the worldwide community of documentary professionals
You are not signed in.
Log in or Register

Introduce Yourself: Sign In Here First

Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

Please note that this is one of our Public Topics, so best to enter email addresses with (at) to prevent them being harvested. Spam will be deleted.

Resultset_first Resultset_previous 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Resultset_next Resultset_last
Erica Ginsberg
Fri 16 Jul 2004Link
Cameron, first of all, clarify your topic and your likely audience.
Obviously you can't talk to 43 million uninsured people so find one
or a few who can serve as representative of the whole. Think about a
way to surprise us and tell your story in a way that is different
from how you would see it on the evening news or if Michael Moore
were telling it. How are the uninsured having an impact on our
economy in ways we don't usually think of (i.e., beyond emergency
rooms being used for primary care or mothers choosing welfare over
work because at least their kids will get some kind of health
coverage).

Identify your audience from the start. No film can be marketed to
everyone, so think about whether you are preaching to the choir or
trying to influence legislators, medical professionals, small
business owners, etc. Are you trying to encourage change in one
community, one state or the country as a whole?

In terms of production, if your friends have no experience in film,
count on them to help with ideas, production assistance, outreach,
and helping to keep you motivated. Ideally get a real cameraperson.
If you shoot it yourself, practice a lot first (maybe doing some pre-
interviews with potential subjects) and invest in a good tripod. And
do get an experienced soundman. The biggest mistake of many
beginners is trying to do too much yourself when you really need to
focus on directing. So-so camerawork is forgiveable for a compelling
topic. Bad sound is not.

Doug Block
Sat 17 Jul 2004Link
Welcome, Will. Glad you found us and good luck with your doc.

Tim Hardy
Mon 19 Jul 2004Link
Hi folks-

I'm Tim and I'm heading to Africa. Anyone with a camera & skills want to come?

Tim

Mike Lamb
Mon 19 Jul 2004Link
Hi Doug and friends,

I am a broadcaster/talk show host currently in pre-production for my
first doc. I've produced a couple of infomercials, some TV spots and
thousands of radio spots.

I host and produce a radio program about doing business and making
money using the Internet.

I plan on funding my doc using Internet income streams.

I found this forum by doing my research for producing a documentary.
You guys do an exceptional job here.

I'm looking for good advice (which I've already discovered with this
group), smart ideas and other creative ways to produce, promote and
make noise with my work.

I hope to meet many of you through this effort.

Thanks and have fun.

Mike Lamb
Host, The Moneyroom Show
dword@moneyroom.com

Cameron Page
Mon 19 Jul 2004Link
Just wanted to say thanks to Erica and Karim, I appreciate the
input. Good luck with your projects, hope you keep us updated!

Doug Block
Mon 19 Jul 2004Link
Welcome, Tim. Mike, anyone funding a doc through internet income
streams has more to teach us than vice versa ;-) Perhaps we can
adjourn to the Mentoring Room topic and you can tell us your plans for
fundraising. Consider me fascinated...

Karim Missouri
Tue 20 Jul 2004Link
You are welcome Cameron. feel free to contact me with your
question . I would be more than happy to help.
Good luck

Rill
Sat 21 Aug 2004Link
Hi. New here. Curious and want to get connected to other filmmakers.
I'm shooting a doc about dog fighting -- but my original script sucks.
Now what? Man, now that I've done a few interviews, there's a lot
more to the story. Also want to fund creatively by doing screenings.
Does that work? -- Rill

Jessie Logan
Sat 21 Aug 2004Link
Hi my name is Jessie and I'm a digital filmmaker and have been an
advocate of digital technology for filmmaking since 93. You might say
I was digital when digital wasn't cool.

I'm now looking for funding for a doc on 4 middle aged siblings who
each have very different and distinct mental disorders spawned by an
abusive mother and her lovers. They live in the deep south which
always offers rich storytelling in documentaries I believe. Some of
the things they went through are almost unbelievable. Such as being
put into a raccoon cage (or coon cage as they put it) with one of the
wild animals as punishment. To a possible murder witnessed by the
middle child (male) that he was sworn to secrecy over. And countless
other abuses. Some sexual.

An interesting little piece is that 3 of the 4 siblings and the
mother all see the same psychiatrist, who by the way is so enthralled
with their life he has urged them to participate. The crux of the
story will be to get the mother, who is a foul mouth chain smoking
born again christian, to finally admit the truth about what she has
done. Something her kids have needed to hear for a long time and will
hopefully provide a very dramatic ending.

So here I am trying to get us much information as I can to help me
with the project. Looks like I came to the right place.

