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My Doc Journey

16 episodes - English - Latest episode: 2 months ago - ★★★★★ - 7 ratings

A show about how to create a feature-length documentary. It is hosted by producer/director Maureen Lee Maloney, and follows the progress of the film Voice of Vanilla, as well as explaining how to become a documentary filmmaker.

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Building your documentary audience

February 05, 2020 16:00 - 18 minutes - 12.6 MB

Get your guide to becoming a documentary filmmaker at MyDocJourney.comHotDocs 2018 Documentary Audience Research study Broderick blog about Distribber to develop your audience DON’T assume you know who your audience is. Do some research. Make a list of topics/keywords related to your film Research what exists Other films, news st...

Book Review: Drive by Daniel Pink

January 15, 2020 17:00 - 17 minutes - 11.9 MB

Intrinsic Motivation requires 3 elements- Autonomy- Mastery- PurposeGive yourself a FLOW test to help find purposeUse Deliberate Practice to achieve MasteryCreate your own Goals and give yourself monthly Performance Reviews Support the show (

MDJ 014 Getting a great interview

December 11, 2019 14:00 - 15 minutes - 11 MB

FREE E-booklet: How to Become a Documentary Filmmakeravailable at MyDocJourney.comMake a tax-deductible donation to Voice of Vanilla at many of you will be visiting family, I thought I’d talk about interviewing, so that some of you can practice on your family members. Consider this your winter break homework. This is an especially great exercise to do with older family members who may have great stories locked away that you never knew. It’s also a fantastic oppor...

MDJ013 Freelancer to Business Owner

November 25, 2019 21:00 - 15 minutes - 10.6 MB

On this episode I discuss why you shouldn't try to be a full-time freelancer, but instead develop a business structure.Find us online at Support the show (

MDJ ep012 All about festivals

November 07, 2019 00:00 - 19 minutes - 13.6 MB

Just got back from Baltimore Next Media Web Fest where my web series Girl Aspiring won Best Documentary Web Series and I got a cool glowing trophy. I’m feeling inspired, and motivated, and generally pumped about filmmaking. So today we’re going to talk about film festivals. First- attend a film festival and see what’s out there Go to smaller one where you can actually talk to the creators So now you have some idea of what goes on at a festival. Now how do you submit yours…

Free the art! and post-trip gear review

October 26, 2019 18:00 - 26 minutes - 18.3 MB

Don't feel bad if you're not making money from your art, but also don't feel bad to ask for money to make art. Also, I complain about gear (and rave about a some). Support the show (

Taking care of yourself

October 12, 2019 19:00 - 9 minutes - 6.75 MB

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Madagascar update #2

September 22, 2019 10:00 - 12 minutes - 8.51 MB

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Dispatch 1 from Madagascar

September 15, 2019 11:00 - 4 minutes - 3.16 MB

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Super quick update MDJ ep007

September 06, 2019 15:00 - 2 minutes - 2.03 MB

Itty bitty episode before I leave for Madagascar!Check out the MDJ website! www.mydocjourney.comListen to my interview with Ian from How They Did It: FilmmakingIn case you missed it, I did a livestream on facebook discussing the gear I'll be bringing. And be sure to follow Voice of Vanilla on facebook, instagram, youtube, and twitter for videos during the trip. Support the show (

Telling a great story

August 26, 2019 19:00 - 9 minutes - 6.83 MB

If you're in Denver, check out the great new dating app Swoovy are interviews I have coming up:How They Did It: Filmmaking podcast True facebook liveSteps to develop a great story:- Determine what your goals are as a filmmaker. What impact do you want to have?- Determine what the goals of the specific film will be.- Find a story people can relate to.- Find a compelling character.- Identify the conflict or challenge.- A...

Dealing with fear

August 17, 2019 23:00 - 14 minutes - 9.75 MB

Check out the event page for Voice of Vanilla's first event! about Shayao Mcfarland's organization that helps nonprofits put on cool fundraising events, Project CareaokiHere are her points of advice:1) Talk to EVERYONE about your project. Don't worry about what their reaction will be- expect people to be supportive!!!2) Always have a donation package to handout at businesses.includes: donation letter, donation form, event flier3) Make a l...

Organization & Development

August 07, 2019 04:00 - 15 minutes - 10.5 MB

This week I was feeling burnt out from writing, so I decided to work on fun, creative stuff instead. I share some insights into how I organize my tasks so that I can be flexible and work on the right tasks at the right time. The big thing is that I use a bullet journal, and I do a weekly brain dump of all my tasks spread out so I can scan through them easily. I make sure to divide big tasks into small tasks that are easily manageable/not overwhelming and ideally take less than 30 minutes to ...

So you want to be a reality TV host

July 31, 2019 17:00 - 13 minutes - 9.05 MB

On this episode I discuss becoming a reality TV host worrying about someone stealing your idea. Also, I started a facebook page for the podcast week's big accomplishment was that I created a pitch deck to send out to businesses for sponsorships. You can download it at I discuss a really fantastic podcast, Producing Unscripted with Joke and Biagio. If you're interested in reality TV, this is the podcast to listen to. E...

Beginner steps - MDJ ep002

July 19, 2019 19:00 - 15 minutes - 10.8 MB

In this episode I give you 3 steps to start your own doc journey:1) Create your vision and write it down2) Find your community and network3) Learn the basicsHere are the links mentioned- Interview with Ava DuVernay and Justin Simien (you will have to sign up for Sundance Collab. It's free, just do it) (go to your library's website and look for it, or go to the library and ask if you can acce...

My Doc Journey ep001

July 17, 2019 19:00 - 15 minutes - 10.4 MB

Welcome to My Doc Journey! In this podcast I will take along every step of my process toward creating a feature-length documentary film. Yes, you will hear all my struggles, successes, and most importantly, my failures.Along the way I will tell you how I got to the point where I am even able to create a feature documentary. It has taken me 12 years to go from Biologist to Filmmaker. It doesn't need to take you that long. Whatever profession you're in, there is no need to go to film school. I...