Hello! I'm a writer/filmmaker from Los Angeles currently working on a documentary about life with my service dog. I've logged about eight million hours of tape and I'm just about ready to begin editing. Wishing you all the best and thanks to Doug Block for sharing this site with me! It's great!
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Hi Lauren, glad you followed up and registered. Now go all the way and sign up for professional membership here. When you do, check out the Face 2 Face topic, since there will be a small gathering of D-Word members in L.A. tomorrow night who you'll definitely want to meet. Service dogs especially welcome!
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I am now officially a professional! And today I'm up to nine million hours of tape. Double win!
Hello all...Doug Blush here, editor of WORDPLAY, IOUSA, OUTRAGE and others. Directing a feature doc with my wife on bipolar condition for later this year, and proudly premiering FREAKONOMICS Friday April 30th at Tribeca (I edited the Eugene Jarecki segment). Glad to be aboard!
Glad to have you, Doug. Some nice credits you bring along, too. Curious to hear more about your own film (in the Works in Progress topic) if you care to share.
I'm working on a documentary film in Rocklkand. Will be filming next week. Getting tired of trekking to NYC to rent cameras. Does anyone know of any local avenues to rent , buy or borrow cameras?
Hey everyone. I'm Matt Groff, a writer-producer-director working in New York. I premiered my debut feature doc, U.N. Me, at IDFA last November (wonderful festival) and done some follow up festivals along the way. Looking forward to connecting on issues surrounding doc production and promotion.
Welcome, Alice and Matt. Alice, you're better off asking questions like that in the Classifieds topics.
Hi Everyone. I am Seth Shire, a post production supervisor and film critic with a special interest in documentaries. I look forward to discussing all aspects of documentary filmmaking from the technical to what's new and exciting in all of your work. Speaking of which Doug Blush I was at the "Freakonomics" screening at Tribeca on April 30. Nice job. In fact I have an article on my blog in which I mention it – www.unpaidfilmcritic.wordpress.com.
Great to have you here, Seth. If there's any justice in the world, you should definitely be called The Paid Film Critic very soon!
I am Jeff Bush. I work at The Wall Street Journal as a multimedia producer. I shoot and edit video stories that the print reports write as well as do a little of my own reporting. Even though I have been shooting and editing for the past 15 years or so, I have always been in more or less ENG.
I want to expand my skills by volunteering to work on a documentary in a more extreme environment. I want to learn some of the practical skills when it comes to shooting in less than ideal locations.
Hi everyone, I'm a website editor with the Prague-based Institute of Documentary Film... Hoping to make a lot of you interested in documentary developments in Central and Eastern Europe. Please visit our portal www.dokweb.net for articles, interviews, trailers, and more...
You're welcome Jana. You've definitely got an interesting venture going on there in Prague.
A good day to all. Glad to be here & looking forward to the journey.
Me and my friend just got back from greenland where we were filming for our first documentary. Before that, we did snowboard movies. so we met this guy from australia, murray fredericks (great guy, check out his work) and he told us about the d-word. great that such a thing exists and i am looking forward to profit and contribute to and from it..
check us out on mmpfilms.ch and read you around, thanks
Hi everyone! We met Mr. Block at a screening of Racing Dreams last week at the IFC Center. We directed a documentary titled KEEPING THE PEACE. (www.keepingthepeacefilm.com) We're happy to be part of the D-Word community!
JJ & Tai
Mr. Block, who's he? Geez, making a guy feel old. Anyway, howdy JJ, welcome to The D-Word. So you know, you and Tai will need to register separately. One of our few rules here, besides the golden rule.
Hi Doug! Didnt mean to make you feel old. lol. Sure, I'll tell Tai to register on his own as well. He's not online at all times like me :) Thanks for welcoming me to the D-List! Happy to be part of it.
