86 – Influential Documentaries to My Doc Life

As a doc filmmaker, how many times have you been asked what your favorite documentary film is? If you’re anything like me, it’s a nearly impossible and futile question to answer. There are just too many incredibly documentaries that have influenced, inspired, and excited me over the years, to have to name a single favorite one of…

How to Make a Living Shooting EPK/BTS + Conversation with Digital Film Pioneer, Feature Film, and Documentary Director, Stefan Avalos

Shooting BTS (behind-the-scenes), or EPK (electronic press kit) as it’s known in the film industry, can be a great and a rather appropriate way for a documentary filmmaker to make some additional income.   I mean, who else to better create short promotional-type videos or vignettes than a filmmaker who owns their own gear, can…

Inspiration

  Welcome back to The Documentary Life podcast. In episode #2, a major topic of discussion revolves around one of the essential aspects of the show: inspiration. We discuss why it’s important for the show to inspire its listeners. Chris also discusses the films and filmmakers that have inspired his documentary filmmaking journey, including narrative films like Gus Van Sant’s My…