrama about social stratification in America by
following the lives of illegal immigrants, legal immigrants, and the
poor and the wealthy brought together by a small restaurant
- My father's 35th high school reunion, which has had quite a few
requests for weight adjustment and hair color touchup effects

So I gave up the suburban condo, moved into the city, and am snug in
a basement apartment. I'm taking the next year or so to learn as
much as I can about all stages of production, taking classes,
volunteering on shoots, and being nosey.

I have my own camera and editing system and in the past 5 months
have filmed in Vermont blizzards and Peruvian rainforests. Loving
the independance... Wondering how long the savings account will
last. :)

Looking forward to being a part of the community and being an active
contributor as time goes on.

Steve Holmes
Wed 3 Aug 2005Link
Welcome, Grace. You have a lot on your plate (though, as a doc
maker, there won't be much food on it). Where is the restaurant
that's the focal point of the docudrama?

Doug Block
Thu 4 Aug 2005Link
welcome, and good luck on all the projects, grace. i assume when you
say a silent doc you mean to music. i'm curious if there's a
particular reason why you're doing it in that style.

Ben Kempas
Thu 4 Aug 2005Link
Grace is one of the D-Worders who I met "offline" first, at an
environmental film festival. She is crazy. She gave up an I-don't-
know-how-many-tens-of-thousands-of-dollars-a-year job in the IT
industry to pursue an indie media-maker life.

Grace, you will miss that job. :-)

Randolfe Wicker
Sun 7 Aug 2005Link
I've been a video-maker since I bought my first video camera in 1969.
I've retired from running an art deco lighting business and want to
master documentary making.

I bought a Sony HC42 mini-dv camera and have been exploring the
intersection of art, commerce and politics at street fairs. I've
focused on gay pride fairs specifically because they reveal a
fascinating glimpse of a world many people are interested in but a
society few understand.

I've done interviews at six different gay events. I also explored a
street fair sponsored by a homeless soup kitchen and another sponsored
by a Park Avenue Association in Manhattan on the same day a few blocks
apart.

I've started attending events at the Apple store in Soho. I'm
comfortable but not wealthy. I can afford to spend $10,000 to $20,000
on camera, sound and editing equipment.

Is this the best way to go? I've been reading here and also at DV
Info Net. I'm particularly interested in getting into the new world of
video blogging --"vloging".

Does anyone have any additional resources to suggest I explore?

Christian Cudnik
Sun 7 Aug 2005Link
HI everyone,
I am a newbie and enjoying the site. There are so many questions to
ask, but I figured I'd say hello first! I am working on a ballet
documentary and have just started using FCP. I use to work in Imovie.
Now, I need to figure out how to convert Imovie DV files to the FCP
DV format. Any suggestions? I think maybe this is a rendering
situation, but I a newbie!

Doug Block
Mon 8 Aug 2005Link
Welcome Randolfe and Christian. We generally try to answer the
technical questions at The Mentoring Room topic.

That said, I haven't a clue about converting IMovie to FCP. Randolfe,
I assume you're going the FCP route. Why not just get the most
storage and memory you can, good monitors, and go to town?

Jasmine Adams
Mon 8 Aug 2005Link
New person on site. I'm a student at Curtin University in Westerna
Australia and I joined the site to try and find out some legal
information for a doco I'm planning.

Doug Block
Tue 9 Aug 2005Link
fire away in the Mentoring Room topic, jasmine. glad you found us.

Jasmine Adams
Tue 9 Aug 2005Link
'm glad I found you too!

Jeff Palmer
Sat 13 Aug 2005Link
well, after a few weeks of surfing the web on and off, I think I found
what I was looking for. An online forum specifically catered to
documentaries. ahem, excuse me: to the D-word.

I'll attempt to avoid a long-winded monologue about myself, my past
projects, struggles... et al... and keep it short'n'sweet.

I have two projects that are both shot and have remained dormant for
the last 7 years - ouch - at least. Both focus on New Hampshire
subjects: one involves a barber that sold used records at his shop and
the other centers around two contra fiddlers who are still alive and
playing.

So much time has lapsed since shooting all the footage, I have found
that my initial interest in the material has changed immensely. So
much so that I'm now trying to grasp the same inspiration I was
bubbling with when I captured all the footage - so that I might
finally edit the pieces. Ugh. And I can't even blame the lack or
expense of technology anymore. Now I really DO have all the tools.

