Assignment 3: Cinema Verite presentation By Debbie Marques
Definition of cinema verite Text book definition:• Cinema verite is a style of documentary filmmaking, combining naturalistic techniques with stylized cinematic devices of editing and camerawork, staged set-ups, and the use of the camera to provoke subjects. It is also known for taking a provocative stance toward its topics.Which means:• Styles of documentaries which sends out naturalistic point of view to the audience.• This means that in order to be real there cannot be a lot of editing and cuts within the footage• Also means that it should not be biased or subjective but always objective• Cinema devices are used such as camera work in order to access realistic footage
History of cinema verite• First started in 1960s• Got criticized at the time to cinematographers believing that films were becoming documentaries• Accomplished using a handheld camera• Important names at the time were : Jean Rouch’s, Ricky Leacock, Frederick WEiseman, Donn Pennebaker, Mayseles Brothers• It appeared as they want to instead of using normal shots with diagetic sound to have interview pictures and other elements in their movies.
Changes of cinema verite• Becoming relity shows• Bill Nichols an Ameircan historian uses the concept of observational mode which is part of direct cinema in our contemporary society known as fly on the wall.• The filmmakers intention was to represent the truth in what he or she was seeing as objectively as possible, freeing people from any deceptions and allow them to create their own opinion about what was being shown.• Feminist documentary films of the 1970s often used cinéma-vérité techniques. Soon this sort of realism was criticized for its misleading and unnatural construction of reality
Examples of cinema veriteJersey shore Keeping up with the kardashians An american family Big brother
Jersey shore• Happenings occur in order to satisfy the producer and attract audience• Many cuts and editing• Still with use of titles and credts• Lots of scandals/dramas interviews Titles/credits
Keeping up with the kardashians • Many cuts • A lot of editing is used (transitions) • Happenings occur in order to satisfy the producer and attract audience Sudden • Use of titles and credits Transition zoom interviewsTitles/credits Establishing shot