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Stephen Colvin
Thu 26 Oct 2000Link
Greg, Hang in there baby! If you make a specific request, maybe one
of our editors and producers can help finish your project, mindful
that you want control of the final cut...Steve at scolv212@hotmail.com

Jen Williams
Thu 26 Oct 2000Link
Hello. I might be the only non-professional posting here so far. I
am here because I love to watch documentaries. I'm a writer, and I
appreciate the tremendous capacity for storytelling inherent in this
unique artform. These films have brought me into worlds and
experiences that in some cases I would never have had. They can
illuminate history beyond the power of a textbook, comment on current
events without the sensationalistic tenor of news media, show us the
humanity behind art, and the heroicism of simple existence.

I am a devotee of public television, mainly because of the
documentaries. I like the biggies--Ken Burns' work, American
Experience, Nova, Frontline, etc., but I also look forward to P.O.V,
which showcases some lesser-known talents. I'm always scanning the
video shelves at the rental places and at the library for things I
might have missed. If I ever get cable t.v., the access to more
documentaries would be a factor in my decision.

I'll probably lurk here more than anything, because there are other
places on Utne for people like me to talk, and i'm interested in
hearing about life behind the camera. I'm really happy to see this
conference.

Good luck with your projects, everyone! Maybe one of these evenings,
i'll have the opportunity to settle into the couch and let you take me
somewhere. You have my admiration.


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Doug Block
Fri 27 Oct 2000Link
Welcome, Jen. I remember you well from your postings on the
Documentary conference at Cafe Utne: posting:Film.63.223

I'm really glad you found us here and hope you'll come back often.
I'd love to hear more about yourself and your writing.

Greg, you have enough experience to qualify for The D-Word
Community. Drop me an email (d-word@d-word.com) with REGISTER in the
subject header and a brief note reminding me that I invited you.
I'll send you registration instructions.

Andrew Noddin
Mon 30 Oct 2000Link
Hello,
Im Andrew Noddin and im in my 3rd year of a Television Broadcasting
Course in Belleville, Ontario. Originally when i started i was
interested in the News aspect of Television but that quickly changed
when i realized the lack of production and creativity that it SEAMS
to involve. During my 2nd year here i started directing short 8 and a
half minute documentaries that has aired on the community cable
station for our schools show called Quinteview, which focuses on
stories developed through the Quinte region of Ontario. I have
directed documentaries on Hemp and its environmental uses, on an old
theatre in Picton called the Regent Theatre, a profile on a community
based hockey team called the Picton Pirates and on a Senior Citizens
big band called the Quinte Living Center Band. Directing is not
exactly what i want to do because i don't believe i am vocal enough
to be a director but i try to get the directing experience because i
believe it gives me a better overall sense of how documentaries are
produced and it will help me put together stories as an editor. I
have chosen editing documentaries as my field of specialty during my
last year here at Loyalist college but i have also chosen to direct
one aswell for the experience.

The documentary i am directing (i should actually say co-directing
and co-producing with Brandon Ogden)is a 30 minute documentary on a
Festival in town called Festival of trees, which we are beginning to
shoot in two weeks from today. I believe this program is a very good
program and i am learning a lot and getting loads of experience from
the course itself. Teachers are great and very interactive with all
their students. The only concern with this school concerns the Dean
of the program for lack of organization, equipment and respect for
the NEW 3rd year Television Broadcasting course. Our course consists
of 12 students(6 specializing in Documentaries, 6 in news) This
semester we are obliged to do 5-30 minute documentaries, 6-10 minute
news features, 12-industrial videos for real clients, and all the
preproduction involved in 2 television pilots and 1-1h and 30min
movie, all to be done in 4 months by 12 students and as many
volunteers as us students can get. Personally its seems kind of steep
but i really wouldn't know how steep the workload really gets in the
workforce so im not really complaining about that. The thing i and
the rest of my class are petitioning about is the equipment problems
such as the fact that we only have 2 cameras dedicated to our class,
the fact that there is only ONE media van which is shared between 2nd
year TV, 3rd year TV, 2nd year Broadcast Journalists and the Print
Journalism class, lack of hard drive space on our 3 Avids(each has 36
gigs and is used both by us and 2nd year tv students), our cheap dv
decks having been jamming tapes and costing some students important
footage,and there is a whole list of other things that is on our
petition.

Anyways i have joined this community hoping that i could meet some
interesting doc filmakers and also as a source of advice when needed,
aswell as to learn what the real documentary filmaking community is
really like. "IN RETURN KNOWLEDGE" sorry that's a quote from one of
the tv pilots we are producing.But seriously i will try my best to
offer advice or ideas as much as possible.

Samuel Ebersole
Wed 1 Nov 2000Link
Hi, I am Sam Ebersole, associate professor in the mass communications
department and center for new media at the University of Southern
Colorado. I teach documentary producation and have been invovlved in
producing/shooting/editing docs since the mid 80's. Currently my
documentary class is in production of two documentaries; one on
skydiving, and the other about our local mental health facility and the
changes in treatment in the past 4-5 decades.

We are shooting in DVCam and editing using non-linear editing. We are
quite fortunate to have high quality equipment to work with...after
many years of S-VHS and cuts-only editing!

My students are studying the documentary genre, watching a lot of
classics, writing papers on documentary directors, and producing half-
hour projects...while taking other classes and working. It's quite a
busy semester for them to say the least.

Anyone else out there who teaches the documentary production process?
I'm using Rabinger's book (have done so for 6-7 years) and love it.