Hi! This is bharat nerkar. I am basically a director- cameraman and a graduate from the Film and Telivision institute of india,pune. I teach also to the students of TELEVISION PRODUCTION at the above institute.My interest is in making documentaries on various socio-political, environmental subjects.I WANT TO INTERACT WITH VARIOUS DOCU FILM MAKERS.Thanks and with best regards--bharat nerkar.
My name is Alex Block. I am recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I studied film. I've been working in the documentary field for almost 2 years now and I've recently embarked on a multimedia documentary about homelessness and the justice system, shot entirely on the Canon 5d Mark II.
I'm a filmmaker and media strategist with interest and experience in making documentary videos for social change.
I'm currently Associate Producer at Luna Productions in Berkeley, CA (www.lunaproductions.com). I look forward to connecting with folks here for advice, support, and potential collaboration!
Welcome, Ian. You might want to go one step further and register for full membership here. It will give you access to all 50 discussion topics and it's free free free.
I'm a strategist in the field of large-scale social change, bringing about community, city and regional change around the world in partnership with nonprofits, businesses, governments and the media.
For example, I shaped the global strategy for Save the Children USA, the Vision for the City of Melbourne and the Mass Privatization Program for Poland.
These days I serve social enterprises – mainly in the fields of health, education and human rights – helping them go national, and sometimes international, with great impact.
My most recent work has been with documentary producers, and those who develop social action campaigns to turn messages into movements.
I look forward to connecting with folks here who work to create a better world.
Welcome, Shelley. A lot of people will definitely want to hear more from you, so feel free to leap right into the discussions.
Names Rob, I'm a first time documentarian film-maker and currently working on an independent feature project which I'm stupidly excited about.
I'd been fortunate enough to stumble across a digital video camera in 2008, and which then basically took over my entire life, haha. I've learn an incredible amount in the time since, with regards to filming techniques, editing software and basically just my own style, and where my heart lies I guess.
With this transpiring into the construction of a feature length film and with learning something valuable every step of the way, it's really quite hard to express verbally (or in text) just how amazing this entire experience has been, and is!!
Anyways, I have a few questions to ask the forum in coming weeks, and I figured a forum such as this would probably have other individuals sharing a similar passion.
FYI – I currently shoot with the CanonA1, edit FCP 6
I also recently acquired a nice Super 8 which I can't wait to explore.
I'm based in Australia.
Look forward to chatting,
Hello everyone -
I am part of a very small team that specializes in LIVE streaming. This week we are broadcasting an hour long interview series with 6 documentary film makers. We would love to have as much participation in the Q&A as possible. Let me know if this is something that you would be interested in participating in. Glad to be a part of the D-word community. Thanks for having me.
Hi Dennis, very welcome to have you here. I suspect people need a bit more information about the project. What it's for, who's participating? Those kind of questions.
hey , steve fagan here . first post . my surf doc -AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAVES is done. www.80waves.ca
Hello. My name is Sarah Christine Bolton and I'm working on a documentary about artists in Berlin, Germany. You can find more info on our (very basic but informative) website: www.childrenofthewall.com.
The director/filmmaker, Eric Swartz, had the idea for this project more than three years ago. He has years of experience making films, documentaries and commercials. It's my first official film project, but so far, we've had great success with it, including two trips to Berlin, a trailer, publicity, etc.
Looking forward to learning more as we go along!
Welcome to The D-Word, Sarah. Great to have you here. And best of luck with your first official doc. Welcome, and congrats, to Steve, as well.
Hi. My name is Mariette Peeters, I have completed a couple of documentary shorts as well as a couple of promotional videos for non-profits. I'm currently editing a short I shot and wrote about Buddhist pilgrimage in India, it's a very personal film that is taking me a long time to finish. I also create video content for the global health non-profit where my work.
Nice to have you here, Mariette. Feel free to register for full membership to get access to all the discussion topics.
Hi Everyone! I'm excited to hear about this group and look forward to joining in the discussions. I came to documentary film from documentary photography and am now pursuing an MFA in filmmaking. My most recent (short) is Yes We Can! which was done in cooperation with the California Film Institute in San Rafael, California. It's about the Digital Storytelling Workshop which teaches filmmaking to at-risk young people selected from social service agencies. I really enjoyed doing it and consider it a true example of guerrilla filmmaking!
