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dramedy

May 15, 2012

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A dramedy combines the features of both comedy and drama. Some examples according to tvtropes.org: Elizabethtown Glee M*A*S*H* The Truman Show The Wonder Years

biopic

February 23, 2012

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Short for biographical motion picture. A film presenting the biography of a person, usually a famous one.

travel documentary

February 10, 2012

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Documentary presenting travel attractions, describing travels etc. in a non-advertising way. Related: travelogue

reality film

February 10, 2012

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A genre developed from reality TV. Not to be confused with documentary. In reality film predefined events are staged with non-pro actors and filmed with simple equipment. Therefore it is a low-budget genre. Examples: Jackass The Movie, The Real Cancun, Bikini Beach Precursor: Chelsea Girls (1966, dir. Andy Warhol) more about this one on Wikipedia […]

public-access TV

February 10, 2012

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Non-commercial mass media based on TV content created by ordinary people and cablecast through cable TV specialty channels. (USA)

newsreel

February 10, 2012

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Short documentary form popular in the first half of the 20th century. Released as part of cinematic shows was a source of news and entertainment until TV took its place. Nowadays newsreel materials exist as important historical evidence and a huge source of valuable archival footage.

expository documentary

February 10, 2012

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A documentary based on verbal commentary and argumentation.

b movie

February 8, 2012

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Low-budget commercial movie. Historically it was the less publicised half of a double show (USA). Nowadays it may be understood as a low quality film (which doesn’t have to be true), and is often mixed with exploitation films etc.

web film

February 8, 2012

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Planned and made entirely for Internet distribution.

multimedia documentary

February 3, 2012

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See: web documentary

interactive documentary

February 3, 2012

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See: web documentary

web documentary

February 3, 2012

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Non-traditional documentary production that uses interactive multimedia to create non-linear projects with video, audio, text, photography, animation etc. as components. Web documentaries (also called interactive documentaries or multimedia documentaries) give a different experience based on interaction and co-creation of the audience and the producer-creator. The user can create his or her own path through clusters […]

rockumentary

February 3, 2012

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At first – documentaries depicting rock’n’roll stars. Now – also concert films with rock music.

actuality film

February 3, 2012

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Factual film genre similar to documentaries. Its difference lies in the fact that the materials are not structures into large, logical arguments or reflections. Actuality films tend to be short and, historically, preceded the emergence of documentary film as we know it today.

participatory video

February 3, 2012

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Form of participatory media (see: citizen media) in which a group or community creates their own film. The form is caused by the fact that video technology is now extremely cheap. The group can therefore relatively easily explore and tackle important issues or tell stories and at the same time benefit from the integrating process […]

wildlife film

February 3, 2012

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See: wildlife documentary

nature documentary

February 3, 2012

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Wildlife or natural history documentary. A documentary about non-human living creatures, usually in their natural habitat. Most of film in this genre are made for and presented on TV.

mockumentary

February 3, 2012

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Genre in which fictitious events are presented in documentary style. The special feature of a mockumentary is complete lack of fact. The story and characters are all fictional, only the style suggests a documentary. Not to be confused with: docudrama dramadoc docufiction

ethnofiction

February 3, 2012

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Ethnographic docufiction.

docufiction

February 3, 2012

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Documentary with elements of fiction – shot in the time and place of events but with an element of fiction, e.g. a character playing a certain role in cooperation with the director, whereas other people are not aware of it and act naturally. Not to be confused with: dramadoc – documentary with elements of re-enactment […]

docudrama

February 3, 2012

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Documentary with elements of fiction, especially dramatised re-enactment. Docudrama (as opposed to docufiction and dramadoc) is shot entirely after the events took place and the element of drama is relatively big. It can be described as a film inspired by real events, shot in documentary style. It can be also called false documentary. Often confused […]

concert film

February 2, 2012

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A concert film or a concert movie is a documentary form that documents a live concert (music, comedy etc.).

