PODCAST: Aubrie Canfield – Documentary film producer

PODCAST: Aubrie Canfield - Documentary film producer - Documentary Storytellers

This week I’m speaking to Aubrie Canfield a media producer from the United States, and founder of a company called Actuality Abroad.

Actuality Abroad is a social enterprise that uses documentary storytelling as a means to provide more meaningful travel experiences. As you will hear, Aubrie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in crafting stories visually through documentary filmmaking, and together we discuss the art and practice of documentary storytelling – from the hero’s journey to effective production workflow, along with the ethics of telling other people’s stories, and much more. There’s lots to take away from our chat in terms of how we can approach documentary film production in a more considered and effective manner.

As I interview more people we’ll be learning more and more about different approaches to documentary film production. But, I’d be interested to hear your approach – what lessons have you learnt, and what does your current workflow look like – from research to post-production, and even any tips you have on submitting to film festivals. Get in touch via [email protected] and I’ll start sharing people’s top lessons and tips via social media.

I would really like to build a community around this podcast so we can help one another become better storytellers, and maximise our impact. I don’t know how I’m going to do that exactly, but I hope to find a way of achieving this soon.

In the meantime, please share this podcast with everyone and anyone you know who is interested in documentary filmmaking, and if you have any comments or feedback please email me at [email protected]



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Podcast produced by Chris King