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Richard P. Alvarez
Sun 22 Oct 2006Link
Okay, having a bit of a time navigating the pages, but I'm trying to
jump through the right hoops to become a community member.

I found the site through a posting on DVinfo.net, where I usually
hang out.

I have more than twenty five years of professional experience in
radio, television and film. I've worked as a television
cameraman,audio engineer, radio newscaster, actor, theatrical
producer, stunt coordinator, screenwriter and yes, filmmaker.

My first first long form doc, AMERICAN JOUSTER
www.americanjouster.com won some awards, and is selling well - so I
am happy with it.

Hoping to make some connections and always looking for new friends.

Richard

Doug Block
Sun 22 Oct 2006Link
richard, welcome. to register for the community, go to:
www.d-word.com/community/join

Steve Lickteig
Fri 3 Nov 2006Link
Hello,

I work as a radio producer to pay the bills, but I currently have two
documentary films I'm working on. The first, which is nearly
completed, is called Waiting for Hockney directed by Julie Checkoway.
I served as assistant director on the film, conducting about one-third
of the interviews. You can learn more at www.waitingforhockney.com

The other project's working title is Open Secret. It's a personal
story about a secret kept from me for much of my life. Here's the
brief pitch:

What if everything you thought you knew about yourself was wrong? Who
your siblings were? Your parents? Even your heritage? Now imagine that
everybody in your community knew the truth except you. Open Secret
tells the true story of how a farm boy from Kansas discovered who his
adoptive family really was, his connection to the Holocaust and why it
took 30 years to uncover the truth.

A very short "trailer" (something I submitted for a grant a couple of
years ago when I didn't know anything about making a film can be
viewed here: http://www.waitingforhockney.com/movies/Open-Secret.mov)

Now, I have a real director of photography and much more footage.

Anyway, I've been a lurker here for years and now I'm diving in.

Many thanks,

Steve

steve.lickteig@gmail.com

Ana Da Silva
Sat 4 Nov 2006Link
Hello!

I too have a day job to pay the bills (and after grad school those
are many) and want to work with documentaries, mainly focusing on
underpriviledged children around the world. I've wanted to work
with helping children and tried joining Unicef but hey, I'm not the
office diplomat type. I want to be on the road.

So I googled and ended up here. I know the basics of video
production and have worked with the media in different capacities.
I find that documentaries are a way of being a journalist with
creative room.

I'm very passionate about social issues and am one of those people
who's not happy with her job being just a job. I need to be
involved with my work. I'm figuring out where to go next and being
in NYC helps of course. I'd like to research and write (perhaps
eventually produce).

I'll keep it at that for now and if anyone has any suggestions,
ideas, or comments please do share. Thank you for having me here!

Ana

Doug Block
Sat 4 Nov 2006Link
Welcome Ana and Steve. Glad you found us. Ana, hard to give
suggestions without specific questions. Maybe you could take one or
two to the Mentoring Room topic.

Ana Da Silva
Sat 4 Nov 2006Link
Thank you Doug! I'll try that.

Robert Murdock
Wed 8 Nov 2006Link
Hello all,

I am a 30-somthing guy from Seattle Wa. I've recently taken up an
interest in documentaries. I'm going to try to take the creative
plunge and see what I can do with making one or two or ....?

I actually was looking for a place to post some specific questions
but found this topis, so, just sayhing hi!

Robert

Doug Block
Thu 9 Nov 2006Link
howdy, robert. post your questions in the Mentoring Room topic.

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Andrew Corica
Sun 26 Nov 2006Link
Hi, I am Andrew, 16 years. I hail from PA. I have just started with
documentary's. My first one was on Myanmar in 8th grade. And I am
working on my second and third this year.

Robert Goodman
Sun 26 Nov 2006Link
That's terrific. Welcome. The hosts will chime in soon but they are in
Amsterdam at the moment.

Doug Block
Sun 26 Nov 2006Link
greetings from amsterdam, andrew. great to have you aboard. good
luck with your docs!

John Burgan
Tue 28 Nov 2006Link
Greetins from Denmark too. What was the story of your Myanmar doc,
Andrew?

Robby Bailey
Thu 30 Nov 2006Link
Hey everyone. I am an aspiring filmmaker, in the process of doing
what I can to get into film school, but until then I am trying to
absorb as much knowledge as I can about film. I find myself at the
begining of what I hope is an amazing journey.

Allison Wilson
Thu 30 Nov 2006Link
Hello!
My name is Allison. I moved to Eugene, OR after graduating from
Webster University with a degree in Audio Production. I am currently
working with a lovely lady here in town developing a documentary
about Gnostic Christianity. I have some experience from school, but
am lost as to where to start, really. Where do we go for funding?
That's the big question. How do we get the ball rolling? We've found
a producer and other community members willing to help. My hope is
that this film will give me the experience to start making my own
very soon. Any advice is greatly appreicated.

Doug Block
Mon 4 Dec 2006Link
Welcome Robby and Allison. The Mentoring Room is the place to ask
those sorts of questions, Allison. Generally, though, there's private
money, grants and broadcast money. And broadcast money, if any, won't
come until you're considerably further along.

Joel Heller
Mon 11 Dec 2006Link
{erased by joelheller Mon, 11 Dec 2006 14:31:27 GMT}

Nishtha Jain
Sun 17 Dec 2006Link
Hi
I'm a documentary filmmaker from India. Just learnt about this site from
a fellow filmmaker. I have been making independent documentaries for the
last 5-6 years. Before that I was doing TV shows and docu-series. Just
finished a film recently that premiered at IDFA called 'Six yards to
democracy'. My last film 'City of Photos' too did a fair amount of
travelling. I'm really keen to be part of this forum. I have registered.
Are there any more formalities before one can become a member?

