Ask the Doc Doctor

Can I do without professional sound editing?

The Documentary Doctor tackles the issue of matching your images to sound


Dear Doc Doctor:
Many people suggested that I add more narration and music to my documentary, which I did, but now other people are saying there is too much of both. How do I achieve the right balance between image and sound in documentary film?

Promoting your film

The Documentary Doc tackles e-mail marketing and being the public face of your project


Dear Doc Doctor:

All I can afford in terms of marketing my documentary is my Internet connection and email account. What’s the best way to use them?

How can I do this full time?

The Documentary Doctor outlines three financial scenarios


Dear Doc Doctor:

I can’t wait for the time when I am able to be a full-time independent documentary filmmaker—it’s been really difficult juggling so many balls in the air. Is there any way to make the path quicker and smoother?

Subtilting within reason

The Documentary Doctor suggests a middle path


Dear Doc Doctor:
Should I provide subtitles for the subjects in my documentary who speak Spanglish, or other "hybrid" languages in America? I heard sub-titled films are harder to distribute.

How to think about test screenings

Be careful when and how you show unfinished work, the Documentary Doc advises


Dear Doc Doctor: I have a fifteen minute cut of a one-hour documentary, and the editor and I are not sure about the main storyline and characters. Should I have a test screening? How many should I have?

Should I script my documentary?

You'd be better off taking up meditation, the Documentary Doctor says


Dear Doc Doctor:

I’m shooting abroad and want to make sure I don’t miss anything since I can’t go back to reshoot. Is there a way I can know the “story” or “script” of my documentary in advance?

The Trailer for "Muskrat Lovely"

Amy Nicholson's film about an offbeat pageant aired on PBS's "Independent Lens"

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Amy Nicholson's film about an offbeat pageant aired on PBS's "Independent Lens"

The Trailer for "Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea"

The film, directed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, explores a bleak corner of California

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The film, directed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, explores a bleak corner of California

The Trailer for "I Was a Teenage Feminist"

Therese Shechter's documentary takes a funny, personal look at feminism, and what it means to the filmmaker as she approaches age 40

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Therese Shechter's documentary takes a funny, personal look at feminism, and what it means to the filmmaker as she approaches age 40

The Trailer for "Divan"

Filmmaker Pearl Gluck travels the globe in search of one holy sofa

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Filmmaker Pearl Gluck travels the globe in search of one holy sofa

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