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Have a passion for making documentary films? Want to learn how to best lead a documentary life? Join award-winning commercial and documentary filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst, and special industry guests as they candidly share their filmmaking stories, insights, and experiences, for all to learn how to best lead and live their own documentary dream lives.

The Documentary Life The Documentary Life

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Have a passion for making documentary films? Want to learn how to best lead a documentary life? Join award-winning commercial and documentary filmmaker, Chris G. Parkhurst, and special industry guests as they candidly share their filmmaking stories, insights, and experiences, for all to learn how to best lead and live their own documentary dream lives.

    Doc Filmmaking in the Mountains with Eric Becker

    Doc Filmmaking in the Mountains with Eric Becker

    Eric Becker has been taking on extreme challenges since he can remember. If it's not racing bikes it's climbing mountains. If it's not climbing mountains, it's making doc films about people climbing mountains.


    Tune into this week's episode where we celebrate International Everest Day by welcoming doc filmmaker and mountaineer, Eric Becker on to TDL!


    In our first segment, Chris G. Parkhurst, gives us Reasons for Working on Multiple Documentary Projects at the same time!


    Topics Discussed


    Reasons to work on multiple doc projects at the same time


    How doc filmmaker Eric Beckergot hooked into documentary as a way to travel the world


    Logistics of filming an actual mountaineering expedition


    How to get brand support for your doc films


    How to work with an otherwise reticent doc subject


     


    Additional ResourcesTeaser for Return to Mt. Kennedy


    https://vimeo.com/268848753


     


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    Thank you to music licensing platform, Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) for contributing the wonderful music that we’ve used in this week’s episode.


    We’ve used many music licensing platforms over the years for commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries and these guys are definitely different.


    Their music catalogue is truly fresh, diverse, full of character, their search engine is as straight forward and user friendly and their licensing fees? Unlike anywhere else we have come across.


    If you need any music for your doc project, we can honestly recommend Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) .


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    • 39 min
    YouTube For the Documentary Filmmaker with David Hoffman

    YouTube For the Documentary Filmmaker with David Hoffman

    It's hard to refute the power and potential of the second biggest search engine in the world, YouTube. Especially for the independent doc filmmaker.


    Here at TDL we have long talked about the importance of you, the doc filmmaker, in fully embracing and becoming your best entrepreneurial self. The importance of building your own brand. Raising your own funding. Building audiences for all of your work. Selling yourself and your work. YouTube is a great platform for you to be doing this.


    In our first segment, Chris G. Parkhurst, gives us 5 Tips For Becoming a Documentary Filmmaking Entrepreneur.


    This segment is followed by a discussion with one of the champions of YouTube for the doc filmmaker, David Hoffman, a doc filmmaking veteran of the industry for over 50+ years, who is now making his living via YT!


    Topics Discussed


    how 50+ year doc filmmaking veteran, David Hoffman, came to embrace YouTube


    how much Hoffman makes per day with YouTube


    how YouTube is changing the landscape of documentary filmmaking


    why doc filmmakers need to also embrace the power of the platform


    best practices for your YouTube channel


     


    Additional ResourcesFrom David Hoffman to Each of My Subscribers


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6iESFlwWlc


     


    What Happens When You Lose Everything, David Hoffman on TEDTalks


    Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that's been wiped clean in an instant -- and looks forward.


    https://www.ted.com/talks/david_hoffman_what_happens_when_you_lose_everything?language=en


     


    Why You Should Support David Hoffman


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=uJWZWrrF8sQ&feature=emb_logo


     


    Check out David's (https://www.patreon.com/allinaday) to help support him!


     


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    Thank you to music licensing platform, Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) for contributing the wonderful music that we’ve used in this week’s episode.


    We’ve used many music licensing platforms over the years for commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries and these guys are definitely different.


    Their music catalogue is truly fresh, diverse, full of character, their search engine is as straight forward and user friendly and their licensing fees? Unlike anywhere else we have come across.


    If you need any music for your doc project, we can honestly recommend Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) .


    And make sure to use our promo code to get an additional 15 percent off of any subscription!!


    PROMO CODE: doclife15


     


    ° Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/) today!


