Types of Audio Documentaries
For Podcasting
Source
Based

on the concepts used for film
documentaries
Bill Nichols books
◦ Introduction to Documentary (2001)
◦ Repr...
What Documentaries Are
supposedly

revealing reality
impossible to truly re-present reality
construct a narrative - som...
When You Listen …
reality

is edited, sometimes re-sequenced
and artificially framed
identify podcaster’s purpose to dec...
Types of Documentaries
Poetic

documentaries
Expository documentaries
Observational documentaries
Participatory docume...
Poetic Documentaries

Organized

by associations and patterns
fragmentary, impressionistic, lyrical
Fragments aesthetic...
Expository Documentaries
speak

directly to the listener
an authoritative commentary
propose a strong argument & point ...
Observational Documentaries
Record

lived life with minimum
intervention
immediacy, intimacy
revelation of individual h...
Participatory Documentaries
emulate

approach of anthropologists
participant-observation
recorder part of the recording...
Reflexive Documentaries

draw

attention to their own
constructedness
most self-conscious of all the modes
highly skept...
Performative Documentaries
subjective

experience and emotional

response
strongly personal, unconventional,
perhaps poe...
Examples of Types of Documentaries
Poetic

documentaries

◦ http://www.moreabouthenry.com
Expository

documentaries

◦ h...
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  1. 1. Types of Audio Documentaries For Podcasting
  2. 2. Source Based on the concepts used for film documentaries Bill Nichols books ◦ Introduction to Documentary (2001) ◦ Representing Reality (1991) http://alexburtonjournal.blogspot.com/20 07/11/documentary-form.html
  3. 3. What Documentaries Are supposedly revealing reality impossible to truly re-present reality construct a narrative - some fictional elements choices made in editing
  4. 4. When You Listen … reality is edited, sometimes re-sequenced and artificially framed identify podcaster’s purpose to decode ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ 6 possibly a moral or political perspective? maybe just an event recorded? share information, demonstrate authority? sales pitch? types – Bill Nichols
  5. 5. Types of Documentaries Poetic documentaries Expository documentaries Observational documentaries Participatory documentaries Reflexive documentaries Performative documentaries
  6. 6. Poetic Documentaries Organized by associations and patterns fragmentary, impressionistic, lyrical Fragments aesthetically reconstituted
  7. 7. Expository Documentaries speak directly to the listener an authoritative commentary propose a strong argument & point of view try to persuade seek to sound ‘objective’
  8. 8. Observational Documentaries Record lived life with minimum intervention immediacy, intimacy revelation of individual human character in ordinary life situations little or no music, sound effects, or technical alterations
  9. 9. Participatory Documentaries emulate approach of anthropologists participant-observation recorder part of the recording get a sense of how situations affected or altered by recorder’s presence. “truth of the encounter”
  10. 10. Reflexive Documentaries draw attention to their own constructedness most self-conscious of all the modes highly skeptical of ‘realism’
  11. 11. Performative Documentaries subjective experience and emotional response strongly personal, unconventional, perhaps poetic and/or experimental can have docudrama elements can reveal marginalized group’s experience
  12. 12. Examples of Types of Documentaries Poetic documentaries ◦ http://www.moreabouthenry.com Expository documentaries ◦ http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/redeye/2013/ 12/tips-simplifying-holiday-season Observational documentaries Participatory documentaries Reflexive documentaries Performative documentaries
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