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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section B Spectatorship Documentaries Exemplar »

Karen Ardouin | Monday June 10, 2013

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With reference to the films you have studied for this topic, how far can it be said that different kinds of documentaries offer different kinds of spectator experiences?

The spectator experience is dependent on a number of factors including environment of reception for example (where it is seen) and specifically purpose, whether to entertain, inform, educate or persuade. Documentaries are diverse in content and can suggest degrees of realism. Mediated content is often apparent in terms of the selection and construction of material or a wholly...

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Documentary Definitions »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Dictionary, Media & Film Studies Dictionary, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Super Size Me, World Cinema, Man With A Movie Camera, Genres & Case Studies, Documentary, Hot Entries


Realism: The ‘kind’ of reality produced by a media text

Mediation: The process whereby media texts select and construct the world through different techniques

Documentary encodes versions of reality that are mediated into our individual context. Realism is a term that does not always apply to what is actually real, but to degrees of realism and audiences’ expectations of reality.

Documentary Modes of Representation

In “Representing Reality, Issues and Concepts in Documentary”, Bill Nichols 1991 (Indiana University Press) argues there are four documentary modes...

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Supersize Me Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 01, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Super Size Me, Genres & Case Studies, Documentary

Spectatorship and Documentary


Synopsis and Character Profiles

Supersize Me is a documentary by independent film maker, Morgan Spurlock, about Spurlock himself spending 30 days in sequence, in 2003, eating only McDonalds food, three times a day with the ensuing affect on his health – the title of film reflects his pledge of having to eat a Supersize meal (the largest on the menu) if asked. The film explores the fast food giant’s corporate influence, and lack of nutrition in its products, with the subjective view encoded by the Documentary make that their only priority is...

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