     


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    • 54 min
    Making the Sports Documentary with Gotham Chopra

    Making the Sports Documentary with Gotham Chopra

    Sports documentaries have really come into their own as a documentary genre. The truth is that the built-in drama and sometimes off-the-field shenanigans make for some really compelling stories. Entities like ESPN's 30 For 30 (https://www.espn.com/espnplus/series/0514c1ad-efd1-4d3a-ad82-41ca579a94a2/30-for-30) series, HBO Sports, Netflix and Hulu's ventures into sports docuseries, all have been making these films and really elevating the stature of the sports documentary.


    And so has filmmaker, Religion of Sports (https://www.religionofsports.com/) , Gotham has been embracing the sports documentary in a way that has really been separating himself from the pack.


    And we were fortunate enough to be able to sit down with Gotham and have a one-on-one chat about why sports docs are so popular and best practices for the doc filmmaker to be making them!


     


    Topics Discussed


    how Gotham Chopra came to documentary via early journalism assignments


    How ESPN’s 30 for 30 series legitimized sports as documentary subject


    Why sports makes for such compelling stories


    How to gain access to higher profile sports personalities


    The importance of separating your project from all of the types of content that are already out there


     


    Additional ResourcesWatch the Religion of Sports' The Great Brady Heist in its entirety!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I29ZMIOZwX0


     


     


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    Thank you to music licensing platform, Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) for contributing the wonderful music that we’ve used in this week’s episode.


    We’ve used many music licensing platforms over the years for commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries and these guys are definitely different.


    Their music catalogue is truly fresh, diverse, full of character, their search engine is as straight forward and user friendly and their licensing fees? Unlike anywhere else we have come across.


    If you need any music for your doc project, we can honestly recommend Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) .


    And make sure to use our promo code to get an additional 15 percent off of any subscription!!


    PROMO CODE: doclife15


     


    ° Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/) today!


     


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    • 43 min
    128 – Documentary Film and the Music Composer with Nainita Desai

    128 – Documentary Film and the Music Composer with Nainita Desai

    When it comes to documentary film - and really film, in general - one of the forgotten heroes is often the film's music composer. And yet, it's often the music that truly elevates a film from good to greatness, making the storyline and all of its visuals just a bit more rich, complex, and emotional.


    In today's episode I'll take a look at 5 Considerations for Music for Your Doc.


    This will be followed by a deep dive discussion with world-renowned film composer, Nainita Desai, the multi-award winning and internationally recognized composer of 2019 Academy Award nominee, For Sama.


     


    Topics Discussed


    five considerations for music for your documentary


    how a background in both sound and film brought Nainita Desai to composing for film


    how she immerses herself in the material of a doc project that she will be scoring


    best practices for the doc director to approach their working relationship with a music composer


    Additional Resources 


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    Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) for contributing the wonderful music that we’ve used in this week’s episode.


    We’ve used many music licensing platforms over the years for commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries and these guys are definitely different.


    Their music catalogue is truly fresh, diverse, full of character, their search engine is as straight forward and user friendly and their licensing fees? Unlike anywhere else we have come across.


    If you need any music for your doc project, we can honestly recommend Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) .


    And make sure to use our promo code to get an additional 15 percent off of any subscription!!


    PROMO CODE: doclife15


     


    ° Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/) today!


     


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    • 40 min
    127 – Mental Health and the Documentary Filmmaker with Rebecca Day

    127 – Mental Health and the Documentary Filmmaker with Rebecca Day

    We doc filmmakers are no strangers to mental health. Whether by the very nature of being doc filmmakers or from the subjects of our documentaries, we're often dealing with levels of anxiety, stress, and/or depression on a daily basis.


    Still it's not something that we often openly talk about. That is, not until recently, as more and more doc filmmakers and more and more documentary organisations are having open and honest discussions about the topic of mental health as it related to independent documentary filmmakers.


    And our guest, documentary filmmaker and psychotherapist, Rebecca Day (Film in Mind) is often leading these discussions!


    Enjoy today's episode as both Rebecca and I delve into this immensely important topic that may, in fact, be more relevant now than ever!


     


    Topics Discussed


    ways in which our host has dealt with bouts of mental illness


    how doc filmmaking brought Rebecca Day to psychotherapy


    sustainability for the doc filmmaker is not only financial, but emotional


    how to immerse yourself in your subject but also protect yourself


    how we doc filmmakers can be dealing with the added stress & anxiety of the coronavirus


     


    Additional ResourcesThe following resources come from Rebecca Day's Film in Mind (https://www.filminmind.co.uk/) site.


