Purpose of a Documentary
Every documentary maker has a purpose in mind. The following have all been purposes for certain documentaries. Which do you think is the most valid reason for a documentary? Again, rank them in order of validity.
Are there any you would eliminate? If so, which one(s)?
Validity ranking 1–8
|To attack a perspective
|To defend a perspective
|To observe real life
If you had a documentary made about you, how could people find out about your life and who you are?
- Who would speak for you?
- What might they say?
- What proof would they use?
- How consistent would the characterisation be?
- How would you organise the stories of you? (chronological/linear, circular, fragmented, flashback, by relationships, by ideas)
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REPRESENTING THE ARTIST / REPRESENTATION OF A PERSON
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CREATING TEXTS / MAKING THE DOCUMENTARY
The idea of documentary relates to the methods of historians who rely on written documents and manuscripts as primary sources of evidence. Using all the tools of filmmaking: camera, sound, actors, images and words, documentaries create a sense of authenticity within the narrative form.