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Tools of the Trade Winter 2020

Welcome to our Tech Issue! In 2019, we reached out to the documentary community to gauge your tools of the trade, and we asked questions about you. The results of the two-part survey yielded both a rich portrait of our community and a robust narrative about the optimal tools for making your best work.



  • The Tools of Observational Sound

    Psychologist Silvan Tomkins wrote about "the...
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    Tools of the Trade: Documentary Makers Talk Gear

    Check out the new report of findings from IDA's...
  • Majority Rules! Branded Content Company Creates Opportunities for Female Filmmakers

    In 2016 documentary filmmaker Senain Kheshgi was...
  • Go with the Flow: Streamlining Your Post-Production Process

    For all the artistry that goes into making a...