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Documentary research including styles and inspirations

  1. 1. Laura Boucher DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH INCLUDING STYLES AND INSPIRATIONS
  2. 2. Direct Cinema is a documentary genre that originated between 1958 and 1962 in North America, principally in the Canadian province of Quebec and the United States. Similar in many respects to the the cinéma vérité genre, It was characterized initially by filmmakers' desire to directly capture and represent it truthfully, and to question the relationsreality hip of reality with cinema. Documentaries prior to the 1960s were heavily mediated by the limitations of the equipment available and the desire of documentary-makers to ’educate’ via editing and narratiuve construction. This tension was at the center of Direct Cinema and resulted in its formal style and methodology. DIRECT CINEMA
  3. 3. • a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director. • The camera is handheld this therefore increases realism • Film makers are often expressed throughout the documentary • Often uses lots of interviews. CINEMA VERITE
  4. 4. • Follows a fly on the wall approach • Mostly informative documentary's • A popular type of documentary • Often easy relatable as places of work are explored. • An example of an institutional documentary includes ‘Airline’ we watched this as part of our research in class. This enabled us to explore and understand this type of documentary in more detail. INSTITUTIONAL DOCUMENTARY
  5. 5. • Docusoaps could be defined as "programs about ordinary people and events, made by professionals to entertain as well as instruct". • Easy to relate to because they are 'real' • Makes viewers feel better about themselves? • Exciting and involving • Inspiring because they connect directly to viewers • Influences may include: Documentary, Soap, Social Drama (eg. Ken Loach), Docudrama, Cinema Realiste (eg. Godard), NeoRealism. • Examples: The Real World, Rescue 911, Cops, Airport, The Dating Story. The Wedding Show and Driving School Police, Camera Action, Scariest Police Chases 5 and The Dumbest Criminals Ever are also docusoaps of a more sensationalist nature. DOCUSOAPS
  6. 6. • Probably the most traditional of documentary formats ‘panorama’ • Usually shown by public service broadcasting channels: BBC, Channel 4. These documentaries often explore: current affairs and current issues • Can be biased/polemical- drawing attention to situations, can be perceived wrong and can have a significant impact. PUBLIC AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARIES
  7. 7. • Video diaries are adapted from direct cinema • They often realistic, reliable and truthful • They are filmed themselves so increased realism VIDEO DIARIES
  8. 8. • Primarily focus on social issues • Scripted • Based on true stories however dramatized DRAMA DOCUMENTARIES
  9. 9. • These are presented in the cinema. • Often about celebrities- pop stars/film stars • Authored documentary • Clearly scripted THEATRICAL DOCUMENTARIES
  10. 10. • Mockumentaries are often presented as historical documentaries, with b roll and talking heads discussing past events, or as cinéma vérité pieces following people as they go through various events. Though the precise origins of the genre are not known, examples emerged during the 1950s, when archival film footage became relatively easy to locate • Often parodying an area of life MOCKUMENTARIES

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