63 – Stories Make the World with Documentary Writer/Producer, Stephen Most

March 2, 2018

Stories Make the World

Storytelling is always at the heart of any kind of documentary journey. And for today’s episode of the podcast, we will explore 5 Ways to Tell Someone’s Story, followed by a shared conversation with, Stephen Most, who has been working in documentary for 40+ years and he has had a hand in the writing and/or producing of four documentary films that were nominated for an Academy Award.  Stephen has just released his new book, Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary. In this episode, we discuss:

  • how & why storytelling is an essential part of the human experience
  • how doc filmmaking gives extraordinary access to the world’s most intimate stories
  • importance of truly listening to our subjects + their stories during the interview
  • why interviewing with a sound recorder might sometimes work better than on-camera


In Addition

Some of the ways, as we discuss in this episode, in which you can tell someone’s story in your documentary film:

  • archival photos/footage
  • testimonials
  • find the details
  • become the explorer
  • silence is okay


Related Resources

Watch the trailers for Stephen Most’s documentary films:


Nature’s Orchestra



River of Renewal



Oil on Ice



Watch the trailer for Stephen Most’s book:



You can purchase here Stories Make The World


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