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a _____________ eschews or de-emphasizes stories and narratives, inste

a _____________ eschews or de-emphasizes stories and narratives, inste


School: University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Department: Business Management
Course: Intro to Telecommunications
Professor: Kristen warner
Term: Fall 2016
Cost: 50
Name: Study Guide 2
Description: Test 2 Oct. 12, 2016 Study guide covers weeks 6-8
Uploaded: 10/07/2016
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TCF 100 Test 2 Study Guide 10/12/16  

what are the Elements of Documentary Films?

Documentary and Sports Documentary  

Elements of Documentary Films (Corrigan)  

Non-fiction vs. Non-narrative documentary  


• Primarily associated with documentary films  

- give factual descriptions of actual events, persons, or places rather than their fictional /  invented re-creation  

- use same info. as documentary but presented in an entertaining & easy to follow way  Non-narrative  

- eschew / de-emphasize stories & narratives  

- employ forms such as lists, repetition or contrasts as their organizational structure  - EX: create a visual list, repeat a single image as an organizing pattern, alternate  between objects in a way that suggests different fundamental contrasts  

- can embed stories but those are usually secondary to the non-narrative pattern  • Clearly suggest distinct ways of seeing the world  

what is Non-narrative film?

What allegiances do narrative & documentary hold?  

Narrative - dramatic storytelling  

Documentary - recording of reality, education of viewers, presentation of poetical / social  analyses  

Organizational documentary POV  

Documentary organizations: show / describe experiences in a way that differs from narrative  films  

Cumulative Organization

•Present a catalog of images / sounds throughout the course of the film - may be a simple series  w/ no recognizable logic connecting the images

Contrastive Organization

•Presents a series of contrasts / oppositions meant to indicate the different points of view on its  subject

- may alternate between images of war & peace or between skylines of different cities - can distinguish positive / negative events - may suggest a more complicated relationship between objects or individuals

what is Cumulative Organization?

Developmental Organization

• Places, objects, individuals, or experiences are presented through a pattern that has a non narrative logic or structure but still follows a logic of change or progression Don't forget about the age old question of How do we become distinct individuals?

Rhetorical Positions

• Organizational points of view that shape formal practices accruing to certain perspectives  attitudes

Non-narrative film can be entirely or partially fictional, conversely a non-fiction film can  be constructed as a narrative  

Documentaries are never objectively true  

• All documentaries…  

- employ storytelling & dramatization to some degree to shape their material  - employ same subjective cinematic visual language  

- no subject knowingly filmed can ever behave as they would off camera  - have personal perspective on subject matter  

Four basic frameworks to documentary  

- effort to explore the world and it’s people  

- interrogate / analyze an event or problem  

- assumes stance of a debater who attempts to persuade the audience  - foregrounds and reflects presence & activity of filmmaking process  

Documentary should be re-characterized as a Creative Treatment of Reality  

ESPN 30 for 30  

• Celebration of ESPN’s 30 years  

• Documentary form treats sports in a more authentic and detailed manner than other  programming  

• Allows artistic creativity from directors when creating a documentary  

• Overthrows HBO’s sports position as the most prominent producer of sports documentaries  - claim ESPN films encourages playfulness and experimentation  

- suggest that documentaries can be entertaining, informative, detailed and thoughtful  • Describe their programs as “films that just so happen to be on television”  • Want to use the documentaries to tell a larger story of what sports meant in that era & where  they intersected w/ that era  Don't forget about the age old question of physics fau

• Narrates sport history while tying it along w/ ESPN history  

June 17, 1994  

• Director, Brett Morgan, calls it experimental meaning the audience feels as through they are  experiencing it not just watching a film about it  

• Constructed production entirely from archive footage w/o voiceover, narration, or interviews • Events  

- OJ Simpson’s Case  

- Stanley Cup  

- Nicks defeat Rockets  

- Royals ad Seattle baseball game  

- U.S. Open  

- World Cup  

• Framework  

- Explorative - Reflective

• walks through footage from different event of that day, doesn’t persuade-walks through  everyones emotions from the day, rebuilds what day looked like w/ footage  

New Media  

Strike TV and YouTube  

• Strike TV is a web-video network  

• Mission  

- act of revolt against the industry & YouTube, showcase independent films and web series  made by professionals working outside the industry system

- content had better writing and cinematography than what’s traditionally on YouTube  • “Problem of YouTube”  

- control over the growing market for web videos  

- “viral” web-stars lack consistency and stability in viewers  

• TV still has the advantage  

- advertiser-friendly

- capable of bringing in new professionals,

- stressing quality (production) along with quantity

Web Series  

• Won’t ever be more popular than TV and film  

- overall market is much smaller  

- most of the important and noteworthy projects made for the web are made by either a  traditional institute or by people w/ strong connections to them  

• Indie Web  

• Propose that web series can what traditional media can’t  If you want to learn more check out anth 1100

1. Illustrate alternative ways of producing new kinds of stories (narrative & genre  experimentation)

2. Experiment w/ new practices in marketing  

3. Explore new ways of advertising  

4. Identify new methods of distribution (getting content to people)

5. Determine new ways of assessing value of content (what kinds of serials do consumers  want? / what will make them stay loyal to the show?)  

Web Series  

• Offer advisors and consumers…  

1. Ways to connect w/ consumers / users in an increasingly difficult marketplace  2. Ways to correct gender, racial, sexually oriented representations in mainstream media  3. Ways to allow new content producers access into the industry  

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

• $200,000 budget  

• Mostly shot in Universal Studios backlot  

• Ignored traditional TV rule by having a 42 min runtime  

• Recouped production costs  

• Proved potential profitability of original online content

• Consequence of the strike  

- development of autonomous online entertainment programming is accelerated  • Aped TV distribution models by uploading the three acts for free viewing over the course of a  week & later making them available on iTunes and on DVD  We also discuss several other topics like gita kolluru

New Media  

• Interactive media technology  

- internet  

- video games  

• Characteristics of new media

- digital  

- interactive  

- social  

- asynchronous  

- multimedia  

- narrowcasting  

Web Series watched in class…  

Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl: halloween  

H+: technology in the brain  

- biggest budget  

Marble Hornets: found footage  

- smallest budget  

Lizzie Bennett Diaries: pride & prejudice  

Story telling in the age of Virtual Identity  We also discuss several other topics like comm 307

• Story helps construct the world in specific ways

- engages audience  

- helps them grapple with intangible concepts like morality, appropriateness, and fairness  because audiences generally hate randomness, inexplicability, and ambiguity  • Creates overshadowing narratives to distract  

• Characteristics stories must have to be captivating

- universality  

- shared values  

- the ability for an audience to feel in control  

• Dominante stories in this era…  

- bullying  

- cat-fishing  

- identity theft  

Technology & Youth  

• Stories around what happens to us online becomes more prominent

• 93% of young people surveyed own a computer

• 96% of young people own a mobil phone

• Ability to be connected to others through anytime, anywhere technology has expanded our  sense of place, what it means to be social, and revamps our community experience  Don't forget about the age old question of motivating operations and discriminative stimuli


• Described as a reality thriller  

• Tagline  

- “not based on a true story... not inspired by true events... just true.”  • Questions about authenticity emerge but make it even more compelling  • Technology used  

- Facebook  

- google maps  

- messaging  

- YouTube  

- real-estate site  

- GPS  

- email (computer)

- text message (phone)

• Documentary approach  

- reflective  

- analyzes  

• shows the story as it happened and tries to get the truth out

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