Documentary Filmmaker Doug Block Explains It All

Check out this informative podcast episode from my favorite podcast Film Courage. In this episode Doug Block goes into great detail discussing how he went about creating and distributing several documentary features and his forum for documentary filmmakers The D-Word.

Me  and  Sandra Kleven, a writer and filmmaker in her own right, are currently in the process of developing our own feature documentary Jumping Russian Rope about Native Artist Neva Rivers, Hooper Bay Alaska and previously unidentified historical Russian influences on the Yukon/Kuskokwim delta of Southwest Alaska. Using remnants left from Russian explorers and traders in both the language and DNA and potentially a previously undiscovered shipwreck, our film hopes to push back by several hundred years the record of Russians in this region and greatly expand upon what is known today. In the process viewers will gain a unique perspective on the land and its people. Doug’s advice comes at a key time for us, as we pitch our film to potential funders, collaborators and participants.

Thanks again Film Courage, for rising above and beyond with the high quality of your coverage of indie filmmakers, their creative process and professional practice.

Final Cut Pro X: Positives

I really like this rebuttal to those who have been hating the new Final Cut Pro X. I first found this posted to the Facebook Page of my favorite podcast Film Courege. Be sure to check them out. I haven’t purchased it myself yet. But I feel confident after watching this video that I will be happy with my results. By the way, I have started a Michael Kleven Facebook fan page who those who would like more news about films I am working on, access to my photographs and occasional tidbits about my acting career. I hope everyone has been having a wonderful Summer with at least one good hike, family picnic or amazingly awesome vacation. We here in the Northwest must now prepare ourselves for 8 months of potential gloom. Actually from October to May we usually have at least 10 nice days. I really shouldn’t be so pessimistic! I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.

From the videos description: “In this special Tekserve event, presented by Evan Schechtman of @radical.media and Outpost Digital, and co-sponsored by Manhattan Edit Workshop, we took a look at the history of digital video editing—with a particular focus on Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, and how this just-released software sets the foundation for the industry’s next big revolution.”

Check it out: