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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 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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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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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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