(here I go, rambling) gotta keep this short...

There you have it. Time + different sensibilities = box of tapes.

I know there's a story buried in those hours of footage... or at least
I had one in mind when shooting. How does one turn the light on again?
Without that same inspiration I feel the editing will lack a voice -
and that makes for dull storytelling. I'm a different person, but the
footage remains the same. Hmmm...

I've enjoyed reading some of the above posts and look forward to
learning more. Will check back when time allows...

Cheers,
Jeff

Doug Block
Sat 13 Aug 2005Link
welcome, jeff. my advice is to simply view and log your footage. if,
at the end, you aren't inspired then let it sit. if you are, think
about editing a 5 to 10 minute sample for fundraising purposes. my
guess is you'll find your inspiration again.

Jeff Palmer
Sat 13 Aug 2005Link
thanks doug. sound advice.
i feel as though it's a bit like Plato's cave. now that i've had some
distance from the footage and reviewed every angle of it, my attitude
towards the material changed. i'm now looking at it with a more mature
set of eyes - which certainly isn't a bad thing - it just changes the
perspective some.

anyone got a time machine I can borrow?
~ Jeff

Randolfe Wicker
Sun 21 Aug 2005Link
I've been having a lot of fun recently at the Yahoo videoblogging
site.

I would also encourage those coming here to check out the Current
TV "studio" page where they can learn how to submit video and also
get to "judge" videos that have been submitted to Current for
consideration.

For those who really want to get on the "cutting edge", I'd suggest
exploring the following resources involving "vlogging":

August 20, 2005 update:

CBS News covered one site listed below and that newscast can be
watched via this link:
http://tinyurl.com/aaamm

The kind of unique sharing of personal experience that vlogging
makes possible is demonstrated by this vlog in which a young woman
takes us into her doctor's office while she undergoes a bioptsy.
http://8bitme.blogspot.com/2005/08/biopsy-day-arrives.html

This site has great free tutorials:



http://freevlog.org/



The Yahoo video bloggers discussion group is really a fantastic
resource with a lot of interaction going on.

videoblogging

1175 Members, Archives: Public

Videoblogging is taking off. We discuss practical issues (bandwidth,
process, need for a videoblogging tool) and more philosophical
issues (why and what is a videoblog? ...). Join the conversation! A
very good group has gathered here to make videoblogging a reality.
Creators and developers are equally welcome and needed. Here are the
steps to take to best take advantage of this group: 1. Make a
videoblog. Freevlog explains how to videoblog for free. Feevlog
explains how to videoblog for a fee. ( ...(more)





Before discovering FireANT, I was drawn into exploring the vlog
universe through this site. Click on the “make your own vlogroll”
link above the displayed video frames on the opening page. By
checking those vlogs that look interesting and then continuing to
the bottom of the page, you can have them open in a vertical row and
you can check them out quickly.

http://videoblogging-universe.com/



At the Apple store in SoHo, they will have a second monthly
presentation described here. (Film Archives in Manhattan is
starting a monthly presentation of the best vlogs after a successful
recent event.)



Videoblogging

Join videobloggers as they show their favorite videos and viewing
tools, discuss video blog creation, and share tips and techniques.
Learn how you can create your own video blog for free!
August 27, 7:00 p.m.

A vlog that does a pretty good job when stacked up against
professional commentators/newscasters
is:http://www.rocketboom.com/vlog/archives/2005/08/rb_05_aug_01.html

The funniest and most talented humorous vlog I’ve found to date is:

http://www.jonnygoldstein.com/2005/08/06/yanni_goldthtein_holithtic_h
ealer_holithtic_videoblogging.php



A vlog that is polished and professional, one that loads and plays
in a way that proves real quality is possible can be found at:
http://fauxpress.blogspot.com/2005/08/kites-meditation-on-romantic-
love.html

A vlog which is so open about personal matters, it is absolutely
chilling, can be found at: (updated every Monday)
http://www.tonyhayden.com/

This video captures the spirit of the vlogging world.

http://randomshow.com/media/video/20050804a.mov






The best discussion I’ve found about digital video has been at:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/

Marco Raaphorst
Wed 31 Aug 2005Link
Hello,

My name is Marco Raaphorst. I work as a composer and sound designer
for all sorts of media. I am located in The Hague, The Netherlands.

