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

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Doug Block
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Just keep posting away, Cory. That's all any of us involved people do.

Eric, welcome, as well, and feel free to register for full membership.


Niam Itani
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Hello everybody.
I figured I'll re-introduce myself and see if I still qualify to stay in D-Word :)
I am a Screenwriter & Filmmaker newly relocated to Beirut, Lebanon.
I worked for 5 years at Al Jazeera Network in Doha, Qatar and at the same time was completing my MFA in Screenwriting at Hollins University in Virginia, USA.
I am now back to unemployment, or freedom, or independent filmmaking :) Just got me a Canon 7D and a MacBook Pro to try and keep up with short doc production along my narrative career.
I'm a member of D-word since 2004 (?) probably but I was busy for a while and now I am intending to tune in regularly to benefit from al the great things I learned – and can definitely still learn- from this home.
Peace all around :)


Sahand Sahebdivani
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Welcome back Niam!


Neil Orman
Tue 30 Nov 2010Link

Hi everyone,
I'm a new member and interested in opportunities to help people with their projects. Let me tell you a bit more and if you're interested please contact me at orman.neil@gmail.com.
I'm a recent NYU grad film grad and here is a link to some of my doc work:
http://www.vimeo.com/16894051
I've done both camera and some sound before, and I won a short doc contest last year called Madrid Dares You that was covered in the NY Daily News:
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/12/14/2009-12-14_in_a_ny_minute_a_film_shoot_in_madrid.html
In addition to being a filmmaker I was a journalist for 10 years, so I have lots of applicable skills.
I've worked exclusively on student projects before so I'm most interested in helping people at the 'professional' level (or pretty close), people who have made documentaries before that have been distributed or broadcast, and are savvy about the nuances of getting projects funded. I'm glad to work for free right now to get the experience. I'd particularly like to become more technically proficient with the nuances of doing docs with tiny or no crews, such as how to do camera, sound and lightning all by yourself.
Much appreciated either way, and thanks for having a Web site like this.
Neil


Doug Block
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Welcome, Neil, and great to have you back, Niam.


Charles Lamont
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Hello Everybody
I am working on my first documentary. I am eager to pick your brains on lots of topics like funding and labor. I currently work at one of the three televison networks in New York.
Charlie


Charles Lamont
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Tue 25 Nov 2008 : Doug
I don't know whether you remember me but I had the pleasure to work along side you for a very short period of time. You were finishing 51 Birch Street. (brillant) I knew nothing then and I know just a little more now. I have started a documentary on the 'undocumented Irish in New York' and I have a trailer and treatment. I look forward to reading more on this website.
Thanks
Charlie


Doug Block
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Thanks, Charles. I remember you well and greatly appreciated your help on 51 Birch. Glad to see you made your way here and best of luck with your doc.

Edited Wed 1 Dec 2010 by Doug Block

stephanie wang-breal
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Hi, I'm Stephanie Wang-Breal, the filmmaker behind Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy). I am consulting producing on another film that I think would do well at the Hotdocs Pitch forum. anyone pitch their film there? did it result in any pre-sales/ or funding? and is it just plain worth the costs? looking forward to being part of this online doc community.


Doug Block
Wed 1 Dec 2010Link

Hey, Stephanie, great to have you posting here. However, this is the topic for people to introduce themselves. I'll repost your questions in the Finding Funding topic.


nadia hakim
Thu 2 Dec 2010Link

Hello to all of you,

I am a sociologist and I have been researching on immigration and youth here in Barcelona, for about 3 years now. This has implied a lot of workfield in different public spaces on peripheral neighbourghoods. This adds to my interest in visual culture and in documentary practice, I have attended to some courses on technical matters ("experimenting with documentary") and also visual anthropology. Some days ago, I met, together with a colleague, a group of enthusiastic young men from Dominican Republic, who started to produce short films about "street-stories". We proposed to them to help on technical matters (lend them a better camera, script development), and at the same time we learn a lot from them and film the process of making this short film they want to present to a local competition (ending the 20th of december). We all want to continue with the experience after the competition ends, offering to them formation on script development, and they allow us to keep filming the process, with the idea of making a doc on their experience in a context such as the society, and the neighbourghood they live in.

It would be great if I could learn from the experience of others who have underwent these kind of processes... as well as sharing what I have learnt from the sociological (or anthropological) ethnography practice, "participational observation", etc.

Thanks!


Niam Itani
Sat 4 Dec 2010Link

Welcome Stephanie and Nadia :)


Christina Daniels
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

Hello everyone at D-Word! My name's Christina and I specialize in making feature documentary films about Brazil. I grew up in Brazil, now live in London, and am interested in bringing contemporary stories about Brazil to a large international audience. You may have seen Only When I Dance, a feature about two teenage ballet dancers from Rio's most violent favelas that make it to the highest eschelons of the international world of ballet, which I co-produced. I'm new to this site and am looking forward to meeting others here with a passion for international feature docs (and maybe even some clues as to how to make a living out of them?!) as well as a great mutual exchange of info and help all round. All the best from snowy London!


Bob Prichard
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

I specialize in analyzing sports mechanics (how an athlete moves) with frame-by-frame video analysis. My Olympic athletes have won 44 Gold Medals and have set 11 World Records. You can see examples of our analyses on our YouTube channel 'somaxperformance'. I joined because I will be producing a documentary on our project to break the 2-hour mark in the marathon--currently thought to be impossible. We will also be needing videographers to record during race day, and I thought that this forum would be a good way to find local talent.


