Document narration

I couldn’t make my documentary flow as the art of narration is new to me. I have decided to look up on some books. One book I found was “Documentary story telling for video and filmmakers by Sheila Curran Bernard. Few tips that I learnt were

1.What I say depends on what the audience needs to learn. And here I paused to think of introducing the universal theme in a subtle manner.The key theme is

  • Community support in overcoming challenges

What can I say in the story to introduce a theme like community support. Community groups are becoming popular to an extent but I hesitate to say all groups have positive outcomes.My documentary talks of a positively deviant group. In a collaborative world belonging to a group need not necessarily mean that it is good or ethical or moral or even humane.Maybe my documentary doesn’t have a universal theme. I am inspiring Christians to become overcomers of stigma using their church community support. If their church doesn’t offer support my documentary will urge them to become leaders. Using their negative experiences as stepping stones personally or for members in the group.

I close my eyes and I feel that every person is dancing. Dancing to different tunes. The community I belong to are dancing to a calm, peaceful, graceful song that speaks of love. Undying love for their Lord and savior.They did not choose Him but He chose them and died for them on the cross. It is their act of love in obeying his words and not cursing their enemies but in choosing to bless them.It is their act of love in choosing to refuse conformity to the world’s ways.It is their act of love in choosing to spend their time with Him.


On strong INTRO’S…

As I was going through some online documentaries, I liked this Christian documentary. I liked it because the opening question drew me into the doco. The very opening was quite sensational and I felt intrigued. The backdrop , the music , the tone and info conveyed by the narrator are quite “pulling”.

I also liked this doco on Stigma. Makes me wish I had video editing skills.

I like the ” interactivity” some online documentaries have to offer. I guess I will be using flash website to put up my content.

Some thoughts on Mockumentary..

I thought it was hilarious but it does become difficult these days to distinguish fact and fiction. It seems as though most of our news is a parody in itself.

1.Land without bread :

I thought it was for real because there are certain communities where weird practises still exist. It did look like archival footage but again the fine line between fact and fiction seems to be more pronounced.

2.This is Spinal Tap:

Seemed like one of the spoof movies to me. I was laughing uncontrollably and the “choking over vomit” was hilarious until Jenny said that such things did happen. If I had known of the occurences then the doco was quite convincing. The context , the screaming fans, the stage , the singers – the authenticity of the whole “the golden age” singers seemed to be convincing to me.


Seemed offensive and rude to me. I wouldn’t call it as a documentary. Thats why it’s called a mockumentary I guess – but that shouldn’t give the director the power to shame practises of culture and society. It is a cheap form of infotainment.

Week 8 Tute

Art of Persuasion :

What am I trying to persuade?

This question set me thinking. I did some reading and came up with one answer. STIGMA MANAGEMENT. After my interviews I realised that the women I had interviewed had taken up stigma more to heart, whereas the man did not allow himself to be bogged down by any adverse arguments or actions. I cannot claim that women are more emotional and do not deal with stigma very well merely by interviewing 2 women. They do not speak for the whole community. But there is an interesting tie up between gender and stigma.I do need to look that up some more.


The process of STIGMATIZATION will result either in a push or a pull factor. By ‘push’ I mean that the whole process can result in positivity. It can spur an individual into holding onto what they stand for/ or what they believe[ in this case particularly- where Tribal Stigma is involved]. It is a process of transformation that if managed well will make the person stronger chaneling the negative energy into positive energy.By ‘pull’ factor I mean that the person forms a framework of mind – that in every situation the individual feels stigmatized.

I am trying to persuade through my doco that people who are stigmatized can use the negative energy to motivate them to work towards their goals – channeling it into positive energy.


My community exhibits bridging social capital since any person irrespective of caste, creed or religion is welcome to the community. The only exception is anyone who doesnt classify as male/female.

Is your community democratic?

Not too much. There are certain restrictions regarding behavior in church but becoming a christian is their free will.

In reply to the Wrong Crowd Review

I agree with Mei that the “Wrong Crowd” did allow room for opinion. The audience being asked to share their story and opinion was something I had never seen before. But digital media is challenging convention I suppose.

Online Doco Review 3

Activism always attracted me and this website which involved fighting against “Environmental Racism” was fascinating. It is about I5 – a prominent highway in California – where a lot of industries and dumping sites thrive. This website is the collaborative effort of 3 artists and 2 non-profit organizations. The package of activism and a museum guided tour – for people driving on the I5 – complete with maps, instructions and  interviews and speeches of activists seems to be a good combination.

Online Doco Review 2

The documentary about “Black Friday” appealed to me the most. Once again there was no video and the detailing and the para-elements were fascinating. Extensive flash programming has been done which makes me wish that I had learnt it too. Audio and good music were emotionally touching. The structuring was done very well – the links to a forum, a timeline that has sub-categories as well – and it is the obvious work of experts – with archival audio footage.