I have done all sorts of projects, some of them internationally. I did
some work for Dutch RTL Sport and the Canadian CBC's ZED-TV. But I
would like to find composition work for documentaries since I am a big
fan of documentaries myself. My music can fit like a glove with the
imaging, or be the contrast, if that's what we want :)

For a brief introduction about my work, please check
http://melodiefabriek.nl

--
Regards,

Marco Raaphorst

Melodiefabriek
Van den Boschstraat 286
2595 AH The Hague
The Netherlands

+31-703470409, +31-645492000

http://melodiefabriek.nl/

Doug Block
Wed 31 Aug 2005Link
welcome, marco. glad you found us.

Kylie Purcell
Tue 27 Sep 2005Link
HI,

My name is Kylie Purcell and I am a third year Television Production
at Charles Sturt University in NSW, Australia. I am currently
working on a Research Paper in which I have decided to focus
on 'Editing the Documentary', and the different approaches taken in
cutting a doco as opposed to say a fictional work.
If anyone has any info or knows where I can find some i'd be very
grateful!
-Thanks

Doug Block
Tue 27 Sep 2005Link
Well, Kylie, you might start by reading our conference: The Art of
the Documentary Editor {LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Kylie Purcell
Tue 27 Sep 2005Link
wow- i should have looked around more. This is place is excellent!!
Thanks

Doug Block
Wed 28 Sep 2005Link
well, we think so ;-)

Robert Lampe
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
hello,

my name is robert, i have made a couple shorter documentaries, combining
elements of docs and experimental film. i am in the VERY early stages of
a (hopefully) feature length doc, and i am writing a script which i
would like to shoot in the documentary style, because not only is that
stylistically appealing to me, but i find that it is the best
environment for everyone involved in the film to truly be at their most
creative, but i could write a novel on my theories about that, so i will
just stop right there. this place looks like a wonderful community.

Steve Holmes
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
Welcome, RObert. Sounds like you have big plans.

Michael Lieberman
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
I'm Michael Lieberman, from Binghamton, NY and recent college
graduate.

Currently working on a documentary about an Iraq war veteran,
who's now speaking out against the war.

I enjoy the process immensely, as if every day shooting is an
education in life skills and cinema, which is more than I ever
got in college, believe me.

This is the best forum I've seen on documentary filmmaking and I
look forward to spending time here.

Steve Holmes
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
Welcome, Michael. Go Binghamton Mets! Yeah, there's a limit to what
a college, even a film school, teaches you about making a film. The
rest is here on D-Word.

Doug Block
Sat 1 Oct 2005Link
Welcome, Robert and Michael. Wishing you both good luck on your
projects.

Mechelle Martz
Tue 4 Oct 2005Link
Hello! My name is Mechelle Martz. I am currently working on a
Master's Degree at Colorado State University. I have been working
in media for 10 years and have some ideas for some doumentary films
that I would like to create. However, within those ideas my main
focus has become the effectiveness of documentary film to distribute
a message or information. I am currently working on a thesis to
study the social effects of documentary film and if there is a way
to determine if documentary films are able to motivate communities,
governments, and social groups to action.
I have found a ton of information on production and astethic
evaluation of documentary films but very little on follow up
assesment or study on if the film had been effective in
communicating it's message to an audience. How many people see your
documentary? Has the documentary started social movements, changed
government policies? Does anyone evaluate the after effects of
thier documentary film? Do they care?
I hope by joining this forum I may gain some insight into these
areas. Maybe some of you may have more information or ideas of
where I can find possible studies in this area.
Maybe I can give some PR/Marketing expertise to those who need it.
Either way I'm looking forward to getting some tips as well.
Thanks,

Mechelle Martz
mechellem@gmail.com

Steve Holmes
Wed 5 Oct 2005Link
Welcome, Mechelle! You're working on a fascinating study. Tough to
nail down some of that stuff, how big an effect a film has. You
might start by reading Sandi Dubowski's archived online conference
on outreach. Scroll down on the front page.

Mechelle Martz
Thu 6 Oct 2005Link
Thanks for the suggestion. I will take a look!

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 6 Oct 2005Link
Mechelle, even though it didn't change the administration, Fahrenheit
911 has an enormous impact on the discourse of last year's elections
and Michael Moore was able through his site and through partnerships
with other organizations to promote grassroots mobilization for
progressive causes.

