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Doug Block
Wed 28 Jun 2006Link
Kacie, the Classifieds topic is the place for announcements/shameless
self-promotion like this.

Luke Walden
Fri 7 Jul 2006Link
Hi, I just posted a request for info in another forum and then noticed
that I should introduce myself here! So I will.

I'm 36 and live in New York. I love documentaries and one of my
favorite things to do is have "documentary club" nights for friends at
my apartment. I'll get out a classic documentary on 16mm from the
Donnell Media Center here in NY and then we eat popcorn and watch the
movie, then have dinner and discuss. It's like a book club but
without the homework!

I'm primarily a shooter, mostly DV, freelance for four years, but I
also do freelance producing, sound recording, editing, etc. In short,
I'm a product of the DV generation. Roughly once a year I'll
"one-man-band" an entire promotional video for a non-profit such as
the Science Industry and Business Library of the New York Public
Library, or a summer camp for physically disabled kids. The most
recent one of those that I did was a pro-bono for a medical school in
Mbarara, Uganda. Beautiful country, huge health care needs.

I'm also trying to do independent documentary filmaking as and I've
done a short about an abortion clinic that won the audience award for
best short doc at the 2004 SF indie fest. For the past two years I've
worked off and on with one other colleague on an indie historical doc
feature about a drug rehabilitation prison/hospital that was in
Kentucky in the mid 1970's. We'll be beginning the edit sometime near
the end of summer or by September.

I guess that's enough about me. Nice to be here! Look forward to
meeting you in cyberspace.

Luke

Doug Block
Fri 7 Jul 2006Link
great to have you here, luke. feel free to register for the
professional forum: www.d-word.com/community/join

Steve Holmes
Mon 10 Jul 2006Link
Welcome, Luke. Sounds like you've made major deposits into the Bank
of Karma. How did you swing a trip to Uganda?

Rehad Desai
Thu 3 Aug 2006Link
Hello All

Rehad Desai here, Iam a doccy filmmaker from South Africa, just
finished my second feature length doc, and looking for inspiration
and intelligent discussion around our craft.

Doug Block
Thu 3 Aug 2006Link
Welcome, Rehad. This is the public forum. With your experience, you
should join the professional forum immediately:
www.d-word.com/community/join.

Monster Jimenez
Mon 7 Aug 2006Link
Hi. My name is Monster Jimenez. I have a production based in Manila
called Arkeofilms (check out www.arkeofilms.com). I LOVE MOVIES--All
kinds. We have been producing independent films and using the
resources we get from client-based projects to partly finance it. I
recently co-created a movie called "Big Time."

Fiction Features are a lot of fun to create but I think I would like
to start exploring Non-fiction Features more. My next project is a
documentary that is ambitious to put together (at least for me)and
sensitive in nature. My past documentaries were always about pop
culture and I have never handled any serious topics until now. Just
reading everyone's posts is already inspiring me.

Doug Block
Mon 7 Aug 2006Link
Welcome, Monster (love the name). Feel free to join our professional
community, as well.

Monster Jimenez
Mon 7 Aug 2006Link
Haha. I was trying to. I just got indimated by the question: What can
you contribute to the group? I'm sure living in Manila as it is makes
me a good resource for those who want to know more about our chaotic
but lovable city. I also do a lot of Final Cut. So for those who want
to ask technical stuff...ask away.

Doug Block
Tue 8 Aug 2006Link
yeah, well, coming from documentaries from a fiction film
perspective, that's always something interesting to us.

Monster Jimenez
Tue 8 Aug 2006Link
I guess. It's very different. I'm actually planning to put the feature
film process that I'm used to when I do my documentary. You'll hear
more about it when I start asking questions.

Brent Donaway
Tue 8 Aug 2006Link
Greetings Everyone.

My name is Brent. I have a B.F.A. in film productions from Rowan
University and am currently enrolled in graduate film school at
the New School University to earn my M.A. in Film and Media
Studies, with an emphasis on the documentary format.

For the past 14-months I've been in production on an historical
and cultural documentary on an 80-year old vaudeville/motion
picture theatre in Southern New Jersey. Its my 1st feature project
thats independent of my scholastics and it happens to take place
in my home town.

Thats me in a nutshell!

Doug Block
Tue 8 Aug 2006Link
welcome, brent, in a nutshell.

John Burgan
Mon 14 Aug 2006Link
And let's face it, you've got to be nuts to be in this business
sometimes...

Welcome Brent & Monster!

