01-19-2012, 09:38 AM
I've got an opportunity to shoot a 5-10 minute doc about any subject of my choosing for a film class this semester. With a background in photography, I really appreciate films like "Baraka" that have a huge photographic/cinematic focus rather than having dialogue shape the story. But without a huge budget and exotic locales to shoot in (Just the good ole Midwest U.S.A.), I'll have to be a bit more creative in my framing and subject matter. Basically, what I'm wondering is where the line is between artful cinematography and non-fiction documentary film. Can it be possible to tell a story and project a viewpoint without text or dialogue, and yet still argue that it can be considered documentary film?