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Documentary Types

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Yasmin N-P

on 22 September 2017

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Transcript of Documentary Types

Compilation
Where a documentary comprises of an assembly of archived images and/or real footage.

Examples:
-The World At War
- The World At War in Colour
-Britain At War in Colour
Talking Heads/Interview
Where testimonies are recorded about people, events or social movements.

Examples:
- 7 Days That Shook The Weatherman
- Michael Jackson's Boys
- I Love 1980
Direct Cinema
Where an event is recorded 'as it happens' with minimal interference from the film maker. Sometimes called 'fly on the wall' documentaries. The most important aspects of direct cinema is that minimal mediation has taken place in the pre-production, production, and post-production of the documentary. A real essence of 'reality' is captured, with the only real mediation from the positioning of the camera, use of voice-over, or cutting between shots to build together a storyline that the audience is able comprehend.

Examples:
- Blue Planet
- Frozen Planet
Docusoaps
A relatively new format since Michael Apted's 7UP series. It incorporates elements of documentary making and soap opera in a very mediated way. It is trademarked by its use of juxtaposed characters or situations. They are arguably the most mediated of the documentary types, due to the producers intentional decision to create situations that are guaranteed to cause drama and therefore entertainment.

Examples:
- Supernanny
- Wife Swap
Documentary Conventions
There are four documentary conventions:
- Compilation
- Interview/Talking Heads
- Direct Cinema
- Docusoaps
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