The Top Five TDL Podcast Episodes – April ’18

By Stephanie Vincenti |

At the end of each month we download the statistics from our podcast host which informs us of how many downloads of the show we’ve had for that month AND how many in totality for every episode of the show so far. It’s pretty interesting stuff and we really enjoy looking back over previous episodes…

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Free Filmmaker Crowdfunding Course w/ Seed & Spark

By Stephanie Vincenti |

Newer Kid On The Block, Seed & Spark When you think of crowdfunding your attention may be directed straight to the big names of Kickstarter or Indiegogo, which have been around for about a decade now, but we’re here to tell you that as an independent documentary filmmaker you may wish to cast your attention…

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Documentary Filmmakers & Films of Verite

By Chris G Parkhurst |

In episode #65 of the podcast, we detailed 5 Ways to Shoot Verite. Verite – or cinema verite as it’s also known – is a style of filmmaking often employed by documentary filmmakers. A strict translation from the French, it means “truthful cinema”. It is also often a misunderstood or misused term, and one freely…

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International Women Leading A Documentary Life

By Stephanie Vincenti |

The International Women of TDL (so far). As today, March 8th, 2018, is #InternationalWomensDay we thought we’d take a look back through the archives to revisit the strong, intelligent and creative women we’ve had on the show (so far!). Each of which, in one way or another,  are leading their own documentary lives. Here they…

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5 Reasons For & Against Running A Crowd Funding Campaign

By Stephanie Vincenti |

As an independent documentary filmmaker, crowdfunding can be a dream come true. It offers you the ability to gain valuable and substantial financial support for your film, with minimal financial output. But of course it is not as simple as just asking a crowd of people for money. What crowdfunding lacks in necessity of financial…

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Oscar Nominees For Best Documentary (Feature) 2018

By Stephanie Vincenti |

We’re sure you’ll agree, there’s nothing quite like watching a great documentary film. And it would stand to reason that the following would be just that! The Oscar nominees for best documentary feature 2018 are:   Abacus: Small Enough To Jail Director: Steve James Producers: Mark Mitten & Julie Goldman Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells…

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself To Get Your Documentary Project Moving Forward

By Stephanie Vincenti |

So you want to make this the year you finally start, complete or get your film out into the world. Well then, let’s get to it..   Step #1. Ask yourself if you REALLY want to make a doc film This may seem like a strange opener, but it’s a legitimate question. Do you really…

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