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An Introduction to Documentary »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday April 26, 2010

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Factual, Modes, Audience / Stereotypes, Nanook, Truth, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentarists, Contemporary, Mockumentary, Bibliography, Activities, Documentaries Links

Documentary means different things to different people. A documentary aims to be concerned with truthful reporting. Documentaries have a reputation for being serious, reliable and objective in their reporting, with a commitment to truthfulness. There are documentary programmes with elements of comedy, or drama, and the modern documentary uses elements from entertainment programming to attract an audience and be entertaining.

The British filmmaker John Grierson is credited...

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WJEC Media Studies AS > A2 Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Nanook, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentaries Links, Hot Entries

The following resource is intended to prepare students for WJEC A2 Media Studies coursework Unit MS3. The documentary brief is found here. A suggestion would be to introduce the unit in May/June, after AS Unit MS1 external assessment is complete.

Tasks in Order

1. Research the Codes and Conventions of Documentary. Use the resources below to identify what you consider to be different types of film documentary (with examples) showing clear understanding of the codes and...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies Level 4 Research Investigation Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Friday March 21, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Factual, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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How does Weekend of a Champion and Bowling for Columbine conform to the codes and conventions of the documentary genre?

Documentary is the earliest of film genres, from the Lumiere Brothers’ The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat and Workers Leaving a Factory (1895) through to The Epic of Everest (1912) and Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera from 1929. It is, and always has been a prolific genre with the primary objective to inform but also to...

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AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section A Frozen Planet Exemplar »

Caroline Bagshaw | Wednesday March 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Documentaries, Factual, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Summer 2013 MEST1 Section A

The Summer 2013 AQA Media Studies A/S Level MEST 1 paper was based on a moving image clip from the BBC.  As always with these papers, students should be taught to carefully interrogate the introductory details. One way to do this is to see how well they can answer the questions without even seeing the clip!

Here they were given the following information:

You are about to see a short sequence from Frozen Planet, first...

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The Representation of Migrants: Comparing The Daily Express to Gypo and Ghosts »

Nick Lacey | Tuesday November 23, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, British, Documentarists, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

Introduction

All three A Level Media Studies exam specifications emphasise the study of the representation of difference.

AQA suggests:

A case study of refugees in British newspapers for example, would involve research into, and documentation of, the treatment of refugees in a variety of British newspapers (or possibly just one) to pinpoint the political and social reasons for the construction of such media representations and the possible effects on the audience of...

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Ideas for Teaching Documentary »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday October 06, 2010

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Television, Television Documentary

By Tina Dixon & Jeremy Orlebar

Week 1 Overview

Video of various extracts of documentaries shown in class using a glossary of documentary definitions and a worksheet identifying codes and conventions of documentary.

OHP used on various hybrids of documentary that students copy.

World at War Episode 15 looked at and a worksheet filled in to highlight key codes and conventions. This series was made on film.

Homework

Students are to watch a documentary of their own choice...

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Television Documentary »

Richard Gent | Wednesday October 06, 2010

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Documentaries Links, Television, Television Documentary

An Introduction to Documentary

Documentary on MediaEdu

Ideas for Teaching Documentary

Documentary Quiz 1

Documentary Quiz 2




Documentary Quiz One »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday August 25, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Other Topics, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Skills

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Documentary Quiz Two »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday August 25, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Other Topics, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Skills

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Documentaries Downloads »

Richard Gent | Tuesday August 18, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Other Topics

Documentaries | Analysing Being Terri.doc

Documentaries | Analysing Wife Swap.doc

Documentaries | Big Brother Reality TV.ppt

Documentaries | Comparative Essay Frame.doc

Documentaries | Discussion.doc

Documentaries | Friedmans Exam.doc

Documentaries | History Quiz.doc

Documentaries | Michael Moore Essay Frame.doc

Documentaries | Past Questions.doc

Documentaries | Reality TV.ppt

Documentaries | Understanding.ppt




History of Documentary Quiz »

Katie Eyres | Wednesday May 20, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Activities

1. Where does the word documentary come from?

2. When and by whom was it brought to England?

3. What does the word documentary mean in French?

4. How did John Grierson later define the term documentary?

5. Who are the two people supposed to have made the first non-fiction films?

6. What were these types of films called?

7. How many reels of film did the Life of Villa use?

8. How did the documentary film begin to be used during the outbreak of war?

9. Who made the first...

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Documentary Discussion Points »

Katie Eyres | Wednesday May 20, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Activities

1. I watch documentaries to widen my horizons. I feel I’m learning more about the world in which I live.

2. Documentaries are a welcome relief from the endless round of games and quiz shows which seem to dominate the schedules nowadays.

