Documentary First

14 EpisodesProduced by Normandy Project, LLC

Documentary First is your all-access guide to the world of documentary filmmaking. With her own “The Girl Who Wore Freedom” film well underway, Director Christian Taylor sits down with Josh and Jason to explore the highs and lows of film creation.

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Episode 14 | Composer

June 14th, 2019


A good composer understands both emotion and serendipity. There's no better example than how Jeff Kurtenacker came to be the Lead Composer on The Girl Who Wore Freedom. Listen in as Director Christian Taylor shares his …

Episode 13 | Tools

June 7th, 2019


When you're a bootstrapped documentary you sometimes have to pick free or inexpensive tools to get the job done. For The Girl Who Wore Freedom …

Episode 12 | Editor

May 31st, 2019


A good editor is hard to come by and The Girl Who Wore Freedom was blessed with one of the best: Bill Ebel. Learn more as Director Christian Taylor shares her appreciation for Bill and the qualities (and hard truth) …

Episode 11 | Garage

May 24th, 2019


All great things begin in a garage. Josh, Jason, and Director Christian Taylor explore the ins and outs of film editing from a garage in Tennessee. …

Episode 10 | Balance

May 17th, 2019


Is there such thing as work/life balance in film-making? Director Christian Taylor discusses La La Land, the creative process, striking the right tone, and putting family first…always.

Episode 9 | Dark Night of the Soul

May 10th, 2019


What do you do when you're at your all time low and ready to call it quits? In this episode, producer Christian Taylor tells the story of her (extended) visit to her editor in Tennessee to get the film done, how she ran …

Episode 8 | Rewrite

May 3rd, 2019


In this episode, producer Christian Taylor shares the results of her first preview of the film; and it's not good. She faces reality of deadlines, …

Episode 7 | Assembly

April 26th, 2019


A lot has developed since the last episode and the film is currently undergoing the assembly edit. In this episode you'll what that means and why …

Episode 6 | Harry Kropnicki

April 19th, 2019


The wonderful story about Harry Kropnicki, Daniel Banazio and Flo Plana.

Episode 5 | Cuts

April 12th, 2019


Wading through 600+ hours of footage, cutting off appendages, and finding your story—we’re looking at the realities of first-time filmmaking.

Episode 4 | Helmets

April 5th, 2019


Real questions from real listeners posed to a real first-time filmmaker. Christian, Josh, and Jason explore the many uses of helmets, the smells of war, and the healing power of beer.

Episode 3 | Grit

March 29th, 2019


Documentary filmmaking takes way more than setting up a camera in a breathlessly scenic, historic destination. It starts with determination. Christian, Josh, and Jason cover the grit of getting started in filmmaking and …

Episode 2 | Favorites

March 22nd, 2019


Christian, Josh, and Jason explore their all-time favorite documentaries and the inspirations for “The Girl Who Wore Freedom” film.

Episode 1 | Origins

March 7th, 2019


Today we talk origin stories. We’re looking at how Director Christian Taylor got her start in filmmaking, the necessity of building a good team and how being a Mom helped her as a producer! Christian, Josh, and Jason …

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