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Kelly Neal
Sun 11 May 2003Link
Hello all. Like Joy above, I've finally decided to take the plunge
into documentary. And what a daunting yet addictively invigorating
plunge it's been thusfar! I did my undergrad in literature and
recently decided to pull up stakes, so to speak, and transplant
myself from Montana to Scotland for film school. After a ridiculous
amount of utterly unnecessary worry, I've finally decided it's all or
nothing and am jumping in headfirst with my first documentary. I'm
still in the pre production phase, but it seems to have grown to
unexpected and somewhat daunting proportions all by itself. So my big
challenge right now is to orient myself as to what sort of structure
and form I would ultimately like the film to take. So, as general as
that is, any insights or recommendations (and I do mean any) about
first time documentary making would be happily received. So, thanks
and luck to you all.

Ben Kempas
Sun 11 May 2003Link
Welcome, Kelly. What film school do you go to? Napier? Stirling Uni?

Doug Block
Sun 11 May 2003Link
Welcome, Kelly. It may sound a little self-serving, but I highly
recommend you read the various discussions we've held in this Forum.
The Al Maysles/Susan Froemke discussion would be particularly
valuable, I think.

I usually find it best to leap in by doing interviews first. They
don't cost much and preparing for them is a good way to bone up on the
subject at hand. I usually approach interviews by coming from a point
of innocence or downright ignorance, even if I'm familiar with the
subject. So it's not like you have to be an expert before proceeding.

Scott Davis
Mon 12 May 2003Link
Hello,
My name is Scott davis and I am a filmmaker. I have been in the film
industry for 20 years. Last year I embarked on my first doc.
I am part of a group of 4 called Common Sense Films.
We are in the last stages of post production of our first feature
documentary, The Fort Fisher Hermit, The Life and Death of Robert E
Harrill. I look forward to the exchange of ideas and guidence that
this group has to offer.
Cheers

Doug Block
Mon 12 May 2003Link
Welcome, Scott. I see you've registered for the community, as well.
We'll be able to accomodate you later tonight. Be sure to re-post
this intro once you're in there.

Heide Schramm
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Hi there d-community.
I am a doc distributor based in Germany and have joined the doc
platform with my own company HS Media Consult in 2000. Beforehand I
have been doing this job for a company mainly specialized in music
programs.
I consult and distribute mainly for German distributors who want an
international platform for their programs - so yes, all foreign doc
producers are welcome to contact me the other way round should you
seek help in German speaking territory. My main focus is arts, human
interest, historical doc and - this is new scientific programs as
well.
Right now I am looking for advise from people who love gypsy music and
could recommend the best place to go theatrical in the US with a
feature length doc film on a gypsy group from Romania called the
Fanfare Ciocarlia. They have been touring and fascinating the world
since about 5 years and they are back performing in the States again
in the end of June. So whoever wants to help spread their fame give
me a hint.
I look forward to correspond with a lot of interesting people on as
interesting topics in the d-word community!

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Welcome Heidi.

If you have an NTSC version of the doc, I'd love to see it (though I
am no expert in Roma music, I do quite enjoy it.) At least in
Washington DC, there is an audience for Roma concerts and films.
Tony Gatlif's films seem to have a following and I know there was a
Czech film (about a woman singer -- I can't recall her name) that
also played a small circuit here. And of course Jasmin Dellal's
AMERICAN GYPSY which isn't about music so much as the culture as a
whole.

If Fanfare Ciocarlia are touring, it would be great to combine
showing the film with performances. D-Word's Nina Seavey did this to
great effect with the Russian country band Bering Strait and their
performances and the film really enhanced each other.

Is the band popular in Romania? Not sure how much help they'd be to
you, but you might want to try the cultural section of the Romanian
Embassy in Washington (only thing is they may have a new cultural
attache, so I'm not sure how active they are in promoting events; if
the film is produced by Germans, you could also try the Goethe
Institut in different cities)

Other possibilities are to try for festivals like South by Southwest,
FullFrame, and, of course, Sundance.

