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Documentary styles and influences

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  • 1. • Style of documentary produced in the 1960’s• Cheap, portable, lightweight equipment• No narrator• Fly-on-the-wall• Up to the audience to draw conclusions• Doesn’t involve opinion of authorRules:• No interviews• No rehearsals• No stages events or commentary• No film lights• No dissolve edits to be usedThis is an example of direct cinemathat we watched as a group in orderto gain a better understanding of thestyle.
  • 2. • Style of European film-making• Hand-held camera (convey life as realistic as possible)• Similar to direct cinema but film makers opinion should be expressed (as part of propaganda)• Uses interviews
  • 3. • Fly-on-the-wall approach into day to day workings of hospitals and airports etc.• Popular genre• Often informative• Humorous and sometimes critical• Places of work represented• Given way to popular ‘Docusoap’ genre in recent yearsWe watched ‘Airline’ inorder to get a betterinsight into this type ofdocumentary.
  • 4. • Through the eyes of the public• Based on personalities• Fast editing• Multi-strand narratives• Part of a series and often end on a ‘cliff- hanger’• Entertainment main purpose• Prominent guiding voice-overs• Selective editing
  • 5. • Most traditional form of documentary• Usually public service broadcasting channels• Explore/investigate current issues• Often polemical
  • 6. • Again descended from direct cinema• Reliable and truthful• Filming themselves• Voyeuristic nature
  • 7. • Social issues• Drawing attention to a miscarriage of justice• Scripted and acted dramas• Real life true story acted and dramatizedWe watched ‘Hillsborough’ inorder to get a betterinsight into this type ofdocumentary.
  • 8. • Film documentaries in the cinema• About sports/pop stars etc.• Authored documentary• Clearly scripted and present a viewpoint of an individual
  • 9. • Parodying the genre• E.G ‘Borat’, ‘Bruno’, ‘The Office’, ‘Ricky Gervais Show’.• Parodying an area of life• Parodying both

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