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Documentary Genre + Narrative

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Aaliyah Stretch

on 25 January 2013

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Transcript of Documentary Genre + Narrative

Documentary Genre and Narrative In popular myth, the word documentary was created by Scottish documentarian John Grierson in his review of Robert Flaherty's film Moana (1926), published in the New York Sun on 8 February 1926. Greierson's definition of a 'documentary' was a film that unlike cinema could not be exploited, as the "orginial" actors and scenes were far better guides than those acted out. Origin Documentaries present a form of reality or information purposely used to inform, educate and some cases entertain an audience of a factual topic. By capturing an authentic form of realism a documentary seeks to provide information that perhaps a cinema film with sets, fictional characters and circumstances cannot. Overview Categories - Realist Documentaries
- Formalist Documentaries
- Subjective Documentaries Realist Documentaries Minimal if any treatment on recorded material. Formalist Documentaries Specific narrative structure/ story behind the recorded material Subjective Documentaries An expression of the film maker's personal views A Documentary includes: Voice-over, interviews, expositions, archival footage, reconstructions and montage Narrative: Explores conventions of:
- Time
- Character
- Form
- Genre (How the story is told) Linear Structure: Beginning
Middle
End Open Structure: Audience are left without a clear conclusion and are allowed to make up their own mind about the matter Closed Structure: A definitive ending. Clear summarisation for the audience.. Circular Structure Narrative begins at the end
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