Also do some research on Erroll Morris' Thin Blue Line which impacted
the outcome of a prison sentence.

As far as other films which have had grassroots impact, I'd recommend
looking at the catalogue of the past few years of the Council on
Foundations Film Festival. They celebrate films which are
specifically geared towards impact.

You may also want to think about attending the Center for Social
Media's Why Media Matters seminar which will be held in Washington DC
in February 2006.

Mechelle Martz
Fri 7 Oct 2005Link
Erica,
I have gotten some information on Fahrenheit 911. I have heard of
Thin Blue Line, but I will look into it further it - thanks for the
suggestion! I have been struggling with trying to find specific
films to focus on.
I am trying to decide if or how to narrow down my thesis to
something manageable. I may end up looking specifically at only a
few films or at an organization that is using documentary film for
issue awareness or impact, but I am still in the information
gathering process.
I am glad I found this site as it is nice to be able to talk with
others that have an interest in what documentary film can do. It
gives me some insight and ideas on where to look and what I am
missing. Thank you!

Erica Ginsberg
Fri 7 Oct 2005Link
Juvies is another one you should look at.

Maria Vougioukalaki
Wed 26 Oct 2005Link
hello!!
i just introduced myself in d world and i have a question..I cant add
a topic here??If not how i can ask something which is out of topic
comparing to the existing ones???
PS:this is maria im greek studying film in paris i want to work in
editing i have a little pro experience in documentaries and my
wildest dream would be finishing my hair metal documentary(i should
do a gallop if anybody would be interested in watching that:p).Im so
happy to be here guys
take care:)

Doug Block
Wed 26 Oct 2005Link
i see you made it here, maria. welcome (again).

Maria Vougioukalaki
Thu 27 Oct 2005Link
doug ure a sweetheart!!!
so what do u think guys about hair metal???any fans possibly(again im
full of optimism;p)

Mary Carroll-hackett
Sun 30 Oct 2005Link
hi. i'm a fiction writer and teacher living in small town virginia. i
have no filmmaking experience at all beyond pulling cords as a PA on
a few very low budget horror indies back in my twenties. i've sold a
couple of scripts to indie producers, but i'm preparing to try my
hand at my own documentary, following a poor single mom who has gone
back to college--a story i know since i did it myself ten years ago.
i've been reading and watching everything i can get my hands on; the
search led me here. i have so much to learn! glad to have found it.

Doug Block
Sun 30 Oct 2005Link
glad you found us, too, mary. good luck with your doc and feel free
to ask questions in The Mentoring Room topic.

Wilson Santos
Wed 9 Nov 2005Link
hi. my name is wilson santos. i graduated in 1996 with a BA in
english and a minor in film. i did a 6 week intensive course in
filmmaking at NYU and have taken several scriptwriting seminars. i
wrote my first feature film in 1997 and sold it to a swiss
independent filmmaker. he has yet to produce the film so the rights
will revert back to me this coming year. i just finished the rough
draft of my second full feature.

i have been exploring the possibility of producing a documentary
lately, which brings me to this forum. i have no experience in video
production as my background is film, but i do have a good concept of
screen composition. i am no stranger to organizing and producing
things either, so i think i can handle such a project. i have several
questions though and would like to know which is the best place to
ask. some techinical questions as well as financial questions.

looking forward to learning from those here who have more experience.

nice forum

Doug Block
Wed 9 Nov 2005Link
thanks, wilson. try the "mentoring room" topic.

Rudy Castro
Thu 10 Nov 2005Link
Hello fellow film makers, my name is Rudy Castro, born and raised
in Los Angeles, CA. I have just joined this wonderful community
and i am very exctied about the project im working on. Im telling
the story of two women in 1975 who founded a female clique of one
of the longest standing East LA gangs. Thirty years later, one of
the founders died leaving behind three adult children who each are
following a different path seeking an answer to their loss. One
of the paths is to locate their father, who was also a part of the
gang, after ten years to confront him. To tell him that his first
love is dead and that his first grandchild has been born.

Anyways, i just wanted to introduce myself and begin dialogue.
This website has been very informative, insightful and inspiring.
To all of the contributors, my upmost gratitute.

