View Full Version : What's a Doc and Whats Not?

12-02-2004, 04:41 AM
I'm just curious...I'm making an historical documentary and have decided to add animation (real Japanese Magna style sequences) throughout the film to enhance what is happening in the storyline of the film.

Do you think this crosses the boundry of reality and upsets the balance between fiction and documentary?

Just curious :-/

12-02-2004, 06:36 AM
One thing I've learned during the pre- and production of my doc, as well as reading tons of material on the subject, is that documentaries are not just about recording actual events, but also interpreting them from your point of view. So, I think animation is perfectly valid way to add value to the picture. Unless, of course, you strive to be next Michael Moore whose main objective is to distort the truth.

BTW, most documentaries you will see on TV are far from spontaneous records of historical events - many are staged, there can be re-enactments of past events, etc. As long as your animation falls in line with the concept and the hypothesis of your documentary, I think it's fine.

12-20-2004, 09:02 AM
As long as your animation is relevant to the project, go for it.
Who ever said anything about sticking to the "rules?" 8)