animated documentary

February 2, 2012

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A genre that combines documentary and animation techniques. There are different approaches to the genre. An animated documentary may be: documentary audio + realistic animation depicting the story told documentary audio + non-realistic animation documentary film + elements of animation documentary film with its visual side re-done with a certain animation technique (example: 2008 – […]

shockumentary

February 2, 2012

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See: mondo films

mondo films

February 2, 2012

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A mondo film (mondo in Italian means world) is an exploitation documentary film based on sensation, taboo topics (death, sex, drugs, racism etc.). Staged episodes may be presented as real footage. Alternative name: shockumentary

travelogue (films)

February 2, 2012

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A form of travel documentaries that provided an equivalent for tourism from the beginnings of cinema. The films were usually narrated by the director himself, who often introduced the film, provided commentary during the film and met the audience afterwards. Contemporary travelogues are rather travel documentaries with commentary, voice-over narration, often a soundtrack apart from […]

compilation films

February 2, 2012

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Films made entirely of found footage (this is the source of the genre’s new, popular name – found footage). At the beginning they were part of the documentary genre (1927 – The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty by Esif Schub, 1964 – Point of Order by Emile de Antonio) and still are popular among documentarians […]

observational documentary

February 2, 2012

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Documentary film making style – documenting life with an unobtrusive camera, with as little interaction as possible. See also: fly on the wall

ethnographic films

February 2, 2012

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Documentary film related to ethnology. Very useful in studies as a tool in visual anthropology. There are two kinds. The first kind is created by trained ethnographers. The second kind are films created by other filmmakers used in the study of culture. The genre emerged in the 60s, yet its forefather was Robert J. Flaherty […]

direct cinema

February 2, 2012

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A genre in documentary film making that was born in late 50s in North America, especially in Canada. It was the effect of the need for a new documentary language and of the invention of light, portable film equipment. The films were aimed at confronting common opinions with reality, with how things were – as […]

fly on the wall

February 2, 2012

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Documentary filmmaking style based on the idea that events should be filmed as a fly sitting on a wall would see them. The crew is most unobtrusive, trying to remain almost unnoticed by the characters. Films may, however, include elements such as masked interviews. See also: cinema verite (opposite)

Cinéma vérité

February 2, 2012

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Cinéma vérité (truthful cinema) is a style in documentary filmmaking. It is widely accepted, that a cinema verite filmmaker and his or her camera should be that catalysts of situations. This style accepts interaction between the filmmaker and the subject (as opposed to fly on the wall documentaries). The camera is always acknowledged, often confrontational […]

spoof

January 30, 2012

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A film that humorously refers or pays tribute to an older film or other story (e.g. Monty Python and the Holy Grail refers to the tales of King Arthur and his knights).

spaghetti western

January 29, 2012

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Western shot in Italy or Spain in the 60s. Usually a B movie, low budget, low production value and little dialogue. Some of the most famous spaghetti westerns were shot by Sergio Leone.

film noir

January 27, 2012

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A style or genre in American film created and used mostly in the 40s and 50s. Films in this group avoid clear distinctions between right and wrong. Mysterious and cruel situations are often presented. Happy end is avoided. Moral evaluation of characters is avoided. In visual style: the use of darkness (cities at night) and […]

dramadoc

January 26, 2012

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Reconstruction of real events with film means (actors etc.). Full entry: drama documentary See also: docudrama

drama documentary

January 26, 2012

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Film form based on reconstructing real events with fictional means – actors etc. Used by documentary filmmakers when none archival material are available or to stimulate interest or empathy for the characters and issues tackled. It may be also used by fiction filmmakers to apply documentary content or style to fiction film. In this case […]

LGBT(Q) cinema

January 25, 2012

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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (Queer) cinema – that is film that tackle the issues of LGBT(Q) – leading characters, main plot, sex scenes etc. Here is a list of LGBT related films of Wikipedia.

genre

January 24, 2012

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A genre is defined by similarities in dramaturgy, narration, mood of the film. Comedy, Thriller, Horror, Westers, Melodrama are all genres. E.g. thriller and horror are somewhat similar – both scare us. The difference that makes a thriller a thriller and a horror a horror is the fact that in a horror we have supernatural […]