Lean Team Documentary Filmmaking with Rustin Thompson

Ever noticed just how many barriers there seem to be to this documentary filmmaking thing?  Funding. Equipment. Live pitch presentations. Distribution platforms. You name it, everywhere you turn as a doc filmmaker, there seems to be something keeping you from actually doing the thing that matters most to you. But what if there was a way…

How to Stop Getting Derailed and Refocus on Your Documentary Film

Remember when you were incredibly excited about that new documentary project you’d been working on? The one that you even raised some funds via Kickstarter and shot about 50+ hrs of footage? Then do you remember when in the middle of production you and your wife had your first child? Yeah, you were having to work all of the…

Achieving Balance in Your Documentary Life

Work-life balance? Sure, you’ve probably heard of this. Whether in books, seminars, tv, or radio, we’re always hearing about the necessity of some sort of balance in our daily lives and the various ways in which we might better achieve this. But what about us creatives, specifically us documentary filmmakers, who more realistically have a Work-Life-Doclife to balance?   Well, I’ve…

Best of TDL 2016, Look to 2017

Are you one of those people who loves a good End-of-the-Year list? Yeah, me too. I absolutely love them, truth be told. I know, I know. Kinda cheesy… but kinda fun. And that’s why I’ve put together this retrospective this mix tape, if you will, of this, the first year of The Documentary Life‘s existence. Whether you’re new to the program or…

Shaking the Money Tree with Film Funding Consultant Morrie Warshawski

Funding For Your Film What bigger question does the documentary filmmaker have than ‘Where can I find funding for my film?’ ? Well, today’s documentary industry guest is writer and film funding guru, Morrie Warshawski. Morrie wrote the well-known (and well read!) book on creative, practical, and (dare I say?) fun ways of funding your documentary film,…