Marlene Francia
Sat 21 Aug 2004Link
Hello there! I'm Marlene C. Francia from the Philippines and I've
been doing documentary videos for the past fifteen years. I went
freelance in 1997.

Early this year, I did a documentary on domestic violence in Cebu
City in Central Philippines. Here, women victims of domestic
violence, a local women's group and a nongovernment organization
successfully engaged the city government in passing an anti-domestic
violence against women and children ordinance, putting gender on the
budget, and making gender equality a priority in all aspects of
governance. This model on gender responsive governance is now being
shared in other Philippine towns and cities.

I have also done a documentary on local community experiences in
biodiversity conservation (especially since the Philippines has one
of the richest yet highly threatened biodiversity systems in the
world); the indigenous women of Southern Philippines and their ties
to the land; good governance stories; health risks of women workers
in the workplace, and so on.

Also, I do a lot of production management, coordination,
interviewing, filming, etc for foreign filmmakers. These include
award-winning documentaries on Filipino women migrant workers, the
kidney organ trade, internet mail order brides, child labor, the
devastation wrought by mining, and the global maritime industry,
etc.

I got to know about this site through the SilverDocs newsletter and
I look forward to participating in and learning from the various
discussions here.

Cheers!

Doug Block
Sat 21 Aug 2004Link
Welcome, Rill, Jessie and Marlene! Rill, why would you script a doc?
Maybe that's part of the problem.

Ann Yamamoto
Mon 23 Aug 2004Link
Hello, I'm an American living in Tokyo; I'm not actually making any documentaries right
now, so I probably can't offer any practical advice, alas. For the past 2 years I've been
involved with the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and I co-edit a
journal called Documentary Box (issued in English & Japanese). You can read back
issues here! http://www.city.yamagata.yamagata.jp/yidff/docbox/docbox-e.html I've been
feeling the need to have more documentarists in my life, so here I am. Ann

Doug Block
Mon 23 Aug 2004Link
Welcome, Ann. Noticed you've registered for the community... we'll
see you there soon.

Frank Zadlo
Tue 24 Aug 2004Link
Hello, I started work on my first documentary this summer. I actually prefer to call it an
intimate character portrait about a 60-year-old man in Philly who is a digital-aged Robin
Hood, collecting used computers and giving them to the poor. He's also a master Rolfer
who focuses on children with developmental problems. (Rolfing, in my words, is a type of
deep muscle manipulation that realigns the body along a vertical plane of gravity.)

I've made several scripted shorts in the past, but this is my first time diving into the
documentary pool, and I'm absolutely in love with it. I love the extended commitment I've
forced myself to take and the amorphous nature of it all which will ultimately yield a
touching portrait of a person's soul. I'm having a blast, and I know this is the right place
to come for answers.

Frank

Doug Block
Tue 24 Aug 2004Link
sure is. glad you found us, frank. welcome and keep having a blast!

Julia Camenisch
Fri 27 Aug 2004Link
My husband and I are video professionals, working for a non-profit in
the Chicago area, and while we've done some small documentary-style
projects in the past, we're embarking on our first long-form one.
So, we thought we'd join this community to learn and interact with
others in the field.

julia

Doug Block
Fri 27 Aug 2004Link
welcome, julia (and hubby).

G Oliver
Mon 30 Aug 2004Link
hello,

my name is george oliver. decided to join up to get connected to
other like minds. i'm headed to antarctica for five months and the
thought of putting together a doco struck me. i'm open to
suggestions, ideas, comments and any possibility of collaboration.
please feel free to get in touch should you be interested:
junk@i8bozo.com

i'm currently editing my first short film (a little sub 10 minute
piece) and i hope to complete that while down on the ice.

thank you for hosting this forum!

Doug Block
Mon 30 Aug 2004Link
welcome. you're welcome. dress warm ;-)

Andrei Kirilenko
Wed 1 Sep 2004Link
Hello,

I am an independent film director and producer based in Bethesda,
MD.

I am currently working on a documentary entitled Technostorks:
Artifical Reproduction in the XXI Century (www.technostorks.com)

I am looking for enthusiastic people with equipment (camera, sound,
lighting) in the DC metro area to shoot a few interviews in
September, as well as people in DC-MD-VA, Philly and NYC to shoot a
couple of events in October. No pay.

I have produced and directed short narrative DV films before, but
never a feature length documentary. So, also need mentoring.

Please let me know.

Best,

Andrei.

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 1 Sep 2004Link
Andrei,

I think we met a few months ago (didn't you come to the GW screening
of CRUCIBLE OF WAR where you met me and Leon Gerskovic?). I know
Leon is pretty busy right now, but I can post your message to the
Women in Film and Video-DC listserv if you are not already a member.