The crossover from doc photography is really interesting, Linda. I
not only doc photography – google Documentary Forum Berlin June 2010.
Hey, all. Thank you for existing. Am a first-time filmmaker, with a background in writing/editing magazines and books. So I've been living in unfamiliar creative territory for the past three years but having the time of my life (well, barring that pesky fundraising). My feature-length doc is Seeking Happily Ever After: One generation's struggle to redefine the fairytale (www.seekinghappilyeverafter.com) and am working w/ Kerry David (producer of "My Date with Drew"). Screened at the Calif Indep Film Festival in April and will screen at the Action-On Film Festival in Pasadena this July. Have submitted to about a dozen more and am waiting to hear. All festival advice/tips welcome as I learn the strange and complicated system! I look forward to d-word conversations.
Welcome, Michelle. You might want to register for full membership here for access to all the discussion topics (including festivals).
Thank you to D-Word and members for bringing me into the fold with many great colleagues and old friends. I'm looking forward to exchanging info with the group. I'm working on two film on the subject of disabilities and teach a class at Columbia College Chicago; Documenting Social Injustice. I'm a freelance colorist and creative producer and direct and produce as an independent filmmaker. My latest film "Disability Pride Parade" is a PSA and is on Youtube. We are currently working on a new twenty minute film about the disability community in Chicago as part of a Split Pillow Chicago 360 project. I'm also working on a film about Hollywood's representations of disabilities. Good luck on all your projects! Laurie Little www.LuministFilms.com
Glad to find you.
I wanted to post a wonderful event that is coming up next week in NYC! Use Discount Code (DWORD2) to get a $5 discount of the ticket price.
Filmmakers Get Social
Community,screenings and discussion
JUNE 16th, 7:30PM
@ The Roger Smith Hotel
Prepping your Doc with funding: Navigating non-profits, fiscal sponsorship, and raising funds using social media
Get Tickets here: http://www.indiesocial.us
Join us for a short film screening, cocktail hour and panel discussion on how independent documentary filmmakers are navigating the non- profits, and using social and emerging media to fundraise their projects.
Your $20 contribution gets you the following:
* A great night in the Starlight Loft of the Roger Smith Hotel
* A screening of short films, including Transposition, Summer Snapshot, and The Promise Land
* Participate in a panel discussion and learn about the non profit space, fiscal sponsorship and utilizing social media as a fundraising tool to create projects and promote careers.
* Get social! – A chance to network with other indies and social media enthusiasts.
* A chance to do good! The event is a fundraiser for the dual movie/soundtrack dvd for Transposition.
The event is 21+
Juliana Steele- Program Specialist, Fiscal Sponsorship, Fractured Atlas
Juliana joined the Fractured Atlas staff in June 2008 and is the Program Specialist for Fiscal Sponsorship. She received her Master's degree from Pratt Institute in Arts & Cultural Management, and also holds a BA in Art History from Boston University. She spent four years managing the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, and wrote her thesis on its transition from a commercial venture to a preservation nonprofit. In New York, she was the Programming Coordinator at The Tank, a nonprofit space for new and emerging arts in TriBeCa. In her spare time she pedals around Brooklyn on her bicycle and has aspirations of being a better cook.
Nell Constantinople- NatGeo Films/ Summer Snapshot Producer- Kickstarter Campaign Case Study
Nell began her film career at Northwestern University, after which she moved to Santiago, Chile to work on both feature and documentary films, including the 2006 feature, “Manzanas Verdes,” an official selection at the Valdivia International Film Festival. She moved to Portland, OR in 2007 to produce a documentary series for Gesundheit! Institute, a health care non profit founded by Patch Adams. Nell has shot all over the world, from the streets of Moscow to deep in the Amazon jungle. She has worked as a director, producer and sound mixer for a variety of independent productions and now works for National Geographic Cinema Ventures in Film Distribution. Nell has a B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University.
