Marie Michael Library

Title

Constructing Reality: What is a Documentary? / Ways of Storytelling

Length

111 min.

File No

265

Format

VHS; NFB.

Description

Series of six videos and manual. This series compiles excerpts of Canadian archival and contemporary documentary films for the purpose of studying the conventions, the techniques, the power and the social impact of this form of communication. Includes a resource book with film descriptions, background notes, interviews with filmmakers, technical notes and terminology. This video is an overview of the topics represented in the series. Documentaries are mediated constructions, and not always a clear reflection of reality. This is followed by a discussion of how a film is developed from the initial idea, through the manipulation of sound and images, narration, and other choices that fashion stories in film and video. National Film Board (NFB).

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