Delving into the Conventions of a Documentary

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This presentation delves into the conventions of documentaries, includes examples from educating essex, louis theroux and planet earth live.

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Delving into the Conventions of a Documentary

  1. 1. CONVENTIONS OF A DOCUMENTARYBy RoyEvans
  2. 2. Educating Essex Clip
  3. 3. Educating Essex• Main Protagonist (Mr Drew) chosen because of personality and appeal to audience.• Felt as though documentary followed Main Protagonist around due to ‘likeability’ factor.• Senior position gave insight into a teacher’s life more than if the Main Protagonist was a student.
  4. 4. Conventions of Educating Essex• Camera always had the ‘fly on the wall’ approach with no significant presenter or interviewer of sorts.• The interviews were against the same backdrop and the questions asked were never heard by audience.• Voiceover of interviewee continues in smooth motion whilst relevant footage is being shown to audience.
  5. 5. Louis TherouxClip
  6. 6. Louis Theroux Documentaries• Louis Theroux ‘throws’ himself into action as presenter.• Constant stream from single cameraman, there is hardly any editing.• Presenter in difficult situations with dangerous people, constant wariness shown through presenter.
  7. 7. Louis Theroux Conventions• The ‘answers’ are mainly provided through interviews of which there are an abundance.• Any voiceover is heard whilst relevant footage or an establishing shot is being shown to audience.• Use of one camera sets a mood for what actually being there would feel like, example would be the handheld movement portrayed by cameraman.
  8. 8. Planet Earth Live Clip
  9. 9. Planet Earth Live Conventions• Due to wildlife documentary, the answers are provided in voiceover by presenter whilst relevant footage is played.• Cameramen and Directors talk to camera to explain information from their point of view, not afraid to ‘throw’ themselves in too.• Relies heavily on the ‘beauty’ and ‘appeal’ of animals they shoot footage of for audience appeal.

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