What is a documentary?

To start my new project off I decided to do some research into what actually is a documentary and to gain some more knowledge of documentaries. I started off by finding out what the definition of a documentary is.

Documentary – “Consisting of official pieces of written, printed, or other matter of a movie, a television or radio program, or photography) Using pictures or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual record or report.”

(This definition was taken from Google definitions.)

I also found out that a documentary is not necessarily the real thing; it is a constructed representation of what happened. There are also many different types of documentaries for example things like Observational, Interview Led and Social documentaries.

By researching documentaries it has helped me to become more aware of what one actually is and what things I could include in my 5 minute short documentary.


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