Narrative conventions-
structuring a documentary
Must capture the audience attention
The beginning
Central question of doc...
The middle
Otherwise known as the complication stage
Needs to be the most interesting sectionExplores the issue in human t...
The end
Makes the exposition fully apparent
By this stage the audience should be clear
what the argument is trying to say.
Conflict
Be between people with different beliefs,
goals, circumstances or ambitions
Or can be a variety of others.
Sense of Movement-
Can add strength to the narrative elements
There are three types of movement we see
in a documentary;
p...
Music and SFX
Sound effective in producing an emotional
response in the audience
Lighting
Can be extremely important in creating the
mood or adding realism to the
documentary.
Visuals
What we see on the screen including
archive footage
Construction of Reality
When you watch a documentary you
should be asking yourself not just what
you’re seeing but also wh...
Narrative Structure
Open narrative
Audience makes up their
own mind at the end.
Closed narrative
There is a definitive ending and outcome.
Single Strand
Only one main plot running
throughout the programme.
Multi-strand
Many sub-parts that interweave.
Linear
In chronological order.
Non linear
Not in chronological order.
Circular narrative
One question at the start. Question is revisited at the end.
Circular narratives can tie in with
open n...
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Narrative conventions structuring a documentary

Narrative conventions and Narrative Structure
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. Narrative conventions- structuring a documentary Must capture the audience attention The beginning Central question of documentary can be posed at the beginning in an interesting way. One way of doing this is quick interviews, capturing conflict with different people.
  • 2. The middle Otherwise known as the complication stage Needs to be the most interesting sectionExplores the issue in human terms Conflict is strengthened during this stage
  • 3. The end Makes the exposition fully apparent By this stage the audience should be clear what the argument is trying to say.
  • 4. Conflict Be between people with different beliefs, goals, circumstances or ambitions Or can be a variety of others.
  • 5. Sense of Movement- Can add strength to the narrative elements There are three types of movement we see in a documentary; physical movement e.g. change of location movement in time e.g. day to night or change of seasons psychological change e.g. witnessing how someone deals with new situations.
  • 6. Music and SFX Sound effective in producing an emotional response in the audience
  • 7. Lighting Can be extremely important in creating the mood or adding realism to the documentary.
  • 8. Visuals What we see on the screen including archive footage
  • 9. Construction of Reality When you watch a documentary you should be asking yourself not just what you’re seeing but also what you are not seeing. This concept is known as gatekeeping (selection and rejection of information by editors or producers)
  • 10. Narrative Structure Open narrative Audience makes up their own mind at the end.
  • 11. Closed narrative There is a definitive ending and outcome.
  • 12. Single Strand Only one main plot running throughout the programme.
  • 13. Multi-strand Many sub-parts that interweave.
  • 14. Linear In chronological order.
  • 15. Non linear Not in chronological order.
  • 16. Circular narrative One question at the start. Question is revisited at the end. Circular narratives can tie in with open narratives.