America to Steve James Steve James is one of the most recognizable names in documentary.  Many of us #doclifers have been inspired by his films and the way in which he makes them.  He was…

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,…

Talking the Doc Life with My Doc Wife I figured since I’m always on here prattling on about my doc life, it might be different to talk about – or actually, with! – my doc…

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…

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,…

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…

 The term storyteller seems to be one of the more misunderstood or misused vocational words in the past decade. Certainly this seems to be the case in a world of ad agencies, video production companies,…

So you’ve heard about this cool thing called crowdfunding – or Kickstarter or Indiegogo – where people are getting their documentary films financed by people all around the world. who are interested in being a part of…