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Old November 9th, 2003, 10:09 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone. I am new to this group. My name is Jesse and I recently got a canon xl1s camera. My partner and I want to start on a documentary we have been putting together for a while. We will be interviewing people. ew already picked up a couple wireless lav. mics. and the camera is more than we could ever ask for!

My question is this. Does anyone here have expierience with docs.? Know anywhere to sell to? Any tv stations that would buy and how to do it? This is our first Doc. and we are very excited about it. I am positive someone would buy it for broadcast, but I have no clue how to go about that.

If anyone can help, it is DEEPLY appreciated.

Thanks a lot!


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Old November 9th, 2003, 04:08 PM   #2
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Jesse,

there's a book called "Photographer's Market" where it shows literally thousands of "buyers" of photographs but also listed are video buyers- they list format, subjects, price range and requirements for submission-
...the book is under $30 if i remember correctly- you should get it.

(Barnes & Nobles has them)
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Old November 9th, 2003, 04:19 PM   #3
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Submission guidelines and requirements are posted on most networks web sites. They may want you to query first with project proposals, before sending guidelines. But it is all spelled out on the various network sites.
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Old November 9th, 2003, 04:52 PM   #4
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You may also find this book a helpful reference:

"Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events", by Barry Hampe.
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Old November 9th, 2003, 04:57 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot guys! I'll check out those books and take a look at some of the sites. I appreciate the help!
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Old November 9th, 2003, 05:13 PM   #6
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Hi Jeff,

When you said that most network sites have the guidlines on them, where could I find that information? I tried, but I think I was looking at the wrong places. Help??

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Old November 11th, 2003, 12:09 AM   #7
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Check out this site and look for submissions in the contact list

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Old November 11th, 2003, 08:15 AM   #8
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Also, you may want to check out the magazine The Independent, which is published by the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. Every issue has great advice on financing and distribution, along with great, great articles from current success stories. Many of them are targeted at documentary filmmaking. They also have an on-staff writer called the "Doc Doctor" who provides great advice on documentary filmmaking in each issue.

It comes free with a membership to the AIVF. Plus by being a member you get access into a part of the site that has more great stuff, including info on grants and so on.

http://www.aivf.org

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