Special to The Documentary Life by #Doclifer, Damien Swaby A few weeks back we ran a two-part special on mobile filmmaking aka iPhone filmmaking.  Former BBC reporter, Anna Brees and FiLMic Pro founder, Neil Barham guided us…

Mobile Filmmaking Special, Pt 1 To say that phone filmmaking has quickly turned from shooting cute home movies of your kids to full-fledged filmmaking would be an understatement.  And understandably, doc filmmakers, have really been…

Talking the Doc Life with My Doc Wife I figured since I’m always on here prattling on about my doc life, it might be different to talk about – or actually, with! – my doc…

Making Great Sound for Your Documentary Film Jean Umansky is one of the most respected sound persons in the field of filmmaking. He is a French sound engineer who has worked on over 50+ narrative…

Crowdfunding for Your Doc with Seed & Spark’s, Emily Best Crowdfunding, nowadays, is one of the most common funding options out there for the documentary filmmaker.  However, the crowdfunding playing field has evolved considerably since…

Making the Personal Documentary Often times as doc filmmakers, we will choose subjects that are near and dear to our hearts.  And usually we will have quite personal connections to these subjects.  So it’s only…

Making Your Splash as a Documentary Filmmaker We welcome CPA, Professor of Accountancy, fraud expert, and documentary filmmaker, Kelly Richmond Pope to the programme.  Kelly comes highly recommended by other Kartemquin alum, and once you’ve…

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…

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…