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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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BOOK II

STORYTELLING

 

PART 6

DOCUMENTARY AESTHETICS

 

 

Book I: Observing led you through the stages of observing with the camera and then of editing footage into a narrative. Observational films usually fall into the realist tradition of transparent documentary that took off in the 1960s. The cinema verité movement, profiting from the first truly mobile sync film equipment, set about further pursuing Dziga Vertov’s manifesto on the camera’s ability to capture reality.1 Purists however found observational filmmakers’ claims to truth spurious, arguing that transparent filming got its appearance of objectivity from questionable practices: one was to ignore the subjectivity inseparable from every step of filmmaking; another lay in editing out all ...

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