5 Ways to Nurture Your Doc Life

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Many of us documentary filmmakers have day jobs, families, and then our creative endeavors on top of all that. There often seems to be little time for other pursuits, let alone ones that might at first glance, seem to be a bit selfish. I get it. We have a 3.5 and a 5.5 year old.…

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5 Ways to Be More Connected as a Doc Filmmaker

By Chris G Parkhurst |

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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How To Be A More Effective Editor

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Sifting through over 130 hours of footage on the first feature documentary I’d ever edited was not a joke. That was a lot of footage for anyone to have to go through, let alone for a first time editor. So as you might imagine, I did some things that I would definitely do differently on future…

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5 Tips for Shooting in Hot Environments & Harsh Sunlight

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Let’s face it. Making a documentary means long hours of endless shooting and making sure that we have the right shots. Some of these shots require to be taken in hot environments and harsh sunlight. And like any other activity, shooting under these harsh environments can become exhausting. Take these 5 tips we rounded up…

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#Doclifer Stories – Ron Bourke

By DoclIfer Stories |

#1. – How & why did you first get interested in documentary filmmaking? Although I’ve always been interested in documentary filmmaking, I became serious during my corporate filmmaking days where I would produce and direct short pro bono films for corporate clients featuring humanitarian work they were doing to benefit underserved communities. This included shoots…

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New Haven Documentary Film Festival

By Stephanie Vincenti |

  New Haven, Connecticut, USA June 2 – 7, 2020   About the Festival NHdocs is a festival that celebrates the art of the documentary with a decidedly local flavor. Their goal is to bring together both the filmmakers and film lovers of Connecticut by show exciting, innovative, thought-provoking films from the best filmmaker in…

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5 Top Doc Filmmaking Marketing and Distribution Recommendations

By Chris G Parkhurst |

The whole process of making a film is complicated but nothing compares to the feeling of achievement of finishing a doc film. But then, just when you should have been celebrating this monumental achievement, a single terrible thought happened: now what? I know the feeling. Other than maybe a premiere in your hometown, where would…

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How To Write A Documentary Film Treatment

By Stephanie Vincenti |

What is a film treatment? Your film treatment is a narrative summary of your documentary films story and characters. It is written in a similar way to a script and has a high level of detail, description and strong visual and emotive energy. The purpose of your film treatment is for the reader to be…

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Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

By Stephanie Vincenti |

Chagrin Falls, OH October 7 – 11, 2020   About the Festival The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. The Festival is a five day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.…

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5 Ways to Shoot Verite

By Chris G Parkhurst |

Shooting verite is a documentary filmmaking technique that involves capturing the real essence of a scene without script. A documentary filmmaker may immerse themselves in a community, follow the characters, and make sure that trust is built. It can be a challenging style of filmmaking, but we are sharing 5 ways to help you shoot…

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