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Technical Resources for Documentary Creators

Behind every creative decision are the technical considerations that make it possible—Make sure you’re ready for production and post-production with IDA’s resources on the documentary trade.

Photo by Maggie Shannon for IDA's "Tools of the Trade: Documentary Makers Talk Gear"


  • 2019 Documentary Equipment Survey results: "Tools of the Trade: Documentary Makers Talk Gear" which provides a robust narrative about the optimal tools of the trade for making your best work
  • Gearing Up: Podcasting for Filmmakers Read More
  • How to Set up a Wireless System Read More
  • Minimal Audio Kits Read More​
  • Documentary magazine's Inside Out column where filmmakers share the tools and accessories inside their bag
  • Drone Cameras are a Boon to Cinematographers, But Rife with Risks Read More
  • Documentary magazine's Shooting Scenarios column takes a single scene and breaks it down cinematographically, looking at the shooting logistics, creative challenges, and camera gear deployed.




  • Streamlining Your Post-Production Process Read More
  • Editing Workflow: Proper Handling of Your Digital Media Read More
  • A Practical Guide to Navigating the Post-Production Audio Process Read More


  • Allison Berg on Why We Should All Budget for Preservation Read More