2018 Academy Award Nominee, Steve James So what exactly does one say to one of the most respected documentary filmmakers of our time? What does one say to the man who literally inspired countless future…

Filming in Antarctica Filming in extreme environments as a doc filmmaker can be a challenging thing. Shooting in Antarctica? A whole other ballgame.  Just ask Anthony Powell, who has been working on the continent for…

Directing The Documentary If there ever was a Bible for documentary filmmaking, for my money, it would have to be Michael Rabiger‘s Directing the Documentary.  The shear volume of books, online courses, podcasts, and How-to Youtube…

Funding & Distribution Film marketing & promotions, crowdfunding, and theatrical distribution are topics that, at some point in time, all independent doc filmmakers will need to know about.  So if you’re looking to start arming…

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has been nurturing, guiding, and contributing to the projects and lives of documentary filmmakers since its inception in 1982.  In the organisation’s words “Documentary storytelling expands our understanding of shared human…

How to Make a Music Documentary The music documentary has a long history as well as a special place in my heart when it comes to documentary films.  A couple of my favourite docs of…

Shooting a MicroDoc The short form documentary aka micro documentary has been one of the emerging forms of filmmaking over the past decade.  The demand and acceptance for this type of content has been so…

How to Write Your Documentary Grant Proposal For the documentary filmmaker, obtaining a grant to do one’s film can sometimes feel akin to the quest for the Holy Grail. And so sitting down to actually…

Highlights of 2017 As 2017 draws to a close, it feels like a good time to look back in honour and reflection on the year that was here at TDL, and to then look forward…

Whether by necessity or aesthetic choice, we doc filmmakers often shoot our projects with minimal crew and gear, sometimes even opting to go entirely solo.  There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages to such an…