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The shadow becomes the substance: The documentary /2

Read Part 1 As I have previously stated, the range of material covered by documentary includes biography, natural history, science, wildlife, entertainment and comedy and various combinations of all of the above; but there is also a further sub-division that embraces the above but refines it even more. Effectively this brings us to the consideration of what we refer to as ‘observational’ type documentary and ‘non-observational documentary’. Observational refers to material, which is gathered within a particular context where we the audience become observers of what is actually happening in front of the lens. Usually this is not set up

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The shadow becomes the substance: The documentary /3

Read Part 1 | Part 2 The interview One of the very important elements in a documentary, regardless of genre, is the quality of the interviewees and indeed the Presenter, that is if the documentary or series of documentaries is going to be ‘presenter led’. This is the equivalent to casting movie stars in a movie. The interviewees and/or presenter are the stars of the documentary and should be selected very carefully. These are the people, men and women collectively, who are going to give individual perspectives on the core subject matter of the documentary and help bring it to

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The shadow becomes the substance: The documentary /4

Read Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Visuals Next on the planning agenda are the visuals. Where is filming going to take place, what are the locations that are going to provide the backdrop to the film and provide most of the visual material. Separate to actual locations, visuals may also include possible archival material to be sourced in libraries, which may be either moving picture and still footage or a combination of both. Animation may also be employed to illustrate ideas or situations that require illustration not possible through other practical means. In the case of the

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