Rose Vincelli- Program Manager, Independent Feature Project
Rose Vincelli is the Program Manager for the Independent Feature Project (IFP.org), specifically focusing on curating and producing the Independent Filmmaker Labs, an immersive workshop assisting first-time Documentary and Narrative feature directors with distribution and exhibition strategies. From 2005-07 Rose was a programmer for the SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival, helping to grow the festival in its inaugural years and working primarily to curate the Shorts Competition. Rose has helped to produce the experimental short No One Wants to Eat The Parsley (dir. Sharon Mooney), along with her own short films Sonogram, a personal documentary and Y, a silent horror and finalist of the Attack of the 50’ Reels Super8 film contest. She lives and cooks in Brooklyn.
(Check back for additional Panelists and films!)
The Promise Land
The Promise Land is a conversation with Mike Kintop, an experienced connoisseur of memorabilia. A tour of his sci-fi collection is an entree to the tales of his rich life. Everyone has a story, but not many are this interesting.
(Filmmaker Sharon Mooney-is a Chicago-based video artist who hails from Richmond, Virginia. Her neo-realistic work in documentary portrait, narrative and animation has screened internationally in a variety of festivals and galleries. She holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and has taught at DCTV, SVA, and University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College. She currently is an educational multimedia producer and teaches in the Digital Cinema program at DePaul) University.
A glimpse of a stained glass factory near the Gownas Canal in Brooklyn, NY.
Summer Snapshot, shot in the summer of 2009, is a short essay film recreating a sun-soaked summer day with a group of friends who load up in a wood-panel Wagoneer, drive along winding forest roads, hike a secret trail, and spend an afternoon skinny-dipping, strumming guitars, tossing a frisbee, and circling a campfire. Summer Snapshot is about the carefree in-the-moment living between youth and adulthood. It is a reflection on golden memories as we grow older. Shot in super-8 film and Polaroids, edited in HD, it evokes a warm, ephemeral mood.
Transposition is a portrait of Jeff Richey, environmental specialist by day and jazz musician by night. Explore the intertwining lives of one man trying to sustain his living and make his art in Denton, Texas for the past 35 years.
My name is Ole Bendtzen.
I am very happy to be a new member of the D-word! And I look so much forward participating in all the exciting disussions about our wonderfull business :)
A little bit about me..
I have a Mastersdegree in Film from the University of Copenhagen and I have been working in both fiction and documenatries for the last 10 years. I recently finished the film "Football is God" – a documentary about faith and football. If you are interested... check out the trailer on www.footballisgod.dk
I am very, very happy to be a new member and look forward talking to all of you!!
Great to have you joining us, Ole, and congrats on finishing Football is God. Just in time for a certain football event, I can't help but notice.
Thank you, John.. well, at least Denmark scored.
Unfortunately it was in our own goal :(
Yes, I know, Doug. It could seem like we timed "Football is God" for the World Cup 2010. However, the project was never planned for this event. We started out four years ago making a pilot. We pitched at IDFA and slowly the project developed, creatively and financially. In many ways – and on a more spiritual level – the film is not about football at all, at least not to me – but nothing is to be revealed here.. you will have to see it :-)
Looking forward to that, Ole. Any plans yet for festival showings or a broadcast in the U.S.?
These Dutch, they give so much to documentary makers, only to crush their dreams on the football-field. ;-)
Hello all. Im Bayo Ariyo from Nigeria.
Its a pleasure to be 'home at last' because ive been looking for a networking site for
documentary pros, one that's truly dedicated to the art but i guess my luck tarried.
Anyways here I am and its looking like this is it already.
I hope to find multilinguist documentary crew here. Enough said, let me take a look around
Thanks John, just wrapped some jobs for UNDP, USAID
I'll soon be shooting series of docus to try change the bad impression that my country is suffering because of a few bad boys.
