123 episodes

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

    • TV & Film

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.

    122 – Film Travel Tips and Gear Insurance

    122 – Film Travel Tips and Gear Insurance

    Are you thinking of traveling for your doc any time soon? Awesome. You know how much we love to travel for our doc filmmaking. And Chris has got some super useful tips for your doc filmmaking travel adventures!

    And whether you're traveling abroad or just down the street for your next bit of filming, make sure you and your film gear are protected! Over the years, so many of you #doclifers have asked us about best ways to insure your yourself, your shoots, and your precious film gear. And Aylene and Kat of ATHOS Insurance Services (https://www.athosinsurance.com/) are experts on the subject. This is the episode to listen to ensure (and insure!) that you and your film investments are properly protected!

    Topics Discussed

    hot tips for doc filmmaking travel

    why the independent doc filmmaker even with limited funds should still seek insurance coverage for their gear

    what the process of making a claim is

    common mistakes made when seeking gear insurance

    set, shoot, and gear insurance coverage

    policies for doc filmmaking abroad

     

    Additional ResourcesFive Tips for Solo Filmmaking Travelbook smart flights, not cheap flights

    fly with your camera

    pack sustenance and vit C

    pack change of clothing

    taxi or rideshare

    Essential Travel Doc Filmmaking Gear List (https://thedocumentarylife.com/essential-travel-doc-filmmaking-gear-list/)

     

    In today's episode, we mentioned our Essential Travel Doc Filmmaking Gear List blog post, which you can find HERE. (https://thedocumentarylife.com/essential-travel-doc-filmmaking-gear-list/)

    The Workshops (https://thedocumentarylife.com/workshops/)

     

     

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

     

    Sponsors & Thank Yous 

    ° 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!

    • 43 min
    121 – Your Breakthrough Year and #Doclifer, Josh Davidsburg

    121 – Your Breakthrough Year and #Doclifer, Josh Davidsburg

    Shouldn't you be making 2020 your breakthrough year in documentary filmmaking? We all know how difficult, sometimes frustrating, it can be getting our doc films made. And how trying it can be living our doc lives. No one knows this better than I. Which is why in this episode I have decided to challenge you (and I!) to make 2020 a breakthrough year in our doc lives.

    And speaking of breakthroughs, for the first time on this programme, we host a full documentary discussion with a true blue #doclifer. (https://queenofthecapital.com/) , is set to screen this month at the Slamdance Film Festival!

     

    Topics Discussed

    making 2020 our breakthrough year as documentary filmmakers

    how Josh Davidsburg went from listener of the program to an award-winning documentary filmmaker

    how Davidsburg leads his doclife by teaching at a university and making doc films during his time off

    the importance of thinking about your film's audience from the outset

    the importance of having a good understanding of Fair Use when using musical performances

    how TDL helped Davidsburg with his doc film and doc life

     

    Additional Resources

    Watch an extended trailer for Queen of the Capital

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7G128nlbzA

     

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

     

    Sponsors & Thank Yous 

    ° 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!

    • 43 min
    Season Two TDL BONUS!

    Season Two TDL BONUS!

    Welcome to your Season Two BONUS episode! In which you'll find selections from five of some of my favorite conversations that I've had with documentary filmmakers over the past 120 episodes of the show.

    Below, you can click on the full episodes to listen to the conversations in their entirety.

    Have a safe, happy holidays and we'll see you in 2020, #doclifer!

    Additional Resources

    Steve James (https://thedocumentarylife.com/podcast/62-career-doc-filmmaker-2018-academy-award-nominee-steve-james/) conversation

    Margaret Byrne (https://thedocumentarylife.com/podcast/64-margaret-byrne-leads-documentary-life/) conversation

    Maclain & Chapman Way (https://thedocumentarylife.com/podcast/68-wild-wild-documentary-life-with-maclain-and-chapman-way/) conversation

    Pedram Shojai (https://thedocumentarylife.com/podcast/82-maximizing-your-doc-life-with-pedram-shojai-omd/) conversation

    Irene Taylor Brodsky (https://thedocumentarylife.com/podcast/120-irene-taylor-brodsky/) conversation

     

    Sponsors & Thank Yous 

    ° 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!

     

    • 35 min
    120 – Documenting Your Family with Irene Taylor Brodsky

    120 – Documenting Your Family with Irene Taylor Brodsky

    Filming the ones that we love and making documentaries about them can be a challenging, but ultimately very rewarding experience. It can be full of emotional pitfalls. It can bring families closer together . And no one knows this better than Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director, Irene Taylor Brodsky (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2480339/) . 

    We'll speak with Irene on the eve of the release of her latest HBO Documentaries film, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBV43REbk-g) .

    Topics Discussed

    the profound nature of using documentary as a form of cultural currency

    how documentary filmmakers are often viewed as altruistic people, but we may be telling these stories for our own self-interest

    making doc films with your family as main subjects

    the importance of making the audience the hero of your story

     

    Additional Resources

    Watch a trailer for Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBV43REbk-g (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBV43REbk-g)

     

    Sponsors & Thank Yous 

    ° 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!

    • 43 min
    119 – Editing For Documentary Filmmakers with Paddy Bird

    119 – Editing For Documentary Filmmakers with Paddy Bird

    One of the most popular topics on The Documentary Life deals with post production. More specifically, editing your documentary film. And not surprisingly one of the most popular guests on the program is industry expert, Paddy Bird. Because of this we've decided to make this week's episode an extra special one devoted to... you guessed it, editing.

    • 46 min
    118 – Filming Behind Bars with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

    118 – Filming Behind Bars with Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein

    Two veterans of Ken Burns films, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein, have recently completed work on their documentary film, four-part PBS series, College Behind Bars.  And I had the pleasure of speaking with the both of them about some of their experiences working on Ken Burns’ films as well as what it was like going off…

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

Ciarano71 ,

Brilliant podcast

An inspirational and educational podcast which gives a great insight into the world of documentary film making. However, probably more importantly, Chris and Stephanie talk in very plain language about the ups and downs involved in the process. Warts and all, as they say. Keep going folks.

Jay Cox ,

A valuable podcast!

I learn so much from listening to the documentary life podcast and i never miss an episode. I think the host Chris is very good and even entertaining in the way he presents the podcast. You can tell Chris enjoys being of service to people.

Gruoch ,

Very Helpful

I’m an amateur student documentary filmmaker and it’s great to hear that the difficulties I’ve faced affect the pro’s too!

Top Podcasts In TV & Film

Listeners Also Subscribed To