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  • 1. Types of Documentary
  • 2. Fully Narrated This is when an off screen voice over is used to make sense of the visuals that the audience see and helps create a meaning. Narrators are often refered to as the voice of god. Examples of fully narrated documentaries are this like nature documentaries.
  • 3. Fly on the wall This type of documentary is when the camera is unseen or ignored and it simply just records the real events. There is little or no narration in a fly on the wall documentary. The camera is unobtrusive and is used to allow the audience to form and create their own conclusion. An example of this documentary are things like Cops and Deadliest Catch.
  • 4. Mixed A mixed documentary uses a combination of interviews, observations and narration. It also includes achieve footage/achieve material and could contain actual footage. The narration in a mixed documentary advances the narrative and therefore advances the argument.
  • 5. Self reflective A self reflective documentary is when the subject acknowledges the presence of the camera. They are aware of the cameras presence and may take to the camera.
  • 6. Docudrama A doc-u-drama is when a re-enactment of an even is featured in a documentary. This is re-enactment featured is exactly like the actual event happened. An example of a docudrama are documentaries like Crime Watch.
  • 7. Docusoap A doc-u-soap is a documentary that follows the lives of individuals and it could be set within one occupation or one community. They are often long running and the documentary goes into detail about the characters and their lives. Examples of a docusoap are things like one born every minute and my big fat gypsy weddings.
  • 8. Reality TV Reality TV is factual television also known as ‘infotainment’ which is a combination of information and entertainment. This type of documentary was first applied for news programmes.