3. What I expect from a documentary is that it will tackle issues in greater depth than a news or current affairs programme ever could.

4. Some of these programmes are really quite exciting. You can get very involved in the stories they tell....[ read full article ] »


Comparative Documentary Essay Frame »

Katie Eyres | Wednesday May 20, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Activities

With reference to both the Versace and the Spice Girls Documentaries, how do these texts offer the audience a sense of ‘true documentary’?

This essay will involve a comparison of the two post 1990 texts that we have studied. You must write in full sentences, comparing the two, and offering an argument towards the initial question .

Follow each step to write the perfect essay. It is up to you to add in the detail.

1. Introduce the essay. Say what you are going to be...

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Michael Moore Essay Frame on ‘Bowling for Columbine’ »

Katie Eyres | Wednesday May 20, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Activities

Evaluating “Bowling for Columbine”

Intervention

  • Does Moore mostly act in observational or proactive mode?
  • Why does he do this? To what effect?

Representation

  • How careful is Moore in avoiding stereotypes?
  • Is he careful or deliberate in his use of visual conventions and imagery?
  • In whose interests is he operating? How do we know?

Inflection

  • How does Moore use: a) Editing, b) Filmic style, to create meaning?

Narrative

  • Does the narrative simplify a complex issue? How? Why?
  • ...
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Documentary Links »

Richard Gent | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Factual, Modes, Audience / Stereotypes, Nanook, Truth, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentarists, Contemporary, Mockumentary, Bibliography, Activities, Documentaries Links

Century Films

Century Films create innovative, hard-hitting documentaries and dramas for all the major UK broadcasters, with sales to many international channels. Their work is distinctive, challenging and inventive - and above all, compelling.

They are renowned for producing award-winning work that gives a fresh angle on difficult subjects.

By applying an innovative approach to our films, they push the boundaries of documentary and drama production. They aim to relate...

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Activities »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Activities

Michael Moore Essay Frame on ‘Bowling for Columbine’

Comparative Documentary Essay Frame

Documentary Discussion Points

History of Documentary Quiz


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Bibliography »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Bibliography

Barthes, Rolands,“Camera Lucida”, Vintage, London, 1980

Bazin, Andre, “The Ontology of the Photographic Image”, in Hugh Gray (ed) What is Cinema?, vol.1, University of California Press, 1967

Blandford, Steve, Barry Keith-Grant and Jim Hillier, “The Film Studies Dictionary”, Arnold, London, 2001

Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson, “Film History: An Introduction”, Mc Graw Hill, 2003

Gibson, Pamela Church and John Hill, “The Oxford Guide to Film Studies”, Oxford University...

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Mockumentary »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Mockumentary

The Spin Off: Mockumentary

As every form of art took a sense of post-modernism upon itself so parodies appeared. The Mockumentary is a clever fictional genre which shows the audience how easy it is to make people believe something that is not true really is.

The first and most famous Mockumentary, that wasn’t intended to be a Mockumentary at all in the first place, but had the effect of one, was Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast (1938).

Halloween, October 30th,...

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Contemporary Documentary »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Contemporary

Why is Contemporary Documentary so popular?


To think about what makes it so popular I think it is important to look at the “news values” that journalists deem “newsworthy” articles to have. In 1965 In 1965, Galtung and Ruge came up with a list of “values” that they felt were necessary for an article or story to be worthy of reportage space.

Impact


Threshold: A big story is one that has an extreme effect on a large number of people. Where the immediate effect of an event is...

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Contemporary Documentarists »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Documentarists

Werner Herzog

Grizzly Man (2005)

A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.

Große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner, Die (1974)

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner is a study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999)

In the 1950s, when Werner Herzog was...

