Students name: Teachers name: Course title: Date: Casting JonBenet The Oxford dictionary defines a documentary as a film radio programme or television programme that provides a factual report on a particular subject. However the understanding of what documentary films are today moves away from the idea that documentaries are factual reports and moves into the idea that the facts/ truths are based on the particular contexts and how each text is read. Therefore truths in documentaries today may not necessarily be derived from facts only but also they are influenced by perceptions that are influenced by both cinematic techniques and notions of truth as shall be explored through the documentary casting JonBenet. Notions Of Truth Dai Vaughan a documentary film editor expresses his thought that actuality or a persons belief of a photographic image is a subjective conviction on a viewer's part based on prior knowledge specific to the that each participant utters out. The cinematic techniques such as camera angles camera movement music and lighting match on action as well as cinematic verite make claims to truth and authenticity in different ways. Camera movement is minimal hence it shows that the film maker is trying to truly focus on unveiling the truth. Match action also makes claims to authenticity by revealing one participant afer the next who have different perspectives. The various alternate perspectives show that the documentaary is unbiased and that the film maker aims at providing evidences and pragmatic truths so that the viewer makes their own discernment. Works Cited Cline Austin.Pragmatic theory of truth. 17 March 2017 Web 21 Aug 2017 . Hall Jeanne. “Realism as a style in cinema verite: a critical analysis of “primary” ”. Cinema journal; (1991) 24-50. Smith Tim J. “The attentional theory of cinematic continuity.” Projections 6; (2012) 1-27. [...]
Casting JonBenet Documentary production: Choose a documentary and provide a discussion on its engagement with notions of truth. What cinematic techniques does it use? Does it make a claim to truth and authenticity?