Happy Thanksgiving Finale From The Documentary Life It is the week of giving thanks, as we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  Coincidentally, it is episode #100, our last episode of Season One of the…

Special to The Documentary Life by #doclifer, Doug Fraser, the founder of (and one-man band for) What We Do, a short documentary series that peers into the passions, hobbies, and jobs of people around the world.  …

Outdoor Adventure Films with Peter Mortimer Peter Mortimer has been climbing and making outdoor adventure films for the past twenty years through his company, Sender Films.  His company has put out some of the most…

Working with Werner Herzog and Les Blank with Maureen Gosling Maureen Gosling is not only the editor of my favourite documentary film of all time, but quite possibly my favourite film of all time. Period. …

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…

Ten Hot Tips For Shooting Your Documentary Interview The interview is the cornerstone of the documentary film.  And therefore mastering the conducting of the interview is not something to be taken lightly.  It is an…

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…

Let’s be honest.  We’ve all worked with someone that we just didn’t click with or downright despised, but felt like we had no choice but to stick it out with them.  Or we’ve worked on that…