How to Become a Professional Grade Editor If editing were something we could learn from a manual or Youtube videos, we could all become great storytellers in fairly short order.  We could just sit down,…

5 Best Ways to Market and Distribute Your Documentary After all of the time, energy, and money spent getting one’s documentary film to completion, how does an independent documentary filmmaker market and distribute their doc…

5 Ways to Edit More Efficiently To edit a documentary can be a tricky, sometimes frustrating business, even for the more seasoned veterans.  But for the less experienced, the edit can just be a downright…

The Leap of Faith Believing in yourself as a documentary filmmaker is critical to seeing one’s documentary project through.  With so many pitfalls and obstacles along the way, not to mention a multitude of different…

Shared Conversation with Doc Filmmaker, Gordon Quinn Gordon Quinn has been making documentary films for over 50+ years with his landmark company, Kartemquin Films. You may not know his name, but you’ve most likely seen…

For today’s episode of TDL I’m going to do something a little different. Today, I’m going to be asking you, my fellow #doclifer, some questions. I’d like to discover a little bit more about who…

In this increasingly growing world of content creators, but ever shrinking world of actual distributors who allow you to retain at least some rights to your work, how can the independent documentary filmmaker best work…

Getting your first documentary grant can be akin to getting into your first documentary film festival.  That is, it is often the first one that is the most difficult one to get.  Getting that first…

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…

As a documentary filmmaker, often the idea of having to wrangle talent releases, location releases, crew deal memos, music rights, all seems like a world that is not really ours. That’s for the feature film…