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…

5 Ways to Nurture Your Doc Life There are many ways that we documentary filmmakers take care of ourselves, or perhaps maybe more aptly put, do not take care of ourselves.  And with the long…

How to Become a Professional Grade Editor If editing were something we could learn from a manual or Youtube videos, we could all become great storytellers in fairly short order.  We could just sit down,…

5 Best Ways to Market and Distribute Your Documentary After all of the time, energy, and money spent getting one’s documentary film to completion, how does an independent documentary filmmaker market and distribute their doc…

Podcast Conversation Gordon Quinn has been making documentary films for over 50+ years with his landmark company, Kartemquin Films. You may not know his name, but you’ve most likely seen one, if not a number…

For today’s episode of TDL I’m going to do something a little different. Today, I’m going to be asking you, my fellow #doclifer, some questions. I’d like to discover a little bit more about who…

Your First Documentary Grant Getting your first documentary grant can be akin to getting into your first documentary film festival.  That is, it is often the first one that is the most difficult one to…

Documentary Film School The idea that one must go to school for documentary filmmaking in order to become a good documentary filmmaker is a fairly hollow assumption.  There are plenty great doc films made by…

Documentary Scriptwriting One of the more over-looked aspects of making your documentary film is the scriptwriting process. If your intention is to just shoot, shoot, shoot, and then go through your footage and knock something…

Debt can be a crippling thing for anyone, and documentary filmmakers are no exception.  In fact, it’s we independent filmmakers who are often hit in particular with the ugly debt stick.  The kids’ daycare, medical…