This will be my first feature length documentary. I have a
bachelors in Sociology, directed a short doc, and have been
working in film medium for about two years. Im currently in the
early stages of production on a self funded budget. Looking to
continue pushing the project further along with the help of you
all.
thank you

Doug Block
Thu 10 Nov 2005Link
sounds like a great project, rudy. welcome and good luck!

Carolyn Allen
Wed 23 Nov 2005Link
Hi, I'm Carolyn Allen. I'm completing my first educational
documentary "Backyard Nature Safari" to encourage young children
to discover the wonder in their yards and parks. I'm in Los
Angeles and am eager to meet other documentary filmmakers. I have
written a couple scripts with heavy nature themes...and am so
excited about finding this group! Yeah!

Ben Kempas
Wed 23 Nov 2005Link
Welcome to The D-Word Safari, Carolyn. Discover the wonder!

Denka Dohre
Wed 23 Nov 2005Link
Hello everyone, my name is Pekka and I'm a full time student, not in
film school though. I'm new to film making and have no experience, but
what I do have is an idea close to my heart and the people to work
with me; two camera men and an editor. Unfortunately I have no
experience in searching for financing and that's what I'm trying to do
now. To be more accurate, I'm trying to learn how to do that right
now. It will be a feature length documentary about mixed martial arts,
and I'm looking for consultancy as how I should go on about things
other than technical issues with shooting the film, meaning producing
it etc. I'm hoping to make few connections in here.. we'll see!

So far the project is being going on with big heart. Hopefully we can
move forward as soon as possible.

Doug Block
Thu 24 Nov 2005Link
Welcome, Pekka, and good luck with your project. You might want to
read a couple of conferences we've done in here: Selling in the
International Marketplace and Fundraising for Docs, in particular.

Margarita Levasseur
Fri 25 Nov 2005Link
My name is Margarita Levasseur. I just wrote my first treatment
with the help of a friend with whom I am collaborating with for a
television magazine/documentary series. I am intersted in knowing
where, or how, I can get names of people to contact and also how to
get funding. Any help and guidance I can get would be very much
appreciated.

Doug Block
Fri 25 Nov 2005Link
welcome, margarita. that's a very general question, so it's hard to
answer. lots of good books on the subject. go directly to morrie
warshawski and carol dean's conference here on Fundraising for Docs.

Lucy Carolan
Fri 25 Nov 2005Link
Hi, my name is Lucy and I discovered D-Word through the Shooting
People network in the UK, that I'm also a member of. I'm a
photographer with a very broad professional experience across Europe
including film stills and AV production for installations. I'm
interested in forums like this more generally because film
documentary seems a far more vibrant area than its photographic
equivalent (though at heart the issues are similar?), and because I'm
working towards collaborations with filmmakers in community projects.

And that's all I can think to say right now!

Ben Kempas
Tue 29 Nov 2005Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forum, Lucy. Are you based in the UK?

Lucy Carolan
Tue 29 Nov 2005Link
Hi Ben, yes I am UK based (I try to travel as much as possible
though). And thanks for the welcome!

Emma Jane Richards
Thu 8 Dec 2005Link
Hello, I'm a London based documentary film maker, I've come here to
look for tips on the perfect pitch. I've got a meeting with a
production company tomorrow and I want to make sure I've done
everything I can to reveal the excitement in my idea. I'm dead into
it but I'm entry level and learning, any advice is always
appreciated, glad I stumbled across this site, it looks great at
first glance.
best
EJ

Doug Block
Thu 8 Dec 2005Link
Welcome, Emma. There are lots of articles with pitching tips out
there if you serach Google. The main thing to communicate is your
passion for the idea and confidence that you can do it really well.
That's what others pick up on and want to be part of.

Emma Jane Richards
Thu 8 Dec 2005Link
I've been googling all day when not scribing! Great advice, thanks
Doug, I'll remember to bubble over with passion tomorrow, they won't
know what's hit them!
tc
EJ

Doug Block
Fri 9 Dec 2005Link
well, controlled passion, ej. don't jump their bones ;-)

Joe Mondello
Fri 9 Dec 2005Link
Hi I'm Joe Mondello. Starting on Act Three of my life and coming full
circle back to film (my college major) after 30 years.

