Six types of documentary


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Six types of documentary

  1. 1. Performative Poetic Expository ObservationalParticipatory Reflexive
  2. 2. A poetic documentary uses juxtaposition Click here for analysisto make the audience question whatsgoing on in the documentary and gets theaudience involved. Poetic mode ofdocumentary film tends toward subjectiveinterpretations of its subject. Poeticdocumentaries forsake traditionalnarrative content, individual charactersand events remain undeveloped, infavour of creating a particular mood ortone.This documentary type doesn’t give anyclues to the audience and wants them towork out the documentary for themselves it moves away from the objective. It JHPNg7YdgYcreates different moods for the audienceas how they would see it.
  3. 3. This type of documentary is where Click here for analysisthe filmmaker becomes a part ofthe documentary and the eventsbeing recorded. The filmmaker hasa direct impact towards filming. Asviewers the audience has thechance to be able to see thefilmmaker in the actualdocumentary.An example of a participatorydocumentary would be Alone in thewild where its just a man and hiscamera in the wild so the filmmaker involved in the documentary. /alone-in-the-wild/4od
  4. 4. This type of documentary involves anarrator speaking which is known as‘voice of God’. This type ofdocumentary films real life with realpeople, places and lifestyle. Thiscould be of a person or place and agroup of people. The audience aredirectly addressed by real information real things taking place, so Djx0OrHHi6Enothing is set up. This type ofdocumentary is used a lot for filmingfootballers or nature.An example of this type would befootballers greatest, which featuresronaldinho . 8absGUSLQx4
  5. 5. This type of documentary involvesthe camera man just staying behind camera like he isnt there. The ogrammes/big-fat-gypsy-camera man/women have no impact weddings/4odin the filming and are ignored by thesurroundings. The camera has tostick to the action at all times. So theperson behind the camera really hasno control of what happens in theclip.An example of this type ofdocumentary would be ‘my big fatgypsy wedding, on channel 4 wherethe person is filming the everydaylife.
  6. 6. In a reflexive type of documentary theaudience are made aware of the thingslike sound and editing in the clip andknow that the cameraman s there byseeing them. This type of documentaryacknowledges the constructed nature ofa documentary and shows this. It makesthe audience more aware of theproblems the documentary maker faceswhile they make the film. So a reflectivedocumentary conveys to people that thisis not necessarily "truth" but a of it. ogrammes/make-bradford- british/4odAn example of a reflexive documentary isMake Bradford British which is a channel4 documentary.
  7. 7. A performative mode of documentary is where the filmmaker can bea participant in the documentary. It emphasises the subjectivenature of the documentarian as well as acknowledging thesubjective reading of the audience. This mode emphasizes theemotional and social impact on the audience and gives them afeeling of what it is like.An example of a performative documentary is supersize me.