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April Meeting (Documentary Filmmaking conversation)

  • Apr 22, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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We will be having an educational conversation on Documentary Filmmaking. We will also discuss group produced projects, and possibly screen some previously produced work.

Develop your projects and networking. Bring your creative talent and a willingness to help your peers. Short, time-capped introductions will occur around 7:30 pm.


Estimated schedule is:

7pm: arrival and informal networking

7:30pm: time capped introductions

8:00pm: announcements

8:10: group biz/admin

8:15 break

8:30pm activity, screening, events and/or education

11pm End meeting


Matt Echave will help lead the conversation. Matt is a documentary filmmaker based in Washington, DC who had his international directorial debut at the 2012 Reykjavik International Film Festival with the documentary " Iceland's Mastro Geppetto". He is also the director of " Grandma is HIV-Positive" which premiered to audience acclaim at the 2012 International Aids Conference. Matt is a prolific videographer having produced short documentaries for a number of web publications, including National and Frontier Scientists.

The Documentary Film conversation may include:

1) Introduction. Who is talking, a big picture overview of the process, and motivation in doing it (reasons can include advocacy, artistic, business and/or strategic reasons to make a documentary film).

2) The Subject:  Overview of how to refine your idea and whether or not to actually move forward. 

3) Funding : Many different ways to get funding. Grants, investors, family, friends, crowd funding.

4) Pre-production : research, interviewees, crew, locations, insurance, contracts, behind the scenes footage, how to get support.

5) Production : How many days your shoot could range from. What to expect.  How to manage the interviewees, collecting footage and crew. Stock, archive, and licensed footage.

6) Post production : Editing, Color correction, Sound editing, Music, Paperwork, graphics, animation.

7) Festivals : Submission to festivals. Which ones, How many. Choose wisely for a time.

8) Distribution : A producers view of distribution.

9) Income : How to handle any income.

10) Your next project : Do it all over again

11) Resources. education, funding, crew, management, software, equipment, organizations, etc.


All are welcome, including filmmakers, editors, directors, producers, service professionals, actors, writers, hair/makeup, investors, students, ... . We will also continue to discuss and screen group sponsored projects.

Bring business cards.

Look forward to seeing everyone.


A note on PARKING:
Parking is available on the street, but give yourself an extra 15 minutes to find it. 16th Street has some free parking after 6:30 where you don't need to worry about the time cap. (Just read all the signs before walking away from your car.) There is also meter parking on 17th street and a garage a few blocks away on P street between 16th and 17th.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great meeting everyone. This is a very positive and active group. Just what I was looking for. Looking forward to the next meeting. Hope to see some of you at the 48h FP.

    April 24, 2014

  • Ieesha G.

    Great discussion and very informative.

    April 23, 2014

  • Renee'

    Great meetup! It was a pleasure to meet Matt Echavey.

    April 23, 2014

  • Brian M.

    Fascinating insight into the world of documentary filmmaking. I learned a few things from the discussion. It was also great to see everyone again after being on travel for work the past couple meet-ups! I missed you guys!

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent, learned a lot!

    April 23, 2014

  • kelli s.

    where are the links posted for the trailers that were shown tonight? and other things that were brought up?

    April 23, 2014

    • Brian F.

      The trailers shown are not yet posted online. Matt will send me a pdf with info and links to his films. I will follow up with trailer info once they go live. Great seeing you tonight.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • audrey e.

    Great info. Different point of view, interesting experiences.

    3 · April 22, 2014

  • Brian M.

    Arrived hella-early. I am around the corner at the Mexican joint ultimo grill if anyone wants to grab a beverage vs. sitting on the steps.

    April 22, 2014

  • Jared C.

    Gotta cancel. I have fires to put out at work...

    Four months in a row :(

    April 22, 2014

  • Rick W.

    Sorry I can't make it tonight, everyone. I'll see you at the next one, though. I've been swamped with projects like this:, for upcoming films and ads!

    April 22, 2014

  • Day A.

    48 Hour Disability Film Challenge (June 20-22)
    I would LOVE to put together a team for this. Anyone interested?

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Julia M.

      Yes! Will you be there tonight? We could talk about it.

      1 · April 22, 2014

    • Day A.

      I'll definitely be there! :)

      April 22, 2014

  • Norman K.

    There needs to be a basic remedial overview of what goes on a film production and what are the basic responsibilities of each crew member, such as bringing your scripts to the location of the production. After all, that's what a film's based on. A hard script -- not your cell phone.

    Each crew member from the producer should have a Production Book (3-ring binder) and it should consist of:

    1. Script
    2. Production Memos/Notes
    3. Cast List
    4. Crew Lists
    5. Role Responsibilities
    6. Check-off lists re Tasks
    8. Breakdown Sheets
    9. Call Sheets
    10. Continuity Logs
    12. Film Production Organizational Chart

    Also, each crew member, but especially Production Assistants, should have the following PA kit:

    1. Production Book (see above)
    2. Flashlight
    3. Multi-tool or set of small basic tools
    3. Journal
    5. Sharpies, pens & Pencils
    6. Work gloves
    7. GPS
    8. Water
    9. Poncho
    10. Cell phone
    11. Duct tape or Gaffer’s tape
    12. Measuring tape

    2 · April 21, 2014

  • Melissa H.

    Sorry I can't make next week's meeting. Sounds great WIFV and Docs in Progress do a monthly documentary roundtable the second Monday of the month. We alternate networking/viewing months with information months. We also maintain a listserv for documentary filmmakers. Email me at [masked] for more info! Melissa H.

    2 · April 17, 2014

  • Brian M.

    Still at work and won't make it downtown in time. Sorry guys! Hopefully my crazy schedule is fixed after this week!

    April 15, 2014

  • Norman K.

    Is there a DC Fillmakers website or Facebook page? If not, why doesn't one exist?

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Brian F.

      Thanks for the conversation guys. I just linked our profile to the our facebook group.

      April 13, 2014

  • renzo

    hi group, did u attend the dc shorts mentorship workshop?

    March 26, 2014

    • renzo

      Im going Sunday. First time. Wats it like?

      March 26, 2014

    • Erika

      So far the workshops have been great. They've had knowledgeable speakers with real-life experience. The past weekends have been focused on the development, pre-production, and production phases of filmmaking. This weekend looks like it's more about post-production and distribution, or what happens after you have a finished product. Should be interesting.

      2 · March 27, 2014

  • zuhal

    Hey I’m a new member looking forward to meeting you all.

    1 · March 24, 2014

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