What does it mean to be a documentary filmmaker in today’s world?

What does it mean to be a documentary filmmaker in today’s world? How are new technologies changing documentary filmmaking? What new forms of documentary are emerging?

Recent technological developments have made the making and distribution of documentary films easier and more widespread than ever before.

In their book “Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice”,  De Jong, Knutsen and Rothwell list four reasons why documentary film makers today no longer just create only documentary feature itself, but increasingly get involved in all parts of the production chain. These reasons are changing financing structures, advanced digital technologies, decrease of in-house productions by broadcasters and new distribution platforms.

Their reasoning can be found in more derail here on Goggle Books: “Creative Documentary: Theory and Practice”