There are lots of good people and places in Nigeria and it should be said. None one is saying much and it worrisome to some of us.
I'll be shooting mostly in Nigeria but im hoping to translate/subtitle in different languages for international distribution. I'll need extra hands at that stage. Im a multilinguist, a language enthusiast
Ive never done international co-pro before but im hoping to clinch one soon. Ive been warned of the attending stress but then, whats life without adventure?
Hey, all! I just completed a 13-month project entitled Rink Rats, a documentary that focuses on the now-closed Western Berks Street Hockey Rink in Berks County, PA. The rink operated for over thirty years and had a major impact on thousands of people. The rink opened just after the Philadelphia Flyers won their second Stanley Cup, and since there were no ice rinks in the area, kids flocked to street hockey (the correct term is dekhockey). Now that the popularity of inline hockey has grown, and several ice rinks have been built, street hockey has dwindled and the old dekhockey players are just that...old. I sat down with over thirty owners, managers, referees, and players and put together a look back at those thirty years. A brief bio: I graduated from Temple U. in 1984 with a degree in Communications; worked for the US Tennis Association for 4 1/2 years as their AV Coordinator; ventured into teaching high school English; finally decided to dedicate myself to this project and had a wonderful (sometimes very frustrating) time doing it. Thanks to the D-Word for being such a great resource.
Hello Everyone... My name is Ozair and i am an indie documentary filmmaker. I will be traveling to Malaysia and Bangkok and would love to meet similar mindsets.. as for a bit about me.. here goes...
An MA in Mass Communications from Karachi University and presently enrolled in an online Alternate New York Film School Certification. I graduated from Curtin University of Technology, with a degree in Business Information Technology. Unlike a typical new graduate, I attended college and worked in the fields of Event Management, Marketing, ERP, Telecom, Sales, SAP Consultancy, Photography, PR, Information Technology, Production and Direction. Alongside, I enhanced my formal education, combing IT, Technical and Communication skills with my artistic school of thought, adding to my combination of skills.
Technically Sound, having hands on experience in Photography, Videography, Direction, Script Writing, Content Management, Lighting, Editing and Post Production, Visual Jocking, Online Video Hosting,Distribution and Analysis, Vlogging, Online Recording, Screen Captures & Webcasting.
My creative input is infected with the addiction of the following art forms of media domination:
Promotional / Marketing Videos
Editing & Post Production
Online Media Management & Consultancy
Commercials / IDs / Public Service Message
A little of what i have done so far, which i can put online is:
Looking forward to finding the people who would understand why i left being a SAP Consultant and walked in to make documentaries. :)
You certainly keep yourself busy Ozair. Welcome and best of luck!
Hey Rob, Its easy to List down things... i take it as a hobby.. although got fired from the first channel i was offered a job as a producer / director / Host in... as they couldn't control me like they controlled everyone else.. and then after i made a documentary on an earth quake that took place in Balochistan, Pakistan revealing everything and no one was willing to air it, i pretty much revolted against the local media .. so here i am :)
Hello... I am an award winning short documentary filmmaker and educator. My wife and I finished our first full length documentary about a wildlife park where the keepers have developed amazing relationships with the animals (and each other). We'd love feedback and have doc online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZf5WMplJhQ
Hi, I am Peter Berulf
I have been taking courses in documentary production in Silver Spring, MD, and made a couple of shorts in the process. I am going to travel around the northern hemisphere to document the diversity within the Family salmonidae (salmon and trout) and the diversity in the communities, people, and cultures that are invested in the species. I hope to make a film about this but still need someone to work with (if not I just do the travel, film, and post shorts on Youtube)
Welcome Doug and Peter.
Peter, we need to talk. I made a film called UPSTREAM BATTLE...
PS: Now, is your name Berulf or Johnsen?
In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 15 Jun 2010 :
Sorry for my late replay Doug!
