Episode 105

Published on:

24th May 2019

Doug Block and The D-Word

Doug Block has made a living out of the personal documentary style, including films like Home Page, 51 Birch Street, and The Kids Grow Up. He is also the pioneer behind one of the largest online documentary filmmaking communities, The D-word, which has just recently had its twentieth anniversary.

Topics Discussed

  • how the one-person crew is tailor-made for documentary
  • the importance of being in service of story over technical filmmaking achievements
  • how Doug Block never intended to champion the personal documentary style
  • the D-word having its 20th anniversary came from Doug Block’s first documentary
  • how because most doc filmmakers don’t make their entire living doing docs, process becomes a very important aspect


Additional Doug Block Resources

Film Trailer for Doug Block’s, Home Page


Film Trailer for Doug Block’s, 51 Birch Street


Chris in Cambodia Series

In Chris in Cambodia, TDL host and doc filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst shares some of his stories and lessons from his most recent trip filming in Cambodia, working on he and his wife, Steph’s, current documentary, Elvis of Cambodia.

In Part Five, Chris gets violently ill in Cambodia. But his forever trustworthy traveling and filmmaking companion, Patrick, comes to the rescue. A few years later, Chris is able to return the favor. Emergency on-the-fly car driving lessons and other zaniness ensues, as we learn the value of people that you can truly trust when filming in developing countries.


Related Videos From the Set of Elvis of Cambodia

Papaya Salad and “Dirty Water”


Having Some Fun While Filming Chinese New Year in Kampot


#Doclifer Stories

Where we share our listeners #doclives and filmmaking stories. This week’s #Doclifer Story, comes from Scott Link, a name well-known in the TDL Community facebook group. Scott has recently finished his first documentary feature, If My Judges Are Ready? and shares with us some of his trials & tribulations.


Sponsors & Thank Yous

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The Documentary Life
Documentary filmmaker & host, Chris G. Parkhurst, inspires & informs you on how to best live and lead your own doc life.
Have a passion for making documentary films? Want to learn how to best lead a documentary life? Join award-winning commercial and documentary filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst, and special industry guests as they candidly share their filmmaking stories, insights, and experiences, for all to learn how to best lead and live their own documentary dream lives.

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