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

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.

 

Topics Discussed

  • 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

 

Ways to Tell The Story

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:

 

 

Own a copy of  Stories Make The World

 

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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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