As far as mentoring, feel free to join us at the next Docs in
Progress workshop in DC on September 14. My colleague Adele Schmidt
and I moderate audience feedback on documentary works-in-progress and
you might find it of interest to hear the feedback given to other
filmmakers to help you think more about your own. More info at
http://www.docsinprogress.org

Kevin Clark
Sat 25 Sep 2004Link
Hello!

I'm Kevin D Clark, and I'm preplanning to dive into my first
documentary next year. I'm here basically to soak up knowledge. My
primary concerns here is sound (I know NOTHING of how to handle sound
for this, much of it will be on the street in public interviews).

I'm planning on shooting in several places all over America, so my
project is doubling as the great college road trip, I suppose! :)

-Kevin

Doug Block
Tue 28 Sep 2004Link
welcome, kevin. good luck with your road doc.

Douglas Mcmillan
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Hi people.

My name is Douglas McMillan, and I am a Brazilian
writer/producer/journalist/documentarist. I currently work in Latin
America for Japan's NHK, and had stints with the BBC as well. Before
that, I was international reporter for a national daily here, did
stories in Europe, North of Africa and the Middle East.

If anyone thinks I might be of use, drop a line.

Ben Kempas
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Make sure to join the D-Word Community as well. It's our private
forum for documentary professionals:

www.d-word.com/community

Douglas Mcmillan
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Thanks, Ben. My entrance is still pending approval.

Congratulations for the great work. Been reading the forum with
commissioning editors and it just @rocks@!

Ben Kempas
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
I'm sure your entrance will be approved shortly.

(Hey, Doug, wake up!!)

Doug Block
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
i'm awake, ben! don't worry, douglas, you'll get in. just can't
register you from my work computer for reasons way too boring to get
into. i'll do it tonight at home. but til then... welcome.

and ben, isn't it your bedtime already?

Ben Kempas
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
it would be ... but there's this upcoming sales tax deadline ...

Adriana Marino
Wed 6 Oct 2004Link
Hello, I am yet another documentary filmmaker looking for a
community! I was based in NYC for 4 years doing a wide range
projects and films, and I recently came home to Bogota, Colombia
with the hope to tell so many untold stories from here that go
beyond the drugs, the crime, and our 50 year war. Anybody else in
Latin America with the same interests? Gracias!

Douglas Mcmillan
Thu 7 Oct 2004Link
Well, Adriana, me, for starters. I work as journalist and producer
(soon will add "film maker", hopefully) in Brazil. Latin America is
my point of interest.

I currently work for NHK as producer for Latin America.

Do you have anything on your mind already?

Doug Block
Thu 7 Oct 2004Link
welcome, adriana and douglas. since you've both been registered for
the d-word community, you should continue the conversation there
(also, be sure to introduce yourself there again).

Lynn Lane
Wed 13 Oct 2004Link
Hello,

I just wanted to introduce myself to the group. I live in NYC and am currently working on a
Boxing Documentary. I should be wrapping up the shooting in the next 2 months and then
it is time to sit down and edit all of these hours of interviews, footage and photos
together. Just wanted to say hello. I'm looking for a community of people to talk with
about what we do.

Doug Block
Thu 14 Oct 2004Link
welcome, lynn. look forward to talking with you in the community.

Deepak Mehra
Fri 15 Oct 2004Link
namaste !
have been producing/directing/scripting docs since 1987.am based in
new delhi ,india and have dabbled in adult literacy,environment,
women empowerment, health communication campaigns, distance
learning. ....and most of the popular problems doc makers love to
carry the cross for....and...hey i also make slick corporate videos;-)
am a student of life, just begining to have fun.
looking forward to learning and sharing
warm wishes
deepak mehra

Doug Block
Sat 16 Oct 2004Link
welcome, deepak. you've now been registered for the community, so
we'll see you there (be sure to re-introduce yourself there).

Baxter Smith
Tue 19 Oct 2004Link
{erased by dbblock Wed, 20 Oct 2004 00:16:23 GMT}

Doug Block
Tue 19 Oct 2004Link
This isn't a topic for promoting films (which is why the above post
was erased). It's for introducing yourself to the rest of folks here.

Ruby Taylor
Sun 24 Oct 2004Link
Greetings, Everyone:

My name is Ruby Taylor. I'm new to the film world and even newer to
the documentary world. Within, the next 12 months I plan on starting
my documentary. My topic will be about the last year of a 16 year-
old life which happens to be my brother.