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Cinema Verite »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Cinema Verite, Other Topics

After the Second World War, most documentary filmmaking remained in the control of large institutions and corporate funding, fewer documentaries appeared in theatre programmes as the rise of television and television journalism took over. Most older documentarists become less active, Dziga Vertov supervised newsreels until his death, Robert Flaherty died in 1951 and failed to make a feature for many years before his death and John Grierson left the National Film Board of Canada...

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Nazi Propaganda »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Nazi Propaganda, Other Topics

Film Under Nazi Regime

Early German Cinema was renown for “German Expressionism”, a style which much influenced the Universal reign of horror in the USA. The early period between world war I and world war II was the era of the Weimar Republic, the other popular style of this time was films about the city… “City Symphonys”, similar to travelogues but in most cases exploring the worries of industrialisation and the loneliness of the City, rather than celebrating it. Influenced...

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Soviet Union »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Soviet Union, Other Topics

Film and The Social Union

Nicholas II succeeded his father Alexander III as the Tsar of Russia, reigning from 1st November 1984 until his forced abdication on 15th March 1917. Renowned for his doubtfulness in receiving the crown, Nicholas said upon his father’s death “what is going to happen to me and of Russia?”, what would happen in fact would be a total revolution and turn around of the country.

Nicholas’ doubts and concerns grew as he felt incapacitated in dealing with...

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British Documentary Grierson and the GPO »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, British, Other Topics

Scottish, John Grierson had been educated in America during the 1920s, where he became fascinated by the power of cinema and how it controlled the masses’ responses and reactions. However he found himself disappointed that Hollywood pushed entertainment, entertainment, entertainment, over juxtapositions of entertainment and education.

Grierson’s Influences…

Sergei Eisentstein - Battleship Potemkin Part I (1925)

 

In America he helped prepare the release of Eisenstein’s...

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Truth: The Photographic Image »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Film, Documentaries, Truth, Other Topics

In Andre Bazin’sOntology of the Photographic Image” from What is Cinema? He announces his belief in Cinema as True Realism:

“The quarrel over realism in art stems from a misunderstanding, from a confusion between the aesthetic and psychological; between true realism, the need that is given significant expression to the world both concretely and its essence, and the pseudorealism of a deception aimed a fooling the eye (or the mind for that matter); a pseudorealism content in...

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Nanook of the North (1922) »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Nanook

Early documentary consisted of actualites, first produced by the Luminere Brothers at the beginning of cinema, they were visual attractions which showed small fragments of life. After this came the Travelogues and Newsreels during the early days of the studio system. Travelogues were often commissioned by governments or tourist boards and showed exotic places moving past the audience.

Robert Flaherty - Nanook of the North (1921)

Nanook of the North is seen as the first...

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Audience and Stereotypes »

Viki Walden | Wednesday May 13, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Audience / Stereotypes

There are two important things you must consider before producing a documentary: the audience and the subject.

The Subject

Representation basically means re-presenting something, you can not present something in the real. Cinema as a medium always represents what was happening in front of the camera when it was filming. Media representation is the depiction or manner of depiction of people, places and events through the media.

There are many issues with representation- has...

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Bill Nichols’ Six ‘Modes’ of Documentary »

Viki Walden | Tuesday May 12, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Modes

Poetic Mode

Reassembling fragments of the world, a transformation of historical material into a more abstract, lyrical form, usually associated with Grierson, 1920s and Modernists.

Joris Ivens - Rain Part I (1929)
Joris Ivens - Rain Part II (1929)

Humphrey Jennings - Fires Were Started

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Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali - Un Chien Andalou Part I (1929)
Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali - Un Chien Andalou Part II (1929)

Man Ray...

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Factual Programming »

Viki Walden | Tuesday May 12, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Factual

There are many definitions for what Documentary is, but it is an incredibly ambiguous subject as you will discover. Documentary is NOT a GENRE. The best definition can be found in the Film Studies Dictionary

(Blandford, Keith-Grant & Hiller, 2001; 73)

Documentary is…

‘ANY film practice that has its subject persons, events or situations that exist outside the film in the real world, also referred to as NON-FICTION FILM. ‘

Examples of Factual Programming

Nature Programmes

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Documentaries »

Viki Walden | Tuesday May 12, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries

Documentary is about creating drama from the real, rather than constructing drama. However, do not be fooled - documentaries are often far more constructed than they appear to the audience.

A Comparison of Documentary and Drama