40 – How to Shoot Great B-roll + Documentary Filmmaking Couple, Jonathan Lacocque & Clara Lehmann

September 15, 2017

Director/DP, Chris G. Parkhurst, shooting B-roll on Libby Spears documentary, ‘PC 594: The Art of Rebellion

One of the often overlooked elements to a documentary filmmaker’s footage is their B-roll.  And the biggest reason that I have to make this assumption is the copious amounts of really really bad looking B-roll that is out there in the world.  Hell, there was even an amazing viral video a few years back all about this!  (See link farther on in the Show Notes.)

So in our first segment we explore what works and certainly what doesn’t when it comes to shooting B-roll for your doc, including a list of tips that can make your B-roll be the best damn b-roll it can be!  Among other things, we’ll take a look at:

  • the importance of a good tripod head & sticks
  • how to achieve quality exposition shots
  • incorporating B-roll as counterpoint to an interviewee’s dialogue
  • drone shots & dolly moves


The Filmmaking Family, led by Jonathan Lacocque & Clara Lehmann

Doc Industry Guest Segment

In our doc industry guest segment, I was proud to be joined by two extraordinary individuals who have made a name for themselves in the commercial and documentary world.  Through their post production outfit, Coat of Arms, Jonathan Lacocque and Clara Lehmann, produce creative ideas for their clients, make their own documentary films, and raise their family.  And they have found a way to do all of these things from their tiny little slice of Shangri-La, also known as Helvetia, West Virginia, USA.


We Got That B-roll!  The amazing viral sensation, everybody!!


Watch Jon and Clara’a short film Called Home here:


Watch A Perfect Soldier in its entirety here:


View Coat of Arms’ Lullaby Theories: Same Same But Different


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One comment on “40 – How to Shoot Great B-roll + Documentary Filmmaking Couple, Jonathan Lacocque & Clara Lehmann

  1. When looking for a tripod check craigslist for local wedding photographer’s / videographer’s who are changing tripods,down sizing, or leaving the business. Search every week for a used Manfrotto 504HD, Which Chris suggests. I searched for about a month and picked up Linhof tripod on craigslist from a wedding photog who just had just collected to many tripods over the years. The extra’s were just sitting in the garage gathering dust. The model I purchased is perhaps 15 – 20 years old and still going strong. Linhof has been making quality tripods since 1887. http://linhof.com/en/linhof-history/ I payed $60 US and that was over two years ago. The tripod has taken many hits and falls since then. Still going strong. Even lost half of the treaded piece which mounts the fluid head to the tripod. Still threads on with a quarter or what it used to have. 😉

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