Professionally I have been in graphic arts for 20 years doing everything
(I was the manager) from typography on Mergenthaler VIPs to all aspects
of conventional slide production, co-founded and ran a small arts
charity and documented lots of our work and the work of two other
charities. Just about to produce and shoot a 15-20 minute doc on the
work of a charity in Concord, MA. I am based in Manhattan.

Doug Block
Fri 9 Dec 2005Link
welcome to d-word and act 3, joe. lots of luck.

Joe Mondello
Fri 9 Dec 2005Link
Thanks Doug, nice to be here.

Ben Kempas
Fri 9 Dec 2005Link
Welcome, all!

Tips on the perfect pitch can also be found in our special
conferences, THE INTERNATIONAL PITCHING FORUM {LINK NOT IMPORTED} and MEET
COMMISSIONING EDITORS {LINK NOT IMPORTED}

Andrew Patterson
Sat 10 Dec 2005Link
Hello everyone. My name is Andrew, I'm a firefighter for the city
of Sherman, Texas and I also make documentary films. I live a
humble life yet aspire to change a few hearts with the incredible
tool that film brings to the world.

I just finished my first doc film entitled, "Subtle Voices: Cries
from Colombia". It is a story about the complicated struggles of
the Colombian people. It's available on www.amazon.com.

Anyway, I look forward to the message boards here. What's your
background Doug and what are you working on now?

Doug Block
Sat 10 Dec 2005Link
not nearly as heroic as yours, andrew. my new film is called "51
birch street" and you can read about it at: www.51birchstreet.com.

this is the public discussion area. we'd love to have you join the
professional community. there's one more registration step to go:
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Stephen Slocomb
Thu 15 Dec 2005Link
I think I hung out here 10 or so years ago. I have 32 years in
film/video. Started with Charles Eames, went on to Hollywood, and
moved to Montana and spent 9 years working on my basically self
funded doc "The Story of the Bitterroot". It looks at the plant and
its relationship to the Native Americabns who vererate it. I have it
showing in 5 states on PBS, and selling in maybe 50 museums, visitor
centers, and book stores. I did this on my own, as I could not find a
real distributor. I do have it in 6 national catalogs...but they
provide disappointing sales.

Doug Block
Fri 16 Dec 2005Link
well, we've only been here for 6 years, stephen, but time flies.
especially when you self-distribute, right? anyway, welcome (back)!

Ionee Waterhouse
Sat 17 Dec 2005Link
ATTENTION: DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT VENEZUELA.

Hi my name is Ionee, I am a part of Dharma Films, an Independent
Production Company that works in South America.
We do all kinds of social documentaries and we are now in Venezuela.
We are open to work with other documentarians. Contact us.
We are in need of financing and we can do all kinds of socumentaries
about Venezuela (the people, the cities, the turistic attractions,
the native people, the oil, the social issues, Politics, the
history, Hugo Chavez.)
It would be a pleasure to work with you.

Sincerely,

Ionee Waterhouse
Independent Producer


011 58 416 2165818
dharmafilms@gmail.com
Caracas, Venezuela

Doug Block
Sun 18 Dec 2005Link
welcome, ionee.

Clayton Green
Thu 29 Dec 2005Link
Hello everyone,

My name is Clayton Green and I just graduated with a 2nd Associates
degree. I obtained the first one in Information Technology
Mulitmedia in 2004 and finished up a degree in Film at Full Sail
Real World Education this past Dec. 16th 2005. I am lucky enough to
have off until Jan. 30th where I will be going back to complete a
Bachelors in film. I plan to use my off tiem for research when I can.

I am glad to find this forum and it's community that is linked to
it. I have a passion for films and Documentaries. I have only
finished one documentary that was about twenty minutes long but come
Feb. of 2006 I am buying a Panasonic HD cam that I plan to go hog
wild with.

I have many ideas in mind that would collect the interests of the
younger adults but I am still searching to find worthy topics that
might make a difference to those who watch it.

Well, I just wrote a lot I guess. Thank you for having me and I look
forward to conversing with all of you, learning what I can as well.

Clayton

Doug Block
Fri 30 Dec 2005Link
glad you found us, clayton. welcome.

