Documentary in the contemporary mediascape

Oldham, A. (2008) Documentary in the contemporary mediascape. In: Negotiating the Mediascape, University of Kent, Canterbury, June 2008. Available from:

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This paper looked at teaching documentary production as an integrated process of practice, theory and pedagogy within the context of the contemporary media landscape. The starting point of the paper was to address the purpose and motivation of the filmmaker, suggesting that although we live in an age of media saturation, there remain important social, cultural and political truths to be told which too often remain hidden from popular view in spite of the plethora of digital channels and available distribution platforms. It went on to suggest that documentary presents a distinctive opportunity to engage students with a medium that has a rich tradition of attempting to discern and then represent some notion of contemporary truth in the language of audiovisual narrative form.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:documentary, contemporary mediascape, digital
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
ID Code:10718
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:12 Aug 2010 08:26
Last Modified:26 Sep 2016 07:22

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