Monday, September 24, 2007


I just wanted to take a moment and thank Corey and "Snickity Snacks" for the generous
donation to the production of our documentary.

If you are interested in donating to a great cause go to:

Here is the lovely email that accompanied the donation:

"Hey, Bob! In case you are wondering who the hell "Snickity Snacks" is that just donated toward your documentary, it's me, Corey :) My friend and I have a little side business that we use Paypal for...mostly bakery items, gift baskets, food trays, cookie-grams, etc. Her daughter and my son gave it that name...haha! It's actually pretty lucrative at times during the year, like Valentine's Day, Christmas, etc.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I am so proud of you and what you're doing. I wish you the best of luck and you have all my prayers and support for your success on this film. Please keep us all in the loop when you can.

Love, Cor"

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Leaving for Nepal

I have about a week left before I leave to go to Nepal for the next two months.
As many of you know I am headed there to produce a documentary about Children Soldiers who have fought in the recent Maoist insurgency against the government.

I am really starting to get excited about starting work on this project in earnest. We have a great team in place in both Nepal and in the US. The subject is compelling, topical, and no one is covering this subject matter in a comprehensive manner, not to mention that we are shooting in full HD, which is a big advantage for us.

I will be in the U.S. until next Friday, after that, I will only have periodic dial-up email in Kathmandu.

I will be living in an apartment in Kathmandu for most of my time in Nepal. I will be traveling to several other locations in the country, including Mt. Everest, Surkhet, Chitwan, Sindhuli, Dhading, and Kailali to conduct interviews.

For those of you in NE PA, there is an article coming out in tomorrow’s Wayne Independent about the project and some of the work that I will be involved in for the next two months. If you get a chance, pick up a copy.

Good Work on the websites

The 2 websites look great.

I've finally finished my own project (a documentary for the station) so now I have time to do some of the other stuff (hey, I didn't take a job at PBS because I wanted to work myself to death!!!).

Firstly I will be going to the Foundation Center to see if there is any money available in the form of grants. Since you'll already be shooting in Nepal it makes no sense to apply for a grant at this point. Better to wait until you have 5 minutes to show people. It makes the whole thing a little more concrete.

SoI'll be collecting grant applications and preparing for when you return.

The other thing is to contact some of the networks. I'm already familiar with some of the PBS shows like POV and Wide Angle. Bob has also found a list of HD channels that will probably be looking for content.

So there will essentially be 2 choices - sell the show to an HD network. Or get grants to finish it up and sell/give it to a PBS station or show.

This is a good time to shoot HD. There's not a lot of content out there so it gives us an edge.