Sahand Sahebdivani
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

Welcome Christina and Bob!

My dad was an athlete in the 60ies (100 meters, 200 meters, high jump) and marvels how technology is helping athletes these days. Good luck with your project.


Doug Block
Sun 5 Dec 2010Link

How to make a living from docs, Christina? Get thee to the Our Daily Bread topic.

Good to have both you and Bob with us.


Andrew Green
Tue 7 Dec 2010Link

Hello D-Word,

I am Andrew with Green Solutions. We are a US West and East coast DVD, CD, Blu-ray and Eco Friendly packaging company. We've been in business for almost 14 years. I have worked with hundreds of independent producers over the years. While self distributing can be difficult, I believe we have the ability to help. We work with a web fulfillment company in CA, who can set up your shopping cart, credit card merchant account (giving you complete control of the finances) and handle the drop shipping to your customers. Even if we don't do your work, I am dedicated to the Documentary Producer and will answer any questions related to authoring, packaging, replication, duplication, printing, credit card processing and fulfillment. I'm here to help.


Doug Block
Tue 7 Dec 2010Link

Great, Andrew. I'm sure there are a ton of members here who would love to pick your brain about such matters. We talk about self-distribution all the time in the Marketing and Distribution topic, so feel free to hang out there.


Jeremiah Glazer
Wed 8 Dec 2010Link

Hello D-Word!
My good friend Joshua Z. Weinstein recommended I check out this site and I'm excited to join such a supportive and knowledgeable online community. I'm an aspiring editor with three years of experience assisting on features and shorts (including 2010 SXSW-nominated "Dirty Pictures"). I'm currently looking for my next project so if anyone is interested in hiring an intelligent, experienced, and friendly AE feel free to e-mail me at jeremiah.glazer@gmail.com. You can see a few videos I edited here: http://vimeo.com/jeremiahglazer. Thanks!


David Piperni
Wed 8 Dec 2010Link

Office Share Available! 1 to 3 desks avail in office in historic Cable Building at corner of Broadway & Houston, downtown Manhattan (aka Angelika Film Theater Bldg; aka Crate & Barrel Bldg). 24/7 access building, lot of light, best n'hood. Anyone interested or know anyone interested, please contact me directly! (dpiperni@cargofilm-releasing.com) Thank you!


Larry Paros
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

Hi,
My name is Larry Paros and I'm new here. I've just directed and produced a film called "Walk Right In." It's the perfect counterpoint to "Waiting for Superman" and "The Race to Nowhere," but we don't have the resources or contacts to get the word out. Help!


Doug Block
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

Welcome to The D-Word, Larry, and good luck with your film. You might want to check out the Marketing and Distribution topic, as well as Social Networking.


K.C. Marsh
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

Hello everyone,
Pleasure to be aboard. I'm new to the D-Word and currently in pre-production on both my first documentary and my first feature length project. After obsessively agonizing on cameras, knowing full well the content matters more than the camera, I settled on the Panasonic GH1 for it's DOF capabilities, the fact that you could hack the bitrate settings (which I have done) and it seemed to be the only hi-def still/video camera that was capable of shooting for longer than 15mins at a clip without the camera overheating and or cutting off the clip at the 12-14min mark (as in the ever popular Canon DSLRs). So far I'm very happy.

I'll be posting more updates as I go but my main area of focus now is quality sound capture. I have a good indy rig but no wireless LAVs. I will post more on that in another section of the website and will certainly be looking for pointers and recommendations. I'm certainly in the market for some good multi-channel LAV mics if anyone has tips there.

My documentary is a "son gets to know his Jazz Musician father through his music and those who loved him and his music". And yes, I've seen "My Architect: A Son's Journey". GREAT film that was a major inspiration. If you've seen that film there are some very similar themes for me. My father was lost to me when I was fairly young (19), we didn't have much chance to get to know each other (family drama and his obsessive dedication to his music) and within the Jazz community he is rather legendary for those who really know his music.

I hope to explore the reasons why those fans and devotes of my father's music keep insisting he is a genius improviser and one of the top three improvisers of the 20th century (often listed with Charlie Parker and Lester Young others). These are odd things to digest about about someone whom you saw in a very different light growing up. I both seek to tribute my father but also get to know him better through his music. Hopefully both the viewing audiences and myself will get to know him a little better and come out the other side with a better understanding of what makes his particular stripe of musician so special.

So, next steps for me? Editing a fundraising snippet for Kickstarter and other online fundraising sights, finding some good wireless lavs and continuing to seek encouragement for this daunting task.

I do have a producer by the way. He is a former Cal Arts screen-writing instructor and huge fan/devote of my father's music. Wonderful fellow named Eddie Richey. My wife is also an ever-present producing partner and the other half of Leo Rising productions.

Here's to getting to know everyone better and most certainly sharing about the process.


Doug Block
Fri 10 Dec 2010Link

Welcome, K.C. You might want to know about a similar doc by D-Word member Stan Warnow called "Deconstructing Dad", which is about his own famous musician father. Not to worry, though, since each filmmaker's journey is their own unique story.


K.C. Marsh
Sun 12 Dec 2010Link

Great recommendation! I'm not worried. I love the other stories like this. The Glenn Gould docs were also wonderful.


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