Documentary Types

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Types of Documentary Films

Contributor(s): Nelson Walker

Expository Documentary:

off-screen narration.

Impressionistic:

but often incorporating many of the same elements.

Observational Documentary:

time and space (e.g. diverse camera angles, shot/reverse shot, close-ups, pans and tilts)

Reflexive Documentary:

itself and often foregrounds the relationship between the filmmaker and the spectators, as well as between the filmmaker and the subjects.

or talk to the audience in a voice-over. Others are more formally reflexive and highlight the relationship between cinema and the world.

Experimental Documentary:

on allied art forms (painting, dance, sculpture, photography, etc.) and can even incorporate elements of fiction.

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