Documentary Filmmaking

With more outlets than ever before for documentary filmmakers to showcase their work, the Documentary School’s section looks at the different demands faced by working documentary filmmakers while providing a foundation in the essentials of documentary filmmaking through how-to guides, Q&A’s and interviews, and articles on industry trends.

  • 5 Quick Techniques for Better On-Camera Interviews5 Quick Techniques for Better On-Camera Interviews
    October 18, 2019
    On-camera interviews with subjects are often key parts of a documentary film. They go beyond just simply asking your interviewee one question after another, however. ...
  • 10 Documentary Essentials10 Documentary Essentials
    January 9, 2018
    Today’s 21st century documentary filmmaker has more tools than ever available to them. The cameras are smaller and offer higher resolution. The audio equipment is ...
  • How to Reconcile Personal Bias in Your Documentary FilmHow to Reconcile Personal Bias in Your Documentary Film
    April 21, 2017
    Is your bias getting in the way of your documentary? In documentary filmmaking, your opinion can enrich your creation with information and insight, but it ...
  • How to Prepare and Conduct a Documentary InterviewHow to Prepare and Conduct a Documentary Interview
    November 26, 2016
    You’ve got the story of the century and some great subjects willing to bare all on camera. It’s a one-time opportunity to make some great ...
  • How to Shoot a DocumentaryHow to Shoot a Documentary
    April 2, 2015
    As we’ve covered previously, 2014 was a solid year for documentary filmmaking, and this raises a question…
    … are you going to be part of 2015’s legacy?

    Whether ...