Marc Maurino
Sat 31 Dec 2005Link
Hi folks, I plan on posting several questions and comments in various
forums around here in the next several months because I've got a
documentary project started and I'll want lots of advice. About a
year ago I thought I had a project nearly off the ground but at nearly
the last minute my subjects deemed themselves "too important" and my
experience . . . well, too inexperienced. So I introduced myself then
(Nov. of 04) and posted for a few months, but then when my project
fell apart I took a long hiatus from D-word. Now that I'm back it
seemed appropriate to make another short introduction.

To wit: I studied Film and English in college, have a day job very
far removed from filmmaking (though I am a criminal investigator, and
investigations are a bit like doc making--lots of interviews and then
a big showy bundle of info and evidence to go to court.) I am working
on a few narrative fiction projects but I'm always on the lookout for
a compelling doc idea, and in this case I found one next door. My
good friends and neighbors are in the process of starting a Montessori
school, and my family and I have been big supporters of the project
(we'll send our children when it opens) and after a bit of
conversation and e-mail, it looks like I'm going to film some
interviews and cover some meetings and dig into their journey as they
birth their school. They're open and excited for it, and I am too.
So that's me, my project, and now I will go post some questions in
some of the more specific forums.

(And by the way: the reception, support, and outright loving welcome
that I recieved on this site last year was absolutely amazing, and I'm
thrilled to be back here with a project to discuss. I've read through
hundreds of posts in various discussions on this forum, and I am
continually amazed at how supportive and nurturing this community is.
Nowhere on the internet and rarely in the real world have I found a
group of people so willing to give freely and compassionately of
themselves. It is truly so unique and nice that I felt compelled to
comment on it. Thank you.)

Doug Block
Sat 31 Dec 2005Link
aw, shucks, i'm blushing, marc. good to have you back and good luck
with what sounds like an interesting project. so much of the success
of a doc comes from access, and it sounds like you have that solved.

Asar Imhotep
Wed 4 Jan 2006Link
Htp m Mrw (peace and love)

Just came across this site and can't wait to get more involved in it. Just started production on a documentary film and wanted to gain more knowledge on the process. Look forward to hearing from you.

Asar Imhotep http://www.mochasuite.com


Doug Block
Wed 4 Jan 2006Link
peace 'n love back at ya, asar. welcome aboard.

Katie Robbins
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
Hi, I'm a New York based filmmaker. I also work for a production
company that is trying to branch out from doing primarily long form
journalistic documentaries to include some educational/industrial
work. I'm trying to do some research on those markets- are they
growing, are there numbers available on sales, etc. Has anyone seen
such information? Thanks so much.

Doug Block
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
hmm, wouldn't even know where to start. time to google and see what
happens, i guess. but welcome here, for all your doc needs.

Katie Robbins
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
thanks so much for the welcome.

i've been googling like mad, and thus far to no avail

Robert Goodman
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
as someone who did that work for 25+ years I'd say you're a bit late
to the game. It's all moved to the web. These days most is 2-3 minute
pieces done for websites - and done very cheaply.

Katie Robbins
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
did you do more educational stuff for schools or more
industrial/corporate work?

Robert Goodman
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
I did mostly corporate though also did a series of programs for schools.
The educational stuff for schools was all under 4 minutes tied to text
books. The longest was 4 minutes that covered WWII and the Holocaust.
It's educational support and when classes are 20 minutes long you
don't have time to do more than flash cards.

Corporate stuff was generally 8-15 minutes. Long was 20.

Katie Robbins
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
Are there big companies that specialize in corporate stuff that I
could look to for information?

Robert Goodman
Thu 5 Jan 2006Link
The Jack Mortons of the world are pretty much gone. There are a few
large players - companies with a 100 people or so scattered around the
country in specialized markets. The only larger ones are the guys
doing meetings and incentive travel.

Chris Brown
Sat 7 Jan 2006Link
Hello everyone. I'm new in town. I'm working as an assistant editor
on a doc. that just moved up here. I'm excited to be here and looking
to do good work. I'm from Austin and am very interested in music/
concert/musician documentaries. Also, live video for shows too. I work
with both Avid and FCP focusing on work with HD.

Currently, we are looking for an empty space to set-up in. The sooner
the better. Something in Manhattan, with internet access, and 24/7
access. If anyone knows anything please let me know. Thanks guys and
good luck!! CB

Erica Ginsberg
Sat 7 Jan 2006Link
Welcome Chris. Keep in mind "here" is everywhere in D-Word, not just
New York...although there are numerous New York members who could
probably make recommendations on space.