    "The documentary career is as demanding and taxing as it is rewarding. On the one hand, there are the occasional honours, accolades, fellowships and grants, along with the impetus that your work can make a transformative difference in both moving the art form forward and making substantive social change. But the documentary profession is a long-odds game, one often fraught with disappointment and struggle."


    In collaboration with IDA and D-Word, Rebecca discussed this topic with the documentary community. Here is a reflection on what took place (https://www.documentary.org/online-feature/mental-health-crisis-our-community?fbclid=IwAR3VG94IoItzU0EDTC6gMn-X0N0WSExItNezAnVr_lX0sUSS5wLftVh8d4U) .


     


    "There is an incredible surge of supportive conversations, and the creation of an online community within our own sector, in ways that we haven't witnessed before."​


    BFI Network -  How to manage your mental health as a filmmaker during coronavirus (https://network.bfi.org.uk/news-and-features/industry-insights/how-manage-your-mental-health-filmmaker-during-coronavirus)


     


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    Sponsors & Thank Yous


    Music Vine 15 PERCENT OFF!Music Vine


    Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) for contributing the wonderful music that we’ve used in this week’s episode.


    We’ve used many music licensing platforms over the years for commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries and these guys are definitely different.


    Their music catalogue is truly fresh, diverse, full of character, their search engine is as straight forward and user friendly and their licensing fees? Unlike anywhere else we have come across.


    If you need any music for your doc project, we can honestly recommend Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) .


    And make sure to use our promo code to get an additional 15 percent off of any subscription!!


    PROMO CODE: doclife15


     


    ° Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/) today!


     


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    • 44 min
    126 – Finding Yingying with Jiayan Shi

    126 – Finding Yingying with Jiayan Shi

    When it comes to being affected by the coronavirus, we doc filmmakers, of course, are no exception. Whether we work in tv broadcasting, run video productions, or are freelancers, we are all feeling the impact of the massive shutdowns happening due to Covid-19.


    So in today's episode I'd like to offer up some ways in which we might all stay positive and stay focused on our documentary projects and on a bigger scale, our documentary lives, which have already been significantly affected by recent events so much.


    (https://kartemquin.com/films/finding-yingying) was set to premiere at this year's SXSW, only to lose its premiere once that festival closed its doors due to Covid-19.


    This candid conversation about coronavirus and her time spent filming the tragic events of Finding Yingying is a conversation that I'll remember for quite some time. I think that you will to.


     


    Topics Discussed


    ways in which we all can stay focused on our documentary lives


    how a first-time doc filmmaker came upon the tragic story that would change a family's lives as well as her own life


    the cultural differences involved in filming in two completely different cultures


    the delicate balance between a grieving family subjects and the doc filmmaker


    how the closing of SXSW is changing the whole distribution and film festival plan for her film


     


    Additional Resources (https://kartemquin.com/)


     


     


    Please check out all that Kartemquin has to offer by going HERE (https://kartemquin.com/) .


     


     


     


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    Did you know that we now have roster (https://thedocumentarylife.com/workshops/) and reserve your seat today!


     


     


     


     


     


     


    Sponsors & Thank Yous


    Music Vine 15 PERCENT OFF!Music Vine


    Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) for contributing the wonderful music that we’ve used in this week’s episode.


    We’ve used many music licensing platforms over the years for commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries and these guys are definitely different.


    Their music catalogue is truly fresh, diverse, full of character, their search engine is as straight forward and user friendly and their licensing fees? Unlike anywhere else we have come across.


    If you need any music for your doc project, we can honestly recommend Music Vine (https://musicvine.com/) .


    And make sure to use our promo code to get an additional 15 percent off of any subscription!!


    PROMO CODE: doclife15


     


    ° Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/) today!


     


    Subscribe Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/thedocumentarylife/the-documentary-life) | 


    Rate and ReviewIf you have found value in this podcast please leave a review so it can become more visible to others. Simply click the (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/documentary-life-filmmaking-documentary-films-documentary/id1112679868?mt=2) and then click on the Ratings and Reviews tab to make your entry. Thank you for your support!

    • 49 min

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