134 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

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    • 4.8, 112 Ratings

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.

    Spirituality in Documentary Filmmaking with Mickey Lemle

    Spirituality in Documentary Filmmaking with Mickey Lemle

    (http://www.lemlepictures.com/) has made documentary films about some of the most brilliant individuals in the modern world.


    From His Holiness the 14th Ram Dass (https://www.ramdass.org/) to Sir Laurens van der Post, Lemle has been rubbing shoulders with great minds who all have very spiritual & compassionate ways of living. Lemle has had the splendid fortune to be able to tell their stories.


    Topics Discussed


    how Lemle’s time in Nepal in the Peace Corps informed him about Tibet and in turn led to his making his first documentary film


    how/why he treats doc filmmaking as personal exploration


    how to make one’s spiritual documentary accessible to a wider audience


    the power of a meditation practice to doc filmmakers


    tips for interviewing the most incredible minds of the world


     


    Additional ResourcesTeaser for The Last Dalai Lama?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v_Rpg_36ig


     


    Teaser for Compassion in Exile


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDXbAPx2kew


     


     


    To check out Mickey Lemle's full roster of (http://www.lemlepictures.com/) .


     


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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!!


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    • 47 min
    Personal Trauma in Documentary Film with Sasha Joseph Neulinger

    Personal Trauma in Documentary Film with Sasha Joseph Neulinger

    Sasha Joseph Neulinger endured some of the most traumatic events a child can experience. He is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. And he has now turned those events into one of 2020's more extraordinary documentary films, Rewind.


    Neulinger sits down with TDL to discuss his journey making Rewind and to offer some insight into how doc filmmakers might best deal with the depiction of personal trauma in their films.


    In our first segment, Chris G. Parkhurst, gives us 5 Tips for Making the Personal Documentary.


    Topics Discussed


    tips for making your personal documentary film


    why Neulinger set out to face his own demons by making this documentary film


    why making the personal documentary needs to be more for yourself than others


    approaching family members with your personal doc


    the journey of financing a film like Rewind


     


    Additional ResourcesTeaser for Rewind


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx0q7ETJRAI


     


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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


     


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    • 48 min
    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/) .


    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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    • 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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    (https://musicvine.com/)


    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 


    The WorkshopsDEAL - $50 WORKSHOPS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL!


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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!


     


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    • 40 min

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112 Ratings

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Chris, I’ve been listening to your podcast for a couple of years, and Episode 133, your interview with Mickey Lemle will always be one of my favorites. Great job on that.

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