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…

5 Reasons to Make an iPhone Documentary More and more documentary filmmakers are joining the growing ranks of mobile filmmakers and picking up their iPhones to shoot their next doc.  Back in December, we first…

Maximizing Your Doc Life with Pedram Shojai, OMD Pedram Shojai has been embodying the doc life now for years. In fact, one might argue that he was doing so even before he was making documentaries,…

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…

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…

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…

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…