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  • 1. There are 7 different types of documentaries. These are as follows;• Docusoaps• Reality TV• Fly on the wall• Mixed• Self reflexive• Docudrama• Fully narratedI will now explain these 7 different tyoes of documentaries on the nextslides.
  • 2. A docusoap is a hybrid genre, it is observational. It is a long runningdocumentary series which follows an individual or group of people. Anexample of this could be; The Family, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.Docusoaps started in the 1990’s. This genre of documentary was popularbecause people liked that it was a real soap opera.Docusoaps follow a central protagonist, the means that the audience willbegin to know the character.
  • 3. Reality TV is factual TV. It progressed between 1989 and 1999.This type of TV gives you useful information in the form of entertainment.This is a mix of authentic material with serious information and commercialcontent. They have a use of camcorder, observation, surveillance andcommentary.
  • 4. A fly on the wall is when the camera is unseen or the people ignore it. Thereforethe cameras record the events which are unrolled.An example of this would be Big Brother, as the cameras are hidden which makesthe people in the house act as if they were not there.
  • 5. A mixed documentary is a combination of interviews, observation, actualityfootage, archive material and narration.The narrator links the story together, it also advances the narrative.A lot of the time newer documentaries are mixed.
  • 6. This type of documentary is when the camera follows a person or groupof people around. The person/people know that that camera is thereand they stop to talk to it.
  • 7. A docudrama is a reconstruction or re-enactment of something which hasactually happened.They show events which have happened at the time.
  • 8. This documentary is when the narrator narrates the whole way through thedocumentary.It is used to convey the exposition, and used to make sense of what they see.They dominate what is happening.An example of this would be Human Planet.