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#1 catapum

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 12:27 PM

Hello, I am Alberto Martos and I am an spanish producer of documentaries of 27 year-old.
I have done everything related to production and postproduction of docs. I wrote three stories of India,Nepal and Ibiza explaining in the society,religion or archeology.
well, first doc of India (when I had 22 year-old) was sold to an important spanish channel.
second doc is difficult, it´s a music docummentary of Nepal, a format not well-known for buyers..they don´t want to risk,i think.
third one is exclusively history and archeology of Ibiza´s island (home place)but this one is too institutional....
my distributors told me that i must send docs of exotic places and in a classic manner of editing (voice over....not musical doc)
so what can i do?
now i am in paris working as a fashion cameraman....
do the distributors tell the truth?
shall I make standard-exotic-docs???
where is the market for docs????????
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 09:20 AM

Any producers I know involved in documentaries get commissions from the broadcaster(s) before they start production. This could involve a co production or dealing with only one broadcaster. Depending on the deal, they then make sales through a distrutor and how much they recieve from these depends on their contracts.

Often the broaccasters want a series (or strand), rather then a one off documentary. You really need to check with broadcasters regarding the documentary slots they have and try to pitch projects that you feel work in these slots.

If you've got one production already sold, it gets over the inital problem of not having made anything.
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