Documentary Filmmakers -
I believe documentary film making has changed over time not only do I believe it has become more accurate however I do believe in some cases documentaries can be a bit biased. I think this because in some documentaries they only show one side of an arguement.
Michael Moore -
Michael Moore is a well known American Filmmaker who produced and directed the highest-grossing documentary of all time ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’. ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ is a documentary about Michael Moore’s view on the aftermath of the tragedy that was 9/11.
In 1989 Michael Moore was working as an editor of Mother Jones, four month into the job he was fired, ‘The Weekly Standard’ said it was because of an article he refused to print as he believed that the information was inaccurate. However Michael Moore believes he was fired from Mother Jones because of the publishers refusal to allow him to cover a story.
Mr Moore became famously known as a critic of the neoliberal view of globalization after his first documentary in 1989 ‘Roger & Me’ in which Michael Moore portrays the regional negative economic impact of General Motors CEO Roger Smith’s summary action of closing several auto plants in Flint, Michigan.
Nick Broomfield -
Nick Broomfield is an English documentary filmmaker.
Broomfield did not appear on-screen until his film ‘Driving Me Crazy’ in 1988, this was due to a series of arguements about the budget and nature of the film, he claimed that he would only make a documentary that he could experiment with the process of making the actually film itself. This would mean including all the arguements, disagreements and dead interviews. This is what Nick Broomfield is famously known for, not for just making a documentary but by showing how the documentary was brought to life.
Morgan Spurlock -
Morgan Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, political activist, bounty hunter, and journalist.
Morgan Spurlock is famously known for immersing himself in his documentaries and becoming part of it. For example in his television series documentary ‘30 Days’ (in which people are put in places that are out the norm for them such as a chistian living with a Muslim family), he became part of the documentary in the season finale in which Mr Spurlock spent 25 days locked in a jail to experience the life of an inmate however Spurlock didn’t spend 30 days in the jail due to the fact that majorirty of the inmates spend 85% of the sentence.
(See Factuality (Part 16))
After looking at www.vimeo.com/channels/documentaryfilms I found a little small documentary that caught my eye called ‘Fade’.
Fade - http://vimeo.com/34518694
This short documentary was created by Joshua VP and filmed my Joshua VP and Brian Grabski.
In the documentary you see many different visuals of what appears to be the Grand Canon. You get to see the beauty of the world as you listen to an amazing soundtrack. This is a documentary that has not got many words which makes it an observational documentary. In this documentary there is some moments where the technique timelaspe was used. Timelaspe is also used in the documentation film Koyaanisqatsi(part of the Qatsi trilogy) (See Mobile Monday: 5th December).
I think what made me want to watch this documentary was the fact that it shows how amazing the world is around us and it was very relaxing to watch and made me feel at peace.
Final Moment of Wonder from this documentary would be the lighting in the dark and the timelaspe sections.
(See Factuality (Part 3))
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Here are different definitions of the word ‘Documentary’:
- 1. Consisting of, concerning, or based on documents. 2. Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or film. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/documentary)
- Documentary texts are supposedly those which aim to document reality, attempting veracity in their depiction of people, places and events. (http://www.mediaknowall.com/as_alevel/Documentary/docu_index.php)
- 1. Also, doc·u·men·tal, pertaining to, consisting of, or derived from documents: a documentary history of France. 2. Movies, Television . based on or re-creating an actual event, era, life story, etc., that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements: a documentary life of Gandhi. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/documentary)
- 1. being or consisting of documents : contained or certified in writing <documentary evidence> 2. of, relating to, or employing documentation in literature or art; broadly : factual, objective <a documentary film of the war> (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/documentary)
- Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Documentary_film)
John Grierson -
John Grierson was a Scottish Documentarian who was also known as ‘The Moviegoer’ was known to have coined up the word ‘Documentary’. John Grierson believed that observing life could be shown in a new art form by having the original scene with the original character. He believed this would allows the audience to get a better and more real understanding than something that has been re-enacted.
Dziga Vertov -
David Abelevich Kaufman better known as Dziga Vertov was also a documentary film director as well as a newreels and cinema theorist. His filming actually had a huge empact on cinema’s because of his style of documentation.
Below is a list of some of the famous Documentaries I have watched:
- Justin Lee Colin’s: Turning Japanese (http://www.channel5.com/shows/justin-lee-collins-turning-japanese)
- Planet Earth (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mywy)
- How Bruce Lee Changed The World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H684-xAMOZE)
(See Factuality (Part 2))