Brian Murphy here. I am a doc filmmaker in western Canada. I've been in and around this racket since the age of 11. I carried a tripod and loaded film mags across Europe and Africa for my father's small production company. I don't recall ever being paid, but I didn't have to go to school. Forty years later and this is what I have to show for: I put in 20 years doing docs at Canada's public broadcaster, CBC and now work on science and history docs for Discovery and National Geographic through production companies in Montreal and Vancouver. On the Discovery series, Mars Rising, (currently airing in Canada) I was asked to write and direct two of the six hours. It was great fun. Just went to Global VIsions, doc fest in Edmonton Alberta. Some very moving work. I hope to become a contributor to this site.
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With all that experience you're very welcome to join us as a full member, Brian
My name's Neil, I recently quit my comfortable and secure job in TV News to test myself in the turbulent waters of independent production. I've just pitched my first film to Britain's Channel4, so crossing everything in the hope of a callback. Will no doubt be asking for plenty of advice over the coming months, but hopefully, I'll be able to offer some back to my fellow members as well. Looking forward to meeting everyone.
Hello Fellow Doc-ers,
I'm working on a film about a 16-year-old Muslim girl who was arrested by the FBI in 2005 for being a "potential" suicide bomber. I've been shooting for almost two years and am now preparing to wrap up shooting and launch head-first into finishing the piece (my first full-length). It's nice to (virtually) meet everybody, see that I'm not the only one up to my neck in footage. Hopefully I can find some folks here to partner with either on this project or on future projects.
David, nice to see you in these parts. Welcome, and I look forward to hearing and seeing more of your project.
Well hello everyone,
Today is a big leap of faith as not only is this the first time I am posting my name on the web, but with a picture to boot!
Anyway, whilst I'm at it, I might aswell jump in at the deep end.
I've been working in television for the past 15 or so years and have reached the grand old position of Shooting Assistant Producer so far, in factual programming. Aside from this, I've also made two personal projects, one being a 50 min documentary about the inner workings of a kooky hotel/hostel in SE England, and a 10 min film for the UK Guild of Goldsmith about the processes of creation.
I'm passionate about documentaries. I think they are a wonderful platform for the free expression of creativity and a strong medium for exposing and exploring stories.
I'm particularly interested in Human Rights and Socio-Cultural issues and am an avid reader of factual books which serve as a great source of inspiration.
I am open to being contacted for potential collaborative work as I'd like to find a partner in crime to make films with.
Danielle and David, welcome. How serendipitous for two people, each looking for a partners on their films to post introductions in rapid succession. Maybe the fastest D-Word collaboration ever?
Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome. Are any of you going to attend the Sheffield Doc Fest?
David, Brian, Neil and Danielle... welcome one and all! Danielle, be sure to become a Member here and not just an enthusiastic Enthusiast. You've certainly got the professional creds.
And I don't see your picture ;-)
Welcome everybody! Looks like an interesting project you got there David. Can you tell us more about it in the Works In Progress Topic?
Thank you for the warm welcome.
You guys are not just visual creators but word jugglers too by the look of it... Doug: I had to laugh at the very clever mouthful that is your blog's name... As for Erica, well "Serendipitous" just lovely.
John, I presume the bonjour was addressed to me, so bonjour a vous aussi. I'm not going to Sheffield this year, but can highly recommend it as I saw some real gems there in the past. Also a good place to meet people.
Considering the enormous amount of energy, patience, effort, blood and sweat it takes for independent filmmakers to get their projects made, it is a sad state of affairs to see the extremely poor exposure they are getting on British television. But hey, I guess this is not the most appropriate forum for this discussion, so I'll make sure I apply for a full membership in the days to come.
Also am thinking that a spellcheck function would come in very useful on this website. I'm a bit of a pedant like this. :-)
Nice to see you too Aaron.
Niam-I'll try to put up some more info in the next day or two.
spel check, what's that? don't just sit there mulling, danielle. join already!
Hello Everybody - I've just found D Word and it looks like a great site for fellow filmmakers, I"m looking forward to navigating the site. I'm going to the D Word day at Sheffield - is anyone else? It would be good to meet up over the weekend and catch some films x
Welcome Clare - you made it in at last. We'll be sending you a participant's list for the Sheffield F2F to you by email later today.
What Ho, Doc addicts- Like Clare I,m new to D-Word, the whole concept looks interesting and I am sure it's a great way to communicate with like minded film makers. I hope to be at D-Word day at Sheffield and look forward to meeting fellow members. I am currently working on a documentary about Lady Mary Heath the 1920's avatrix. A promo can be seen on YouTube, 'Lady Icarus'
In reply to Clare Richards's post on Wed 7 Nov 2007 : That would be great Clare, I'll be the bloke wandering round in a daze.
I haven't formally introduced myself yet, but I'm already loving this site! My name is Monica Williams and two years ago I fell in love with the book Evil in Modern Thought and have been working since on a documentary based on Susan Neiman's influential book. After watching Susan Neiman give the most intriguing interview I have ever seen on PBS's Now with Bill Moyers, I knew that she had to be a "talking head" in a film based on history's affect on our thinking about the political crises of today. My background is in literature, history and philosophy and I committed in college (years ago) to working to apply the humanities to political discourse. In my last independent study on the political philosopher Hannah Arendt, I began to wish that someone would make a documentary film on her timely work. I soon realized that I would have to be the filmmaker and that law school was not in the stars for me. I realized that all of my talent and passion connected to this career. After seeing Neiman's interview I committed to making Evil in Modern Thought the subject of my film. With Neiman's permission I have spent the last two years researching and adapting a structure and in July I got to interview my favorite intellectual. I'm sort of stumbling through this thing, but it seems to be coming together. I'm very happy to know that this community exists!
Monica, welcome! I love that kind of topic; how did the interview actually look?
If you are going to be using the interview track under other pictures, or as the spine of the film, it would be great to hear
how you "see" (only if you want to share this, naturally - not everyone likes to reveal much about their project, me included, until well into the process).
Hello and welcome to you Monica. Very interesting and complex subject for a film...please let us know how it evolves.
Thanks everyone! Jo-Anne - the interview looks beautiful. It was shot by the cinematographer of A&E's Random 1 the short-lived, but amazing documentary series. As for how I "see," the film is centered around four historical events concerning the problem of evil - The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, Auschwitz, Hiroshima, and September 11th so I have a lot of footage and images to work with. I will also be using forms of animation to communicate some of the philosophical and literary concerns. It is a huge balance being done with great sensitivity. I'd love to share more but don't want to take up this space, is there a better way to communicate this?