Jesse David
Wed 30 Aug 2006Link
Hi all,

I'm Jesse. I'm new to film making, but have high hope for what I can
accomplish. I'm from NJ but I will be leaving the US for Israel in
the next week to make a documentary on special scools there that
promote mutual understanding between Arab-Israelis and Jewish-
Israelis. I am posting in hopes that someone who has experience
working in the Middle East and Israel, in particular, can give me
some advice about working there. What resources are available there?
What must I bring over with me from America? That kind of stuff.
Thanks so much in advance.

Best,

Jesse

Gary Green
Wed 30 Aug 2006Link
My name is Gary (or Mr. Green as my students say). I teach at Adele
Harrison Middle School in Sonoma, CA. Each year I have my GATE
students shoot films, edit on iMovie, and burn onto DVDs. I want
them to make a documentary this year and want to give them the basics
of a documentary. Does anyone have a good list of what should be in
a documentary? For example, is there a "set-up piece" followed by
other, specific pieces?

Would really appreciate help on this so that I am giving my 6th, 7th,
and 8th grade students the correct information.

Robert Goodman
Wed 30 Aug 2006Link
Gary - are you asking the students to do a news piece - typically
40-90 seconds -- or a documentary?
Documentaries have no set structure. A news story does. For example,
watch how three of your local stations cover the same story. You'll
get the idea pretty quick. The best way to start thinking about
documentary is to watch some. Suggestions: Any doc by Jon Else, Werner
Herzog, Ross McElwee, or the Maysles. Hope this helps.

Doug Block
Thu 31 Aug 2006Link
Welcome Jesse and Gary. Wish I could help, Jesse, but can't. Gary,
Robert is absolutely right - have your class watch a doc or two and
talk about it.

Steve Holmes
Fri 1 Sep 2006Link
Gary, have your class watch more than a few docs since they vary so
much in tone and structure. For contrast with Robert's suggestions,
offer up one or two "by the numbers" programs from the cable
channels so they'll see how an independently done doc differs from
what they may be used to catching on TV.

Justin Time
Sun 3 Sep 2006Link
Hello all, I am so new to documentaries, i can barley even be seen as
a noob. I have been searching for sites about docu, and found this
forum, this is my first reading in a thread, and am so far very pleaed
i went throught the trouble of actually signing up. normally i just
look for the easy to get ones. anyway, home to see some of you in the
forums!!

Doug Block
Tue 5 Sep 2006Link
justin time for what? anyway, always good to have another noob here.

J.e. Browne
Sun 10 Sep 2006Link
hello all,

I am joining this forum to float an idea/offer to be part of one of
the more unusual performance car events that happens each year; The
One Lap of America, or more commonly known as the Cannonball Run. I
have driven this event for the past couple of years and think it is
a decent subject for a short film. There is real drama (not the
invented sort of NASCAR), a plethora of personalities and the cars
and tracks make for interesting filming/angles etc.

My idea is to find someone who wants to participate as the co-driver
of my car. His/her duties would be to help me pilot the car between
events and be on their own at the tracks to pursue the film thing.
If there is interest, reply on this board and i will arrange an
email contact or phone call to discuss the details.

PS: we will be piloting a Corvette-powered Porsche.

Hemal Trivedi
Mon 11 Sep 2006Link
Hi all,

I am new to this forum. Just came to New York City after finishing my
MA in documentary filmmaking from the Documentary Institute,
University of Florida. I am originally from Mumbai, India, and had
worked in mutual funds industry for three years before I came to the
U.S. for school.

I am interested in making social issues documentaries concerning
immigrants, minority communities, India, etc. I am currently working
with Carrier Productions, New York, for their documentary film on
Native Americans.

While at school, I had made a 25-min documentary, "Tell Me a Story."
The film witnesses an unusual friendship between an oral historian and
her 84-year-old Japanese patient, as the historian helps her patient
overcome severe depression by sharing memories. Shot in cinema-verite
style, I have been able to capture their relationship since the
beginning. Right now I am also busy marketing the film and need
advice on film festivals and stuff.

If there is an informal get together of doc filmmakers in New York
City, I would like to be screen my film and get feedback.

Thanks

Hemal

Doug Block
Tue 12 Sep 2006Link
greetings, hemal. try docuclub: www.docuclub.org. they usually
screen feature length docs in progress, but might pair yours up with
another shorter one.

Hemal Trivedi
Tue 12 Sep 2006Link
Thanks!

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