• 1. Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents.
• 2. Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional
matter, as in a book or film.
• 3. A work, such as a film or television program, presenting
political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative
manner and often consisting of actual news films or interviews
accompanied by narration.
DOCUMENTARY CODES AND
• Visuals – the use of animations and graphics to visually entertain
and inform the audience.
• Archive Material – the use of stock and background footage, used
as cutaways and can give evidence to support our views. (This
includes extracts from TV, newspapers and advertisements.)
• Interviews – The mise-en-scene of the interviews is important and
the questions need to relate to the topic. Interviews help get advice
from experts relating the to the topic.
• Voiceovers – this matches the visuals and are a way of informing
• Vox Pops – asking a quick question to a member of the public.