TDL Partners with the D-Word

        DOCUMENTARY’S #1 PODCAST AND DOCUMENTARY’S #1 COMMUNITY ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL PARTNERSHIP The Documentary Life, The D-Word   Portland, OR, USA [June 29,2020] – Two recognized institutions of the documentary community have partnered up in an effort to better serve the documentary filmmaking community.    The Documentary Life podcast is a show dedicated…

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5 Ways to Be More Connected as a Doc Filmmaker

As an individual documentary filmmaker, it is important to feel connected to a documentary filmmaking community. Feeling connected to a group of individuals who all are actively living the same passion – in this case documentary filmmaking – if nothing else, allows you to feel a little less crazy to be pursuing this documentary filmmaking…

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5 Reasons to Make Your Documentary Film

“People who are called to Documentary take heart. Take it seriously, because few are called and it’s not very sustainable to most… (for) those who are called, it’s an important journey and it’s an important thing to do with ones life” –  Filmmaker, Ian McCluskey   Perhaps you are thinking of making a documentary film,…

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5 Ways (or Devices) to Tell Someone’s Story

What I am about to give to you should not be considered a list of the different types of stories that we tell in documentary. These are not the various storytelling techniques that we employ as documentary filmmakers, like personal docs, re-creations, or observational. Instead, this is merely 5 tips or suggestions for telling someone…

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Essential Travel Doc Filmmaking Gear List

In podcast episode #102, I discussed best practices for packing for two entirely different shoots: an annual corporate video gig and our current doc project, Elvis of Cambodia. In the episode, I mentioned a few of my critical pieces of travel and film gear.  And so I want to share those items with you here –…

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