Documentary Ideas

Documentary Ideas
Sound
Diegetic
Sound is visible on screen. Can be heard when
dialogue is taking place between two people.
Non Diegetic
Sound is added onto the production.
Commentary and sound effects such as music
can be added to create more of an affect.
Editing
Fading to black can be used to create tension
and suspense.
Shot reverse shot can be used to switch
between interviewer and interviewee.
This can show interaction between the
two. It can also allow viewers to assume
that the interviewer and interviewee are
looking directly at each other.
Camera Shots
Mid Shot
Can help show the body language of person
who is being interviewed. It can also show
gestures and emotions.
Close Ups
Shows the expression of the person being
spoken to. It can set the mood for the
documentary.
Establishing Shot
Sets the scene for opening sequence
Tilts/Pans
Follows the subject or interaction. The camera
shows the location of documentary.
Mise-en-Scene
Costumes
Can show the type of documentary being
shown.
Props
Relevant to chosen genre. For example, weapon
used for murder.
Location
The scene shows the setting of the
documentary. Cinematics are
shown and so people may be able
to recognize the location.
Conventions
Interviews
An opinion/insight can be given through the
use of interviews.
Reconstructions
Can provide factual information it can give
viewers a sense of realism like as if the
event happened in real life. Blurring can be
used to make it more realistic.
Voiceovers
Commentating over things can allow the
audience to form an opinion based on the
commentators views.
Archive Footage
It can help people understand events clearly. As
well as this it can detail.
Text
Can show information quickly to audiences to
help them understand what is going on. Also
can be used to introduce people on camera.
Crime Topics
Murder
Kidnap
Stabbings
Gangs
Assault
Arson
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