Fly On The Wall
A documentary where the camera is unseen and ignored,
recording real life events as they unfold. The unobtrusive
camera allows audiences to draw their own conclusions
and their is little narration if non at all.
E.g. 'Big Brother' and 'Educating Essex'.
A documentary where there is a combination of interviews
and narrations. They also have archive footage and
material and could even contain actual footage. The
narrator links everything together in order to advance the
narrative and argument.
e.g. 'Born to Kill'
A documentary where the subject has full
acknowledgement of the whereabouts of the camera e.g.
talking directly towards the camera.
e.g. 'The Secret Millionaire'
A documentary that follows the lives of individuals and
could be set within a community. It often is long running
and gives descriptive detail about the characters and their
e.g. 'Big Fat Gypsy Wedding'
A documentary that features the re-enactment/
reconstruction of events/situations that have actually
e.g. 'Crime Watch'
A factual documentary, that is also known as infotainment
(information and entertainment).
They usually contain surveillance, observation and
e.g. 'Police Camera Action'
A documentary where an off screen voice over is used to
create a visual aid and to create meaning, portraying its
It allows the audience to have a greater understanding of
the events that are being played out.
E.g. 'Planet Earth'