How to Make a Music Documentary The music documentary has a long history as well as a special place in my heart when it comes to documentary films.  A couple of my favourite docs of…

The short form documentary aka micro documentary has been one of the emerging forms of filmmaking over the past decade.  The demand and acceptance for this type of content has been so great that even…

How to Write Your Documentary Grant Proposal For the documentary filmmaker, obtaining a grant to do one’s film can sometimes feel akin to the quest for the Holy Grail. And so sitting down to actually…

As 2017 draws to a close, it feels like a good time to look back in honour and reflection on the year that was here at TDL, and to then look forward to what will…

Whether by necessity or aesthetic choice, we doc filmmakers often shoot our projects with minimal crew and gear, sometimes even opting to go entirely solo.  There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to such an…

5 Things to Look For in a Fiscal Sponsorship The fiscal sponsorship is one of the more critical aspects of a doc filmmaker’s success when seeking funds for their film.  And in our opening segment…

The Imposter Syndrome Do you consider yourself a documentary filmmaker or is that a term that you are hesitant to give yourself?  Is there something that is holding you back from your first documentary film?…

5 Ways to Nurture Your Doc Life There are many ways that we documentary filmmakers take care of ourselves, or perhaps maybe more aptly put, do not take care of ourselves.  And with the long…

Zoltan Torok, Wildlife Filmmaker Zoltan Torok is one of the world’s premiere wildlife filmmakers.  He spends days, sometimes weeks-on-end in some of the most remote regions of the earth, behind some of the most fantastical-looking…

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,…