Monday, 5 January 2015

Issues in a Documentary

Documentaries have many pros and cons within them. However there are some main issues that people may not see as a viewer but can effect the way in which what has been documented seen differently. I feel the main factor of this is when interviewing people, it mainly depends on what question is asked, however everyone has there own opinion which can make things very bias, or if not explained properly can sometimes give people the wrong idea and opinion on something. this can also give people the wrong information in the person being interviewed gives there opinion making it sound more like  fact and then  if the film maker doesn't give the proper fact it can make the viewer believe differently.

Another factor that can cause issues is the filming itself, if the editing and filming, if the documentary is just interviews of people asking them about a certain subject area then it can be very boring and samey, also if there is not much footage on what the documentary is about then the viewer can get bored very easy and not be interested in what is being said even if it is the valuable information.

There are other issues that are small but can also play effect. things such as if the film maker has a main subject point but steers off the point and starts interfering with the main subject choice, Also i feel how much information is being told can either draw the viewer in or steer them away. if to much information is being said at one point then it can be hard to take it all in, Also if the information is pointless  and useless then it might draw people away.

Another small issue is the length of the documentary, if it is very long then towards the end viewers may be tired and then they miss the conclusion and may not understand why it was produced, or if it to short then the filmmaker may find it hard to get all the information needed within the length of the documentary making it rushed and not as exciting.

The last small issue that might be is the language that is used, if it to technical then it will be very hard to understand, but then if it is to simple then it may make the information sound fake.

Accuracy - Accuracy and precision are defined in terms of systematic and random errors. The more common definition associates accuracy with systematic errors and precision with random errors. Another definition, advanced by ISO, associates trueness with systematic errors and precision with random errors, and defines accuracy as the combination of both trueness and precision.
Accuracy is very important through documentary making, if the film maker isnt getting the right information, telling people facts that are wrong or inaccurate then the film will be non-fictinal. i feel that accuracy is one of the main features within documentary film making.

Balance - A state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
Balance also plays a very important part, deoending on what the documentarys is about if the film maker wants it to be engaging then each aspecrt of the film such as archive footage, interviews, and also where the facts are being told.

Impartiality -  Is a principle of justice holding that decisions should be based on objective criteria, rather than on the basis of bias, prejudice, or preferring the benefit to one person over another for improper reasons.

objectivity - The objectivity of my documentary is finding out how three people react to a situation they may not be comfortable with. We followed three students around so that we could see what their reaction would be, and how they would work with the cameras as well as showing their day to day life.

Subjectivity - Subjectivity refers to how someone's judgment is shaped by personal opinions and feelings instead of outside influences. Subjectivity is partially responsible for why one person loves an abstract painting while another person hates it.

Opinion - In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective, i.e. based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. Opinion can be a huge changing point within a documentarys, due to if the film maker has a different opinion to who he is filming or interviewing, or even on the subject area then it can change the way the film maker asks questions or even how the how film is edited, The producers may want viwers to see their side of the story what they feel should be shown and not the whole picture.

Bias - Bias is an inclination of temperament or outlook to present or hold a partial perspective, often accompanied by a refusal to consider the possible merits of alternative points of view. People may be biased toward or against an individual, a race, a religion, a social class, a political party, or a species. Biased means one-sided, lacking a neutral viewpoint, not having an open mind. Bias can come in many forms and is often considered to be synonymous with prejudice or bigotry. Being bias can impact the the way in which the veiwer could see the main focus point. Film makers have to be careful to who they decide to interveiw. If they decided to interveiw to many people that are bias one way then it will change the whole opinion to the documentary.

representation - We were trying to show what it was life in the life of a sixth former, how things have changed since the lower school and what they do now their in the sixth form. They represented different types of sixth formers and thats what we were looking for and they really represented that.

Privacy - Is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differ among cultures and individuals, but share common themes. When something is private to a person, it usually means that something is inherently special or sensitive to them. Documentarys are the best way to exploite infomation, they tell people the facts on past and present showing the world what people may not see with the naked eye. however Telling the deep inner facts can be very private. people explore things that can be private to someone or soemthing, possibly upsetting

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