Doug Block
Mon 18 Dec 2006Link
Glad to see you registered for the professional community, Nishtha.
It may take up to a few days, but you will definitely become a member.
Please be patient. Look forward to seeing you online again soon.

Beth Tom
Fri 5 Jan 2007Link
hi people.

this is my first time here, and in fact on any message-type board,
and i don't know how to find the Mentoring Room you talk about.
please forgive me if i'm not in the right place. maybe someone can
direct me a little? here's an intro:

i am beth tom in arizona. i am an artist (www.broyalty.com) and am
starting a documentary tentatively called "The Mendelssohn
Project".

i am taking my 40th year to learn the entire Mendelssohn violin
concerto. i used to be really good as a kid but haven't played in
20 years. as a kid i vowed someday to play the Mendelssohn with an
orchestra.

i will practice publicly, on the street, for a year. the
performance, however, with the cincinnati symphony orchestra, will
be completely private, no audience, no video or audio recording.
then i intend to give my $10,000 custom-made italian violin away.
maybe i'll even just leave it on the street outside symphony hall
right after my performance.

the questions i am attempting to ask (and possibly answer) are:
what is valuable? what do i do or have to give that is of value?
is art a product we can assign value to? what is a valuable
endeavor to set one's sights on? there's a little bit of "if a
tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a
sound?" to the project.

i will attempt to put little snippets on you-tube to generate
interest, filming as much as i can of the year, lessons with
teachers, converstaions with other artists, practicing on the
street etc. money and my lack of it and how we "value" things with
our money is a huge issue and part of the questioning in the
project.

i bought a samsung digital video recorder. it sucks. any
suggestions as to what to use? i need something easy to figure
out, easy to eventually edit (so no tapes would be good, and i'm
on a mac), needs to be able to pick up dialog ok, usually i am
just setting it up on a tripod and letting it run.

absolutely ANY suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!
thanks, everybody! - beth

Doug Block
Fri 5 Jan 2007Link
hmm, why film a documentary and not film the natural climax (ie. the
concert). that's like following a boxer for a year and not filming
the championship fight. and don't give your violin away, give it to
me ;-)

anyway, welcome to the d-word, beth.

Beth Tom
Fri 5 Jan 2007Link
thanks, doug.

good question. i guess the idea is: what's so special about
another concert? is the value in the performance or the work that
goes into it? the documentary will be more about the process and
experience rather than the climax. anybody can go out and buy any
number of recordings of the Mendelssohn. but can anybody see what
it's like for an average joe to entirely and singularly devote
themselves to any one thing? and then be done?

anyway, this idea is so new for me and still pretty unformed - i'm
not quite sure yet that i'm not full of shit. but i don't think i
am. ;-)

any camera or recording suggestions? thanks for anything! i really
appreciate it! - beth

Steve Holmes
Sat 6 Jan 2007Link
Welcome to D-Word, Beth. The documentary may be more about the
process than the climax, but Doug's right in that the climax needs
to be in there. What sounds valuable to me is the experience of
seeing someone learn something difficult, step by step. Legal
question, though: Will the orchestra agree to having the concert
taped and used in the film? What would they charge? You may not know
the answers, but these are questions that will come up if you
include the concert.

Where are you in Arizona? Do you have a budget and a crew yet?

Beth Tom
Sat 6 Jan 2007Link
hi steve.
thanks for your input. i am in tempe, az. i have no budget, and no
crew! i thought i might check in with some schools that offer
documentary courses and see if i could put together some people
from there. my lessons and practicing will start feb. 5, so i need
to find a camera for at least me to use before then. any
suggestions? i also have a former teacher, my very first teacher,
in fact, from 5th grade, who performs with the cincinnati
symphony. i am hoping they will take an interest and donate their
services... i sound pretty naive and idealistic, don't i?!? :-)

Steve Holmes
Sun 7 Jan 2007Link
Beth: Tempe, huh? How about making contacts at ASU? Unless you're
going to set the camera on a tripod and let it run as you practice,
you'll need a shooter. As to the Cincinnati Symphony donating its
services, it never hurts to ask. They might want the PR.

Amy King
Wed 17 Jan 2007Link
Beth,
I'm by NO means any kind of expert, but here are my two cents.
I agree with Steve- doesn't hurt to ask Cincinnati Symphony if they
will agree to the recording. Perhaps there is a middle ground, like
they agree that you can audiotape the entire performance, which will
not be reproduced and only a certain amount of the audio will be used
in the film. Perhaps you get some establishing shots of the orchestra
but then the remainder of the scene focuses solely on your performance
and it is like they are not in the room. You could pitch that you
donate the violin to a music school of the orchestra's choice, or sell
the violin on e-bay and give the profits to your director/producer!
Or give it to Doug Block! :)
This sounds like a really interesting arty short film (20-40mins) with
some experimental first person narrative mixed in. I'm sure you could
get a director/producer from ASU or UofA to work with you for a highly
reduced fee. I went to U of A - some great students come out of their
Media Arts program - call Prof. Guilio Scalinger there if you want
some referrals. You could also try the person who manages the student
crew at KUAT in Tucson, as they may be even more doc focused.
Danny Anker, director of MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT may have some
practical advice for you - not sure if he is on D-Word, but here is
his web site: http://www.mftio.com/ The Philadelphia Orchestra was
the subject of his award-winning doc.
Good luck!!!

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