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…

I would like to talk to you about Peter Broderick.  No, not that Peter Broderick, the independent film distribution guru.  But another Peter Broderick.  Who makes music.  Really really amazing music.  The kind that when you…

Over the past few months I’ve received a number of requests for a show dedicated to how one goes about making their first documentary film. And the truth is, I could probably spend the next…

History wouldn’t be quite the same without the tireless and sometimes incredibly dangerous work of the war correspondent or doc filmmaker.  Ever since I could pick up a camera, I found myself somehow deeply interested…

Welcome to the first episode of The Documentary Life‘s new weekly format!  Contained within this initial release I’ll start off by detailing how the new format will work from this point forward.  Namely, you’ll be…

Welcome to part two of a very special two-part series that explores the mysterious world of the documentary film festival from the perspective of the filmmaker as well as the director of a film festival….

The interview is the cornerstone of the documentary film.  And therefore mastering the conducting of the interview is not something to be taken lightly.  It is an art form unto itself.  But sadly, many take…

You’ve got to get creative with your income when you’re trying to make it as a documentary filmmaker in this world.  Luckily, there are a number of different, actually pretty cool ways in which you…

Brent E. Huffman‘s debut documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, is making a lot of noise these days.  This MacArthur Foundation-sponsored film has played dozens of film festivals all over the globe, and its filmmaker, Huffman, has been…

This past week I attended the National Achievers Congress here in Portland, Oregon, USA.  There were three sort of headliners for the show, including Gary Vaynerchuk, Robert Herjavec, but the main attraction (if you will)…