Which Documentary mode applies to your documentary ?
Mode Conventions & Examples How it applies to your
Expository mode (voice of God) Narrator to address audience
directly to present exposition.
e.g Blue planet
I will be using a presenter who will
address the audience directly
asking them questions.
Observational Mode (window of
Objective reality with filmmaker as
n/a – This is not relevant to my
topic or any footage that I will be
getting. E.g I would not have to rush
to get footage.
Participatory Mode (filmmaker and
Direct engagement between
filmmaker and subject
I would like to do an experiment in
my documentary so he filmmaker
will be taking pat in this.
Reflexive Mode (aware of process) Acknowledges construction of
n/a – I don’t think that this would
be needed as it is not something
which is related to my topic.
Performer Mode (filmmaker as
Emphasises emotional and social
impact on the audience
It relate to my topic and the
filmmaker will be participating in
Which mode will I use?
The presenter will be addressing the audience directly asking them questions.
It relates to the topic of my documentary which is to show the impact of social
The filmmaker will be participating in the documentary by presenting and
through public and expert interviews