I have been away from my computer. Yes, sometimes that is a good thing :)
No plans yet.. we have postponed the plans for festivals screenings until september due to vaccation at The Danish Filminstitut. However, the film has been sent to Nordisk Panorama, Sheffield and Leipzig.
In regards to to broadcast DR sales are handling all international sale on the film, so far the U.S. is not on the list, unfortunately :(
I just found out about this site. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can learning as much as I can from this site.
I am an independent Brazilian
film producer and am currently participating on a documentary
project which will involve 31 world cup countries in 31 days.
I am looking for a cameraman, with enough skills to handle a handycam
camcorder, to make some shootings on the 5th July in Slovenia (Lubjlana) and July 11th in Germany (Munich)
based on a script to be provided in advance.
We are still estimating the duration of shootings in each day,
but believe that will take approximately 3 to
4 hours p.d. This person will use my own equipment (camcorder Sony
XR550, full HD), which will be handed to you for shootings at the
time and place of shootings.
I would kindly ask you to let us know if you are interested in
providing one cameraman for us or, if not, if you have a contact
that is willing to render such services for us. I appreciate your
prompt response and estimated costs as we have an urgent need on
establishing a camera man in Germany.
We have a limited production budget so our
payment proposal is no more than 80,00EUR
plus the transportation costs for these hours of work.
We need a prompt response on this, please let us know if you are
interesting or could help us somehow.Please reply to the email addresses copied below
Many thanks and kind regards,
+ 55 11 8585 5995
+55 11 86836889
I left Boston after 14 years in 2008 and moved back home to Ireland. I had some great opportunities in the US and gained my foothold in the corporate and documentary video arenas before shifting sideways a bit and running the media dept. in a university.
None of the projects I've worked on have ever been "my own", as although I may have directed and edited them, there was a company "feel" (read sappy) that had to be instilled in them.
Although I earn my crust making corporate video, the thoughts of doc videos are what fire me up. I have two projects I hope to shoot between now and winter. Of course, costs are tight as we are in a recession so they'll definitely have a guerrilla bent. I'll shoot on a Canon 5D MKII as that is what I have for my stills work. It comes with constraints, but when you have plenty of time you can work around them :)
When it comes to funding and distribution, I'm somewhat at a loss, so I hope to learn from people here and hopefully bring something to the table as well.
As an aside: Peter and Ben – my masters thesis was on fisheries conservation (from an EU policy standpoint) and I've done additional research on salmon conservation so if you think I could help, give me a shout.
Welcome, Vincent. Feel free to register as a professional member (as opposed to an "enthusiast"). It will give you access to far more of our discussion topics.
Very happy to be here and pleased with the football results :)
I am currently working on a film about humanity, life and energy/ quantum mechanics. I am still quite open and researching.
this site is great :)
Thanks, Fleur, and welcome. You too should register for full membership.
I view the arts as a form diplomacy. I received a BA in international relations and anthropology from tufts university and spent a year at the university of paris. I returned to my home town of los angeles for graduate school. I received a masters of public policy from USC as a woodrow wilson public policy and international affaires (ppia) fellow. At usc i created a concentration in arts and entertainment policy by adding courses from the school of cinema/tv and annenberg school of communication. i've worked in the entertainment industry at major studios and with legendary filmmakers for over a decade. i also chair the tufts entertainment and media alumni group which i helped form and co-founded and continue to produce the pt barnum awards for excellence in entertainment which honors prominent alumni in the entertainment industry (e.g. steve tisch, producer, FORREST GUMP; cary granat, founder, walden media).
i am currently the director of community engagement and strategic partnerships for the documentary feature THUNDER SOUL which has wowed audiences in the USA and abroad. the film has won audience awards at sxsw (where it premiered), dallas international, hot docs, and the los angeles film festival. the film is currently being shopped for distribution and i am contributing to the process by bringing industry and community players to the table. i am also currently developing a project which i am submitting to some labs. so, i am concurrently in the development and distribution phases of amazing projects and can use fellowship and advise to do both projects the justice they deserve.
thank you for creating this space and welcoming me to it.