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…

The Art of Film Funding It’s no secret that one of the bigger hurdles that we are often faced with as documentary filmmakers is that of funding.  It is my intention with this episode to…

The Imposter Syndrome Do you consider yourself a documentary filmmaker or is that a term that you are hesitant to give yourself?  Is there something that is holding you back from your first documentary film?…

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,…

In this increasingly growing world of content creators, but ever shrinking world of actual distributors who allow you to retain at least some rights to your work, how can the independent documentary filmmaker best work…

Brent E. Huffman‘s debut documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, is making a lot of noise these days.  This MacArthur Foundation-sponsored film has played dozens of film festivals all over the globe, and its filmmaker, Huffman, has been…

Stop Getting Derailed & Focus On Your Doc Remember when you were incredibly excited about that new documentary project you’d been working on?  The one that you even raised some funds via Kickstarter and shot about…

 Justin Schein is the kind of documentary filmmaker that most of us aspire to be.  He is a thoughtful, sensitive, and articulate technician dedicated to his craft.  And his latest film, Left on Purpose is the…

Work-life balance?  Sure, you’ve probably heard of this.  Whether in books, seminars, tv, or radio, we’re always hearing about the necessity of some sort of balance in our daily lives and the various ways in which…