As an indie doc filmmaker, getting to the final stages of completing your film can be grueling. Ordinarily, you've spent months or years on a project. In fact, you know the characters in your film better than your own family. Then comes the financial strain as you struggle to...
Much of documentary storytelling is about capturing footage of unfolding actuality — unscripted situations, events and natural interactions.
Ken Burns - Mark Twain,” 2001
In 2010's “Introduction to Documentary,” film educator and documentary consultant Bill Nichols distilled the types of documentaries down to six styles.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was so impressed by the films of Pare Lorentz the New Deal president referred to the pioneering doc maker as “my shooter.”
What's the difference between a documentary and a film that's based on a true story? Where is the line between documentary reenactment and dramatization? Which approach reveals more truth? Let's compare "Grey Gardens" the documentary and "Grey Gardens" the movie to try work through these questions.
Lauren Greenfield on set shooting with Canon camera. Photo Frank Evers
Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield aims to encourage and inspire women in documentary filmmaking and beyond.
I never went to film school and I never went to journalism school. Instead, about 20 years ago, I picked up a camera and dove headfirst into making my first documentary. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to make films. I've seen my independent documentaries receive national primetime broadcasts,...
Have you ever heard of Robert J. Flaherty?  He’s known as the “father” of documentary filmmaking (“Nanook of the North,” 1922). However, documentaries didn’t truly capture the attention of mainstream audiences until Michael Moore’s “Roger and Me” in 1989. Moore proved that you could make social change while making...
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
“The sign of a great director is when a film’s voice comes not from the script or the protagonists, but from the filmmaker.” — Antonia Thompson, Huffington Post.
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” - 2018
The art of short subject filmmaking has come a long way from the days when ‘cutdowns’ were simply feature-length films chopped down to size so they could be shoehorned into TV time slots.

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How Mockumentary Highlights Documentary Tropes - 1978 Beatles parody, “The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash.”

How Mockumentary Highlights Documentary Tropes

You could argue that the first films ever made were documentaries. As early as the late 1800’s, motion picture pioneers tinkered with continuously-running photographic...
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