A little information about me I'm a social worker by training and
creator by passion.

Wishing everyone the best.

Todd Eckle
Sun 24 Oct 2004Link
Hey Everyone,
I'm in Chicago IL and have completed three short films. My friend
and I are about expand our scope and are looking for a little help.
In the s[ring of 2005 we're going to take a 1 - 2 week trip
somewhere in the world and film the whole thing. We're looking for
an experenced videographer / one man film crew who is willing to
travel with us (all expense paid). Where can I post more
information about this project?

--Todd
todd_eckle@yahoo.com

Doug Block
Sun 24 Oct 2004Link
welcome, todd and ruby. todd, you can post something in our
classifieds topic {LINK NOT IMPORTED}. ruby, your film sounds very powerful. hope
we can be helpful to you in your journey.

Neil Huxley
Sun 24 Oct 2004Link
Hi everyone

I am currently living in melbourne Australia, working in post production. I am originally
from South London been here for 2 years now. Currently putting together a documentary I
plan to shoot when I visit London next year, about an ex boxer turned actor friend of
mine. looking forward to learning lots here at the D word.

Like the sound of Lynn Lanes documentary on boxing.

cheers :)

Maurice Jacobsen
Mon 25 Oct 2004Link
Hello....

I just joined this D community and would like to say hello.

For the past three years myself and an international team have
been working on an interactive documentary project entitled
Jerusalem: A Living History.

It has been a slow process, as it always is with independent
work, but we making progress and as we start the final testing
and evaluation process, we would very much like feedback,
comments, suggestions......

You can find a preview of the work online:
www.4-dmediagroup.com/idocs

We also have a prototype available on a CDROM that we would
be happy to send along.

I can be reached at:
maurice_jacobsen@newmediacollaborative.net

The name of the group is New Media Collaborative and as the
name states we are happy to collaborating with other makers of
documentaries, especially those on the East coast, who have
projects that would work well in an interactive environment.

Cheers,
Maurice Jacobsen

Doug Block
Tue 26 Oct 2004Link
howdy, neil and maurice. neil, if you haven't already, introduce
yourself in the community (this is the public forum). maurice, feel
free to join: www.d-word.com/join.

Elka Nikolova
Sun 31 Oct 2004Link
Hello!
My name is Elka Nikolova and I am an independent producer/director
based in New York. I am currently working on a documentary about
Binka Zhelyazkova, the first woman film director in Bulgaria, where
I am originally from. I am working on revising my script after I
shot some more material in Bulgaria over the summer and I am in need
of forum to share ideas and experiences. I also hope to find a
mentor to advise me on the next steps of this wonderful and at times
difficult process.
Elka

Doug Block
Sun 31 Oct 2004Link
hi, elka. hope to see you in the community soon.

Juliet Dervin
Mon 1 Nov 2004Link
Hello, all,
My name is Juliet Dervin and I've been working on documentary films and interactive
media for over four years here in Austin, Texas. I'm looking forward to learning from the
community, especially now that I'm about to launch into my own work, transition from
working for others (as associate producer, grant writer, researcher, story producer) and
proceed apace with my own stories (my development file needs to
be cleaned out!). Thanks for the opportunity to share and learn.
Julie

Austyn Steelman
Tue 2 Nov 2004Link
Hi,

My name is Austyn Steelman and I was recommended to the D-Word forum through my
cousin, a documentary filmmaker who has found the forum to be a great resource
throughout the production of her film. I am an independent filmmaker from California
and am in the process of launching my own documentary which will focus on the work of
two very talented musicians from Minneapolis, Minnesota. This documentary will be the
biggest project that I have worked on so far so I am happy to have found this resource. I
look forward to gathering knowledge through the forum as well as contributing what
knowledge I can.

Talk to you soon,
Austyn

Ben Kempas
Tue 2 Nov 2004Link
Welcome to The D-Word Forum, Juliet and Austyn.

Umesh Bist
Sat 6 Nov 2004Link
hello everyone
I am a filmmaker based in new delhi, india. 12 years back i stared my
journey in films with a expose' on the malpractices of Delhi
development authority- an organisation responsible for development of
Delhi. Since than it has been a exciting and a very charged trip. I
got the oppurtunity to show my films on the national television also-
censorship has now become a greater evil than what it was earlier on
TV. Though with digital tech the budgets have come down but the funds
have virtually disappeared for making the kind of film one wants to
make. International funding and invite to the film festival too is
not without it's politics and networking. but we go on. would like to
share my experiences and learn more from this place.
umesh

Join this discussion now. You need to log in or register if you want to post.