Highlights of 2017 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…

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,…

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…