11 Lessons from a Web Series Course

Thanks to a certain online video conferencing software that shall remain nameless, I was able to take a two-day course in developing web series through MyFilmNorth. The course was run by Matt Anderson, the genius behind behind the hilarious Theater People web series. A basic definition for a web series is a series distributed online….

Some News Links about Documentary

Here are some links to sites that cover documentary news and reviews. Documentary Magazine A regular magazine published by the International Documentary Association. DOX Magazine A quarterly magazine published through the European Documentary Network about the documentary community in Europe. Modern Times Review Based in Europe, smart and insightful commentary about documentary that starts from…

Some Documentary Organizations to Check Out

Here are some organizations dedicated to documentary makers and documentary communities. The D-Word Hands down, The D-Word is the most active and supportive documentary community available for documentary makers from newbies to professionals, and all enthusiasts in between. European Documentary Network The European Documentary Network supports documentary film and television makers through education and outreach,…

Some Links Related to Nonfiction Production

Here are some sites that focus on media production, with some emphasis on nonfiction. Learn Documentary Desktop Documentaries Documentary Cameras No Film School Filmmaker IQ

Where to Find Good Writing about Documentary

Here are some links to writers — including creators, critics, scholars, and others — who blog (mostly) regularly about documentary. All These Wonderful Things Though not updated recently, A.J. Schnack’s blog offers some in-depth insights in documentary media and production. Docalogue A monthly curated conversation about documentary hosted by Jaimie Baron and Kristen Fuhs. DocumentaryBusiness.com…

Not Sure Where to Start with Documentaries? Try These

On Twitter, I recently posed three questions about documentary viewing: What’s the first documentary you remember ever seeing? What’s the first documentary that really impacted you, affected you in some way? How so? What is your favorite scene in a documentary? The answers ran the gamut. They included a who’s who of documentary directors, some…

Five Different Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing

Many suggestions for encouraging creativity involve writing prompts. While writing can clear out the mental clutter, sometimes a different kind of activity is needed to ground you. The following post offers different ways to engage your creativity other than the written word. Legos Legos have become a major toy franchise, with co-branding, several movies, and…

How to Develop a Regular Writing Habit

The best way to avoid burnout and increase productivity is to develop a daily writing habit. Many people panic at this idea. Daily? As in every day? Every single day? Who has time for that? Well, you do. Everyone does. It’s not a matter of carving out three hours, skipping meals, or waking up at…

Why You Need Your Own Website

With so many social networking sites and so many people on those sites, you might think that forgoing your own website is a good idea. It’s not. Social networking sites are tools, while your website is a house. You wouldn’t trade your house for a box of tools. Here are seven reasons why you need…

A Memory Box and an Interactive Documentary: Now What?

In recent weeks both my colleague Amy Lauters and I have been blogging about turning a box of memories she received during her research on wives of farmers into an interactive documentary prototype. We both have perused the box’s contents and have made a loose inventory of what was inside. The general contents included the…