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Week 2A Reading Notes Nichols Ch. 2: How do Documentaries differ from other types of films Documentary is not a reproduction of the world, it represents a particular view of the world even if not our view. Judged on its ability to seem like reality, the pleasure it gives us, and the knowledge we can gain. Want more bc it’s a representation rather then a mere reproduction. Definition of doc hard to make bc many of the films we classify as docts don’t really resemble each other and because over time our attitudes change. Film practices are tried out and either adopted or abandoned. Can us prototypes to define doc such as Nanook of the North where not all of features need to included to be considered a doc. Define doc better by approaching form 4 diff angles: Institutions, practitioners, texts (films and videos), and audience. Instututional Framework : docs can be defined by the institutions that produce (support) them simply by that institution labeling them as a documentary. Shows on the Discovery Channel viewed as docs bc channel is dedicated to showing them. Voice- over commentary is a specific institutional framework (their idea of a doc) so then always have a narrator leading us through the images. Often times doesn’t take sides, but also doesn’t represent all points of view evenly. Mockumentaries : example is “The Blair Witch Project”. They are judged on ability to make viewer believe that what we see is real.
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  • Spring '08
  • Schoemaker
  • Documentary film, Dziga Vertov, Newsreel style documentaries, mode- verbal commentary, mode- visual associations

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