Documentary. This is a choose Three of Four Assignment. A Challenge.
This is a choose Three of Four Assignment
2. ObservationalObservational documentaries eschew interviews, voice-over narration and a soundtrack, and instead present footage of real life as it unfolds. The effect is a documentary that tends to show, not tell, and invites each viewer to draw his or her own conclusions from the film. Also referred to as cinémavérité or direct cinema, this form of documentary emerged in the 1960s, with the advent of lighter weight, shoulder mounted film cameras and sync-sound recorders. A classic example of direct cinema is the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, made by legendary documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles.
There aren't too many pure observational documentaries being made these days. For an exquisite example of modern day vérité, check out the trailer for Zachary Levy'sStrongman, a beautifully intimate and human portrait of strongman Stanless Steel:
For more great documentaries, check out the documentary shortlist from our own 2010 Vimeo Festival and Awards. It wasn't easy to choose a winner, but here's a clip of the presentation for best documentary award.
The winner, Last Minutes with Oden, is a compelling look into the unique and beautiful relationship between a man and his beloved dog. Using a simple but revealing shooting style with a candid voice over, you can't help but be pulled into the very emotional storyline.
Documentaries are as varied as life itself so there's bound to be a style that suits you and a story that you want to share. Remember, there's a world of documentary out there that goes far beyond the science videos you watched in middle school biology, so go forth and discover the truth with your cameras!