A documentary should tell a good story, whilst developing the audience's knowledge of at least one situation or a character.

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Jenni Wells 10T1

A documentary should tell a good story, whilst developing the audience’s knowledge of at least one situation or a character.

   A documentary should tell the audience about real life, it should give factual information and inform the audience of people and events, to let the audience form a biased opinion, or be persuaded into believing what the documentary is trying to convey to them.

   According to Michael Rabiger, a documentary must adhere to certain conventions in order to be considered as a proper documentary, it should aim to convey a personal, critical perspective on some aspect of the human condition by showing the audience how other humans behave and being able to learn about their views. It should also contain dramatic suspense by intriguing the audience, and making them judge, and form an opinion about the things they have learnt.

   In the case of Expository documentaries, the director uses a narrator to explain what is happening in the pictures that the audiences can see, these types of documentaries are usually wildlife documentaries, etc. Observational documentaries depend on the audience to form their own narration, as they often use ‘video diary and fly on the wall’ techniques, and interactive documentaries, such as ‘What not to wear’, uses the film crew to interact with the subject of the documentary and takes the leading part in the filming of actions. It can also just be interviewing and questioning the subject.

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   In the documentaries we studied, there were a variety of different styles, for example, in the documentary, “Donal Macintyre”, there were lots biased views from different people in the documentary, and that drug Methamphetaine (Yabba) was represented as a drug that the poor people of Thailand were addicted to, and they thought that if they took it, they could work for longer hours and get paid more money. In one of the other documentaries that we studied, called “The Salon” all the employees of the salon had different roles and different character, for example, Ricardo was the and funny ...

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