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How (and When) to Hire a Documentary Editor: What I Learned Making My First Short Doc

Sole Doctor

It’s six months after my first-ever film shoot on my first-ever film, the short documentary Sole Doctor. And yes, I’m still working on that documentary! After grappling with self-doubt and fretting about the narrative arc, I feel both confident in my vision and…  Read more

By Apr 27, 2017

Finding the Storyline in a Documentary Short (Or, Do Short Docs Need Narrative Arcs?)

The Mute's House

When you announce to the world (or at least on social media) that you’re making a short documentary, you’re bound to be asked the obvious question: “What’s it about?” As any documentary filmmaker can tell you, there’s a short answer to…  Read more

By Feb 9, 2017

“I Have to Feel Sincere and Real When I Do It”: Joanna Fang on the Lifestyle Work of the Foley Artist

Joanna Fang

In Weiner, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary about Anthony Weiner’s attempted political comeback running for New York mayor, there’s a scene of Weiner shoveling a drippy deli wrap with a side of crispy fries in the back seat of…  Read more

By Jan 17, 2017

Self Protection for Filmmakers: Security Rules to Live by from DOC NYC

Brenda Coughlin at DOC NYC

Of all the panels I attended at Doc NYC, the one called Protecting Yourself, on November 16, gave me the most hope for the future. The filmmakers were an impressive line-up of first-timers and veteran filmmakers, linked by their willingness…  Read more

By Nov 18, 2016


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