Heide Schramm
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Hi Erica,

thank you so much for your interest and prompt reply.

Let me know your address by return mail and I will send it to you,
however we only have PAL versions so far. Do you have access to a
player then??

I will certainly take your advice and will let you know if I am
successful.

Sincerely Heide

Doug Block
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Welcome Heide. I agree with Erica, festivals are the way to expose
your film in U.S. territories. It's very difficult for international
docmakers here, however (something we're working hard at The D-Word to
correct). Don't get your expectations too high.

I suggest you check out the website for The Ballad of Bering
Straight. It's a good model for your film:

http://emergingpictures.com/bering_strait.htm

Ben Kempas
Wed 14 May 2003Link
Heide, don't forget to join us in {LINK NOT IMPORTED} as well.
Greetings from a Munich burgher...

Heide Schramm
Thu 15 May 2003Link
Dear Doug,

thank you very much for your note and welcome. I will keep you posted
on my proceedings - hopefully ending in success.
Kindest regards,
Heide

Kirsty
Thu 22 May 2003Link
Hi guys,

I'm a casual documentary fan, as in, when I see them I usually like
them, but not obsessed or anything. I am, however, obsessed with
backpacking (budget travel, not wilderness stuff) and would love to
one day chronical my travels and encounters with others in docu form.
This is just me starting to research into the world of documentaries!

Kirsty

Erica Ginsberg
Thu 22 May 2003Link
Kirsty, would recommend you check out (if you haven't already):

Pop and Me (http://www.imdb.com/Title?0196002)
and
Hitchhiking Vietnam (http://www.pbs.org/hitchhikingvietnam/)

Assume you're already a fan of the Globetrekker series on PBS (if you
are based in the U.S.)

Doug Block
Thu 22 May 2003Link
Happy trails, Kirsty!

Margot Roth
Tue 27 May 2003Link
Kirsty-- funnily enough, we have a D-Word member who is currently
making a doc about "travellers"/ budget backpackers-- she also was/is
one herself (& her cameraman husband as well). Her name is Pegi Vail.
(Not sure she checks in here though.)

Zion Komene
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Hi there,

I'm new to this forum. Just wanted to say hi. Everyone in
Reelity/Reality knows me as Zion. Pleased to meet you all :-)

Doug Block
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Greetings, Zion.

Fas Ghauri
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Hi there,

This forum is a real find! A wealth of information
exchanged amidst a real sense of community.

My name is Fas, I am 29 years of age and and
I live in London, England. Here's my situation:
I have big ideas but limited resources (sony
pc101, new iMac). I can't help feeling the
professionals amongst you will have heard this
many times before :)

So I'm looking for examples of great, innovative
or just interesting docs made using similar resources.
Any genre.

Doc-making long held strong appeal for me.
Yet it only recently feels that it's become
accessible in terms of resources. I'm
currently putting together a travelogue of a
3 month trip to South America - this will be
my first, a personal doc and steep learning
curve at the same time.

Once I've some basic insight into the craft side
of doc-making, I'd like to explore other ideas.
One that has been fertilising for some time is a doc on
street preachers. Portraits of street preachers -
anyone with a cause. Fanatical in the street, but
ever-so-normal behind closed doors?

Fas Ghauri
username: aurelian

Doug Block
Wed 28 May 2003Link
Welcome, Fas. "The Target Shoots First" is one example that comes to
mind: www.guyville.com/finer/movies/targetshootsfirst.html

James Xia
Tue 10 Jun 2003Link
Hi I am working on a documentary film of Tibet, China.On June,2002, we went into Tibet and took back 12,000 mins sony betcam sp 30 tapes of the fodder, i am looking for anybody who are interesting our fodder (most of them is world premiere,example:wind funeral,etc. contact me:0086-13003330238 jiateng108@sina.com