Looking forward to the dialog-

Sam

Larry Feeley
Mon 6 Nov 2000Link
Hi, my name is Larry. I started a video production company in Jan
2000 shooting mostly sporting events of the extreme variety as a way
to hone my video skills, make some $ and give me an excuse to
purchase video gear to do what I would really like which is wildlife,
environmental, and natural history documenatries.
I am based in NJ.
I have been learning more about tax laws, forms, contract law than I
have about video.
I am hoping to get to a point soon where I can devote more time to a
few projects I have in mind, but only time will tell.

Doug Block
Tue 7 Nov 2000Link
Howdy, Larry. Tax laws, forms, contracts... sounds just like
documentary filmmaking to me ;-)

Good luck and hope to see you back here again. Let us know how
things are going.

Larry Feeley
Tue 7 Nov 2000Link
Ugggh
I was kind of hoping to hear surprise!
I thought maybe I was doing something wrong!
I have to go now, I need to write a check to the state for Sales-use
taxes.!!!!

Robert Goodman
Wed 8 Nov 2000Link
Heck, you haven't even gotten to fundraising. ;-)

Sandra Throness
Wed 8 Nov 2000Link
Hi! I am a grad student in psychology whose masters' thesis will be
the traditional written document as well as my first small
documentary. Maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew but I have
always loved documentaries and this is a great way to ease into making
them.

I attended a camera, lights and sound workshop a few weeks ago (using
a digital camera) as a start to learning what I need to know. I have
a year to complete it all.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone and hearing about your
projects!

Doug Block
Wed 8 Nov 2000Link
Welcome, Sandrat! The only way to make your first doc is to bite off
more than you can chew.

What subject are you thinking of doing it on? Keep us posted.

John D. Williams
Fri 10 Nov 2000Link
Finally got back here. So many new folks came through the door that
I'll just say "Welcome New Folks!"

As you explore this public face of the professional D-Word Community,
keep in mind that a lot of the folks you will meet here travel to
documentary film festivals around the country -- and if the
filmmakers don't travel, their films certainly do. Larger colleges
and universities often have documentary films screenings which are
open to the public. So those of you who are curious about
documentaries and the people who make them, this space will help
connect you to documentary filmmakers who just might show up at
a "theatre/screening near you."

I keep hoping Doug will make a trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth area so
I can thank him in person for (1) creating the D-Word Community (both
public and private) and (2) making "home page," a film which has had
a profound influence on my life and career.

There are plenty of good folks here. I hope all of you who have
walked in will stay a while.

Jen Williams
Fri 10 Nov 2000Link
I, for one, would like to know when anyone or their film will be
coming to St. Paul/Minneapolis. We've got several little theaters
that show good stuff, and i'd like to get out to as many as possible.
Maybe in the announcements thread?

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Sandra Throness
Fri 10 Nov 2000Link
Thanks Doug. My documentary (sheesh - I am still getting used to
saying that!) will be about a jazz combo as it moves from early
conceptualisation of a piece to a performance intercut with interviews
with the individual musicians.

My thesis is on the psychology of creativity in collaboration.

Doug Block
Sat 11 Nov 2000Link
Wow, sounds very interesting, Sandrat. Jazz is something I always
imagined as mostly improvised-- don't think of it as conceptualised.

Thanks for the kind words, John. We'll definitely keep you, Jen and
others notified about screenings in a theater near u. Funny, 4 D-
Word members were recently out at Hot Springs, Arkansas, showing
their works at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

John D. Williams
Wed 15 Nov 2000Link
Rats! I was going to go to Hot Springs again this year, but graduate
school kinda got in the way. :-(

Maybe next year!

Jerry Williams
Wed 22 Nov 2000Link
Hi,
Currently producing a bio doc about artist Jennie Brownscombe, 1850-
1936. This will be my first e-producer role. I've been involved in
docs with PBS affiliate and nonprofit history organizations for
several years,in most capacities except camera. I'm looking forward
to the support of more experienced people.

My interest in docs is in the joy of telling the story and the
experience of being in the midst of vibrant, creative people.

Doug Block
Wed 22 Nov 2000Link
Welcome, Jerry. You've come to the right place for support, indeedy!

Jason Rosette
Thu 23 Nov 2000Link
Ah...

Back on D-Word after a long absence. But it's great to be back folks.

I made a doc called BookWars, you can find out more at the site,
http://www.camerado.com -->CAMERADO. Or check it out
online, via Windows Media, on http://www.cinemapop.com
-->Cinemapop.

Right now, working on a variety of doc and non-doc idears, and am
acting in a play called "Line", the longest running off-off broadway
play in NYC history (at the 13 Street Theater, 212-675-6677)

Great to be back,

J

Sarah George
Fri 24 Nov 2000Link
Sandrat- I'd love to hear more on your thesis about the psychology
of creativity in collaboration. Please keep us posted.

Doug Block
Mon 27 Nov 2000Link
Reality check: This isn't a conference for spammers, political or
otherwise. Any spam will be immediately erased, so kindly don't
waste your time or ours, ok?

Scott Butki
Tue 28 Nov 2000Link
Greetings. Just checking in to say hi.
Doug, is your movie out on video and/or playing anywhere near
DC?

Doug Block
Tue 28 Nov 2000Link
Hi back, Scott. Yup, Home Page is available on video. Go to
www.d-word.com and click on the Home Page on Home Video button.
It'll take you right to the Facets Video order form.

A steal at $19.95! And a great stocking stuffer!

Scott Butki
Sun 3 Dec 2000Link
spoken like a true salesman:)

Doug Block
Thu 7 Dec 2000Link
Well, ya gotta be. If only I could rely on a distributor to sell it
for me.

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