From:   Sofía Gallisá <rojosofia@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Friday, November 11, 2011 11:29:21 PM
To:   Global Revolution Media <globalrevolutionmedia@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: Argentine documentary looking for OWS footage
 

Hey Vlad,

 

First of all, thank you very much for your reply and for speaking from

personal experience without turning it into the personal accusation

that it could have been.

 

I will be as honest as possible in my reply, because I want to make

sure that everyone understands why I sent the email and what my

connection is to this production company. I was recommended by a

friend who's a DP and had worked with this production company in the

past to work on this documentary helping them find stories from

individuals involved in OWS to use on their series because I work as a

freelance producer and because he knew that I was very involved in

OWS. I know very little about their background, except for what

they've told me through emails and in the press release they provided

me with for the project, which did mention that they are producing

this project for Turner and that they did in fact filmed in Spain

during m15 amongst other locations. I also have reason to believe your

claim that they pushed for a low rate because personally I'm being

paid about half of what I originally asked for, which wasn't a high

rate to begin with. I sincerely appreciate the heads up more than

anyone else, because it gives me a clearer sense of who I'm dealing

with and who I'm working for.

 

That being said, I'd like to take the opportunity to express my deep

commitment to this movement above any professional considerations.

It's a strange position to be in for me to all of a sudden be mixing

my political work with a paid gig, but I took it despite the rate

because I felt like it was a useful opportunity to help amplify

articulate, important voices within the movement, and I trusted myself

to be able to find them. I also could use the money since I've only

been freelancing since July and am still getting in the groove of

things. They mentioned that they were looking for footage from past

OWS events and I offered to email that request to the media group

because I know that there is a lot of great work being done in the

group and I figured this would be an opportunity for some of the

people doing it to get some compensation and again, amplify the reach

of their work.

 

Lastly, I know that by being absent from the meetings for the past few

weeks I've turned somewhat into a ghost presence within the media

group. I'm sure I'm not the only one, and all I can say in my defense

is that I've been finishing post-production on a project and

dedicating most of the leftover time to OWS en español, which isn't

nearly as organized as media and which I feel has needed my presence

more. I've tried to build a bridge between media and OWS en español to

help fill an existing gap, and I've kept up with media through these

email threads and casual conversation with members of the group. For

me it's important to clarify all these things because I wouldn't want

this incident to tarnish my credibility amongst you all, for whom I

have nothing but respect and a desire to collaborate and learn from in

this struggle.

 

I'm going to do my best to be present at Tuesday's meeting (I can't

make tomorrow's because I'm going to Occupy Sunset Park) to say hi,

reconnect with you all, show my face and hopefully discuss ways in

which we can continue forward.

 

with love and solidarity,

 

Sofía

 

 

On Nov 11, 3:43 pm, Vlad T <v...@glassbeadcollective.org> wrote:

> more info they basically came to audiovisual comission in Spain m15

> movement with a story that they were a small production company out of

> Argentina.  based on that they tried to buy footage from the collective at

> super low rate ($7/second I beluve) and then later in contract discussions

> it came out that they were buying the footage for turner, and they started

> trying to insert all kinds of crazy IP clauses like future media forms etc

> into the contract.  so beware of dealing with them.

> On Nov 11, 2011 2:31 PM, "Vlad T" <v...@glassbeadcollective.org> wrote:

>

>

>

>

>

>

>

> > hey we dealt with these people in Madrid.  they are a front company for

> > Turner Broadcasting

> >  On Nov 11, 2011 2:27 PM, "Sofía Gallisá Muriente" <rojoso...@gmail.com>

> > wrote:

>

> >> Hey all,

>

> >> As I wrote some days back, I was contacted by a production company from

> >> Argentina working on a documentary series who are in need of OWS footage.

> >> They have been filming stories of social/political activism around the

> >> world for an investigative journalism piece called "26 People to Save the

> >> World" and intend on coming to NY to film some more at OWS and elsewhere in

> >> the states. For full disclosure, I will be working for them as a production

> >> coordinator here in NY.

>

> >> I'm writing because they are looking for broll of the occupation and the

> >> marches so far and I agreed to pass on their request to the media group in

> >> case any of you who have been shooting have footage you'd like to offer

> >> them. They need it to be HDV 1920x1080 and although I don't know specifics

> >> regarding payment, terms of use, etc, you can contact their production

> >> coordinator in Argentina, Lorena Dabul with all these questions. Her email

> >> is lorena.da...@gmail.com - let her know that you're writing from the

> >> media team at OWS and that you got her information from me.

>

> >> Obviously we're all involved in this occupation and this media group

> >> because of our political and artistic commitment, but this seems to me like

> >> an interesting opportunity to share the images we've been collecting with a

> >> broader audience and hopefully get some compensation for it that'll help

> >> you continue dedicating time and energies to OWS while still paying the

> >> bills.

>

> >> keep on keeping on,

>

> >> Sofía

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