Doug Block
Tue 10 Jun 2003Link
Welcome, James. Let's see, 12,000 min = 200 hours. That's not so
bad ;-)

James Xia
Tue 10 Jun 2003Link
dbblock

That is a hard work.our group consists of 15 people,and the conditions overthere is so bad,most people of our group live in Tibetan Area for a long time(at least 20 years), also work on documentary film for a long time. Our group have a profound knowledge about Tibetan Buddhism, and a deep understanding why the harmonious unity between politics and religion, culture and religion as well as life and religion in Tibetan region can be achieved and we are familiar with the spots where we intend to shoot the film, and to establish long-term cooperative relations with the local governments, monasteries and common people, so that we can enter many mysterious places to shoot film. At the same time, our group get accustomed to the language, food and life there, so that we can to live and work at Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau which is 4300-6000 meters above sea level for a long time.

Based on all things above, the documentary fodders our group bring back is quite worthiness and in a class by onself.

Main contents of the Documentary Fodders 1. When will Qinghai-Tibet Plateau--- the third pole of the world, rise? 2 Is it the origin of the country with two ancient civilizations and the Mother River? 3. Why Buddhism has withered away at its birthplace while flourishes in QinghaiTibet Plateau? 4. And has evolved into the unique Tibetan Buddhism? 5. When did the eternal epic ¡°King Gesar¡± come into being? 6. How could the illiterate children manage to recite tens of thousands of lines from the epic without missing a single word? 7. What after all is ¡°Mani¡±, which has blended into the life and flows in the blood vein of Tibetan people? 8. Who carved the 15-kilometer-long¡° Tripitaka¡± lying at the bottom of the river and how was it carved? 9. How could the souls of Tibetan people be able to reincarnate from kalpa? 10. When did the deities of the age-old Pon Po give up their own religion to become the protector of Tibetan Buddhism? 11.How was the sublime and heroic Khams-pa songs and dances created? Who first created the stirring Tibetan drama? 12.Do you know the myriad changes of unique ¡°Kalachadra calendar¡± and ¡°Nag-rsthis calendar and Tibetan festivals? 13.How does the Buddhist pagoda manage to accommodate the boundless universe? 14.What is Mandala (the residence for deities) and meditation of Tantra? 15.How the Wind-horse flag, Mu-thag(heavenly rope) and three realms find their expressions in people¡¯s residence? 16 Tibetan medical science, Tibet pharmacy, deity¡¯s curse, prayer, pilgrimage and wind funeral. etc........

Ceremonies&festivals\Historical\Monks\Monasteries\Wind funeral\Mani\Wind-horse flag\Buddhist pagoda\Khams-pasongs\King Gesar\Tibetan medical science\Tibet pharmacy\deity's curse\Prayer\Pilgrimage\Prayer wheels\Statues\Stupas & chortens, etc........

James


Todd Grabe
Fri 13 Jun 2003Link
Hello everyone.
My name is Todd and I am 29 years old and I live in Minneapolis, MN. I graduated
from Film School in Bozeman, Montana about 4 years ago and have been working in
the Corporate/Government video sector snce then (gotta pay off those school loans).
I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to the world of documentary, so I will
probably be doing a lot more listening than talking. I have made a couple of short
Docs; one about urban sprawl, and one about using the movie making process as a
learning tool for children. I am slightly confused by the site architecture, but the
content is amazing. I am really excited about the international flavor of the site. It is
like the Doc. filmmakers U.N.
Thanks for having me

Peter Wareing
Sun 15 Jun 2003Link
Hi, Just joined this morning, New Zealander now residing in New York.
Looking forward to being part of the discussion.

Doug Block
Sun 15 Jun 2003Link
Welcome, guys. Peter, want to tell us more about yourself? Todd, I
think you're confusing the Forum with the Community. Since you've
also joined the Community (where the professionals reside), you should
introduce yourself there again. Just click on the D-Word Community
link on the top right of this page.

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