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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.

    123 – First Time Doc Filmmaker Wins the Stanley Cup, with Joshua Riehl

    123 – First Time Doc Filmmaker Wins the Stanley Cup, with Joshua Riehl

    Joshua Riehl was a first time doc filmmaker when he decided to make a film about his passion for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. So how exactly did he manage to pull this feat off, including getting actor Jeff Daniels and some of the world's most recognizable names in hockey to agree to be in his film? Trust me. I wanted to know the same!


     


    Topics Discussed


    how having audacity to believe in yourself is half the battle


    how sending handwritten letters to key personnel scored him the critical first meeting


    moved his location to a place where he most likely could raise financing


    how he ultimately found the one person who believe in his project and financed the entire film


    what it was like working with an animation team in Ukraine


     


    Additional ResourcesTrailer for The Russian Fivehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X74BexWy4iw 


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    • 38 min
    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/)


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    • 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


     


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    • 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


     


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    • 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)


     


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    • 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

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