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Keri Dillingham
Mon 1 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
Mon 1 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
Tue 2 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
Tue 2 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
Wed 3 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
Wed 3 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
Sat 6 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
Sun 7 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
Sun 7 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
Mon 8 Aug 2005Link
fire away in the Mentoring Room topic, jasmine. glad you found us.

Jasmine Adams
Mon 8 Aug 2005Link
'm glad I found you too!

Jeff Palmer
Fri 12 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
Fri 12 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
Fri 12 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
Sat 20 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
Tue 30 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
Tue 30 Aug 2005Link
welcome, marco. glad you found us.

Kylie Purcell
Mon 26 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
Mon 26 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
Tue 27 Sep 2005Link
well, we think so ;-)

Robert Lampe
Fri 30 Sep 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
Fri 30 Sep 2005Link
Welcome, RObert. Sounds like you have big plans.

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