Tara Bush
Sat 14 Jan 2006Link
Hello everyone. I am in Tennessee, and I am just starting my first
documentary. I have done some historical biographies before. I like
historical documentation, and I will be doing a short documentary
about a local historic business and building. I believe the business
will be going on, but the building will be coming down to make way for
condos in the near future. I am hoping that this experience will lead
to more documentaries in the future. I found this website while I was
doing a search for documentary release forms. I am sure I will be
able to learn a lot from this forum. Thanks, Tara

Doug Block
Sun 15 Jan 2006Link
glad you found us, tara. good luck with your project. if you're
anywhere near nashville, i'll be coming down your way for the festival
in april.

Tara Bush
Sun 15 Jan 2006Link
What festival? I am in Knoxville. I have located a group here in
Knoxville called Tiptoe which stands for Tennessee Independent
Production and Talent Organization East. It is a local nonprofit.
They meet once a month, so I will be going to my first meeting Jan.
31. I am sure I will find out about different festivals and more
about the industry. There is a Secret City Film Festival in nearby
Oak Ridge TN. I believe that occurs during late summer. I have met
with the local film commissiioner here, and that was an eye opening
experience. One thing that he told me is that I need to make sure I
get all rights to my documentary. Would that be called an
"assignment of copyright" contract. I have been searching for what I
might need, but I have not found it yet. Could you possibly lead me
in the right direction. I have an initial meeting with the owner of
the building next Thursday. The film commissioner also told me that
when I finish the production, I need to send the master copy to
myself registered mail. When I receive it...he said not to open it
but to put it in a safe deposit box unopened and leave it there. He
said that would help with the copyright. Anyway, sorry to go on for
so long....just thought I would share that info.

Robert Goodman
Mon 16 Jan 2006Link
Tara - that person misunderstood your question about copyright. When
you complete a film (not write a script which is somewhat applies to
his/her answer) simply put a copyright notice (c)2006 Tara Bush in the
end credits. You can protect yourself further by registering the film
with the US copyright office - go to their website - fill out the one
page form - send in a copy of the film/dvd/vhs with the fee ($30).
There are separate legal issues regarding permissions to make a film
about someone or a business entity. There are good books available
about making documentary films and the issues involved.

Doug Block
Mon 16 Jan 2006Link
i meant the nashville film festival, tara.

Tara Bush
Mon 16 Jan 2006Link
Thank you. I am reading one right now written by Barry Hampe called
"Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos." It has been a big
help. I will keep on reading and looking into other books.

Mike Seely
Tue 17 Jan 2006Link
Hi ,

I am a recent grad of the stanford doc program, now living in San
Francisco, and finally getting around to joining D-word officially.
It's comforting to find so many people who share my obsession with
documentaries! I'm working as a freelance camera person (I own a
DVX100A) and editor around the bay area. Right now i'm working on
editing a propaganda piece about equity and scoail justice at SF State
University. I'm also working on distributing my most recent short doc
, Radio Grito, about a spanish- language radio show for migrant
farmworkers and their families in the CA valley. I'm in the
development stages of a piece about a mobile hospital truck and boat
in Ecuador that serves remote indigenous communities. .. Other recent
projects include a 16mm short doc that I did the cinematography for,
Under the Rollercoaster (directed by Lila Place), about a Coney Island
woman who used to actually live under a rollercoaster - this film will
be at Slamdance next week, and I'll be there from the 19th-26th if
anyone is around. It would be great to meet other d-worders in the
non-virtual world sometime...

thanks, and I look forward to be a part of d-word..

mike

Doug Block
Tue 17 Jan 2006Link
welcome, mike. also noticed you posting in the community. good to
have you leap right in.

Tara Bush
Fri 20 Jan 2006Link
Hi...I wasn't sure where to post this, but in my researching, I came
across a couple of helpful DVD's. I purchased them off of the Vasst
website. "Lighting it Right" by Victor Milt - this really has helped
me with the creative aspect of lighting and took away some of my fears
of lighting. It has loads of different techniques and tips and
inexpensive lights to create whether you are on a strict budget or
not. Also, I purchased "Understanding Copyright and What You Need to
Know." This DVD covers all different aspects of copyright and has
included forms for use. Just wanted to share this information for
those who are just starting out like me. There is so much to learn!

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