Documentary Research

I wanted to find some recent documentaries that can help me understand what to include, how to work with camera angles and working/recording in a live, spur of the moment atmosphere.

After our first tutorial, I realised that the two most important things to get right were the audio quality, and camera work, as if these things are on point then we will be able to work with them to some positive extent when editing, even if we have lesser or worse footage than we expected. The subjects of this documentary regularly had mic’s on their shirt, as it is clearly a very dialogue based documentary. The nature of our documentary is more playful and promotional, where I think we will be grabbing people to talk quickly for 5 minutes, in a very informal manner. This made me realise that we may not be able to be as meticulous as we wanted when recording.

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They also used their statistics and facts by putting them on screen in a white box, which looked both easy to read and formal enough. I think this could be a potential use for our film.

The Child Documentary was concerning child protection and to what extent families had their right to raise their child as they see fit and where it would be crossing a line in the eyes of the government. The main argument was if the government had any more right than the parents to judge their methods.Basically, this documentary uses a lot of interviews, and is almost based around them entirely. A narrative is constructed through pure interviewee feedback put into the right place, which makes it both real and firsthand. I feel like our documentary will have to rely quite heavily on a dialogue feedback narrative, to explain what Bramley Baths in about. The camera angles were mainly simple but effective, as there was no need for any dramatic shots of the family, due to their subject matter being shocking enough. It’s clear that the camera work needs to reflect quite truthfully what the subject matter is for highest and most sensical effect. The music was one of the most important dramatic effects, as unlike a certain camera angle or vision, music is widely suggestive to the situation. The fading in and out of the music and the syncing was noticeably good in this documentary and certainly something we need to think about for ours. There were however some points in this that were a little poor such as some lighting at points, as well as some subtitles used for bad audio, but this just tells me that when filming live and on the spot you need to make do with what you have.

This short New York Times Op-Doc used a really great narration narrative which was extremely easy to follow and understand. Although, for the topic at hand this is probably the best means of documenting it as the details need to be accurate, without any human flaw one may obtain in say various interviews. Mr. Wright is clearly talking from a sense of reason, and though one may disagree with him he still stands respectable and easy to listen to. For our documentary, we’ve been told to make Jennie our focal interview due to her vast involvement with Bramley Baths, and so need to make her sound like the voice of truth and reason within the documentary. The overlaying of appropriate clips and footage whilst Mr. Wright is talking is also done well, and what we will need to do also. This has made me realise that interviews rarely stay on the subject for an elongated amount of time, rather their voice is the most important part. Clearly this means we will have to be extra careful with audio, and make sure we get the best we possibly can.

 

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