Documentary Modes of Production

As outlined by film theorist, Bill Nichols, documentary film can be divided into SIX different modes of production. See below for a detailed description of each mode.

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READ: MODES OF DOCUMENTARY

Click the "READ NOW" button to view Bill Nichol's article outlining the six modes of documentary filmmaking. Consider the mode(s) that best suite your film and subject.

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EXPOSITORY FILMMAKING

Click the "VIEW NOW" to read an overview of the Expository Documentary Filmmaking mode by the Master Class series along with a variety of examples and suggestions.

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OBSERVATIONAL FILMMAKING

Click the "VIEW NOW" to read an overview of the Observational Documentary Filmmaking mode by the Master Class series along with a variety of examples and suggestions.

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POETIC FILMMAKING

Click the "VIEW NOW" to read an overview of the Poetic Documentary mode by the Master Class series along with a variety of examples and suggestions.

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PERFORMATIVE FILMMAKING

Click the "VIEW NOW" to read an overview of the Performative Documentary mode by the Master Class series along with a variety of examples and suggestions.

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REFLEXIVE FILMMAKING

Click the "VIEW NOW" to read an overview of the Reflexive Documentary mode by the Master Class series along with a variety of examples and suggestions.

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PARTICIPATORY FILMMAKING

Click the "VIEW NOW" to read an overview of the Participatory Documentary mode by the Master Class series along with a variety of examples and suggestions.