History of Documentary Filmmaking

Masters
Essay
Technology
Pages 10 (2510 words)
Download 0
Documentary is an extensive category of visual expression that attempts to portray actual people, places, activities, and events ("Documentary", 2005). It endeavors to present reality and facts, not fiction. Documentary film displays life as it is. It is a "reality-driven representation" (Renov, 1993)…

Introduction

Documentary film initially referred to movies shot on film stock1. Eventually, however, it has expanded to include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video2 or made for television series.
John Grierson, a film maker, used the term 'documentary' to refer to any non-fiction film medium, including travelogues3 and instructional films. By definition, the earliest moving pictures were documentaries. They were single-shot moments captured on film. Due to technological limitations such as small amounts of film contained in movie cameras, very little information could be recorded and stored. Thus many of the first films are a minute or less in length. Auguste and Louis Lumire made this type of films. They staged the first public film screening on 28th December 1985 in the basement lounge of the Grand Cafe on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris ("Chronology", 2007).
In the early part of the twentieth century travelogue films were very popular. The film In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) filmed by photographer Edward Curtis embraced primitivism and exoticism in a staged story presented as truthful reenactments of the life of Native Americans. In 1919, Russian film maker Dziga Vertov issues a manifesto (Kinoks-Revolution Manifesto) calling for a new styles of cinma tic reportage that documents real life. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

History of Google
Being the gateway to the web for more than hundreds of millions of people globally, Google can utilize using more than 100 languages (Vise, 2006). In fact, its brand has already been officially listed as a verb in the Webster's Dictionary (Vise, 2006). Indeed, Google is growing faster and bigger than its competitors.…
History of Internet and Music in UK
1974 was important in UK Internet history as in this year 'Telenet', a commercial version of ARPANET, was opened which was the first step towards providing the first public packet data service in UK.…
The History of Weaving
Chapter one gives a discourse on the background to the study, Statement of research problem, Objectives and significance of the study and the Hypothesis. Chapter two presents a Review of the literature while chapters three present Research methods. Finally, chapter four gives a Discussion and conclusion of the study.…
History of Documentary Filmmaking
Documentary film initially referred to movies shot on film stock1. Eventually, however, it has expanded to include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video2 or made for television series.…
The History and Development of Television Essay
And yet this device so vital to daily life remains a complete mystery to most people. While any elementary student can at least produce the more common mistaken identities of those who claim to have invented the light bulb or telephone, very few college professors could probably come up with even one of the many names attached to the invention of television.…
Documentary Films
The deliberate and chilling procession by Adolf Hitler's toward his place of honor above and away from everybody else stands as a symbol of his rise from lowly and anonymous soldier to destroyer of worlds. When the madman rise to the stand where his beady eyes survey the glory that has been created to extol his own particular brand of insanity, he becomes far more than just a small town boy made…