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Marina del Rey, CA
Hometown: Long Beach

Member since:

December 10, 2011

What is your interest in documentary production?

I like documentaries because they show the interest or passion of a filmmaker or people protrayed. My goal is to produce stories about real people as documentaries or docudrama films or as a television weekly show. I'm not interested in doing business with HBO because they want all rights without paying residuals. If television projects are not financed or bought we may sell one time use through Netflix and others. I don't believe selling television shows is much harder than selling documentaries or films. Also interested in shooting around ten docu-dramas. One is about the founder of Special Ops & CIA operations. A group of junior officers led by a major hid funding development of a fighter generals didn't want. And first Black combat pilot was a prize fighter, twice highly decorated for valor, married royalty and ran a night club before world war II.

What is your experience in documentary production?

I helped AFI film students and other build sets getting used flats, building flats then painting. Also arranged for rental equipment, held mike boom and shot a commercial for my film class on super8. My production package goal is to upgrade to have about 80% of gear for any shoot to minimize rentals. Many people make mistakes in budgeting for film/documentaries. EXAMPLE: When hiring horse wranglers for a shoot in Colorado in warm weather why not ask them to bring blankets so if it snows out of season $2K - $7K is not spent of contingency budget protecting several horses from freezing weather. Tora Tora Tora producer missed one budget item of buget writer focused on installing/removal of cannons step by step, cutting hole in deck and welding it closed after removed and missed $35.00/ea rounds so budget was short $100K.

What do you hope to learn from meeting with other documentary producers?

Meeting other producers I ask what they didn't include in their project budget to learn from them? And problems they ran into. And try to share some of what I have learned.

What are a few of your favorite documentaries?

Not As Good As You Think, Waiting for Superman. Under Our Skin is about Insurance companies bribing doctors setting treatment standards After Innocense - Shows people framed for crimes they didn't commit On Any Sunday Gorillas in the Mist, Who Killed the Electric Car, Errol Morris' work, Civil War, Baseball. Also love watching Rick Steve's travel documentaries and may try doing this myself. Docudrama Films or Historical Fiction include: Reversal of Fortune, Men of Honor, The Great Escape - about 500 escape Nazi prison camp in WWII is true story Treasure: The Search for Atocha - Mel Fisher searches for aout 14 years for treasure Sparticus - historical fiction about gladiators escaping and fighting to stay free Catch Me If You Can - Counterfitter is caught and helps catch counterfitters for FBI Braveheart - About a man fighting British for Scottish freedom & raping Scottish women History Detectives - Not film but research history for information

Who are some of your favorite documentary filmmakers?

Ken Burns, Michael Apted & Errol Morris. Michael Moore documentary skills are fine but don't care for his lies and misrepresentations.


Hello, I have a passion to produce stories about real people. I have ideas for possibly 2 television shows and about ten documentary or docudrama films.

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