68 – Wild Wild Documentary Life with Maclain and Chapman Way

Wild Wild Documentary Life

Maclain and Chapman Way have recently directed, edited, produced one of the most talked about Netflix docuseries of the year, Wild Wild Country.  They have become one of the hottest, most sought after doc filmmaking duos around.

Of course, their success didn’t happen overnight.  From taking some calculated, but brazen risks with their first doc, The Battered Bastards of Baseball to taking two separate trips to Switzerland to woo the critical character of Ma Anand Sheela for Wild Wild Country to convincing the people over to Netflix that they had a great new idea for a docuseries, the Way brothers will inspire you to live and lead your doc lives in ways you probably haven’t yet thought of.  Which is why, after hearing our conversation with Mac & Chap, you will be left with the feeling that they are truly #doclifers, just like you and I.

Among things discussed:

  • the importance of taking risks, of investing in yourself
  • how their sizzle reel landed them a Netflix deal for Wild Wild Country
  • tips for approaching a major digital distribution platform like Netflix
  • how working with Netflix editorially was a positive and beneficial experience
  • the importance of making your doc an immersive, instead of simply informational experience


Related Resources

Trailer for Wild Wild Country


Trailer for The Battered Bastards of Baseball


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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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