Interested in taking classes workshops or courses on documentary film? Or maybe you’re interested in a degree program for documentary filmmakers. There are dozens (hundreds?) of schools in the US that offer documentary film classes, but only a handful that offer majors or a substantial number of documentary filmmaking courses.Read More →

It’s often worth watching documentaries that suck in order to learn what not to do as a filmmaker. While watching the 2004 documentary “The End of Suburbia” (available on Netflix but don’t bother) several lessons occurred to me. Here’s my new list of what not to do in my ownRead More →

When it comes to labeling your camera originals, the key is having a consistent format. How do award-winning local nonfiction production houses like Chicago’s own Towers Productions label their tapes? Towers has a huge on-site archive, and they’ve got thousands of tapes to keep track of, so you better believe they’ve got a coherent labeling system.Read More →

Documentary films often have the rather vague goal of “social change.” That could mean any number of things depending on who you ask, but here are five tangible examples of doc-makers doing awesome stuff which definitely had an impact…Read More →