Online Doco Review 1

I was going through the list of documentaries that Jenny has given in class. I found some doco’s fascinating coz to me a documentary was about the visual experience. But I realised that impact can be created by powerful photos that appeal to the senses.

I found quite moving. It was Photojournalism in its purest sense. Raw emotion was the word that came to me. It was a very brief video but can move mountains I guess. The narrative was made by means of the photos. Without the sequenced photos the audio by itself would have been unattractive. This makes me want to add a good number of photos to my audio. And I came across one song whose visual was composed of 16,000 photos.I found some software to integrate audio with photos. I am thinking right now of trying my hand at this….



To an amateur who doesn’t know how audacity(the amazing free software!) works it will be intimidating. But if you look around for video tutorials on the internet – there will be loads of tutorials for beginners and experts..


I had an interesting chat with a fellow RMIT-ian. We just met and we and he was interested to know the subjects that I am dealing with.There are two things that I wanted to analyse.

1. When I told him that my documentary was based on a church his response was – “if I formed the audience then the doco would interest me”. Documentaries, according to him should be made for the public in general. This made me question the ethics of my documentary making.To me my documentary brings out the external conflict faced by the Christian community in my church.

If I chose to do a documentary simply to make it popular – or to have a larger group of audience –  then doesnt that destroy the very essence of documentary making ?

2.Who will be my audience then? What ages will I appeal to through this doco?

  1. I am making it for myself first – to establish my idenitity
  2. For my lecturer of course
  3. For future reference  – students doing research in stigmatization maybe interested

It brings me to my final question ..

Why is a religious community isolated and branded as uninteresting?

Is it one of the normless consequences of addicting technologies and social media that makes man feel empowered and makes him feel as though he is “SUPERMAN”? That he doesn’t need God anymore?

Or is it the hype that has been created by media focusing on the sensational bits of information on religion available around the world that has caused this detachment…?

There is an interesting connection between revolution and Christianity. The Gutenburg revolution was primarily used to print Bibles and papal slips(apparently the belief was that these slips were used by rich people to reduce their time in purgatory.The revolution created a detachment from the “Mother Church” – the Catholic church and gave rise to Protestants.

A similar media revolution is happening now – the Media Revolution and it seems that there is a growing detachment from religion itself and giving rise to Godlessness in the society and community.I wonder if this is a reason for communities to fall apart?


In response to Viven‘s article – Your review is quite sound in judgment. I quite agree that parents are not the only audience. It has a broader appeal that will include administration and the government. Do tears bring out the sympathetic side in the government and administration? If it does how soon are the results?


I agree that there is an air of mystery to the guy’s death. The suicide does seem disconnected to the the whole concept of ‘cyber-bullying’. He did get bullied, yet by his so called “best-mate’. Sounds like yellow journalism to me and reminds me of Lara Bingle. He said-she said – does question the credibility of the documeNtary and defeats the purpose.Hmm now i wonder “What is the purpose” in the first place?

Lifespring Church Of Christ

Woops I have to do it Again!!!

I anticipated something to go wrong with my interviewing. Although I got some fantastic information Jenny’s advice to start early has paid off now. Although its a repeat I am mighty glad I have more time. It seems the gain being set to high on the Zoom recorder has proved fatal to the quality of the recording. I should do more testing and playing around with the equipment I guess.